Introducing Earl Cole as a Mentor for the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is Foster’s 12-month degree that embodies the startup process — from ideation and testing, to refining and preparing to scale. It blends the best of business school education, practical content, world-class Seattle connections, and time in the program for students to get their startup off the ground. Our goal for students: turn that spark into reality.

Earl Cole
Founder & CEO, Perthes Kids Foundation
Serial Entrepreneur

I have learned a lot from my successes and my failures. Entrepreneurs think different. I speak that same language and am happy to share what I have learned.

Earl Cole, MSE Mentor

As a mentor, I excel at…

Effective leadership, business strategy, product development, marketing & advertising, social entrepreneurship, global branding, global expansion, content creation, purposeful economics, motivational living, having fun.

Don’t ask me about…

Brain Surgery or Rocket Science (only surgery or just science). Not having time to do something. Financial Modeling or Fashion Modeling.

The one thing people should know about me is…

I love to learn. I love to teach. I love to create. I love to build. Oh yeah, I love to win. I also love tacos.

My favorite entrepreneurial book, blog, podcast is…

Creativity, Inc.
48 Laws of Power
Emotional Intelligence
Crushing It
The Lean Startup
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (simplified thinking)

When I have free time, I…

Time is not free. However, I do “spend” time with my 2 kids, watch movies with my wife, “waste” time imagining I’m on an exotic vacation drinking colorful drinks with tiny umbrellas, by myself (sometimes with my family, too), and “give” time to social causes and projects that bring me internal happiness and joy.

I manage everyday stress by…

Breathing. Literally. Stress is what you make of it. I choose to handle things in a very calm and cool manner, knowing that whatever challenges I’m faced with, cannot be as bad as not breathing, at all.

If I’m going out to dinner, I’ll generally order…

Chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, and tater tots. Then, my wife and I are allowed to order something adult-like for ourselves, that we don’t get to finish eating because the kids require so much… yes, I like tacos.

As a kid, I was fascinated by…

Art, writing, music, science, technology, anime & comic books.

As an adult, I’m fascinated by…

How things I was fascinated by as a kid, I ended up doing on a professional level, at some point in my career.

The person I admire most is…

My late mother.

I describe myself as…

Creative, strategic, adventurous, inventive, insanely optimistic.

What is your superpower?

Connecting the dots & lines.

My motto/tagline is…

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Did I mention tacos? And…once upon a time I competed on the TV show Survivor, and won. 🙂

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