Seek advisors who could “teach, not just tell.” Teaching, not telling means people who can share frameworks, formulas and programs that can be modified and reused. It means having an advisor sit down with a team member and perhaps provide training wheels through a real world scenario. It doesn’t mean having the advisor become part of your org chart or solve your problems for you. If you want that, create a separate consulting agreement.
Hunter Walk is a Partner at Homebrew, a seed stage venture fund. Previously, he led consumer product management at YouTube, delivering billions of playbacks a day across computers, phones, tablets and TVs. Hunter joined Google in 2003 managing product and sales efforts for Google’s contextual advertising business. He was a founding member of the product and marketing team at Linden Lab, the creators of the online virtual world Second Life.
Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant and also spent a year at Late Night with Conan O’ Brien. Hunter received a BA in History from Vassar and an MBA from Stanford University.