As we ramp up to the December 1, 2019 nominations opening we're going to be sharing some updates from our past winners. Look for additional winner updates and information on the 2020 awards over the coming weeks
We recently had a chance to catch-up with Tom Nassr and ask him a few questions about his progress since being recognized as our first Entrepreneur of the Year. Here's what he said.
Overall, Checkmate is much more focused on what we do well. Our processes have been refined and most infrastructure has become automated. The business is making data-driven decisions as much as possible, and we've expanded into doing user-testing.
I'd say there was little external impact. But for me, it was an honor to be named, especially to be named first. I feel like the biggest 'boost' it gave me was a confidence boost that I'm doing the right things.
I probably would have written a business plan. I think I took foolish pride in not having a defined and written plan, and now that I have the benefit of experience, I see the value in writing down and building a business model canvas or something like that, to understand the scope of the business.
Additionally, I'd focus much more on internal processes and on marketing/creating content. Those two, process and marketing tend to have compounding effects that would be super beneficial to have from the beginning.
The culture of the ecosystem is probably the biggest help. People in the CT startup community genuinely help each other, make introductions, and help each other succeed. Also, we have benefitted from the wonderful accelerator community that's been established around here. from Techstars, Startup Bootcamp, The Refinery, among others, they have all been great to be a part of.
Our next major milestones are focused on a top secrets project we've been working on under the radar. We're planning to come out with a product of our own over the 12-18 months.
Keep up the great work, Tom and team!
Learn more about Checkmate at https://www.checkmate.digital/