Name: Geoffrey Radcliffe

Current Employer: Post Launch

Position: Owner / Mission Controller

Educational Institution: University of Nevada Las Vegas - Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies with Minor in Business Management

What are some things you wish you knew or wish someone told you going into college/learning your trade?

I wish that someone would have emphasized the cliche of “it's not what you know as much as it is who you know.” The truth is who you know is just as important as what you know. And you should never lose contact with anyone. With the technology tools available today, that is easier than ever.

What are some things you wish you knew completing your education and beginning as a professional?

One lesson that would have resonated early on in my career is this: it doesn't matter how smart and effective you are, sometimes you just have to be a certain age for people to take you seriously. I absolutely hate that that's a reality, but people want to take business advice from their dad, not their nephew. It was a hard lesson to learn first starting out in my career.

Is there anything you regret not learning sooner or differently?

One of the things I regretted during the beginning of my career was not getting something important down in writing. If It is important and it involves money, get it in writing. It may seem like a pain to have a contract for everything, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to have everything in writing. Handshake deals don’t last, because at the end of the day, everyone is looking out for themselves. So if it is important to you and money is involved, always get it in writing, no matter how silly it seems.

Do you have any advice for the professionals just starting out?

Be curious. Be genuinely curious about everything. Ask as many questions as you can if you meet someone for the first time and you have no idea about their industry or business. People love to talk about themselves, so take advantage of their expertise in their industry and ask as many questions as you can, even if you just have to keep asking why.


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