After being a musician and bass guitarist for 10 years, Tristan Kromer changed career to work with tech startups, helping them build products fast. Although this conversation was originally broadcasted in episode 34 of the show, with careers and job descriptions changing fast, it’s worthy of a listen today.
Tristan Kromer works with innovation teams and leaders to create amazing products and build startup ecosystems. He has worked with companies from early stage startups with zero revenue to enterprise companies with >$1B USD revenue. (Swisscom, Pitney Bowes, Fujitsu, LinkedIn).
Tristan has worked with over 15 technology accelerator programs and ecosystem programs such as Innovation Norway, Vinnova (Sweden), Enterprise Ireland, NEST’up (Belgium), StartSmart (Estonia) and the Innovation Partnership Program (Vietnam-Finland) With his remaining hours, Tristan volunteers his time with Lean Startup Circle and blogs at GrasshopperHerder.com.
Tristan, like I said, shifted careers from being a musician and a bass guitarist touring with a band, to now helping technology startups build products fast. At the outset, that may simply sound ridiculous. Why would one do that?
The harder part though, is that it’s sometimes relatively easy to get a chance, but very hard to survive and thrive in a completely new job. Tristan breaks down the 3 key skills he picked from his career as a musician and tells us how it is helpful for creators at large.
Tristan Kromer’s interview is available in audio and video.
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