Alex Hern is a renowned entrepreneur with more than 25 years’ experience in starting and managing start-ups. He was once the director of Inktomi Goldman Sachs-led IPW, which he helped establish. The company was behind the creation of the search technology used by AOL, MSN and Yahoo. He also played a key role in the establishment of Yes Mil Alex Brown led IPO, which he also directed. This was a public web directory company that was sold for $650 million to ModusLink Global Solutions, which is former CMGI. This was barely ten months into the company’s existence.
Alex Hern was also the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Military Commercial Technologies. He was also the co-founder of Arcsight, Cloud Shield, NewHomes.com and Triton Network Systems. He recently had an interview with IdeaMensch and disclosed a lot about himself.
To begin with, on a typical day, Alex Hern will spend about five hours focused on the one thing needed to take his company to the next level. He doesn’t believe in multitasking. To bring his ideas to life, he spends most of his nights, far from the distraction of people, to come up with innovative ideas and how to implement them. Most of his innovations are meant to help drive businesses forward. He has a tremendous love for cloud-based computing for graphics. He believes that one of the most important traits for anyone who wishes to succeed is to be focused.
Talking about entrepreneurship, Alex Hern believes that the key to achieving success is consistency. He says that some of the strategies that have helped his company grow over the years include partnering with trusted solution providers and making sure the key customer requirements are aligned. He admits that business does not come without its fair share of challenges. His biggest challenge has been managing the macroeconomic factors that are beyond his control.
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