An interview with Jason Kulpa, CEO of UE.co about entrepreneurship.
What is life as an entrepreneur like?
JK: “As an entrepreneur, you have much more freedom to create a culture that is indicative of your location, employees, and company. This is my favorite part of the job. If I had to transition to a corporate culture, I would need to bring our company’s “Forum Team” idea with me. This program breaks up the company into cross-departmental teams which then compete in fun cultural events throughout the year for points. The teams not only encourage employees to work together across departments, but the events can help serve the community as well.”
What’s one mistake entrepreneurs can easily make when hiring their first employees?
JK: “When beginning the hiring process, it’s easy to get caught up in a candidate’s on-paper experience. However, it’s important to remember other attributes that make a successful employee, too. Ensuring the candidate is a good culture fit for your company is almost equally as important, so make sure to also look at their working style, personality, and collaboration skills. Try incorporating riddles, or obscure questions that relate to the thinking process in interviews. How someone handles a riddle can be a good indication of their work style.”