What is your best habit, and what is your worst? I maintain a 20-minute daily meditation practice to help lower my blood pressure, but I have a weakness for salty foods including ramen noodles.
What do you do when you can’t solve a problem? I read things unrelated to our day-to-day business, such as Inc. Fast Company, or RealSimple, or I go on long walks/bike rides.
Is there a business person you admire? Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia. He encourages potential entrepreneurs to follow their heart and passion. The ways he inspires others to follow their heart reaffirms my advice to those I talk with regarding their career or change in profession.
How do you unplug? I disconnect on weekends and weekdays from 6pm-4am, which helps me recharge. Daily exercise and mediation also helps to keep balance in my life.
Do you have a favorite book? “How to Win Friends & Influence People”
What’s the advice you’re glad you ignored? I was told early on that it’s not possible to be super technical and a great sales person. I found it’s possible to be both which is my passion and why I started my own company.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self? Build structure and routine into your life starting with going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Also I’d tell myself to buy stock in Apple, Tesla, and Amazon.
Did you have a career fork in the road? Almost everyone I asked advised against leaving Microsoft to start my own company, saying there are too many partners and I’ll never make it. Choosing to leave the security of Microsoft and bet on myself was hardest and best business decision I’ve made
What’s always in your bag? A printed and travel size frame of my wife and sons. The photos remind me to keep perspective on what’s important in life.
Do you have a favorite object in your office? Gifts from employees around the world that remind me we are all connected and to always think globally.
Is there a TV show you’re mid-binge on? My wife and I are in the middle of watching Money Heist on Netflix.
What’s you “get pumped” song? “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO 😊