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Future Squared with Steve Glaveski - Helping You Navigate a Brave New World.

Sep 3, 2020

At the age of twenty-six, John Roa founded a tech-consulting and design firm,  ÄKTA,  that he sold for a fortune to Salesforce. 

His account of his rise from a self-described below-average student, to becoming a poster boy for the ambitious, successful young entrepreneur, to nearly destroying himself in the process is the subject of his book, A Practical Way to Get Rich . . . and Die Trying.

Roa's twenty-year-long journey from being dead-broke to wealth he never imagined is an absurd and often comical story of talent, luck, risk, rapidly changing technology, larger-than-life personalities, sex, gambling, and excessive alcohol and drug consumption.

We covered lots of ground in this conversation, including:

  • How Roa went from a six-figure debt to multi-millionaire before the age of 30
  • The toxic lifestyle he led while building his company, AKTA
  • The psychotic breakdown he experienced, which forced him to sell his company
  • And the lessons learned along the way about business and life

Listeners of this show will know that I am an advocate for balance, and Roa’s tale serves as a cautionary one that I hope entrepreneurs listening to this will learn from.

With that, I bring you the one and only, John Roa.

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