Founder, President, and CEO
Brooklyn, New York
I just started my company WayZen Inc., a business application design and development company. I am currently working on a Content Management System focused on Big Data management, Apache Hadoop, MapReduce, Zookeeper, Hive, HBase, Pig, Cassandra, etc. I started my company out of my own pocket and on a shoestring budget. If I told you the rest of how this company is starting, you wouldn't believe me at this time, so I kindly ask you to wait for the movie and book.
I am waiting to complete the two applications that I am building to seek funding, in the mean time, I am working and doing web design on the side to put money into building WayZen Inc.
Bootstrapping may not be easy, but at least I know what I can do, and I find work-arounds to accomplish the task before me and set milestones as I go. I believe this is making me a better owner and president of my company, because I know how to work with an extremely small budget. For example I purchase software, hardware, and take full advantage of Cloud Service Provider (CSP) services, such as Google's - Google Apps for Business, Yahoo! Small Business suite, Microsoft Bizspark, Microsoft's Windows Live, Box.net, etc.., in addition, I use a lot of Open Source software, IDE's, and SDK's.
I once seen a YouTube video of a man in Eastern Europe, who apparently had very little money, but he was so determined to build a computer, and teach himself programming that he put together an ad-hoc computer without a case and it worked! I felt sorry for him and wanted to send him one of my laptops because anyone with that drive and determination, coupled with innocation and creativity should be given all the assistance they can to achieve their goals, and expolore their creative potential, think of the accomplishments he could achieve.
We are all born with the greatest computers and software on the planet, the human brain and mind. All we have to do is use them in a positive and creative way, and enhance them with education and training. If one cannot afford to go to a college or university, there is nothing stopping them from going to the library and from purchasing the things they need to teach themselves, after all, look at Mr. Warren Buffet.
I take my inspiration from the Wright Brothers, they failed many times, were laughed at, were ignored, and then some even fought with them, but in the end, they won! So not matter what, never give up on yourself, your goals, your dreams and your hopes. Keep getting up when you are knocked down and keep moving forward, and I believe you will WIN!
Founder, President and CEO
Brooklyn, New York
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