Mr. Hern has been seen as an entrepreneur since the 1990’s. He is has co-founded and has served on the boards of several companies throughout his life. Some of these companies include Yesmail Alex Brown led IPO, Inktomi Goldman Sachs-led IPO, and Military Commercial Technologies on which he has served as the chairman and the CEO. Alex Hern has also sold one company for $1.5 billion to Hewlett-Packard. This company was Arcsight, which served as a cyber security company. He was recently interviewed for Hern’s latest company, Tsunami. The interview starts off by asking about the origins of tsunami and where the idea came about.
Alex Hern talked about the realization that we are going into a more computer dependent era that would need new software and platforms. He was also asked about what his typical day looks like, how he makes a day productive, and how he brings ideas to life. His responses were typical of that of an entrepreneur. Alex Hern believes that we should not be multitasking, however we should focus 4 to 5 hours every day concentrating on one specific thing. With this level of concentration, he believes that that is the goal of having a successful company.
His opinion on bringing ideas to life stem from taking time out of his night to focus on building an exciting innovation while most people sleep. He believes that this lessens the amount of distractions and allows him to work at his best. His recommendations for achieving such innovation and ideas for any company would be to turn off your cell phone for 4 hours a day and focus on the work in front of you instead of social media. Alex Hern also believes that you need to be able to prepare for the worst happened because sometimes it will happen and it will be outside of your control. One final key learning idea that Alex Hern brings to the table is that a time and make the right decision, that it is a marathon, not a sprint. Learn More.