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Start-Up Ideation, An Unconventional Path to Entrepreneurship with Harry Glaser

Start-Up Ideation Without Borders

Sometimes it takes a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia to have an epiphany about the direction of your life. Such was the case with Harry Glaser, the Co-founder and CEO of Periscope Data, an end-to-end analytics platform that enables powerful data team collaboration.

Show Summary:

In this episode, Justin Gray invites Harry to discuss giving his notice at Google, and how he convinced his college roommate to quit his job at Microsoft and build a startup with him (even though neither knew what that business would be). Harry also breaks down highlights from their start-stop journey at prototyping ideas, and how the need for data insights spurred a weekend side project that became what is now Periscope Data.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:52 – What is Periscope Data?

04:50 – Talk about your start-up ideation process.

13:52 – How did the funding process work?

15:44 – Start-up ideation is always looking for validation. When hearing no to funding, did you ever think the company may not work?

17:23 – What did you learn about yourself and your co-founder?

21:51 – How did you know what to look for when hiring your first employees?

23:06 – How did you tactically diversify your employee pool?

24:40 – When did you start to feel ideation validation?

26:26 – What is your worst day?

26:50 – How do you get over bad days as an entrepreneur?

32:03 – What are the good and bad traits that you and your co-founder have?

35:25 – At what stage of your journey would you gauge yourself and Periscope Data?

36:44 – What advice would you give an entrepreneur at day zero of their company?

3 Key Points:

  1. Change happens. As an entrepreneur, your role may change frequently. When you’re looking to validate your idea, be prepared to try different strategies to achieve goals. Change for an entrepreneur is a good thing as it helps evolve the business, reveal personal strengths and challenges value and beliefs.
  2. Entrepreneurs do not give up. As an entrepreneur, you may not be able to just up and leave to find a new job when something doesn’t go right. Entrepreneurs are committed and dedicated to the success of their company. Failure is a tool and can be used to your advantage, treat it as an opportunity. Master the art of never giving up.
  3. Walk with confidence. Every entrepreneur’s journey is different, and every so often there’s a product that simply clicks in the market. If you have an idea do not let it fade. Sometimes you have to leave your city, leave family and grab the bull by the horns.

To connect with Harry, find him on LinkedIn or visit www.periscopedata.com. Plus, hear more interviews with entrepreneurs here.

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