Bill Barhydt is one of those few true serial entrepreneurs who hasn’t just tried many things, he’s successfully built and sold those companies too. That makes his latest venture one that should be taken seriously and both investors and consumers should be watching.
During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Barhydt shared his love for computer science, the lessons learned and mistakes made in building his first three ventures, plus what’s next in blockchain, banking, and digital money.
Born in the Bronx
Bill Barhydt was born in the Bronx to a family that immigrated from Italy to New York City and were trying to work their way out to the suburbs.
As far back as he can remember Bill says he has always been a tech and math geek. His father always encouraged him and brought home a TRS 80 computer.
At just 11 years old his father was teaching him basic programming. He went on to teach himself other programming languages and used his talents in computer science as a launchpad for the rest of his career.
Building Your Resume & Skillset
Bill Barhydt has worked for a whole host of big-name companies on his way to becoming an entrepreneur in his own right.
As you can imagine with any kid who is inspired by math and science, space is a big attraction. Bill got the opportunity to move out to California and do research for NASA.
That parlayed into a call from Goldman Sachs and a job in NYC working on research for them and learning financial markets. He spent time working on a trading desk until he started getting the entrepreneurial bug.
He was interested in travel and software and saw the internet becoming the next big thing. That took him to work with Netscape. There he helped banks and some of the biggest telecom companies in the world build their online services.
Lessons From Taking Three Startups Full Cycle
AOL acquired Netscape, and Bill saw that as his moment to go out and start a company of his own.
Inspired by the wild wave of the dot com boom he launched WebSentric. An early version of Zoom, which allowed browser-based file sharing and meetings.
WebSentric was acquired by SAP. Just as his next gaming startup Sennari was acquired by Emotive. His third venture Boom Financial was acquired by Digicel and still operates in around 30 countries.
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