Building a company is a marathon, not a sprint. No one knows that better than Convene’s co-founder and CEO, Ryan Simonetti.

Across nearly nine years of running Convene, he’s learned lessons about business, serving customers and employees, and even about himself. Simonetti was recently featured on the Hack the Entrepreneur podcast from Jon Nastor to talk about his experience building companies.

Check out these highlights and listen to the full interview below.

 

On what makes a great entrepreneur and leader:

“Be curious and a lifelong learner… I feel the entrepreneurial journey is not just a professional one, but a life one, and I’ve learned a tremendous amount about myself through that.”

 

On focus and energy:

“Where your focus goes, your energy flows.”

 

On innovation, risk taking, and failure:

“One of the things we’ve done is we’ve created a culture of innovation, which means that we accept risk taking, and we accept the failure that comes with risk taking.”