Nick Huzar is on this second startup. By the time you read this, they’ve probably already closed on more than $380M in funding. This is a startup enjoying great traction right now. One that offers to take you on a fun treasure hunt as a consumer, and to remove friction and create more income as a seller.
Nick recently appeared as a guest on the DealMakers podcast, where he shared the ups and downs of starting your own business, the art of startups, what he sees as one of the hottest real estate sectors today, and lessons he’s learned about creating the foundations of a highly successful company.
Born in Seattle
Huzar was born and raised just outside of Seattle, WA. His mother was a therapist and his father had just one job, working at Boeing his whole life.
As a child, they threw him into trying many different things. He tried out every sport available and took private art classes.
These beginnings taught him juggling many roles, perhaps ingrained what we didn’t want his working life to be like in the future, and instilled a lot of creativity.
The Art Of Startups
For Nick Huzar, creating a startup is very much like art. It’s like painting a blank canvas or as he puts it, playing with lego bricks.
Of course, there are many parts to starting and scaling a company. There are many roles, and plenty of things you may not have realized you signed up for.
Though each entrepreneur finds a way to conduct their own symphony or express their artistic talents in the process.
For Nick, this was often starting out with an offer, designing the logo, and the app. Then there is an art in hiring and recruiting. There is an art in office design and curating company culture. For founders, a startup can be the ultimate creative experience.
Nick attended Washington State University. Most of his housemates were studying Management Information Systems. A business major, with computer science thrown in.
Eager to have his own, he took out student loans to buy his first computer. Although his parents didn’t approve of the purchase, and it set him back $2,200, he immediately knew he wanted to be involved in the internet in some way.
After graduation, he began working in one of his college friend’s startups. They were barely making enough to eat, but the small team worked on projects for big theme park operators and took BMX into eCommerce.
Nick taught himself photoshop and learned to code.
Together with another friend, Nick put in $800 to start a local networking event for tech entrepreneurs in the Seattle area.
A year later they had Cisco and Sun sponsoring them for $10k a month. This venture started producing more income than their day jobs.
The dot com bust hit, and they woke up to how inefficient offline networking is. So even before Myspace and Friendster, they began looking to build a social network for business.
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