Michael Sacca is a modern renaissance businessman who inspires tens of thousands of entrepreneurs each week on his podcast, Rocketship.fm. Sacca has climbed the ranks to become the President of a multi-million dollar business that supports companies and creators across 30 countries.
He’s leveraged his experience in a wide array of roles—like coder, podcaster, web design consultant, product developer, and sales lead—to grow his skill set as an entrepreneur, leading to several successful business ventures and eventually, a leadership role at someone else’s company.
He recently became the President of Crew, a business that matches freelance web designers and coders with companies in need of their services. His ambition, leadership skills and experience as a jack-of-all-trades wowed his superiors and fueled his rise through the ranks after starting there as a partnership manager.
Meanwhile, he continues to run Rocketship.fm and Brandisty, a web platform for storing and distributing brand assets.
Michael has a truly impressive toolbox of talents, but he’s very down-to-earth and honest about the sometimes haphazard nature of his career progression, which has occasionally been motivated simply by the need to make a buck.
In our interview, he opens up about his teenage years buying and selling Smashing Pumpkins concert tapes online, how he’s managed to change his mindset as he moved from role to role, the stresses and challenges of becoming a leader, and how nobody in business has all the answers all the time.
Michael is very active around the Internet, and there are lots of different ways you can continue to follow his story. For starters, you can tune into Rocketship.fm to get exclusive insights from his interviews with the brightest minds in tech and entrepreneurship.
In this episode with Michael Sacca, you’ll learn:
- How trading concert tapes online prepared him for entrepreneurship (6:08)
- How to start a business as a web design consultant (8:30)
- Why necessity can be a good motivator for your career (11:30)
- Why you should quit your business if it’s making you miserable (13:10)
- How to decide to end one business venture and embark on another (16:29)
- How to transition from being your own boss to being someone else’s employee (19:41)
- How Crew helps freelancers and project owners work with each other (22:28)
- How to land a leadership position where you work (28:52)
- The stresses that come with leadership roles (31:37)
- How to lead and inspire a distributed team (35:07)
- Why you don’t have to be perfect to be an entrepreneur (36:57)
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Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
Companies and Organizations:
- Crew (formerly Ooomf)
- Frank + Oak
- Business Development Bank of Canada
- Do.com (project management)
- Watson (IBM)
- Bilingual Child
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