WHAT MAKES A STARTUP MENTORING RELATIONSHIP SUCCEED? WE FIND OUT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE

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    What makes a great mentor?

    At 500 Startups Miami’s recent Demo Day, I was sitting behind the “Best Mentor,” at least according to 500 Startups’ sign on the back of the reserved chair. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about Richard MacDonald.

    Mentorship, so many experts say, is a critical ingredient of a healthy startup community. So what does a successful mentoring relationship look like? After talking with MacDonatd and one of the startups he mentors, I learned it goes far beyond a few meetings at a co-working space or during “office hours.” Those sessions may help, but a true relationship has to go deeper – by both sides.