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 lead 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.
● Get the book: https://amzn.to/3572aa6
● Twitter: @johnroa
● Instagram: @johnroa
● Web: roa.com
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