Startup Junkie Underground Features Perry Evans, Founder of MapQuest

Joe Pezzillo, Perry Evans and Joy Milkowski at the Startup Junkie Underground

On Monday night the DaVinci Institute’s Startup Junkie Underground hosted Perry Evans, founder of such successful companies as MapQuest, Jabber, and Local Matters. Over the last fifteen years Evans has raised over $80 million in investor capital and “created value” to the tune of $1.5 billion. These figures are all the more impressive considering Evans spent a large part of his career working for larger companies, until he spun MapQuest out of R.R. Donnelly & Sons in 1994. MapQuest was subsequently acquired by AOL in late 1999 in a stock deal valued at $1.1 billion.

Evans began the evening by offering a short list of “macro thoughts” on what he’s learned as an entrepreneur, believing there is a “difference between the romance of being an entrepreneur and the reality.” For the professional on the front end of a venture, he offered the following guidance:

Startup Junkie Underground Features Perry Evans, Founder of MapQuest

Perry Evans

Startup Junkie Underground Features Perry Evans, Founder of MapQuest

Perry Evans speaking at the Startup Junkie Underground

Startup Junkie Underground Features Perry Evans, Founder of MapQuest

Joe Pezzillo and Joy Milkowski

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