Borrowing Money From Mom to Start a Tech Company: AlexAnndra Ontra

Borrowing Money From Mom to Start a Tech Company: AlexAnndra Ontra

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My guest for Episode #87 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is AlexAnndra Ontra.  As President and co-founder of Shufflrr, AlexAnndra is blazing a trail in the emerging new discipline of presentation management. 

The technology she helped create is already powering the presentation strategies of hundreds of Fortune-level companies, helping them save millions of dollars by transforming humble PowerPoint slides into invaluable business assets. Shufflrr visualizes your company's content so you can find, see, read through, that one great slide or file when you need it.

Alex is also the co-author of the book Presentation Management: The New Strategy for Enterprise Content.

In today's episode Alex shares her “favorite mistake,” which was borrowing money from her mother to start a tech company. When the great recession hit, she couldn't make the payments, which weighed on her heavily. She couldn’t just quit and move on — she stuck with it and the company is thriving now.

Other topics and questions:

  • What's it like starting a business with a sibling?
  • Mistakes speakers make with presentations?
  • Mistakes companies make in managing presentation slides?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.