Alexander Lahner is an Austrian entrepreneur, co-founder at timelack.com, member of the advisory board at Dhakshina, an organisation that deals with social capital development through the youth, and a communication trainer.
In today’s interview for Magazine MN Alexander shares insights into his entrepreneurial journey, tells us more about timelack.com and gives valuable bits of advice for entrepreneurs.
Magazine MN: Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?
Alexander: I didn’t really choose to be an entrepreneur. It just happened somehow. You know, I have always been a person who loves to create things instead of thinking too long and, as a result, don’t even go for it. For example, I love to create sandcastles. Maybe that’s the reason why I became an entrepreneur. And one is never too old to create his own ‘sandcastle’.
Magazine MN: What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Alexander: Every time I start pitching about my startup timelack or Dhakshina, the social entrepreneurship project in India, I’m really involved, my eyes just start to sparkle with joy. I think I’m just badly in love with the stuff I do and enjoy every second of sharing that enthusiasm with other people. Plus it’s also a nice fact that you are your own boss – but that also often means that you have to be harder on yourself than every boss would be in a normal company.
Magazine MN: What is the best advice you ever received?
Alexander: “At the end everything is simple” (actually in German it sounds like ‘Am Ende ist alles einfach’), my co-founder and closest friend Thomas once said. Now it is written in huge letters on our creativity wall in the office.
Magazine MN: What’s your attitude towards risks?
Alexander: If you are not willing to take risks, you are in the wrong place. Every time you fail you have to get up again. Just do it!
Magazine MN: How do you keep yourself motivated in difficult situations?
Alexander: I use a little ritual a close friend from Norway once told me about: I make a fist with my right hand and circle around my left chest with it, then I start smiling and feel full of energy and motivation again.
Magazine MN: Tell us more about timelack. What is the mission of timelack?
Alexander: Timelack offers personal online assistants in a very regional way with a focus on expanding to other areas of the world. So, on the one hand, we have a normal online assistant who does everything ‘common’ you can do online, like basic research, text correction or create a presentation for your boss. On the other hand, our main priority is to take care of your expansion and help your company to grow. With our wide network of experts we find the perfect person for your company to get the job of expansion done!
The big mission of timelack is to change the way the teams work together by focusing on the strengths of each individual.
Magazine MN: How did you come up with an idea of creating timelack?
Alexander: We were sitting in our flat and working on several projects online when we had the idea: "Why not give that to someone who actually lives in that region and is an expert in that?" In 48 hours, after having a few bottles of Red Bull and reading several ‘create your website – for dummies’ tutorials, the first prototype of timelack.com was born.
Magazine MN: As a startup co-founder, what is your favorite productivity hack?
Alexander: I pretty much follow some basic rules of TCI (Theme-centered interaction), which is a Communication method. The most important rules or hacks are in combination:
- be your own chairman
- (little) disturbances have priority
- be responsible for what you do and not do
- go for a walk every night before you go to sleep to reflect your day.
Self-discipline is very important when you try to do the TCI model. And when you combine all that, I promise you that that’s an awesome life hack.
What’s your best advice for the first-time startup founder?
Alexander: Keep it very, very simple. And never forget - only the customer decides, nobody else.
Timelack website: http://www.timelack.com/
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Alexander Lahner was interviewed by Natalie Myhalnytska