108: Chris Wink | CEO of Technically Media

Technically Media a local news and events publishing company. We convene the smartest people and organizations in industries that matter for local communities to thrive in the future. To do that, we make connections with journalism, events and services. Presently, we publish Technical.ly and Generocity.org

Name: Chris Wink

Job Title: Publisher and CEO

Instagram Handle: christopherwink

Name of Business: Technically Media

Website: http://www.technicallymedia.com

September 18, 2017 42 Mins Download (MP3)

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01:52 Imagine you just had the best day of your life. Where are you going to eat, and what are you ordering in order to make your life complete?
03:30 Tell us about yourself. Who are you, and what is your story?
05:49 Where do you see the current state of journalism?
08:49 What is media doing to 1) create kickass content and 2) building that trust you spoke of?
11:30 What was the growth strategy that you used to get yourself out there and grow the event space?
17:02 Fun question, do you still have those pants?
17:48 Growing – what has the experience been like for you? How have you been able to maintain capacity when growing the company; was that something that came naturally for you; did you find the transition to be difficult for you?
20:17 What is the founder relationship like between you and your co-founder, and what are some areas that you would like to grow further in?
23:52 Was there anything that you wanted to get better at?
27:04 Is there anyone in business that you’d particularly want to meet? If so, why would you want to meet them?
28:59 What are some habits that have made you become more efficient and productive throughout your day?
35:12 What are 3 pieces of advice that you could share with an entrepreneur that’s currently stuck in a rut?

One would be to tightly pull apart and reassemble business model vs industry vs peer group. For us, we wanted to use journalism as a strategy, but we weren’t in the journalism industry; journalism itself doesn’t make money and it isn’t a business model. It’s more of a subset of the larger group of media. That left us a bit blind for years. What I’ve found over the years is that we were particularly good at helping people hire technical talent. Secondly, build in self-built reminders for checking your health – what we tend to do is have a team retreat every June and an all-team day every December. Lastly, for founders, it’s easy to forget that what you do should be fun; the rest of your team is looking to you for leadership – stress from work won’t help with that. There’s a sense of freedom that comes with having fun in your role; it can even help with coming out of your blindness.