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From Teacher to Tech Founder – How Omar Zenhom Started WebinarNinja

From Teacher to Tech Founder – How Omar Zenhom Started WebinarNinja

On today’s episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Omar Zenhom about how he became an entrepreneur and started WebinarNinja. Omar shares valuable advice for people thinking about entrepreneurship or for those who are just starting out in their entrepreneurial journey.

Omar Zenhom is the co-founder and CEO of WebinarNinja. Founded in 2014, over a million people have attended a webinar with WebinarNinja.

Omar is also the host of the iTunes Best of 2014 podcast, The $100 MBA Show. With over 100 million downloads and over 1,300 episodes, The $100 MBA Show is ranked as a top business podcast in over 30 countries.

Omar has been featured as a top speaker, podcaster and entrepreneur in Forbes, INC., Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Foundr.

Some Questions Kreig asks Omar:

– What do you think is the most important ingredient for a founder to be successful? (21:58)
– How did you start WebinarNinja without funding? (24:52)
– If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? (30:33)
– How did you hire your first few engineers to build out the initial version of your product? (32:55)
– What is some advice you can give founders who are bootstrapping their companies and don’t want to take investor money? (37:26)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

– Why Omar transitioned from being a teacher to entrepreneur (4:29)
– Some of Omar’s early businesses (8:36)
– Entrepreneurship forces you to change, improve, and evolve (15:20)
– You need to be determined and resilient (22:11)
– The importance of self-awareness (23:02)
– Don’t be afraid to communicate with customers (26:46)
– You have to get over your fear of failure (30:53)
– Start as early as possible, but if you do start late, you can use your past experiences to your advantage (31:19)
– Hire people who are great communicators (36:30)
– Find a coach, friend, or more experienced founder who can guide you and give you help or advice (37:41)

Connect with Omar Zenhom:

Twitter
Personal Website
The $100 MBA
WebinarNinja

See Also

Also Mentioned on This Show…

Omar’s favorite quote:
“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” ―George S. Patton

Omar’s book recommendations:
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

More resources:
Anyone Can Do It by Sahar Hashemi
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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