We break the normal routine with this episode of the podcast. As many of you know, we usually interview Founders who are currently the CEO of the company they started. Our interview with Joel Holland is a bit different.
Joel Holland is the founder and now Executive Chairman of VideoBlocks, the first subscription-based provider of stock video and audio, with over 100,000 customers in the television and video production industry, from NBC to MTV to pro-sumers and hobbyists looking to enhance their video projects and productions.
In 2013, VideoBlocks was ranked the 32nd fastest growing technology company in the US/Canada, and the 2nd fastest growing technology company in the DC region by Deloitte for the Fast500, for achieving 7,000% revenue growth over the past 5 years.
Joel and his team have navigated incredible growth and the way they go about making their company a win-win for all is truly inspirational.
In this revealing interview, Joel covers some topics that we have not covered very often…like:
- Why he decided to wait on raising money.
- Why he chose to step down as CEO.
- What you can do to make a decision like this a successful one.
- Why he chose to promote his CMO to CEO.
- Why he highly recommends joining a CEO peer group.
Joel really is amazing. For his work with VideoBlocks, Joel has been named one of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25” by BusinessWeek Magazine, “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the United States Small Business Administration, “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Greater Washington DC Region by Ernst & Young and in 2013, Joel was recognized on the Inc. “30 Under 30” list.
Plus, Joel was a lot of fun to interview. Enjoy the conversation and let me know what you think.