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CO-FOUNDER, IN-DEPTH: The Freedom In Starting Your Own Business Is Awesome

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Kevin goes in-depth about being the co-founder of a company that connects computer geeks with clients who need their tech savvy. Kevin tells us what he likes most about his job and what was most challenging for him as an entrepreneur. He also describes the key decision he and his team made that changed the course of the company's direction.

Degree: Philosophy
Job Title: Co-Founder
Employer: GEEKATOO

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

On-the-Job Training

No

Additional Info

Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$0 - $200,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking, Adventurous, Organizational skills, Courageous

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='12670'>always</span> <span m='13000'>the</span> <span m='13080'>best</span> <span m='13400'>route.</span> <span m='13750'>And</span> <span m='13870'>sometimes</span> <span m='14340'>you</span> <span m='14430'>don't</span> <span m='14610'>have</span> <span m='14900'>the</span> <span m='15110'>flexibility</span> <span m='15720'>or</span> <span m='15800'>freedom</span> <span m='16670'>to</span> <span m='16790'>come</span> <span m='16990'>up</span> <span m='17070'>with</span> <span m='17180'>your</span> <span m='17300'>own</span> <span m='17410'>solutions</span> <span m='17870'>to</span> <span m='18000'>tackle</span> <span m='18250'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='18640'>So</span> <span m='19300'>if</span> <span m='19400'>something</span> <span m='19670'>goes</span> <span m='19840'>wrong,</span> <span m='20360'>it's</span> <span m='20400'>not</span> <span m='20500'>like</span> <span m='20660'>I</span> <span m='20790'>have to</span> <span m='21430'>get</span> <span m='22230'>clearance</span> <span m='22760'>from</span> <span m='22890'>a</span> <span m='22970'>boss</span> <span m='23360'>or</span> <span m='23480'>propose</span> <span m='23870'>something.</span> <span m='24120'>It's</span> <span m='24320'>like</span> <span m='24640'>we</span> <span m='24780'>just</span> <span m='24980'>go</span> <span m='25260'>for it,</span> <span m='25700'>we</span> <span m='25890'>try to</span> <span m='26000'>tackle</span> <span m='26360'>it and</span> <span m='26490'>we</span> <span m='26630'>get</span> <span m='27070'>the</span> <span m='27150'>feedback.</span> <span m='27550'>So</span> <span m='28660'>I</span> <span m='28740'>can't</span> <span m='29050'>tell</span> <span m='29250'>you</span> <span m='29360'>how</span> <span m='29540'>awesome</span> <span m='29990'>the</span> <span m='30080'>sense</span> <span m='30450'>of</span> <span m='30750'>freedom</span> <span m='31130'>is</span> <span m='31360'>to</span> <span m='31780'>start</span> <span m='32100'>your</span> <span m='32240'>own</span> <span m='32350'>thing</span> <span m='32689'>and</span> <span m='35640'>to</span> <span m='35940'>solve</span> <span m='36340'>issues</span> <span m='36760'>how</span> <span m='36980'>you</span> <span m='37180'>would,</span> <span m='37540'>and not</span> <span m='37760'>have</span> <span m='37920'>to</span> <span m='38000'>have</span> <span m='38130'>somebody</span> <span m='38770'>tell</span> <span m='39020'>you</span> <span m='39140'>how</span> <span m='39260'>to</span> <span m='39350'>solve</span> <span m='39690'>it and then you</span> <span m='40050'>just</span> <span m='40330'>work</span> <span m='40560'>for</span> <span m='40870'>them.</span> <span m='41790'>That</span> <span m='42100'>by</span> <span m='42210'>far</span> <span m='42540'>is</span> <span m='42630'>my</span> <span m='42740'>favorite</span> <span m='43040'>part.</span> </p><p><span m='43290'>The</span> <span m='43450'>other</span> <span m='43510'>favorite</span> <span m='43770'>part</span> <span m='43990'>is</span> <span m='44090'>that,</span> <span m='44630'>now</span> <span m='44800'>that we</span> <span m='44870'>have</span> <span m='45030'>some</span> <span m='45140'>investor</span> <span m='45500'>money,</span> <span m='46470'>we</span> <span m='46580'>can</span> <span m='46790'>kind</span> <span m='47030'>of</span> <span m='47610'>have a little</span> <span m='47990'>freedom.</span> <span m='48240'>For</span> <span m='48380'>example,</span> <span m='49660'>we're</span> <span m='49790'>not</span> <span m='49900'>getting</span> <span m='50070'>an</span> <span m='50170'>office</span> <span m='50560'>for</span> <span m='50630'>the</span> <span m='50700'>next</span> <span m='50860'>three</span> <span m='51010'>months.</span> <span m='51290'>Instead,</span> <span m='51510'>we're</span> <span m='51600'>spending</span> <span m='51820'>the</span> <span m='51890'>money</span> <span m='52180'>to go</span> <span m='52330'>to</span> <span m='52460'>Barcelona</span> <span m='53020'>for</span> <span m='53180'>a</span> <span m='53230'>month.</span> <span m='53940'>And</span> <span m='53960'>we're</span> <span m='54090'>going to</span> <span m='54210'>all</span> <span m='54490'>work</span> <span m='54680'>away</span> <span m='55000'>and</span> <span m='55540'>do</span> <span m='55630'>that.</span> <span m='55860'>We</span> <span m='55940'>actually</span> <span m='56260'>leave in</span> <span m='56660'>a</span> <span m='56720'>week.</span> <span m='57040'>So,</span> <span m='57440'>boohoo.</span> </p><p><span m='58640'>So</span> <span m='58790'>things</span> <span m='59070'>like</span> <span m='59230'>that,</span> <span m='59470'>it's</span> <span m='60110'>really</span> <span m='60290'>nice</span> <span m='60600'>once</span> <span m='60820'>you're</span> <span m='61070'>kind</span> <span m='61240'>of</span> <span m='61710'>independent</span> <span m='62105'>and</span> <span m='62500'>on</span> <span m='62620'>your</span> <span m='62760'>own.</span> <span m='64676'>It's</span> <span m='65120'>a</span> <span m='65150'>great</span> <span m='65410'>feeling.</span> <span m='66240'>Yeah,</span> <span m='66440'>that's</span> <span m='66720'>by</span> <span m='66930'>far</span> <span m='67150'>my</span> <span m='67260'>favorite.</span> <span m='67950'>When</span> <span m='68140'>you</span> <span m='68250'>start</span> <span m='68590'>your</span> <span m='68710'>own</span> <span m='68840'>thing</span> <span m='69270'>there's</span> <span m='69460'>so</span> <span m='69820'>many</span> <span m='70080'>different</span> <span m='70390'>aspects</span> <span m='70730'>that</span> <span m='71070'>you</span> <span m='71190'>need</span> <span m='71320'>to</span> <span m='71440'>learn.</span> <span m='71840'>How</span> <span m='72020'>to</span> <span m='72130'>talk</span> <span m='72360'>to</span> <span m='72500'>people,</span> <span m='73220'>how</span> <span m='73610'>do you</span> <span m='74160'>get</span> <span m='74310'>the</span> <span m='74380'>word</span> <span m='74710'>out.</span> <span m='74970'>Like</span> <span m='75120'>marketing,</span> <span m='76130'>if</span> <span m='76250'>you're</span> <span m='76370'>doing</span> <span m='76620'>a</span> <span m='76690'>website</span> <span m='77240'>or</span> <span m='77360'>some</span> <span m='77520'>sort</span> <span m='77670'>of</span> <span m='77740'>product,</span> <span m='78140'>how</span> <span m='78280'>you</span> <span m='78430'>build</span> <span m='78640'>that</span> <span m='78810'>together.</span> <span m='80180'>How</span> <span m='80280'>you</span> <span m='80390'>get</span> <span m='80600'>feedback,</span> <span m='81070'>incorporated,</span> <span m='81910'>there's</span> <span m='82040'>so</span> <span m='82250'>many</span> <span m='82390'>things</span> <span m='82630'>to</span> <span m='82730'>figure</span> <span m='83060'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='83250'>So</span> <span m='83350'>I</span> <span m='83410'>think</span> <span m='83650'>that if</span> <span m='84570'>you</span> <span m='84660'>ever</span> <span m='84880'>start</span> <span m='85200'>your</span> <span m='85340'>own</span> <span m='85470'>thing,</span> <span m='85770'>it's</span> <span m='85940'>the</span> <span m='86030'>challenge</span> <span m='86490'>of</span> <span m='87990'>how</span> <span m='88250'>do</span> <span m='88310'>you</span> <span m='88430'>build</span> <span m='88710'>something</span> <span m='89160'>that</span> <span m='89370'>people</span> <span m='89670'>will</span> <span m='89880'>want</span> <span m='90040'>to</span> <span m='90160'>use</span> <span m='90880'>or</span> <span m='91010'>buy?</span> <span m='92280'>And</span> <span m='92430'>then</span> <span m='92650'>how</span> <span m='92860'>do</span> <span m='92930'>you</span> <span m='93000'>get</span> <span m='93150'>the</span> <span m='93220'>word</span> <span m='93460'>out?</span> <span m='93710'>And</span> <span m='93900'>those</span> <span m='94150'>two</span> <span m='94390'>questions</span> <span m='94970'>by</span> <span m='95130'>far</span> <span m='95570'>are the</span> <span m='95650'>hardest</span> <span m='96010'>thing</span> <span m='96120'>that</span> <span m='96220'>we've</span> <span m='96310'>had</span> <span m='96480'>to</span> <span m='96600'>figure</span> <span m='96840'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='97380'>We</span> <span m='97500'>had</span> <span m='97660'>a</span> <span m='97720'>bidding</span> <span m='98020'>model,</span> <span m='98340'>so</span> <span m='98540'>imagine</span> <span m='98910'>you</span> <span m='99000'>need</span> <span m='99150'>a</span> <span m='99200'>computer</span> <span m='99600'>repair.</span> <span m='100190'>People</span> <span m='100620'>would</span> <span m='100740'>sign</span> <span m='101060'>up</span> <span m='101350'>and</span> <span m='102000'>we'd</span> <span m='102130'>have</span> <span m='102340'>geeks</span> <span m='102660'>kind</span> <span m='102840'>of</span> <span m='103020'>bid,</span> <span m='103760'>I'll</span> <span m='104010'>do it</span> <span m='104160'>for</span> <span m='104280'>$100,</span> <span m='104770'>I'll do it for</span> <span m='104980'>$50,</span> <span m='105600'>$25.</span> <span m='106730'>And</span> <span m='107130'>we</span> <span m='107820'>looked</span> <span m='108040'>at that.</span> <span m='108250'>We were like,</span> <span m='108580'>oh,</span> <span m='108780'>this</span> <span m='108880'>is</span> <span m='108980'>great.</span> <span m='109180'>The customer is</span> <span m='109590'>getting</span> <span m='109940'>choices</span> <span m='111310'>and</span> <span m='112000'>that's</span> <span m='112260'>what</span> <span m='112390'>they</span> <span m='112470'>want,</span> <span m='112690'>right.</span> </p><p><span m='113260'>It</span> <span m='113400'>turns</span> <span m='113620'>out</span> <span m='113760'>they</span> <span m='113880'>don't</span> <span m='114130'>care</span> <span m='114320'>about</span> <span m='114520'>that</span> <span m='114660'>whatsoever.</span> <span m='115390'>They</span> <span m='115540'>want</span> <span m='115830'>somebody</span> <span m='116260'>to</span> <span m='116350'>come</span> <span m='116600'>to</span> <span m='116700'>their</span> <span m='116860'>house</span> <span m='117520'>quickly.</span> <span m='119600'>If</span> <span m='119830'>you're</span> <span m='119930'>a</span> <span m='119980'>good</span> <span m='120150'>price,</span> <span m='120490'>good</span> <span m='120830'>value.</span> <span m='121730'>But</span> <span m='122660'>five</span> <span m='122940'>minutes,</span> <span m='123300'>somebody</span> <span m='123500'>calls</span> <span m='123730'>them</span> <span m='123870'>up,</span> <span m='124150'>hey,</span> <span m='124430'>I'm</span> <span m='124570'>your</span> <span m='124670'>geek,</span> <span m='124820'>I'm going</span> <span m='125000'>to</span> <span m='125080'>come out and</span> <span m='125410'>help</span> <span m='125600'>you</span> <span m='125730'>out</span> <span m='125870'>today.</span> <span m='126440'>That's</span> <span m='126640'>all</span> <span m='126740'>they</span> <span m='126840'>care</span> <span m='127030'>about.</span> </p><p><span m='127190'>So</span> <span m='128030'>we</span> <span m='128160'>were</span> <span m='128250'>missing</span> <span m='129070'>tons</span> <span m='129490'>of</span> <span m='129590'>customers</span> <span m='130160'>because</span> <span m='130370'>we</span> <span m='130490'>didn't</span> <span m='130660'>really</span> <span m='130860'>have</span> <span m='132130'>that</span> <span m='132290'>foresight</span> <span m='132840'>to</span> <span m='133120'>say,</span> <span m='133530'>oh</span> <span m='133670'>well</span> <span m='133870'>there's</span> <span m='134020'>a</span> <span m='134070'>bunch</span> <span m='134270'>of</span> <span m='134310'>people</span> <span m='134500'>that</span> <span m='134570'>don't</span> <span m='134820'>want</span> <span m='134940'>to</span> <span m='134980'>sign</span> <span m='135320'>up,</span> <span m='135680'>if your</span> <span m='135880'>computer's</span> <span m='136350'>broken,</span> <span m='138080'>sign</span> <span m='138390'>up</span> <span m='138480'>via</span> <span m='138670'>computer.</span> <span m='139120'>It sounds kind of</span> <span m='139560'>obvious.</span> <span m='140050'>But we're</span> <span m='140310'>like,</span> <span m='140590'>OK,</span> <span m='140790'>let's</span> <span m='140860'>try</span> <span m='141010'>to</span> <span m='141080'>put</span> <span m='141270'>up</span> <span m='141950'>a</span> <span m='142050'>toll</span> <span m='142250'>free</span> <span m='142470'>number.</span> <span m='142970'>And</span> <span m='143100'>then</span> <span m='144070'>people</span> <span m='144430'>started</span> <span m='144680'>signing</span> <span m='144970'>up.</span> <span m='145640'>And</span> <span m='145730'>that</span> <span m='145900'>one</span> <span m='146080'>decision,</span> <span m='146810'>I</span> <span m='146910'>cannot</span> <span m='147400'>tell</span> <span m='147590'>you</span> <span m='147840'>how</span> <span m='148440'>many</span> <span m='148700'>things</span> <span m='148920'>that</span> <span m='149040'>changed</span> <span m='149370'>for</span> <span m='149490'>us.</span> </p><p><span m='150400'>Geeks</span> <span m='150610'>could</span> <span m='150900'>go</span> <span m='151100'>out</span> <span m='151260'>to</span> <span m='151360'>jobs</span> <span m='151690'>much</span> <span m='151870'>quicker,</span> <span m='152990'>clients</span> <span m='153380'>were much</span> <span m='153520'>happier they</span> <span m='153900'>didn't</span> <span m='154090'>have</span> <span m='154270'>to</span> <span m='154370'>deal</span> <span m='154560'>with</span> <span m='154680'>choice.</span> <span m='155250'>The</span> <span m='155330'>pricing</span> <span m='155990'>model</span> <span m='156340'>was</span> <span m='156480'>based</span> <span m='156750'>up front,</span> <span m='157080'>they didn't</span> <span m='157300'>have</span> <span m='157390'>to</span> <span m='157480'>deal</span> <span m='157640'>with</span> <span m='157880'>how</span> <span m='157980'>much</span> <span m='158150'>should</span> <span m='158360'>I</span> <span m='158550'>be paying</span> <span m='158840'>for.</span> <span m='159540'>It's</span> <span m='159760'>not</span> <span m='159920'>hard</span> <span m='160220'>to</span> <span m='160300'>get</span> <span m='160440'>a</span> <span m='160510'>job,</span> <span m='160810'>but</span> <span m='160900'>the</span> <span m='160970'>thing</span> <span m='161170'>is</span> <span m='161280'>you</span> <span m='161380'>have</span> <span m='161480'>a</span> <span m='161520'>bunch</span> <span m='161730'>of</span> <span m='161840'>independent</span> <span m='162240'>contractors</span> <span m='162940'>that</span> <span m='163150'>technically</span> <span m='163640'>are</span> <span m='163770'>working.</span> <span m='164900'>But</span> <span m='165250'>how</span> <span m='165500'>they</span> <span m='165590'>get</span> <span m='165770'>customers</span> <span m='166480'>and</span> <span m='167290'>actually</span> <span m='167610'>make</span> <span m='167800'>a good</span> <span m='167970'>living</span> <span m='168240'>out</span> <span m='168400'>of</span> <span m='168470'>it,</span> <span m='168790'>that's</span> <span m='169000'>a</span> <span m='169040'>difficult</span> <span m='169440'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='169890'>A</span> <span m='170010'>lot</span> <span m='170230'>of</span> <span m='170310'>people</span> <span m='170590'>have</span> <span m='170750'>their</span> <span m='170850'>work</span> <span m='171100'>life</span> <span m='171250'>balance</span> <span m='171640'>out of</span> <span m='171925'>whack,</span> <span m='172210'>so</span> <span m='172510'>being</span> <span m='172770'>an</span> <span m='172860'>entrepreneur,</span> <span m='173510'>the</span> <span m='173680'>biggest</span> <span m='174100'>thing</span> <span m='174400'>I</span> <span m='174460'>would</span> <span m='174590'>say that</span> <span m='174880'>you would</span> <span m='174980'>have</span> <span m='175130'>to</span> <span m='175220'>be</span> <span m='175400'>is</span> <span m='176370'>you</span> <span m='176490'>have</span> <span m='176650'>to</span> <span m='176760'>manage</span> <span m='177050'>priorities.</span> <span m='177610'>And</span> <span m='177670'>that's</span> <span m='177830'>a</span> <span m='177890'>skill</span> <span m='178200'>that</span> <span m='178290'>applies</span> <span m='178620'>in</span> <span m='178700'>life,</span> <span m='178900'>too.</span> <span m='179220'>You</span> <span m='179350'>have</span> <span m='179500'>to</span> <span m='179640'>apply it</span> <span m='180080'>to,</span> <span m='180720'>not</span> <span m='180890'>only</span> <span m='181100'>like</span> <span m='181440'>your</span> <span m='181620'>work</span> <span m='181890'>life,</span> <span m='182170'>but you</span> <span m='182310'>have</span> <span m='182390'>to</span> <span m='183200'>balance</span> <span m='183560'>and</span> <span m='183670'>manage</span> <span m='183950'>priorities</span> <span m='184370'>with</span> <span m='184940'>family,</span> <span m='185490'>with</span> <span m='185770'>your</span> <span m='186130'>significant</span> <span m='186490'>other,</span> <span m='186820'>or</span> <span m='186860'>anything</span> <span m='187110'>like</span> <span m='187270'>that.</span> <span m='187610'>So</span> <span m='188230'>yeah,</span> <span m='188710'>that to</span> <span m='188970'>me</span> <span m='189140'>is</span> <span m='189280'>I</span> <span m='189420'>look</span> <span m='189560'>at</span> <span m='189600'>an</span> <span m='189900'>entrepreneur</span> <span m='190155'>who</span> <span m='190410'>hasn't</span> <span m='190570'>figured that</span> <span m='190870'>out.</span> <span m='191030'>And like,</span> <span m='191180'>you're not a</span> <span m='191330'>true entrepreneur</span> <span m='192020'>because</span> <span m='192240'>you</span> <span m='192320'>didn't</span> <span m='192580'>really</span> <span m='192850'>learn</span> <span m='193080'>how</span> <span m='193250'>to</span> <span m='193720'>manage</span> <span m='194160'>and</span> <span m='194460'>balance</span> <span m='194780'>priorities.</span> </p>","file":{"id":317167,"video_id":"2887091550001","name":"1449-Kevin-p-Geekatoo2 In-Depth","duration":196047,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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