Founder and CEO of UE.co, Jason Kulpa, shares about his life as CEO.
Question: Networking can be valuable but time-consuming. How do you decide which coffee meetings, dinners, phone calls, networking events, etc., are worth your time?
Jason Kulpa: “It’s rare that I take a phone call. I don’t have a desk phone, & rarely use my cell except for texting. I used to have a desk phone, but it only rang with solicitations. My favorite networking, however, is that with the people in the San Diego Community. I have met the most life-changing people by opening up the UE.co doors and hearing how we can help champion their mission. For example, I had Brian Richter, The Director of Special Olympics San Diego, come to the office. After hearing the way Brian and his team are impacting the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities and their families, I knew this partnership was worth investing time and resources.”
Question: What is the key to your success as CEO?
Jason Kulpa: “Pivot! For me, the key to success was to pivot fast and pivot often. It’s been the driving force behind my company’s development. However, being a smart businessperson means letting go of your ego and hesitations and embracing the unknown. My ability to pivot around uncertainty has helped me grow my business well up and over the million-dollar revenue mark.”
Question: With so many meetings, phone calls, etc., how do you stay organized as CEO?
Jason Kulpa: “Evernote Daily Prep! I use it a few times a day to keep organized. Prep is everything and the secret to life. There was a reason you got homework as a kid, so why stop because you’re an adult. Take twenty minutes an evening to think about what you need to do the next day, log in Evernote, and you will be surprised how much it pays off.”