Founding Fodder – Supporting Early Stage Start-ups

In 805conversations by Mark Sylvester

Mike Panesis, the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at California Lutheran University met with host Mark Sylvester to discuss the role of the Center in the Startup Ecosystem. Mike has been working with entrepreneurs for years now, having most recently been the Entrepreneurial Programs Manager at UCSB, working directly with the Technology Management Program (TMP). In this episode we covered enough topics to warrant a couple of shows, here’s what you can expect:

  • Started the show with a discussion about Greek food and festivals
  • How entrepreneurs learn from customers along the way and how ideas for companies  change
  • The role of resilience in the founders emotional make up
  • What you can learn from mentors, including Steve Blank and the Lean Launchpad approach
  • How to think about social responsibility and your startup
  • The difference between an Accelerator and an Incubator
  • How to work with Mentors – how to select Mentors
  • How the various startup efforts in the 805 work together

You need to know what you don’t know – Mike Panesis

Not all that wander are lost – JR Tolkien

Links to sites and programs mentioned during the show:

Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship


twitter: @CalLutheranCE

instagram: @CalLutheranCE


St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church:

Ventura County Greek Festival:

SB Greek Festival:


SLO HotHouse:

Steve Blank:

Frank Robinson:

805 Startups:

Salty Girl Seafood:

twitter: @Salty_Girls

Capyx: (founder taught himself to code)

Tech Coast Angels,

twitter: @Capyx