Elias is amazing at bringing together thousands of people to create a nationwide community of entrepreneurs who are helping each other on a daily basis. Elias' personal values are deeply embedded in his creation, and consequently Startupbus is known for the generosity, hard work, and perseverance of its members. Working together with Elias taught me numerous lessons about entrepreneurship and community building, and it has been one of my favorite professional experiences in my career so far.
Founder of AeroSteps, a 20 year veteran of technology sales focused on customer-serivce with a passion for start-ups and evangelizing disruptive technologies.
Elias is a "stop f*cking around and get to work" guy. All the theories around building a startup are cast aside when you deal with Elias, as he's worked and advised many a successful entrepreneur and knows how to actually get things done.
Seer. Founder/CEO of productivity software publisher Apokalypse Software Corp.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
The Starfish and the Spider: gave me perspective that led to how I built StartupBus into the community it is.
What's your favorite non-business book?
The Happiness Hypothesis.
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Hiring more people for my startup. Hiring people to work on all my ideas, even non-monetisable ones. Making music.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
Search for income, not a job. If I had that said to me when I was 15, I probably would have been an entrepreneur, officially, earlier.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
It was 4pm. My work was holding up the audit opinion on a listed client & I realised that I would have to start all over again, at least a week's worth of work. I rethought it and at 7pm I went home and my work was signed off the next day by my boss.
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
Elon Musk: For his vision. And balls.
What's your super power?
My energy and by extension how that impacts people around me.
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
Through someone I already know. If you cold email me, I might miss it but you can try.