In Conversation with Andy Rosic Awards Judge

Welcome to the Pause Awards show, where we invite past winners, and future judges, to talk about their journeys, inspirations and lessons learned in their professional careers. And beyond. 

In this show George Hedon, Founder of Pause Fest and Awards got to speak with Andy Rosic, Vice President of Product Management at 5th kind

Andy helps founders raise angel and VC funding, find what it takes to grow rapidly in new markets, and negotiate acquisitions. He even once inspired Jack Dorsey, leading to the launch of Square. Andy obsesses over building great teams to ship great products to scale amazing companies.

We spoke a lot about product and team building, and here is a perfect quote to capture that.

When a great team meets a great market, something special happens.” “If you address a market that really wants your product — if the dogs are eating the dog food — then you can screw up almost everything in the company and you will succeed. Conversely, if you’re really good at execution but the dogs don’t want to eat the dog food, you have no chance of winning.”

– Andy Rachleff, President & CEO at Wealthfront Inc.

Andy has been building teams, products and startups all his life and he’s also a soccer coach. Here is what the soccer and business teams have in common. It all boils down to this:

“You get drawn into doing things that don’t matter.”

We also spoke about why validating your idea by entering Pause Awards Inception Award category can be good for you.

“I hope people take that risk too. At this point you have nothing. You have an idea, it’s not worth any money, you can’t sell it, can’t do anything with it. But potentially by putting it out in the world you have a lot to gain from that. You can potentially gain Co-Founders that may want to join you in that pursuit, mentors, insights that may help you refine and tweak that idea. You can find out that you are yelling out at the wall.”

Andy is inspired by difficult problems that are begging for a solution. And, in the process, collaborating with amazing people along the way.



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