Marcus van Enk – CEO Interview
When did you know you wanted to start your own company?
When I was around 21 years old, I was working closely with my brother in law and I saw the passion that he had for making his own way in business and I wanted in so I asked him for a share and he gave me 10%. I was hooked with running my own show from then on.
What was your original idea for this company, and are you still doing that (or did you pivot, if so, what is the new focus and why)?
To solve the problem of unsystematic worksites by digitizing paperwork. Still at it.
How long did it take you to finally take the leap, and what was it that pushed you over the fence?
It took me around 2 years to get it going and my brother in law gave the ultimatum of buy him out of the business we were in or leave and start up my own.
Who inspired you to pursue your dream, and why do you think they believed in you?
My brother in law initially gave me the inspiration to run my own company because he saw in me what I probably did not have enough confidence in myself to see at the time. Plus my dad who started his own company in his 40s and successfully retired a few years ago.
Who is your favorite mentor and why?
So far Mark Phillips – Business in Bare Feet. He opened my eyes to the world.
What was the hardest thing about starting your company, and what did you do to make it through the first stage?
Gaining trust and learning tech. I have an insatiable desire to succeed.
What has been the hardest lesson to learn?
Be careful who you partner with.
What has been the most amazing thing you have experience while running this company?
Customer feedback and the success of launching a product into market.
What is the weirdest thing you have experienced while running this company, and how did you react to it?
Good question that I don’t have an answer to..
What is the best decision you’ve ever made while running this company?
Exiting my then business partner.
What is the biggest mistake you made while running this company, and why do you think it happened?
Developing the wrong culture
How has the coronavirus pandemic affected your company?
Slowed down customer interaction and improved team collaboration as we moved to fully remote operations.
What keeps you passionate about your company?
Hearing customer success stories.
What daily routine have you developed to help you take care of your mind, body, and soul?
Wake at 5-5:30am. Walk the dog whilst listening to audiobooks. Coffee and then binaural beats.
What one thing would you like people to take away from this interview?
Work hard or work harder.
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