Joe Zente Talks about the Tab Tribe
Where are you from originally?
South Orange, New Jersey.
What university did you go to?
New Jersey Institute of Technology, BS Chemical Engineering
What brought you to Austin?
I was fortunate to travel extensively throughout my early 20s. I felt that Austin would be the best place I could imagine to start a family and to launch businesses.
You lead the The Alternative Board (TAB) in Austin. What is your group’s mission?
Freedom Through Results, Results Through Responsibility…™
What need does it fulfill?
The need of private business owners to be Free. Free to pursue their Personal Vision and Business Vision—their own uniquely individual version of success.
What exactly does it bring to startups?
Strategic Business Planning, Sales & Marketing Support, Best Practices, Coaching, Peer Advisory Boards, CEO Toolkit, Leadership Development, HR, Finance, Business Education, Entrepreneur Networking, Extensive CEO Resource Network.
What type of startup would benefit from your group?
Any start-up entrepreneur who is unconditionally committed to improving their business and improving their life and to take action in the areas that need improvement. Must also be willing to give and receive openly and honestly with a spirit of abundance.
What was the most challenging aspect of starting up the initiative?
Attracting the Best and Brightest business experts in Texas to join our team to and become TAB Certified Facilitator Coaches.
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
Too many to list here, but for starters…:
· Don’t try to re-invent the wheel.
· Focused energy + unconditional commitment is overpowering.
· You REALLY Don’t Know what you Don’t Know. No matter how cool or unique you think your product or service is, ALL companies are Sales and Marketing companies.
What Austin-based resource have you found to be the most helpful and why?
The TAB-Austin and TABBoards International business owner community.
The knowledge, wisdom, resources, abundance mentality, and spirit of sharing and spirit of sharing among the 10,000+ members of the TAB family never cease to humble and amaze me.