Reboot Podcast Episode #8 – How Introspection Changed My Business – with Blaine Vess

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.

Episode 8 // January 7, 2015


Blaine Vess

Blaine Vess

Co-founder & Chairman of StudyMode

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Episode Description


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 even rarer to have the same CEO for 15 years. 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 his business.

An article about Blaine in LA times in 2013 | Blane Vess on Twitter