HOT SEAT - JIRI STEPAN:
What are three words to describe yourself?
Open-minded, thoughtful, helpful
What was your very first business or creative idea? Did that make any money?
I created stamps in a graphics program that my classmates were using in case of their absence. Yes, I earned some money.:)
What was your biggest challenge when you started your first business?
If we are talking about my business in high school, then earn enough money on festival Rock for people.
What was the best advice in life or business you've ever received?
Do what you enjoy and try to do your best.
Which three people, famous or not famous, dead or alive, would you most like to invite to a dinner party? Why?
It could be James Olivier a Gordon Ramsay, because they cook very well. The last one would be Elon Musk.
What makes a founder successful?
If he stays down to earth in case of success.
What do you do in order to keep on learning and developing?
I am open-minded to new technology trends.
Which resources are you recommending to first time entrepreneurs?
Talk to friends and people around as much as you can to get a feedback on your business plan. Last but not least, find investor.
What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
House of ghost at an amusement park in Spain.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I think the mistakes I made are important for the futural success. Therefore, the advice would be to take the losses as a important part of success.
What's something you don't want to regret when you're older?
That I didnt travel enough and I did not use my time in maximum way.
Is there something you know you should stop doing?
What's your favourite book?
What character traits of other entrepreneurs have impressed you?
Entrepreneurs who don’t give up.
What's something that first time founders should avoid at all costs?
To not choose your team properly.
Why are you getting involved with Best of X?
Because I am interested in startup area and I may offer experience as well as help.