Zach Obront and his entrepreneurial journey - Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Thu Oct 29 2015

Zack Obront is the co-founder of Book in a Box (co-founded with Tucker Max). Zack always knew that he had the calling to be an entrepreneur, and immediately after college he chose a path of self-direction. While he interned at a major Canadian financial institution, he never took the traditional job journey. While he loves to code, he knows that a job where he is not emotionally invested could not fulfill him at the core.Join in this episode and hear Zach's journey, his love of being an entrepreneur, his advice to working with partners, etc... He has seen first hand how selecting the people around you can lead to a better and more fulfilling workplace, and he is one who gives of his time. Having only lived in Austin, TX for a few months is a volunteer at a local feed the homeless program and a volunteer with Austin Pets Alive.This is a great episode and you will enjoy learning from Zach's journey.

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