Health is everything. Founder fitness is everything. Michael knows about both. That’s why he created a company that uses NASA technology to make outdoor gear warmer and free of bulk. It’s also why he discovered that being a Founder requires focuses on his health and prompted him to lose over 20 pounds so he could better lead his company. Hear what happened and what he did and does about it so his company can soar.
Our very first, real Irishman on the podcast for this interview. 🙂 I could talk with Tomás for ever. He is a smart, savvy, experienced Founder who is more than willing to share his journey from Founder to CEO. He had somewhat of a unique start to his business. I really appreciate how he turned a bad situation into a great business. We talk about the unpleasant need to fire a team member and how he handled the departure of two key team members who left his company while recruiting away his customers. We even talk about my favorite butter…made in Ireland. 🙂
The payments industry is a beast of an industry to enter. There are a growing number of players, lots of regulation, entrenched legacy leaders, and difficulties building and maintaining trust. But, PJ Gupta saw not only a need, but has a passion for helping millions of businesses reduce their payments costs and speed up their cash flow…so he took on the challenge of sending and receiving digital checks.
Not only that, but he had to build his company without co-founders after his original co-founders were unable to commit for the long haul. PJ describes this challenging time period and how it led him to discover the value of finding advisors that work for you, the founder. He shares 3 key factors that will help you find the best advisors.
If you have ever had to fill out the same healthcare forms time and again, you will appreciate what Sean and his team at Olive AI is doing. They are using AI to cut through the huge amount of money that is waisted on healthcare administration.
Sean is an accomplished entrepreneur and former Air Force intelligence officer, so it was also enlightening to learn about some of the challenges he has encountered around how to keep his leadership focused on the people and not the technology.