As an entrepreneur, creating new paths and making mistakes are part of the expected journey and adventure that we can face. Taking risks, especially those that don’t pay off when launching a tech product, it can become a very rocky adventure for a startup. These rocky experiences can lead to problems, business mistakes, or even the common technical issues that surround the product you’re trying to produce. And this all ends up as a waste of the entrepreneur’s most valuable resources: time and money. So how can entrepreneurs turn those rocky entrepreneurial mistakes into a more significant learning opportunity?
Our guest on today’s episode of the Powderkeg podcast is one who has faced all the challenges when it comes to the common and rocky entrepreneur’s journey. PJ Taei, is the Founder and President of Washington DC-based Uscreen, a video-on-demand company that helps people launch their own apps and online video streaming service.
PJ is a serial entrepreneur and an expert in video streaming and monetization. PJ started his career as a network technician and founded a company called WebNet Hosting, that he built for 14 years until it was acquired back in 2016. PJ then shifted his focus over to Uscreen. Uscreen’s platform is home to over 5,000 video creators, enabling them to monetize their passions – from education to fitness, to yoga, and much more.
Throughout this episode, you’ll get to hear PJ discuss his role as an entrepreneur, his personal experiences with overcoming challenges of making mistakes and how he turned them into learning opportunities, and his current role as Founder and President of Uscreen. Find out more about how PJ and his team are disrupting the video-streaming service industry with their platform, Uscreen. Tune in for more!
In this episode with PJ Taei, you’ll learn:
- How to turn failures and mistakes into learning opportunities
- The challenges of creating successful video content
- How to grow your personal brand and become a thought leader in your niche
- The best ways to succeed in building useful and engaging software
- Get an inside look at Washington DC tech ecosystem
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PJ Taei quotes from this episode of Igniting Startups:
“So you just got to find the right people. That’s why we hire remotely. It’s really easy to find people really fast and good people so you can filter.” — @pjtaei on @PowderkegCo
“So I’m excited to really grow the company. We’ve built something really solid. Our software is pretty awesome. The users that are with competitors, they come and they’re like, this is amazing. So we like that, but we want to stay humble, and paranoid, to continue to build software that we’re proud of.” — @pjtaei on @PowderkegCo
“So imagine you spend all that money building that code and then ultimately is trashed. But I actually didn’t see it that way to be honest for a moment I thought about it. You know, that’s why I bring it up, but I didn’t see it like that. I looked at it as an education. I got an education. I spent 100K, I got an education. I got something to the market.” — @pjtaei on @PowderkegCo
“I’m excited about growth. I’m excited about health and all the other good stuff that’s happening and so much opportunity in tech. It’s awesome. I don’t think it’s ever going to be this prime to have this much opportunity and tech. Honestly, this is prime time for the next three to five years.” — @pjtaei on @PowderkegCo
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