This week, Qiuyan and I were joined by Shaun Mathew, a professional helicopter pilot and an integral part of Quiyan’s support system. Shaun offers some fascinating insights from his experience as a pilot and we talk about the similarities between flying and being an entrepreneur.
He commented that flying a helicopter is about finding the right combination of people and the assignment of roles to get things running smoothly…which sounds eerily similar to the challenges of building and running a company.
We also talk about the necessity of support systems for both pilots and entrepreneurs / founders. The glory may get bestowed upon the most visible part of any enterprise, but without a robust system of support, the building and maintenance of complex systems is not sustainable.
This is true for both flying and startups…and we delve into both in this week’s conversation.