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The Interview Kit: My Interview with Ashwin

Hello everyone my name is Alan Hyman and I have had my own business for over ten years helping startups by being a startup. I was interviewed by Ashwin Gopi. His link on OpenIDEO is here:

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So tell us, what was your greatest resource in the early stages?

Knowledge, Experience, Creativity

What was the greatest barrier when starting your company?

High: Stability, Experiences, Recompensation

Low: To fire customers and dealing with non-paying and late paying customers.

What about technology, did you find a particular innovation helpful?

Cloud Computing! Accessibility, Cheap, cool

At what point did you feel good (confident, motivated)?

I feel great helping people and seeing businesses grow.

At what point did you feel low (isolated, powerless)?

When the I felt I was the chief cook and bottle washer of the business. It is hard to do everything.

What surprised you most about starting a company?

How cheap some business are.  It is very hard to say no to customers. You must practice saying no.

If there were a start-up genie in a bottle, what three wishes would you have?

1) Mentor
2) Support -> Outsourcing
3) Help with sales

Tell us a story: what was the issue you were facing and how did you overcome it?

Balancing smarts vs integrity and persistence vs Intellect.  I had to help a customer that was keep getting push back from another organization and in that organization there was an individual that was very intelligent, but very belligerent. Through a balance of persistence and integrity I was able to negotiate a great solution so my customer was very happy.

Alan Hyman

OpenIDEO Student Chapter at NYU-Poly


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Great posting, Alan! Hope you didn't mind me grilling you. I especially like the part where you talk about feeling low. It's hard to sometimes be the CEO and Errand boy of your own company. Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a network of Entrepreneurs who could barter services? Do I smell a concept?

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