Interviews with successful people

by Murat on June 10th, 2011

We decided to launch a new blog rubric: Interviews with successful people.

Yes, I realize we are a software company and this is not a typical blog topic for companies like ours, I think many of you will enjoy reading the real world success stories.

We’ll interview successful people, entrepreneurs and small & medium business owners, because Daminion Server is designed for small businesses and small creative teams.

I hope you like our idea.

Below is a list of 20 questions we provide to those being interviewed. They select the questions they want to answer. If you have any suggestions or wish to suggest new questions, we welcome them!

Our questions

  1. What is your company turnover?
  2. How many people work in your company and how many of those work remotely?
  3. What is your big advantage over your competitors?
  4. Which of your competitors would you remove from the chessboard with pleasure?
  5. Do you have an exit strategy?
  6. If you could go back to when you first thought about starting your business, would you change your decision? What things would you do differently?
  7. How did you generate sales when you started the business?
  8. How did you select the name for your company?
  9. How did you come to the current business?
  10. What are the qualities needed to succeed in business?
  11. Who are the people you most respect?
  12. Name the Top 3 books you have read.
  13. What are your goals for the near future?
  14. How does an entrepreneur go about selecting a business idea?
  15. What mistakes should be avoided by novice businesspeople?
  16. What things should the budding entrepreneurs focus on?
  17. How do you relax?
  18. What qualities do you value most in people?
  19. If you were offered free of charge: advertising in a good journal, lunch with the top managers of large companies, or spend your time with a beautiful girl, what would you prefer?
  20. What question would you like us to ask you?
  • John Driggers

    I just discovered your interviews and find them well done. I am a graduate of one of Scott Hargis’s workshops and can vouch for how well you’ve captures his personality and professional insight. The architectural photographers series was a good group. Although I work in that area I’ve like to see other groups of shooters interviews instead of just random specialities. It adds a depth to the individual interviews to read them as a group. Thanks for doing this project.

  • Murat

    John, thanks for the kind words and for your feedback! The reason why we decided to launch a series of interviews with Architectural Photographers – is our flagship product focus.

    We have many clients among photographers and architects. And this is something that is interesting for both markets. Plus there are a lot of interviews with other photographers (especially with wedding ones).

    BTW an interview with Brad Feinknopf is ready and will be published very soon.