If there was ever a serial entrepreneur, it’s Mika Salmi. He’s best known for founding AtomFilms.com and selling it, along with Shockwave.com, to Viacom, where he served as the media giant’s President of Global Digital Media. But Salmi actually started his first business — giving windsurfing lessons — at the tender age of 15. In true entrepreneurial fashion, Salmi is far from finished, spending his time actively serving on boards, investing in startups and concocting his next business idea.
I had the pleasure of working for Salmi at AtomFilms and knew he’d have great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs out there, so I sat down with him earlier this year to find out what makes him tick. Learn about Salmi’s own habits when creating a business idea, the lessons he learned and the common mistakes he sees other entrepreneurs make. We got into a comprehensive and lengthy discussion, so we’ve broken down the interview into snackable chunks (perfect for the busy business builder who is short on time).