We had the good fortune of connecting with Roberto Iannone, all the way from Switzerland, and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roberto, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
To be completely honest, I had not really even considered starting my own business – until the very day I realized it was just the road that made the most sense for me, and the type of person I am. In my view, starting a business is actually not only a matter of competences. But first and foremost, a matter of personality.
On my side for example, I am not a person that is really capable of reporting to, and working for, someone else. I need to path my own road, and go by it. I do love taking personal risks, and actually thrilled by it. I don’t really feel the “warm embrace” of a safe salary, a comfortable job in a stable company, or anything similar. And finally, I’m excited by showing the world -and first of all to myself- that something impossible can instead be done.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Very honestly, I’m not sure what exactly would set me apart from other people. I do not really believe I possess any specific hard skill, in any given field, that many other people do not possess better than myself. And to be fair, I actually know it’s not the case. In all my career, I’ve always been excited by challenges, and by developing my experience in new areas and fields. Therefore, I do know “a bit of everything”, but nothing in details. Also today, as CEO of a successful and growing startup, I completely rely on my team (or on external professionals) for any real detailed work.
Maybe actually because of that, I’m generally quite open and willing at listening and understanding people. Their strengths, their weaknesses, their personal interests, and how to get the best out of a person.
Contrary to most CEO or Directors I’ve met in the past, I tend to leave team members a lot of freedom. I feel that my first and main duty as CEO is to build a team, so that the team can work “without me”, and not “thanks to me”.
This is a key pillar of our company culture, although it doesn’t work for any person or profile out there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Basel (Switzerland) and I really love the area and surroundings. Considering it’s the beginning of autumn now, I would absolutely take a day with the person to have a nice trekking on the mountains above Mulhouse, in Alsace. I love the region, the views, and the wonderful little Alsatian towns all around.
I couldn’t instead really suggest much about the food: I’m vegetarian, so I don’t really have many options there 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All credits definitely goes to Zoundream team and investors. They all believed in a crazy idea, and in me & the other co-founders in being able to execute it. Investing their own personal time, money and career in it.