Ben Walters - Tech founder, sharing his lessons on failing forward & building successful companies
Ben was born and raised in Toronto and after graduating from McGill, he ventured into the corporate world trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. Being a generalist at heart, he always found it exciting to not know his next move or his next role. What would cause many people anxiety, fuelled Ben's passion for knowledge in different areas and drove him to find solutions to multiple problems.
After a couple stints in management consulting, he started Feedback App, an app aimed at reducing food waste. He quickly fell in love with the start-up culture, and the opportunities offered by the tech ecosystem. While Feedback App did not work out ideally, the team got acqui-hired by Hopper where they continue to work today.
Ben is always interested in a variety of things and projects, which makes him great at innovating and overcoming any challenges that come his way.
01:21 - Meet Ben and Learn His Story
4:54 - Could Feedback's Model Work During the Pandemic?
7:18 - Tips for Evaluating Business Ideas
9:00 - How Can Spending on Marketing Help the Business
10:28 - How to Ensure that You Make the Right Moves
13:18 - VC Funding
15:55 - Options for Learning
19:32 - Finding your Passion
22:28 - Narrowing Down Your Options
22:58 - Dealing with Mental Angst
25:10 - Choosing the Right Opportunities
27:18 - Dealing with COVID and Business Downturns
29:09 - Advice for People Who are Just Starting Out
30:45 - Trends for 2021
34:00 - Resources Ben Recommends
41:25 - Leadership During Difficult Times
43:59 - Ben's Routine
45:00 - Personally Going Through the Pandemic
47:36 - A Millennial Is?
49:20 - A Millennial Should be?
50:56 - A Millennial is not?
52:03 - Connecting with Ben