Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Alex Kajitani, Founder of Multiplication Nation, located in Carlsbad, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers? is a wildly popular online program that helps students master their times tables, so they can be confident in math! The program is highly engaging and interactive and is being used by students in grades 3-6 in homes, classrooms, and schools across the United States & Canada.

Tell us about yourself

As the 2009 California Teacher of the Year and "The Rappin' Mathematician," I've been traveling and speaking with parents and teachers across the country. When I ask them what their biggest challenge is with students and math, most immediately say, "Students don't know their times tables." This is a math problem that we CAN solve - and I created so that parents and teachers would have a resource that makes it fun for students and makes sure that students are able to master this critical skill to be successful in mathematics!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

We have helped thousands of students gain confidence in math. As a teacher and as a parent, this means everything! Students don't need to sit there frustrated and thinking they aren't good at math anymore.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Not trying to do everything by yourself!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Build relationships - they become the backbone of your success!
  2. Become comfortable taking risks (and don't dwell on it too long if those risks don't work out).
  3. Build a business that serves your life, not a life that serves your business!

Where can people find you and your business?


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