Andrew Gazdecki is the founder and CEO of Bizness Apps, a do-it-yourself iPhone app platform that allows small businesses to easily create, edit, and manage an iPhone app online without any programming knowledge needed. He is 22, attending CSU Chico full time pursuing a Business Marketing degree, and will graduate in the Spring of 2011.
What are you working on right now?
Bizness Apps all damn day. Twelve hour days in the office, living off coffee, and loving every minute of it. Putting a heavy emphasis on “crushing” every aspect of the business. One specific project I’m pretty excited about is our Android platform coming out soon!
3 trends that excite you?
Mobile is changing the world. It’s the fastest growing industry ever and shows no signs of stopping. Smart phones will soon surpass PC sales. Mobile anything gets me pretty excited.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I just enjoy what I do. My friends literally want to kill me because I can’t talk about anything but my business anymore. I can’t help it. I love it. Anything that you’re passionate about you’re going to make happen.
I love working for myself, building products, thinking outside of the box, and “crushing” everything. I spent my entire life figuring out how to do those things and it’s lead me to where I am today. Find out what you love to do, never stop learning, and just do it.
What inspires you?
To name a few: Elon Musk, Gurbaksh Chahal, and Jack Dorsey.
Elon Musk is just a straight boss.
Gurbaksh sold his first company for $40 million at 18, then his second company at 24 for $300 million in cash, enough said.
And Jack Dorsey’s new company Square is a personal of favorite of mine – making complicated things simple is a beautiful thing to watch in business.
Shout out to Wal-Mart! I’m all about that company.
What is one mistake you’ve made that our readers can learn from?
I used to think I could do it all on my own. I can’t and you probably can’t either. A company’s biggest asset is the people who work for it. To build something great, you need great people. It’s that simple.
What is one book and one tool that help you bring ideas to life?
Use SnapEngage if you do anything with online sales. It’s a live chat tool and it’s super cool. Sometimes you’ll get people on there who ask you if you can eat poop or something but it will increase your inbound sales conversions by like 5000%.
Read How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis. One of my current angel investors recommended it during a speech I saw him give before I met him. He basically said to succeed as an entrepreneur you should read this book and to not work for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. I did both things and everything worked out pretty well I’d say.
What is one idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I think someone should try and take down eBay.
Every seller who uses them seems to be unhappy with them. They’re like a giant tyrant with ridiculous policies for sellers and yet the sellers go no where else simply because eBay is where the biggest audience is. If a better product came out, with better policies, they’d move over in heart beat.
They’re BEGGING to use a different service than eBay to sell their items. Google “hate ebay” and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I don’t get how a company can be that big with so many dissatisfied customers. Trust me, that’s an industry waiting to be disrupted.
Who is the one person you’d love to see interviewed on IdeaMensch?
What is the most important professional quality a person can have?
In my opinion it’s the ability to learn fast and be able to teach yourself anything.
What is some fun facts about yourself?
I buy almost everything I own at Wal-Mart, I have probably the strangest eating habits anyone has ever seen, my friends call me “simple gaz”, I have over 20 chess trophies, I used to be really good at the clarinet for some reason, and I would literally vote for Birdman if he ran for president.