How to Turn Your Personal Experiences into a Successful Business Endeavor

By Amir Elichai, CEO of Carbyne

All good companies are formed with the desire to create change and fill a void in society. The need to connect people brought Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook. The ability to utilize a home computer for business, personal, and everyday use brought Bill Gates to create Microsoft. And a simple day at the beach brought forth Carbyne, a next generation 911 solution: I had been robbed.

Calling 911 was fruitless because I was unable to provide an accurate location, which made me ask: How could it be that we know the exact location of our food delivery driver or when a rideshare will arrive, but emergency services are unable to use the same technologies to locate a person in need? And so, Carbyne came to life.

However, success is more than just a great idea. It is being passionate about the solution you are presenting, being open to new ideas, and having the ability to embrace new innovations that come to market.

All successful companies need to transform based on need and new technologies coming out. One cannot be so focused on their original idea that it suffocates the potential growth and success of the company. New ideas - from within the company as well as through feedback from users – is essential to providing the best service available. Furthermore, staying on top of new trends and breakthrough technologies will always keep you one step ahead of the game.

Start-up Culture

When you enter the market to disrupt a field, the culture within your company is very important. This is extremely crucial in the early stages, as just one person can ruin it for everyone. As such, surrounding yourself with good people is essential to building a great company.

Entrepreneurs are often celebrated for the success of the business. But without good people around us, we can’t make our dreams a reality. It’s important to choose the right people and build the right culture. When starting a business, you are not hiring workers: You are hiring partners, people that will be with you every step of the way and it is essential that they hold the same commitment and passion to the goal as you.

You cannot start or run a business without passion and commitment. Every successful businessperson will tell you that. And that is true for one reason: If you can’t drive the company, no one will do it for you. Investors see passion, they invest in passion. Employees feel the passion and it motivates them. When creating a new product and disrupting an industry, there are bound to be many challenges along the way. When you radiate passion and commitment, you will be able to lead through the toughest of days, and if you have the right people at your side, you will emerge stronger as a company.

When building a company, always aim high and reach higher. You should always aim as high as you can and build the team that will help you navigate the path towards success.

About Carbyne

Carbyne (Headquartered in New York, NY) is a leading global provider of cloud-native mission-critical contact center solutions. Carbyne is one of the largest rich-data providers for emergency response centers, delivering over 250M data points per year all in a unified platform. Our technologies enable emergency contact centers and select enterprises to connect with callers as well as connected devices via highly secure communication channels without needing to download a consumer app. With a mission to redefine emergency collaboration and connect the dots between people, enterprises and governments, Carbyne provides a unified cloud native solution that provides live actionable data that can lead to more efficient and transparent operations and ultimately save lives. With Carbyne, every person counts.

Amir Elichai

Amir Elichai

 About Amir Elichai

Amir Elichai is the Founder & the Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Carbyne (Backed by: Founders Fund, Hanaco VC, Intercap VC; Global medical response, Kraft Group, FinTLV VC, Elsted Capital, General David Petraeus and more). For more than 12 years, Amir has repeatedly demonstrated his capabilities as a transformational leader – combining business acumen with strong financial discipline, deep operational insights, and organizational management. He is a growth-focused, results-oriented, and solutions-focused leader with a proven history of bringing analytical insights and pragmatic solutions to key business challenges. Amir is a former Israeli Army officer who served in a different position in the special elite forces and the intelligence corps. He was born and raised in Israel and earned his LLB & BA from IDC. He is married with two kids.

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