50 Interviews Inc
SBDC consulting and classes helps entrepreneur publish interviews
Fort Collins, CO 80521
970-215-1078 | Visit Website
When I first began the interview process, my intention was simply to explore the possibilities of entrepreneurship to see if it was the path for me. I wanted to take a look at what being in business for myself really meant before I took the leap. I must give credit where credit is due. It was my wise and wonderful wife, Debi, who suggested I interview 50 entrepreneurs. She secretly hoped that by the time I interviewed 50 people, I would forget about this crazy idea and stick to my daily grind. Truthfully, we were both pretty fearful of giving up the security of a steady paycheck to start a business.
I took my wife’s advice and began reaching out to schedule interviews with entrepreneurs from a variety of industries and backgrounds. What began as a career exploration exercise turned into something much bigger than I ever imagined. In the process of doing those first 50 interviews, I had a personal awakening. I was enlightened, not only about all things entrepreneurial, but also about the power of the interview process itself. I am a voracious reader of non-fiction. I have always enjoyed learning from the experiences of others. As I completed each interview, I was struck by the potency of the information that was being offered through the oral exchange of ideas.
As a result of doing 50 interviews, I did make the leap from employee to entrepreneur. My career exploration ultimately became the catalyst for a vibrant business enterprise involving many different people. More than a dozen 50 Interviews titles are currently in the process of being developed and published. Exploring 50 different perspectives on a single topic is transformative and it is exciting to see the concept applied to so many different life experiences.
Through 2008 & 2009 I took a variety of classes offered through the Larimer County SBDC. Of particular help was the one-on-one counseling I received from Andrea Grant. She provided valuable support and guidance. Helping me see when it would be suitable to take my endeavor full time and instilling the confidence I needed to take the next step.
I’ll be exploring funding options in early 2010 and plan to leverage the resources of the SBDC again at that time.
Written by Brian Schwartz, CEO