Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Volkan Ozyilmaz, Founder and CEO of KEYZY, located in Walnut, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
KEYZY is a software license manager, and our customers make desktop software/audio software/IoT devices/education software, or health software.
Tell us about yourself
I'm the founder of Volko Audio and KEYZY born there. Volko needed a license manager, which should be quickly implemented and easily learned. Generally, when you find a license manager, you understand you need to learn lots of concepts, and setting your products up is not easy. KEYZY solves this; you don't need to know lots of concepts or different technical terms. We designed KEYZY in a practical way; set your product up, integrate it with your software and run! We learn a lot from our customers. We're lucky because our customers share with us what they need and what they think, frankly. After seeing the issue, solving it is a pleasure.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I'm not good at this type of question :) I made a service and people are using it, that makes me very happy.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Yes, it's hard. I remember an expression in a startup talk. A man told us that if you're an entrepreneur, you start your day with punches to your stomach in your bed. I agree with this :) Because being a business owner is managing a lot of details and making it sustainable in balance. Your decisions may change people's life. It's not a thing you achieve and stop; you need to do it all the time. You have responsibilities for your customers; they trust you and use your service, and you should deserve that.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Know yourself. Every people are different; they learn differently and manage differently. Don't follow every recipe you see; know it fits you.
- Document as much as you can. Document your policies for your company. Be institutional (even if you're a solo founder).
- Be open-minded; yes, you see this expression everywhere but don't forget to apply and implement them.
Where can people find you and your business?
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