I was stunned to see the third mention, in as many months, of a tech founder talking about how his inspiration came from surfing (IRL not on the internet).
- In this latest instance, I was reading about Richard Werbe, the young founder and CEO of Studypool, a redhot microtutoring platform.
- Werbe, an avid surfer and serial entrepreneur, has said the process of dreaming up a successful idea is similar to following a wave.
- In an interview in Forbes he explains: “You have to have the mentality of a surfer, and look for those tiny swells that will eventually turn into big waves. If you can position yourself just right, you’ll be able to ride that wave all the way to the crest. If you aren’t in the right spot or if you lose your balance, you could be plunged under, and have to start over again from the beginning — or get injured. It’s dangerous, it’s exhilarating, and it’s always worth it, but know that attention to little details will make or break each attempt.”
- The other two tech founders who got their inspiration from surfing include Steve Case (founder of AOL) and in The Upstarts, Brad Stone’s excellent new book, surfing is used as an analogy for startups by none other than Greg McAdoo, VC at Sequoia Capital: “Being a great entrepreneur requires the precision of a great surfer. If you want to build a truly great company you have got to ride a really big wave.”
Read on below for more on Studypool. Fascinating how they’re disrupting education.