A New Speaker Series for NYC's Founders at Work

Here in New York, there’s no shortage of networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. The “city that never sleeps” is teeming with conferences, happy-hour meet-ups and business-plan competitions for start-ups.

That’s all great, says local venture capitalist Warren Lee, but what’s missing are straight-talk lectures by successful entrepreneurs giving practical advice about the grittier side of starting up a company.

“The start-up world sort of glamorizes how cool being an entrepreneur is,” Lee said. “But people are putting their lives on the line. They’re mortgaging the house and not talking to their wives or husbands because they’re working 100 hours a week. It’s not glamorous.”

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