Russell Rothstein is a 2x Bootstrapped founder, currently the CEO of IT Central Station, which has a $3 TRILLION market for enterprise technology through the power of crowdsourcing, product reviews and voice of the cutomer, as well as being father to five children.
Russell joins Ryan to talk about the journey he’s taken in order to grow to eight figures plus after nine years of bootstrapping – the lessons he’s learned along the way, and the importance of patience when it comes to scale.
Many of the most successful companies in the world are ones who have taken the concepts of other sectors, and brought those schools of thinking into another. Peer-to-peer reviews for enterprise technology didn’t exist in a large way until Russell saw the benefit of such services as Trip Advisor on hospitality.
Growth and scale takes patience. You must spend time understanding customer needs, building your product accordingly, and developing validation.
If you spend enough time in nurturing impactful relationships, and do your utmost to convey your passion, your purpose and your vision, then they’re far more likely to want to chance on you.
The number one driver that entices people to share content online, in a large or small scale, is altruism. People like to help other people.
‘We’re not the overnight success – we’re the nine year success, and growing!’
‘Your initial idea for a product is never what you end up going to market with’
‘Articulate your vision – share your vision’
‘That’s a superpower – listening well to customers’
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