An experienced mentor can be a great asset to any startup looking for growth, but how do you approach that person and ask for his time? David Cohen, founder of the startup accelerator TechStars, suggests setting up a 15-minute meeting and showing up with "a short and specific agenda that leverages the relevant experiences of the mentor." Follow up via e-mail to let the mentor know how his advice helped you, and "build the relationship on that solid ground over time."

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