Founding the company 8 years ago, the growth has been anything but easy.
We talk about:
– How Ash got the business off the ground through cold calling.
– How he stayed under the radar of competitors for some time.
– Why his first business didn’t work out and what would he do differently in hindsight?
– How Covid affected Chess Mates and how he got through it.
A great entrepreneur who shares so much of his story.
You can find Ash at:Linkedin
Chess Mates Website:Website
2:40 Why is chess so good for decision making?
5:00 How have you observed decision making in young people improve from chess?
12:00 What got you into business?
14:20 Do you remember the day you came up with the idea for Chess Mates?
19:45 How was your first year when growing the business?
26:45 What did you do when competitors started noticing you?
29:55 What was it like to lose some customers to your competitors?
34:50 What was some adversity that you faced in your younger years?
36:25 Why do you say that you weren’t meant for success?
38:50 When do you change your mind from survival mode to thriving?
48:10 How did your business degree help your business?
54:15 Can you talk through how you moved into the online space during Covid?
57:40 What are your future goals?
59:35 What would you say to your original self who started your business?