The founder and CEO of the semantics software company Taiger reflects on his firm’s evolution and his memories of Booth.
- May 01, 2017
“Work hard. Move fast. Be resilient. Resilience is everything.”
How have you set out to make an impact in business?
Making an impact through Taiger means building a company that serves a purpose. There is a human side to that: building that place where people come to work happily, where they feel they are having an impact and changing someone’s life. That’s very important. There was a time I used to measure the impact we were having by the number of children of my employees. That is quantifiable, and rewarding, thinking that those families make a living based on what I started. That is meaningful enough, to me.
What do you miss most about your time at Booth?
The energy. I still miss it. You go there from your country and your daily work, and you’re thrown into this vibrant learning atmosphere where everybody’s contributing and providing good feedback. It’s dynamic and positive.
How did the Global New Venture Challenge help in launching Taiger?
The Polsky Center provided guidance and connections and helped us understand how business is done in the United States. Taiger would not be what it is today without the GNVC, the support of the Polsky Center, and professors Waverly Deutsch and Ellen A. Rudnick.
What advice would you give to alumni who want to start a business?
Work hard. Move fast. Be resilient. Resilience is everything. Set your goals and be unstoppable. I take inspiration from many quotes from the late NFL coach Vince Lombardi, in particular one that says: “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” That is both necessary and very true for a young business. Sunk costs notwithstanding, of course.