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How Rob Rawson, A Former Medical Doctor, Built A Technology Company

How Rob Rawson, A Former Medical Doctor, Built A Technology Company

On today’s episode of Gritty Founder, Kreig Kent talks with Rob Rawson about building and managing a globally distributed team. Rob shares advice on hiring, paying attention to the details, and learning the grittiness needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

Former medical doctor now founder of Staff.com and TimeDoctor.com, Rob has had experience with many different Internet businesses and a has a remote distributed team with over 50 people in 16 countries.

Some Questions Kreig Asks Rob:

– Did you always have an entrepreneurial bug? (4:14)
– What did your parents say when you decided to quit being a doctor, which you had worked so hard for, to pursue your entrepreneurial dream? (5:53)
– You had this idea that you wanted to be a millionaire and you were going to build something, but what was the motivation to be a doctor? (6:55)
– Tell me about a true failure, that at the time seemed horrible, but now looking back you actually think it was a blessing in disguise? (7:55)
– What would you say are some lessons you’ve learned about people in general? (11:51)
– How did you go about building and managing a global team? (14:08)
– What would you say is the single most important ingredient for a founder to be successful? (20:13)
– At what point did you know you were going to go down this entrepreneurial route? How old were you? (21:58)
– What are some pieces of advice you would give people who are thinking about starting a business? (23:04)
– What is stopping people from 10xing their results? (24:53)
– What do you think is the difference between founders working in other parts of the world and founders in Silicon Valley? (26:21)
– How did you acquire the domain Staff.com? (28:11)
– What is one thing that you find to be true that most people would disagree with? (35:13)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

– About Rob’s background as a medical doctor, how he decided to become an entrepreneur, and why he started TimeDoctor.com (2:00)
– Why Rob wanted to be an entrepreneur (4:31)
– One of Rob’s crazy venture ideas in his beginning days of entrepreneurship (6:17)
– Why Rob initially struggled to build TimeDoctor.com (8:21)
– A few of Rob’s investment failures, and how he learned it’s really difficult to keep your money once you’ve made it (9:55)
– Why it’s important to pay attention to the details when dealing with investments and with your team (12:02)
– The advantages and disadvantages of remote hiring and the best way to build a remote team (14:40)
– Some lessons Rob has learned from hiring remote developers (18:26)
– How Rob believes he engrained the grittiness needed to be a successful entrepreneur in himself (21:01)
– Why it’s important to figure out how to 10x your results (23:22)
– About TimeDoctor.com (32:05)
– Why Rob thinks it’s better to hire a lot of people, then it is to try and find the one exact person (35:22)

Connect with Rob Rawson:

Twitter
TimeDoctor.com
Staff.com

See Also

Also Mentioned on This Show…

Rob’s favorite quote:
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” ― Elon Musk

Rob’s book recommendation:
Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish

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