Our guest for this episode is Steve Glaveski, an Australian entrepreneur who has founded several growing ventures, including Collective Campus, Lemonade Stand, and the Future Squared podcast. He is also the author of a new book titled Employee to Entrepreneur: How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work That Matters. Whether you are actively thinking of making the switch from employee to entrepreneur or are mildly intrigued by the prospect of working for yourself, Steve has some unique insights on how you can enter the exciting world of startups.
The conversation starts with Steve Glaveski sharing his own entrepreneurial origin story, including how he left his safe job in the financial services industry to start Hotdesk, an Airbnb for office space (02:16 - 07:53). He then goes on to explain why he (and others like him) decided to pursue entrepreneurship rather than a simple job change (07:54 - 10:30) and why he decided to pursue the idea for Hotdesk (10:31 - 13:57). From there, Steve speaks about time management skills when juggling both a full-time job and a side hustle (13:58 - 18:48), the decision at Macquarie Bank that set himself up for success in his entrepreneurial career (18:49 - 22:35), and tips for those who are just about to quit their jobs to become entrepreneurs (22:36 - 25:43).
Steve then reflects on his entrepreneurial career, stating the mistakes he made when starting Hotdesk that he hasn't made in successive ventures (25:44 - 32:26) and how a small group of founders can quickly test startup ideas (32:27 - 41:22). The discussion concludes with Steve explaining how entrepreneurs can proceed when their minimum viable product leads to crickets (41:23 - 44:37), why hiring an external developer may be the right move for some entrepreneurs (44:38 - 51:02), and one thing that listeners can do now to start their transition from employee to entrepreneur (51:03 - 54:05). For show notes and a transcript of this interview, please click here.