Jake Desyllas is the host of The Voluntary Life, a podcast about entrepreneurship, financial independence, and freedom. In 2000, he founded Intelligent Space, an award-winning consultancy firm that led innovation in the field of pedestrian movement simulation and analysis. In 2010, he sold his business, quit the rat race, and retired early at the age of thirty-eight.
He has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate and is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship both as an effective personal liberation program that is available to everyone, and as a peaceful method of solving social problems.
2:23 – Background in Pedestrian computer modeling and simulation
4:07 – What is Pedestrian movement?
6:45 – Transitioning from University theory to becoming an Entrepreneur
10:23 – Graduated with PhD.
Let’s build a business…
12:12 – Now that you control all of your time, what has changed?
12:26 – “Starting a business is the most intense personal development program you can put yourself through”
13:25 – Is entrepreneurial experience better than an MBA?
15:00 – You’ve GOT to be able to SELL.
Without selling your product, you are nothing.
15:48 – Oh uh!
Jake is burning through money while trying to learn how to sell and what his customers actually want
17:42 – Selling is Learning!!
19:29 – Exiting and selling his first company.
What did Jake’s life change afterwards?
21:09 – Jake’s first book (and one of my favorites) “Becoming an Entrepreneur”