Interview with Janosch Herrmann, Founder of Bestcourses.io
Janosch Herrmann is a computer science student and frontend developer from Germany. Starting at the age of 15, he developed an interest in entrepreneurship and has built and launched various projects ever since, like his online courses on tools like Notion & Zapier. More recently, he’s working on bestcourses.io, which is an online course discovery & comparison platform. To date, bestcourses aggregates more than 200,000 online courses from 15+ online learning platforms, like Udemy, Coursera & Skillshare. In addition, the platform offers multiple other tools for online learners, aimed at making the online learning experience frictionless. These include tools like the platform finder, which allows users to easily discover online learning platform that suit them, or bestcourses deals, which compiles online learning deals from all major learning platforms.
Since its launch in early 2022, the platform has grown to more than 600,000 monthly impressions and thousands of users.
Where did the idea for bestcourses.io come from?
I have been teaching online courses myself since late 2019, so I was familiar with the online learning ecosystem. At some point in the summer of 2021 when looking for an online course myself, I noticed that it was really hard to keep track of different online learning providers and what they had to offer – there are just so many online courses out there and everyday, more get added.
That’s when I thought of a platform that combines the offers of all these online course providers and makes it easier for end users to search through the vast library of available courses.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
To be honest, I don’t really have a super strong routine. Virtually every day looks a bit different, since I still go to university and run bestcourses on the side. Usually, I’ll work from home though, just getting done whatever needs to get done. Some coffee helps as well ?
How do you bring ideas to life?
Really depends on the type of idea. I do a lot of work on the user interface of bestcourses, so I’ll typically try to sketch out my ideas in Figma (for design-related ideas) or Whimsical (for software-related ideas).
Once I’m happy with the initial sketches, I’ll talk things through with my co-founder Thomas and then jump right into the implementation.
What’s one trend that excites you?
As a developer, I love the new and exciting tools I work with every day and the new tools that are constantly being added. For example, I really enjoy using new tools like TailwindCSS, HeadlessUI and working with Typescript, which has become super popular in recent years.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
For me, it’s constantly learning about new technologies and improving my technical skills. As a developer with a limited amount of professional experience, it’s essential for me to improve my skills, which directly results in better output.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Well, I am still pretty young (just turned 21 to be exact), but in hindsight, I would tell my 15-year-old self to get into programming and software development sooner. I started watching app development tutorials at that age, but I lost interest quickly as it got a bit more complicated.
As a computer science student, getting into coding earlier would have helped me out massively. But hey, I can’t change anything about it today, so it’s fine either way.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Something that I really strongly believe in that a lot of people would probably disagree with, is that every company should operate completely sustainable and contribute to a better society. In my opinion, quite a lot of businesses shouldn’t even get started in the first place, as they don’t bring any real value to society. This is especially true for a lot of consumer products (more often than not in fashion), and a lot of web3 startups. As a rule of thumb: If the business spends more time marketing and selling the product than it does working on it, it’s probably a net loss to society.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I check our stats very often, whether that’s website visitors, Google Search Console insights or revenue numbers. It helps me understand how we’re doing and where we can improve. Maybe we need to create better content for better SEO, or improve our conversion rates?
These are things you can find out if you keep tracks of your stats.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
We’re using programmatic SEO to grow our platform, which means we create lot of content and pages based on the data that we aggregate. This allows us to rank for long-tail keywords and to create a lot of content relatively fast.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
To be honest again, I’ve not had really big setbacks so far. Maybe one of the biggest ones was when one of the courses I created for my course business flopped. It wasn’t a huge loss, but I had still invested a lot of time and money into planning, filming, editing and publishing the course. I overcame it by focusing on other content/courses that we’re better received.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
It’s not a specific idea, but the best opportunities to build a small, profitable business without huge venture funding seem to come by adding to an existing platform. For example, adding plugins on top of Shopify, WordPress, or social media platforms has been a great business model for many.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Probably the two tools that I use the most are Notion and Todoist. Notion is where I keep everything, from my favorite restaurants to a list of content ideas for bestcourses. I use it as my “second brain”, so to store all the information that I need to keep somewhere.
Todoist on the other hand is my to-do list application. It’s where I add and track my daily to-dos to stay on top of everything that needs to be done. I’ve been using it for years and I’m really happy with it.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Factfulness is a book I read in recent years that was among the most impactful books I read. In the book, the author talks about how the world has changed for the better, even though it often seems like things are getting worse everyday. It’s a great reminder to believe in facts, and a glimpse of hope in challenging times, like we’re facing now.
What is your favorite quote?
I don’t have one to be honest.
- Be technology-first: As a computer science student, this is obviously easier to say, but I truly believe that virtually every company should make tech a top priority. The competitive advantage technology can give you is insane.
- Iterate fast: Especially as a team of two people, you have very limited resources, so it’s important to get things out there fast, so that future priorities can be derived from data and customer feedback.
- Team is key: Creating a great product is usually a team effort. Having a team of people that you have fun working with is key, even if it’s just a single person, like your co-founder or a freelancer.
From a Small AC Repair Company to a Household Name in Austin TX
The Success Story of Grande Air Solutions
What makes a successful company?
Well, while there is no one secret alone that can make you a success in the business world, the story of determined employees and aspiring entrepreneurs shed light on what makes a business thrive. Grande Air Solutions was established in 2011 by young, honest entrepreneurs Isael Garcia and Petra Lugo. They are both described as honest entrepreneurs ready to take on any challenge, which is what drove them to make this company a success. You’ll be able to find Isael and Petra engaging regularly with their customers and employees. As both will tell you, honesty is the first and foremost important feature to have in a company. Customers look for honesty in an AC repair Austin team when they’re looking to spend their money on a service. Whether the customer needs a new HVAC system or AC repair, they want to make sure that they’re getting their money’s worth.
Reliable and Affordability Make a Difference
Another key aspect that can take an HVAC company from a small-sized business to a household name is reliability. It can be a distressing situation when the AC breaks down in the middle of a hot summer day. The homeowner does not want to wait for hours on end waiting for the technician to arrive at their home. An HVAC company like Grande Air Solutions that is known for reliability will always be there for their customers, especially if it’s an HVAC emergency. Along with reliability, affordable prices are other factors that can make any company a success if it’s done right. This is where Grande Air Solutions shines as well. They offer their services along with affordable prices for all customers.
Building a Solid Reputation
How do you stand out from the rest of the competition?
It can be difficult to achieve a level of uniqueness among your competitors. However, this is where this company has also succeeded when it comes to Austin heating and air services. Building a solid reputation for years has propelled Grande Air Solutions from a small AC repair company to the well-known, trusted name it is today within the Austin area. The company has been able to deliver high-quality service to its customers, which has resulted in returning customers. This is also known as customer loyalty. The business has many five-star reviews, which potential customers look for in an HVAC company. Isael and Petra envisioned a company that carries the type of professionalism and friendly service that has exceeded the expectations of many of the company’s customers. In a nutshell, the entire team of employees are the ones who have helped build a respectable reputation for Grande Air Solutions.
Trusted and Trained Technicians
A company is only as good as its members. Another reason why this HVAC company has excelled in every aspect of the business is the team. The company’s technicians are well-trained and experienced in the HVAC field. When the technician arrives to fix or install the HVAC system, the customer knows exactly what they’ll be getting. The homeowner will always get quality service because it’s the results that speak volumes. Grande Air Solutions hires technicians who are experienced in the field and properly trained. Having the proper credentials also essential for any successful HVAC company to have, such as certifications and proper licensing.
Connecting With the Community
Starting from a small, humble HVAC company, Grande Air Solutions has been able to grow significantly thanks to the help of people. As a family-owned business, the company also knows the importance of closeness in the community. The company has been able to give back as much as they’ve received from their local communities. In fact, the company strives to give much more. By collaborating with local charitable organizations, they are able to offer the basic necessities of life, much-needed monetary donations, help for nonprofit organizations, and other support. Being a household name among the people holds a responsibility to provide a role model as a reliable HVAC company in all aspects, including helping the community.
Expanding Service Areas
Although it may be difficult to expand services in the beginning as a smaller business, one of the reasons the company has been able to grow is because of its determination to expand. Now, Grande Air Solutions is proud to offer Austin heating and air services throughout more of the areas. The company has been able to offer services in Buda, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Kyle, and more, just to mention a few. All of these cities are located in Texas. Investing time and money in their employees is one reason why the company has become a household name in Austin. As the team grows, more service areas are sure to open in the future.
Offering a Wide Range of HVAC Services
Knowing about the HVAC basics is important. However, this company has been able to expand and grow because its technicians are always learning something new in the field. As technology advances, the area of HVAC also continues to improve. This can include learning about smart thermostats, the new A2L refrigerants, and the new UV light purifiers. Whatever the case may be, the company has continued its success by offering new and improved HVAC services. The wide range of alternatives gives customers the power to choose what they want for their home.
Continuing the Success Without Letup
It can be discouraging and even disheartening when the challenge of a business gets you down. However, the key is to keep on going. Just like this company has shown continuous effort to succeed, it is vital for a business to keep on going without letup. Any business is likely to face ups and downs as they continue to expand. The important thing to keep in mind is that you are doing everything for the customer. Grande Air Solutions is an excellent example of a company that has put its customers first. It is their top priority to deliver quality AC repair, installations, and other HVAC services. Rest assured that the future looks bright for the company as it holds a special place for the residents of Austin, Texas, and nearby communities.
An Inside Look at One & Only Electrical Service Inc. with CEO Moshe Sabag
With thousands of electrical problems solved and many years of experience, they’ve become a reliable and experienced choice for those in need of electrical solutions. In this interview, we’ll be speaking with Moshe Sabag, the CEO of One & Only Electrical Service Inc. We’ll explore the ins and outs of the electrical industry, the company’s commitment to quality service, and their approach to customer satisfaction. So, let’s dive into the world of electrical services with Moshe Sabag.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your role in One & Only Electrical Service Inc.?
Moshe Sabag: My name is Moshe Sabag and I am the CEO of One & Only Electrical Service Inc. I have been in the electrical business for over a decade and have gained extensive experience and knowledge in the field. As the CEO, my role is to oversee the company’s operations and ensure that we provide top-notch service to our clients.
What inspired you to start One & Only Electrical Service Inc.?
Moshe Sabag: My passion for the electrical industry inspired me to start One & Only Electrical Service Inc. I saw a need for a reliable and affordable electrical contractor company in the Tri-Valley area and wanted to provide that service to the community.
What sets One & Only Electrical Service Inc. apart from other electrical contractors in the area?
Moshe Sabag: One & Only Electrical Service Inc. stands out from other electrical contractors in the area because of our commitment to providing exceptional service to our clients. We take pride in being the best local electrician for our clients. We are licensed and insured, and our electricians are highly trained and experienced. We also offer a wide range of services, including EV charging station installation, smart switches ( Lutron, Brilliant, Leviton, Noon) installation, and all house rewire.
Can you tell us more about the EV charging station installation service you offer?
Moshe Sabag: We specialize in EV charging station installation and can install a charging station for any electric vehicle, including Tesla (car charger tesla ) and BMW. We also offer a range of electrical services, including recessed light installation,led light, electrical panel upgrades, and wiring repairs. We will assess your home or business and recommend the best charging station for your needs. Our electricians will install the charging station safely and efficiently, ensuring that it is up to code and functioning properly.
What is your approach to customer service?
Moshe Sabag: At One & Only Electrical Service Inc., we prioritize customer satisfaction above all else. We offer same-day service and are available 24/7 for emergencies. Our friendly and dedicated customer service representatives are always ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Can you share a success story from One & Only Electrical Service Inc.?
Moshe Sabag: We recently installed an EV charging station for a client who had just purchased a Tesla. They were thrilled with our service and professionalism, and have since recommended us to several of their friends and colleagues. It’s always rewarding to know that we’ve provided a valuable service to our clients and exceeded their expectations.
What kind of training and certifications do your electricians have?
Moshe Sabag: Our electricians are highly trained and experienced, and we make sure they are up-to-date with the latest technology and techniques in the industry. They are all licensed and insured, and have undergone extensive training and certification programs to ensure they are able to provide the highest quality service to our clients.
As a Bay Area electrician, what are some of the unique challenges you face when providing electrical services to your clients?
Moshe Sabag: “Being a Bay Area electrician, we face a range of challenges when providing electrical services to our clients. One of the biggest challenges is keeping up with the latest technological advancements in the field, as the Bay Area is known for its innovative and tech-driven culture.
What do you see as the future of the electrical industry?
Moshe Sabag: The electrical industry is constantly evolving, with new technology and advancements in renewable energy. As the demand for renewable energy sources increases, we will likely see a shift towards more sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions. We also expect to see continued growth in the EV charging station industry, as more people switch to electric vehicles.
What are some of the biggest challenges facing the electrical industry today?
Moshe Sabag: One of the biggest challenges facing the electrical industry today is the shortage of skilled labor. As the demand for electrical services continues to grow, there is a need for more qualified electricians to meet that demand. Another challenge is keeping up with the latest technology and advancements in the industry, which requires ongoing education and training.
What advice would you give to someone looking for a reliable electrician?
Moshe Sabag: When looking for a reliable electrician, it’s important to do your research and choose a licensed and insured electrical company. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous clients, and ask for references. It’s also important to choose a company that offers a wide range of services, so that they can address all of your electrical needs.
An Interview With the Founder of The Clothing Brand Prjct Less
Anas Mustafa is the Founder and Creative Director of Prjct less, based in Amman, Jordan. Prjct less is the latest up and coming clothing brand from the middle east. A fashion lover with previous experience in the fashion industry, Anas Mustafa used his experience and education to create a brand inspired by his passion for high-end fashion and bold ideas.
What is your company name?
Prjct Less worldwide
Where is your business located?
Amman, Jordan but we ship and operate worldwide
What services or products does your organization provide?
Tell us a little bit about your company – what is Prjct less Clothing?
At Prjct less we design and craft garment, casual wear and clothing using apparel design and construction processes with an emphasis on creating innovative looks and focusing on each person’s unique beauty and sustainable practices that go against fast fashion.
What was the biggest problem you encountered in your company and how did you overcome it?
Startup capital is by far the toughest problem I’ve had as as an independent entrepreneur. It is very difficult for clothing brands to obtain traditional financing and access to capital was limited in my situation. So I decided to self-fund my project which brings with it a lot of freedom but also holds a huge risk. I always kept the finances in the back of my mind whenever I took a decision or had an idea.
I took this money as seed capital to fund my business venture. I spent it on equipment, raw materials, marketing and renting a small space to manage the business and have meetings in Amman, Jordan. Second biggest challenge is finding talented and creative people to work with as the fashion industry in Jordan is still considered relatively small compared to other countries. To get help I put an ad in the paper, online and used my connections to help me reach these “A players” which is crucial to any startup let alone a fashion brand. One to help me with the tremendous amount of work I do with design and clothing and one to help me marketing strategy and operations
What were the biggest mistakes you made when starting your business and how did you overcome them?
As a business graduate , my strength is not in design and the whole processes of fashion. Those are all things I had to deeply research, read, ask about and pick up and learn along the way, and to some extent they probably held me back a bit.
But probably the biggest mistake I made is trying to micromanage every single detail as a creative director regarding product, marketing, manufacturing and distribution which really hinders your focus. I realized that it is definitely an incorrect approach in managing the business as everything comes out as average in every facet of the business as opposed to finding the right people, trusting in their abilities, and delegate responsibilities in order to get outstanding results in every area.
My best advice would be to identify your strengths and weaknesses early on. Whatever your weaknesses, find help quickly so your business has what it needs to thrive and grow.
What do you do every day to grow as an entrepreneur?
There are 2 things I do regularly, alternating every day. The first is to take care of yourself. I eat well, exercise, pray and stay healthy, positive space in my home and among the people around me. I understand that being an entrepreneur will be the hardest and most rewarding thing. I need every ounce of energy I can get to make it to the top. When I’m physically at my best, so will the work I create.
Another thing is to keep acquiring knowledge and keep learning. I never stopped learning and that is done by research, reading, thinking and surrounding yourself with creative and ambitious people not just in your workplace but in life in general because by doing that, whenever you meet and gather you will benefit each other whether in ideas, or just by feeding off each other’s pure energy, motivation and discipline.
I believe I can’t grow as an entrepreneur unless I’m constantly learning and evolving towards the world I live in. This also applies to anyone in literally any position. Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t, there are so many things we humans don’t know; continuous learning helps us grow and improve; in everything we do.
What I should to know before starting a business?
Well the most important thing to know and determine before starting any business is figuring out your image, core values and how are you going to be unique and as obvious as these things are trust me I learned the hard way in the initial stages of launching the brand how important they are. Since starting the business 2 years ago I was actually stunned at how many small and mid-size companies underestimate the power of branding.
Furthermore, you need to decide who your core audience is and how are you going to reach that audience through the different marketing and communication channels whether online or offline.
How can we reach you?
The best way to reach me is on my Instagram @anasmustafa___ and also on my email email@example.com
What three tips would you give to other entrepreneurs starting their journey?
- Take the time and effort to search for and surround yourself with A players and then trust in their abilities.
- be bold in your endeavors, take calculated risks and always remember that it is extremely crucial that you evaluate yourself and your business every once in a while in order to learn from your mistakes
- Don’t let anyone hold you back, and remember, everything you can imagine is real!!
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