Starve the Doubts

Technology Advice with Rob Bellenfant

October 17, 2014
Starve the Doubts
Technology Advice with Rob Bellenfant
Chapters
Starve the Doubts
Technology Advice with Rob Bellenfant
Oct 17, 2014
Jared Easley
Show Notes
Rob Bellenfant 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 Items mentioned: 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) Connect with Rob on Twitter @robbellenfant and @Technology_Adv and LinkedIn! 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.”