Introducing T.A. McCann as a Mentor for the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is Foster’s new 12-month degree that embodies the startup process — from ideation and formation to execution and 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.

T.A. McCann
Founder, Rival IQ
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

I mentor student entrepreneurs because I want to return the favors that others afforded me. By attempting to give advice, it forces me to have a fuller understanding of the problems and potential solutions and articulate them clearly.

T.A. McCann
As a mentor, I excel at…

Customer development, VC fundraising, product development.

Don’t ask me about…

No topic is off limits.

The one thing people should know about me is…

I like structure and process and always look for tools and software to automate routine tasks.

My favorite entrepreneurial book, blog, podcast is…

The A16Z podcast.

When I have free time, I…

Run, bike, swim and hang out with my wife and daughter.

I manage everyday stress by…

Exercise and giving startup advice.

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

Lovely seafood prepared in interesting ways.

As a kid, I was fascinated by…

Architecture.

As an adult, I’m fascinated by…

The workings of the brain and body.

The person I admire most is…

Brad Feld.

I describe myself as…

Engaged, energized, helpful, interested and tall.

My motto/tagline is…

Happy but never satisfied.