In Chapter 1 of 12 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, IndieGoGo co-founder and entrepreneur Slava Rubin answers "When are You at Your Best?" Beyond surrounding himself with great people and getting sleep, Rubin makes it a point to set priorities and make lists. As an entrepreneur, he finds value in his conviction that anything can get done. This helps him bring out his best in what he does. Rubin is co-founder and CEO of IndieGoGo.com, a crowdfunding startup whose platform helps individuals and groups finance their passions. Before IndieGoGo, Rubin worked in management consulting for Diamond Consulting, now a PWC company. Rubin founded and manages non-profit Music Against Myeloma to raise funds and awareness to fight cancer. He earned a BBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Erik Michielsen: When are you at your best?
Slava Rubin: When I’m surrounded by good people and I get enough sleep.
Erik Michielsen: How do you manage that?
Slava Rubin: Well, it’s tricky because, you know, when you’re an entrepreneur, there is never something that you shouldn’t be doing. There is always more work to be done. But it’s just about prioritizing, you know, putting everything in a list and then execute them.
Erik Michielsen: How has being an entrepreneur brought out your best?
Slava Rubin: I mean I would say just the whole risk/reward part of it and really trying to understand that the people that can stop you, hopefully, are just yourselves, right? So if you have the entrepreneur spirit, you think anything can be done, and, really, that can be applied really well towards anything in life.