Erik Torenberg is one of the hardest-working people in tech, which might come as a surprise considering he maintains such a calm, cool, and collected disposition and work ethic.
- Torenberg watched his parents follow their ambition and sought to replicate their mindset.
- He learned to “Earn your way, every day,” from New Jersey Nets coach, Lawrence Frank.
- Freestyle rapping allowed him to become more extroverted.
In the Arena
- Torenberg started Rapt, a service which connects rappers and audiences with each other.
- After speaking with Marc Ecko (founder of Complex), Torenberg realized that Rapt might not be his life’s passion, but it did allow him to explore similar (yet more lucrative) opportunities.
- Torenberg worked with a peer (Ryan Hoover) on Product Hunt, which developed into a successful project.
- From his time at Product Hunt, he learned how to build a community and company.
On Deck and Village Global
- Torenberg founded On Deck, with aspirations of it becoming “Stanford for the digital age.”
- He co-founded Village Global to connect with “network leaders” that could help him and his peers build their companies.
- Missed opportunities are part of life; Torenberg has learned to always follow up and never give up.
- Key lessons he has learned from On Deck and Village Global: build in public, elevate your early advocates, and enable ownership.