In this episode, Starve the Doubts host Jared Easley is joined by fellow podcaster Clark Buckner, as they interview Rob Bellenfant, founder and CEO of TechnologyAdvice. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and public speaker specializing in IT, sales, marketing, and talent development. He seeks to break down barriers in both life and business through personal and professional growth. Having started 6 successful businesses in the past 14 years, Rob pushes his advocacy of thinking less and acting more.
Can you actually buy a business on eBay?
That’s what Rob has done with TechnologyAdvice, which has now grown to become a successful startup. TechnologyAdvice connects buyers and sellers of business technology as they seek to become the world’s leading resource for educating and connecting buyers and sellers in order to simplify the entire buying process.
In this episode, you’ll learn about:
- How Rob acquired TechnologyAdvice
- Buying a business on eBay
- The benefits of wearing different hats in running a business
- Growing the business from a single employee to a group of over 50
- How Rob defines success
- How to combat fear and doubt
- The importance of investing in employees, not just engagement
- What a 90%+ millennial workplace is like
- Breaking down the typical millennial stereotypes
- Rob’s advice to fellow entrepreneurs
- Balancing proactiveness vs. prudence
The original story of how Rob got TechnologyAdvice
- One of the investments he made after selling his previous business at 18 years old
- Buying this business on eBay
The evolution of TechnologyAdvice
- Started at his dorm room serving customers advertising services
- Hired his first employee after 4 months in business
- Wearing several hats thereby gaining valuable skills as an entrepreneur
- Moving into an office
- Growing the business
Rob’s definition of success and how it changed over the years
- How he defined it back to the time he was still starting his business
- How he defines success today
Starving your doubts and fears when you’re running your business:
- Focusing more on opportunities than obstacles
Investing in employees, not just engagement
- “Investing is the means to the engagement.”
- Investing in an employee retreat
Seeing positive ROI through constantly investing with different things in the business
The 90%+ millennial workplace
- Having more than 90% of millennial on their team
- Identifying the strengths and weaknesses
- Having the “work hard, play hard” mentality
- Focusing on breaking down the typical millennial stereotypes
Rob’s advice to entrepreneurs:
- “Act more and think less.”
- Just get out there and do things.
- Always be moving and always improving yourself and those around you.
- Treat every mistake or failure as a lesson learned.
Balancing being proactive vs. being prudent
Who is doing something that interests Rob: Gary Vaynerchuck (@garyvee)
Rob’s final thoughts for the listeners:
“ If you have any doubts in your life, your business, the best way to starve those doubts is to take action towards your goals right now!”
“Stop thinking, stop doubting yourself, and just take the first step immediately towards working towards your goal.”
“Sitting there and considering all of your options and how all of of those options might end up playing out is probably the worst thing you can do. Take action immediately.”