My grandfather has always been a hero of mine. He hailed from a small, rural farming town in northern Utah. He was very successful there and eventually became mayor. He taught me many things, but one of the most memorable was to remember who you are. “You’re a Blake!” he would say.
The importance of integrity and living up to one’s good name has influenced so much of what I do. It’s a guiding force that has helped me throughout my career from tech startup founder to CEO. And I’m not the only one who understands the importance of a name. Todd Uterstaedt, host of the popular podcast, From Founder to CEO, recently asked me about this as we chatted about a number of business topics.
On the podcast, Todd explores how founders overcome challenges to create successful businesses, and how entrepreneurs make the transition from startup to established business. For anyone interested in business best practices or a dose of inspiration, the podcast is well worth a listen.
In my recent episode, Todd and I cover everything from how my co-founder and I came up with the name Lendio, to how I recovered after telling my original staff of eight I wouldn’t be able to make payroll right before Christmas.
While I’ve made my fair share of mistakes, I like to think I’ve learned from them. It was fun to explore how mistakes become stepping stones, and how my team has leveraged challenges to create a stronger business model for Lendio. From our lean startup days, we’ve grown to 160 employees and have helped tens of thousands of U.S. small business owners get access to growth capital—not a bad journey from founder to CEO. Check out the full episode here or download it in iTunes.