Gabriel Shaoolian is the CEO of Blue Fountain Media, which started out as a small digital agency with just 17 people. Now, the company boasts over 200 employees, with clients like AOL and AT&T.
In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That?, Shaoolian discusses his humble beginnings as a young web designer and how he got to where he is today.
How does your work differ now from what you did in the very beginning?
[In the beginning] I was more hands-on, more creative. And now I feel that it’s more about logistics. I did wear many hats, and I’ve held every position in the company. I’ve done sales, I’ve done management, I did some design work, I did some of the coding. Today, I am more like a problem solver. People say CEOs are meant to be entrepreneurs, but very little of our time goes to being entrepreneurs. Most of our time goes towards problem solving. Every company has problems. Apple, Facebook, Google — all companies have problems. The job of an executive is to realize those problems and work to fix them.
To hear Shaoolian’s tips for entrepreneurs, read: Hey, How’d You Build Profitable Web Sites For Brands Like AOL and AT&T, Gabriel Shaoolian?
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