Reboot Podcast

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

#8 – How Introspection Changed my Business – with Blaine Vess and Jerry Colonna

Episode 8 // January 7, 2015

Episode Description

How Introspection Changed my Business

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”  – Aristotle


About the Episode

Entrepreneur and CEO Blaine Vess has an impressive story. Studymode, the company he helped start and bootstrap from his dorm room almost 16 years ago, now has 30 employees and sees between 60-90M visitors a month. It’s rare to find 15 year old bootstrapped companies. It’s rare to have the same CEO for 15 years as Blaine has been. But last year, Blaine wanted more for his company and himself. He wanted to know how to help him push the company to the next level. To achieve that, he didn’t look elsewhere, he looked within.

In this conversation, Jerry and Blaine talk about Blaine’s “year of introspection”.  It included a stop at one of our bootcamps, working with a coach and a therapist, and that year ultimately helped him understand how and why he was holding himself back. Perhaps Blaine and Jerry’s conversation, our first of 2015, may spark your own year of introspection. Find out how introspection changed my business – Blaine Vess.

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About Blaine Vess:

A couple of weeks into his freshman year of college, Vess co-founded StudyMode, which owns and operates educational websites including and In 2009, Vess and producing partner, Aisha Wynn, founded Four Henrys Productions,[1] a company that creates and produces original television shows such as I’m Married to a… on VH1.

Blaine was attendee to our CEO Bootcamp in October 2014.

Blaine can be found on Twitter  @BlaineVess

How Introspection Changed my Business – Blaine Vess. Join us and this might help you spark your own year of introspection and push the company to the next level.