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Interview with Alex Fieldcamp, Investment Banker at Benedetto Gartland

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Interview with Alex Fieldcamp, Investment Banker at Benedetto Gartland

Alex Fieldcamp is an experienced finance and investment professional based out of New York City. He is an Investment Banker at Benedetto Gartland, where he brings his expertise in investment banking, corporate development, and strategic finance. Throughout his career, Fieldcamp has consistently exhibited a deep knowledge of financial modeling, corporate finance, capital raising, and mergers & acquisitions.

Prior to his time at Benedetto Gartland, Fieldcamp held several positions in the field of finance and investments. His experience includes time at Prodigy Network, a technology-driven real estate investment platform for accredited investors. Prior to that, he was an Associate at Violy & Company, an investment bank focused on strategic advisory for Latin American businesses. Fieldcamp began his career as an Equity Research Analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments.

Before his successful career in finance and investments, Alex Fieldcamp earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics & Management from Cornell University. Growing up in New York, Fieldcamp was exposed to the world of finance at an early age and developed an affinity for financial markets and investing. In his spare time, he enjoys getting out of the city on weekends to go hiking or swimming.

Alex Fieldcamp is also involved with a number of local charities and philanthropic organizations in his hometown of New York, NY. He is an active member of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, which aims to educate the public on critical ethical issues affecting the world. He is also a volunteer at the New York Common Pantry, which provides meals for those in need throughout the city.

Where did the idea for your career come from?

Growing up in New York, I was exposed to the world of finance at an early age and developed a keen interest in financial markets. I was fortunate enough to attend a Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting when I was in high school, and was so intrigued by Warren Buffet that I poured through his biographies and investor letters to learn his views on business and investment analysis. That led me to pursue a business degree at Cornell, and eventually a career in finance and investments.

Many investment bankers view themselves as entrepreneurs due to the nature of the job, and I agree that it is more of an entrepreneurial career path than perhaps many realize. For example, you must be able to think from the perspective of a business owner when advising clients, essentially placing yourself in their shoes. Being able to connect with and fully understand the perspective of business owners is one of the most crucial aspects of investment banking.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

From a working perspective, almost every day looks different and requires adaptability. Beyond the aspects I already mentioned, investment banking can also be considered entrepreneurial in that no one day is exactly the same. Between business analysis and financial modeling, crafting marketing materials, and helping put out client fires, there are always new and unexpected challenges that regularly pop up despite any best-laid plans. The key is effective prioritization and time management.

From a purely practical standpoint, my morning constant is simply a cup of coffee. I will also try my best to get some fresh air by taking a walk along the East River or through Central Park to clear my head in the evening. Since the onset of the pandemic, I have also been fortunate to work hybrid, both in-office and remote, which has allowed me more time to exercise regularly.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Crafting a “story” or “narrative” is a critical aspect of almost any investment banking transaction, and thus story-telling and being able to bring ideas to life are critical skills in this field. I begin by obtaining a complete understanding of a client’s business, which entails extensive financial and operational due diligence. This provides a sturdy base that allows us to form a coherent, compelling story.

It often helps to put myself in the shoes of potential financial and strategic investors, and ask myself – what makes this specific opportunity compelling? I sometimes have to remind myself not to overthink it and that very often the cleanest, simplest narrative is the way to go. Overcomplicating things when it comes to the core “idea” is usually a poor tactic, even if the financial elements of the deal are complex.

What’s one trend that excites you?

A trend that really excites me is financial literacy being taught in high school. I have long maintained that not making personal finance education a mandatory aspect of high school in the United States has been a disservice to our country as a whole, and particularly for those from underprivileged backgrounds. Personal finance is arguably more fundamental than many, if not most, of the traditional subjects that are taught.

The vast majority of people are only taught about personal finances at home via their parents, if at all. The fact is, studies show that those with higher financial literacy are far more likely to stay out of financial hardship. There are currently legislatures being introduced in about half the states, comprising 60 different bills, that will make personal finance education accessible. I believe this will greatly benefit our society as a whole.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Being able to prioritize effectively. A common issue that both entrepreneurs and finance professionals face is how to handle multiple urgent tasks at once. I have found that the most effective way to navigate these situations is to prioritize (as difficult as that may be) and devote your full attention to each item one at a time.

One of my favorite quotes that speaks to the importance of prioritizing comes from Ray Dalio, one of the most successful investors of all time, via his book Principles – “if you work hard and think creatively, you can have just about anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.” Devoting only partial attention to multiple tasks and trying to complete everything at once will typically lead to inferior overall results.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to be more present. My younger self would sometimes become overly concerned with potential paths and decisions that were years down the road, often to the detriment of what was right in front of me. While one should have a clear goal in mind for the future, within the context of that goal it is best to take things a day, a week, or even a month at a time rather than meticulously planning out every possible diverging path that may or may not occur years down the line.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

I believe that there is a significant over-emphasis on where someone went to college, in both a personal and professional context. People are so often judged based on their educational background, but I have learned that there is surprisingly little correlation between someone’s intelligence and where they went to university and that one’s performance in school does not always translate to professional career success.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

I think the one constant for anyone to be successful, regardless of your field, is hard work. One of my favorite sayings is “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” I firmly believe that no matter how intelligent someone is, without hard work that intelligence will go to waste. My recommendation for anyone who wants to be successful, whatever their definition of “success,” is to put in the work. There are so many variables out of your control, but you can always count on your effort.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

A strategy that has certainly helped me in my career is to check my ego at the door and understand that I don’t know everything. Collaboration is vital to the success of any business, and there’s always an opportunity to learn – no matter who you are, or how much you think you know. If you can welcome collaboration with people who are experts in what they do, more often than not it will lead to better results than going it alone.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

One failure I had early on in my career, ironically enough, was not admitting to a failure. Rather than be fully transparent, I covered up for a relatively minor mistake I had made, when it would have been in the best interest of my team to immediately acknowledge the mistake, work to resolve it, and move forward. I realized going forward that being fully accountable for your mistakes creates a better working environment, and does not lead to the hypothetical adverse consequences that I had initially feared.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Rather than give a specific business idea, I would like to give some general advice to your readers about starting their own business, because I believe you should not even consider starting your own business if you can’t think of your own idea.

A business idea needs to be something you are passionate about. Starting a business is a difficult, trying endeavor and you may have to wait a long time before getting any tangible success or validation. If you are not absolutely passionate about it, you are not likely to have the grit and determination required to see your idea through.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

Renewing one of my go-to news subscriptions. Staying informed on the economy, financial markets, and geopolitical landscape is necessary from a professional perspective because it allows me to properly adjust any analysis or advice for clients as necessary. Staying on top of the news cycle is also useful personally, as it can allow for enlightening conversations beyond the standard small talk.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

This may not be an exciting answer, but I’ll keep it simple and say Google Sheets and Microsoft SharePoint. My first job out of college was in equity research at a large investment management firm, and the team I joined there had no system in place to easily collaborate on a single spreadsheet or document. Files would all be saved locally to personal drives and shared via email, and it would be a task in itself to reconcile input from the senior analysts when working on a stock pitch or portfolio review. Since then, I have consistently used Google Sheets and/or Microsoft SharePoint and can personally attest that they make collaborative projects significantly more efficient.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

I highly recommend Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It delves deep into the science of behavioral psychology and decision-making, and explains our rational vs. non-rational thought processes. There are invaluable lessons to be gleaned that are applicable to any field or industry. It is essential to understand the role of cognitive biases in our decision-making, both at the corporate level and in our day-to-day lives.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite sayings – “this too shall pass.” Success should not be taken for granted, and failure should not be taken as final. You must be able to accept the good with the bad, and vice versa. It is crucial to not dwell on the past and to keep moving forward.

Key Learnings:

  • Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Intelligence alone will not lead to success. It must be combined with the requisite effort.
  • Have a clear long-term goal in mind, but try to take things one step at a time.
  • Prioritizing effectively is the key to multitasking. In the words of Ray Dalio, “you can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.”
  • A business idea (or even a career) should be something you are passionate about.
  • Without passion, you are unlikely to have the grit required to see it through.
  • Remember that “this too shall pass.” This applies to both failure and success. The key is to keep moving forward.
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Interview with Sara Sheehan, Founder of Sara Sheehan Consulting

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Interview with Sara Sheehan, Founder of Sara Sheehan Consulting

Sara Sheehan, PCC, is a consultant and Executive Coach who works with C-Level executive leaders in designing organizations, developing business strategies, managing change, optimizing talent and leadership development, and solving complex human performance problems. Through executive coaching, Sara helps leaders sprint their way up the corporate ladder and increase their performance.

During Sara’s 25+ years in business, she has worked with leaders, teams, and organizations in Fortune 100 companies and individuals. Sara specializes in change management, talent and leadership development, executive coaching, and organization design. As a collaborative, results-orientated coach, Sara provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively navigate change and address business challenges. She also integrates coaching techniques, methods, and approaches to help her clients develop change capabilities and learn to apply them right away. With a servant leadership mindset, she supports her clients in building new skills and customizes frameworks to her client’s project needs. Sara works with clients based on her network, referrals, and appointment.

Sara has been featured both nationally and internationally on podcasts as an expert on topics of change management, talent and leadership development, executive coaching, and organization design.

Where did the idea for your career come from?

The idea for Sara Sheehan Consulting is based on almost 30 years in management consulting and executive coaching. Through business consulting, I help businesses through complex business transformations from a human capital perspective. Through executive coaching, I help busy executives sprint their way up the corporate ladder by setting goals, increasing their performance, resolving conflict, and setting up an advisory team so they are even more successful in their current role or their next one if they are in transition.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

It’s a combination of time blocking for specific purposes like business development, market research conversations, reaching out to ideal clients or close contacts that can refer me to ideal clients, scheduled current client meetings, a wide variety of marketing activities, and time for things that feed me like exercise, cooking, or other interests like spending time with friends and family. I am innately extremely productive so when I am at my best I am in a positive flow.

How do you bring ideas to life?

I have a lot of creative ideas so bringing them to life is not a chore. Typically, writing is the first step to bringing new ideas to life, then it may spread across my marketing mix into videos, presentations, new offerings, or marketing research conversations to test market viability. Once an idea has filtered through these touchpoints, I am able to put more structure around it. Two ideas that I am formalizing right now: a paid membership community on Mighty Networks called The Center for Change Leadership and a chapter in a collaborative book.

What’s one trend that excites you?

I love progression and innovation in technology that helps us be more productive at the least possible cost. To provide a little more context, I love the current trend in software that allows users to get started on a web platform at a low cost and you can increase your plan as you need to if the services fit your needs. These pay-as-you-go plans and the ability to play with new tools are fantastic. Specifically, I have a project team that uses Monday.com and it serves as a tremendous productivity hack.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

I know that I am not supposed to do everything, nor should I if I want to scale a successful business. To this end, I am working with the best expert vendors that are aligned with me to amplify my business and my message.

What advice would you give your younger self?

The advice I would give my younger self is that it’s ok to start thinking about how you want to use your craft as an entrepreneur. I’d express to younger me that thinking about offerings and solutions that can be commercialized is going to benefit you. You can start planning now, frame it up, and test your assumptions in market research conversations. You may find that it manifests differently than you expect and that it’s important to be open to the gifts it brings.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

One of the offerings I have done a lot of market research conversations on is my Mastering Change Management Course. The course can be delivered live via Zoom to a cohort or through self-study via Kajabi. I have had no opposition to the course to date, and I have also not found the right pilot group yet. Based on the conversations I have had, the right pilot group is out there! I understand that this is such a different way to deliver consulting work that people may not be open to it just yet. People that disagree with my approach are more likely to engage a consultant based on the project timeline, although this option will require more time with the client and be more costly. The differentiator for the course is that I am seeking qualified education provider status with the Association of Change Management Professionals so that anyone that takes the course could apply the credits toward the Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) exam or credential renewals.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

The one thing I would do time and time again would be market research conversations on programs, solutions, and offerings. This is the best way to validate that a new offering is viable in the market, and it provides opportunities to uncover ideal clients or get referred to your ideal clients.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

One strategy that has helped me grow my business significantly has been increasing my visibility through engaging a professional marketing agency and a publicist. I was already active on LinkedIn through posting, writing, and videos weekly, however, engaging a marketing agency to support me has allowed me to get strategic in planning on a quarterly basis, as well as executing a broader plan. They also created my branding and collaborated on my website design so everything I produce visually supports my message and purpose. Engaging a publicist that I am aligned with has magically connected me with the right opportunities for increased visibility. Both my marketing team and my publicist are trusted advisors and I am looking forward to seeing how these advisors will continue to grow my business.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

It took me longer to attract my ideal client than I’d hoped since I spent so many years working for other firms. It’s not surprising or unexpected, it’s just a fact that it takes time to be known for your expertise. Additionally, I should have engaged a marketing agency and publicist sooner than I did on both fronts. To be honest, it took a little bit of time to come into contact with the right people to work with. I also think the patience and time allowed me to work on my own mindset which is invaluable.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

When I see questions like this one I immediately think of Peanuts, Lucy, and Charlie Brown at an advice booth with a sign that reads “Advice 5 Cents” with a dixie cup next to it. What’s the quickest way to start a business that can serve a wide customer base? Marketing and business development are two things that every entrepreneur needs to focus on to scale. If you can fit in that space and speak directly to the pain points of a differentiated ideal client, things should manifest fairly quickly.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

Definitely reconnecting with friends, family, and clients over a shared meal. You can’t replace being in person and truly connecting with others following such an isolating two-year period.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

The top three online tools and resources that I am currently using to grow my business are Google Workspace, Slack, QBO, and Quickbooks Online. All three tools make work easy, support me in what I am doing, streamline all of my efforts, and keep me focused on what’s most important.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller: I believe the Story Brand is absolutely essential for entrepreneurs to incorporate as they build their business.

What is your favorite quote?

I have so many favorite quotes! Here’s one that is on my mind and heart right now: “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch

Key Learnings:

  • If you want to grow and/or scale your business, it’s important to know that you can’t do everything alone
  • Working with the best expert vendors that are aligned with you and your business will amplify your business and message
  • Strategic partner progression and the right innovation in technology can help entrepreneurs and businesses be more productive at the least possible cost
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Interview with Blake Kohler, CEO of Pulse For Good

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Interview with Blake Kohler, CEO of Pulse For Good

Blake is passionate about, well, everything! As the CEO of Pulse For Good, he uses that passion to help nonprofits worldwide gather feedback from vulnerable individuals more effectively. With his background in technology, Blake is helping to bring business-class survey tooling to organizations ran on shoe-string budgets.

As someone who likes to talk, he knows how hard it can be to listen, and along with the Pulse For Good team, he’s working towards building a more empathetic future.

Where did the idea for Pulse For Good come from?

Pulse For Good emerged from an early pilot of a partnership with the city of Seattle. The various city offices were trying to figure out how best to facilitate gathering feedback from the youth homeless population in Seattle, and our early solution, which was designed to gather employee feedback, was suggested. We quickly found that traditional survey methods left a lot to be desired when gathering feedback from vulnerable populations and set out to build something that better fits the unique concerns of serving vulnerable groups.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

As a small startup, our typical days are full of adventure. Some days are dedicated to sales, other days we spend doing support, some days we are working on marketing, and other days we’re trying to improve our operations.

We find that using an agile model works well for our team. We utilize Kanban boards and team standups to keep track of everything from development tasks to customer onboarding.

How do you bring ideas to life?

As a team, we tend to be very visual-focused, so often, our ideas begin to emerge onto whiteboards before they become something a little more tangible.

Once they’ve been thoroughly debated and diagramed on a whiteboard, they make it onto one of our tasks on our kanban boards.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Our team is excited about the combination of technology and social impact. More groups are looking to do good in the world instead of maximizing profit. It is fantastic to see people use their time and talents to help those around them.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

One of our core values is a default to action, which has proven time and time again to be the primary driver of our productivity. Too often, we spend hours debating something, and nothing gets done. By defaulting to act, we might at times cause some headaches, but those headaches are often quickly fixed, and the value we gain from the constant action greatly diminishes any headaches we’ve created.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Spend less time worrying about what others think of you and more time worrying about how you think of others.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

Pain can be good for you. It’s a form of feedback, and the more you experience it, the more opportunities you have to make a change.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

We’ve had tremendous success posting on Linkedin. We try and do it every day, and it’s been an incredibly valuable part of our growth.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Very early on, we developed an advisory board of industry experts. This helped us gain a considerable amount of credibility and allowed us to develop tools, relationships, and techniques far beyond our abilities as just a founding team.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

One failure we had coming out of the pandemic was a communication breakdown amongst our founding team. Previously, we had conducted in-person meetings, but with the world changing, we switched to a more remote first attitude. Over time, our perceptions and goals changed without getting together.

We had to have some serious heart-to-heart conversations and institute more formality in our processes to help bridge the gaps that this lack of communication caused us.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

We’ve always thought there would be an opportunity for a crowd-sourced travel agency. We believe you could utilize people’s passion for planning vacations and natural competitiveness to offer tailored vacation plans to the masses without the expense of full-time travel agents.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

We recently conducted a series of case studies with our customers, and we paid each person who participated $100. These case studies are invaluable to us, and it is one thing for us to share how our system can help an organization. It’s entirely different for a peer of those organizations to share how we help. Case studies are worth their weight in gold.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

Slack – we use it for all of our communication, and as a remote team, it helps us all stay connected and on the same page.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

The Outward Mindset – changing the way we think and feel about others helps all aspects of your life

What is your favorite quote?

“Listening is the first act of love.” – Paul Tilch

Key Learnings:

  • Defaulting towards action drives productivity
  • Pain can be good for you
  • The best $100 spent is the one that makes your next $1000
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Interview with Dayana Doncheva, Founder of EcardForest Group Ecards

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Interview with Dayana Doncheva, Founder of EcardForest Group Ecards

Dayana Doncheva is the founder of EcardForest Group Ecards – a company for greeting cards that can be signed by many people online and sent digitally. Their ecard collection includes all key occasions and features birthday, farewell, baby, wedding and many more cards. EcardForest is highly invested in environmental protection and engages in tree planting around the world.

Where did the idea for EcardForest come from?

EcardForest was inspired by a personal use case. I was about to organize a leaving card for my colleague in early 2021 and looked for options online that would allow group signing so that the full team can share their goodbye wishes. I didn’t like the available options and realized that this could be a business idea. After doing my research and checking the competitors, I embraced my entrepreneurial spirit and thought I can give it a go.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

There is not a typical-day concept for us yet. We are growing fast and our routine changes very quickly, allowing us to navigate between new feature integrations, the creation and release of new greeting card designs, as well as support tasks. Of course, every team member has devoted tasks, but we work in an agile setup and adapt quickly based on the priorities.

How do you bring ideas to life?

The process is quite funny actually. We dare to dream and think out of the box. Most of our ideas come to life as funny suggestions. If some of those suggestions still keep us wondering a couple of days later, we put them to a sense-check and see what comes out. We do proper research and talk to a couple of external people to verify the idea before putting it into our backlog.

As a next step, we deep dive into the execution. Once we launch a new feature on EcardForest.com we make sure to monitor it closely. Is everything fine? Does it work as expected? Does it generate added value for our consumers and us? If not, we remove it.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Hybrid working. Naturally, that drives our business since our online greeting cards experience higher demand when people around the globe work in a hybrid setup.

Hybrid working is an interesting trend to us in general too. We experienced first-hand how easy working in a global model could be. Our team is spread around Europe and when needed we involve freelancers from around the world, which allows us to work with the best talents no matter the location.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

People often tell me that I appear to be very well organized. In fact, I am not, and I enjoy the creative mess to the fullest. It nurtures my imagination. It’s contra intuitive but working in a messy environment has proven to help me become more productive in the long run.

If I need to focus on a bigger analytical task though, I try to get a fresh mind by going on a short walk before I start. That helps a great deal.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be braver! Today, I love to challenge myself, even though I know that some things won’t work out. I take it as a learning and grow from there. But a couple of years ago I was still quite hesitant and tended to lean towards safe bets.

Looking back, I am not sure when I changed to become braver, but I can’t help but wonder where I would have been today if I would have done it earlier.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

There is always more to learn. The schedule of an entrepreneur is usually terribly busy and that’s no different in the corporate world. Often times people feel quite comfortable after completing a task or a project and turning a new page to handle the next one. I see great value in reviewing decisions and processes based on new learnings. In my mind, the “good enough” solution can always become a better one, powered up by new learnings.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Do research. I trust in data and have learned to appreciate its value a lot. Doing your research not only saves a lot of potentially unnecessary work but also helps you focus on what’s important.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Investing in advertising has certainly helped us grow EcardForest. We make sure to capture the available demand as much as possible.

When starting a business, thinking about advertising costs might be scary but advertising is usually what kickstarts your business, once the product is ready. Being brave, spending some money but also monitoring the success closely can go a long way.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Before starting EcardForest I was working on another startup. It was focused on financial investment data and most importantly it was a B2B product. That turned out to be incredibly hard to market and required a lot of sales and support efforts. Soon afterward I discovered that the idea was not worth the effort, and it was not going to work out as expected.

I learned two valuable lessons: First, bringing a B2C product to life is easier. Second, holding on to an unsuccessful business idea for too long doesn’t bring you anywhere.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

Circular economy products. I am a big fan of renting and reselling and it’s great for the environment. This is applicable to so many product types – from tools to equipment, mobility, etc. Just find a new niche.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

As part of our sustainability efforts, we donate some of our revenue to tree planting organizations around the globe. Just recently we onboarded a new partner – Ecologi that allows us to not only plant trees but also offset carbon emissions by contributing to additional projects like wind power development.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

We use Github for our backlog and task management. The project section is a perfect solution for agile teams like ours and keeps us focused on important and urgent tasks. It certainly increases our productivity, and I can’t recommend that enough.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Refactoring UI by Adam Wathan and Steve Schoger is a great resource for any digital business or any website for that matter. It provides an understanding and best practices of website design, UI, colors, fonts, visual hierarchies, etc.

What is your favorite quote?

A single tree doesn’t make a forest. I just came up with that one, but the key message is that even the best entrepreneur or the most knowledgeable person can only go so far on their own. Building a strong team around you is what will bring you further.

Key Learnings:

  • First, do your research before you invest too much time and resources in an idea
  • Be open to exploring and learning more
  • Invest in bringing a strong team together to drive your idea further
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