Eric Rems is the Founder of The Mindful Tech Lab, a company whose technology applications have helped over 1 million people improve their lives in the areas of: Motivation, Mindfulness, Health and Fitness.
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1) Prepare for the worst and ask the tough questions that will make you better.
2) Build an existing channel where people already are.
3) Successful people are able to take a step back and find a positive and productive path forward, regardless of how rough the road may seem.
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[00:58] – Eric is married to his business partner and best friend
[01:10] – Eric spends most of his time working on fintech: building technology for some of the world’s biggest financial institutions
- The daily retention rate was high and Eric saw it as an opportunity
[02:41] – Chatbots allow you to have a conversational experience with technology
[03:11] – Eric believes that every company needs a chatbot strategy
- People communicate with Eric’s bot like it’s a human
- Chatbots are a great way to gather data
[05:04] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: In 2013, Eric and his colleague had the idea of starting AbridgeMe, which is the short-form version of Wikipedia – in news form. They were working on this as a side project. After the initial traction, the costs got higher, leading them to have to raise funds. After thousands of meetings, they were not able to raise enough funds
[07:03] – “You’ve got to take a step back, get out of your own head, get out of the proverbial company’s head, and answer those tough questions”
[08:06] – Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment: After Eric and his colleague launched an app for AbridgeMe, it was difficult for them to get traffic for the app through SEO alone. They thought of doing a weekly email newsletter, which worked well and was the cheapest route
[10:45] – The challenge of a voice-activated device is that the user has to be proactive in talking to the device
[11:43] – “Flash briefing” is how people start their day
[13:11] – What is the one thing you are most FIRED up about today? “Conversational interfaces”
- All companies will have chatbots in the future
[17:09] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “The crutch of what most people would think of as success in the corporate world”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Underpromise, overdeliver”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “Meditation”
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- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience – “I never understood why I sometimes would be in an incredibly focused state – until I read this book”
[19:23] – You may not be able to control everything that comes into your personal and business life, but you can control how you REACT and the ACTIONS you will take
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