We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Kayne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and enjoy finding solutions to new and existing problems within my professional and personal life. As a corporate employee for 10+ years, I gained a lot of skills which allowed me to take the leap into starting my own business. I didn’t plan on the business growing as it has, but just kept my head down and worked towards the goal of freedom from working in corporate America my entire life.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have chosen to run my business differently. The deliverable product is just a part of the business that allows us to build a community of employees. I focus my efforts on ensuring that all employees are equal, and that we operate as more of a co-op than a superior/subordinate environment. If the people are happy and enjoying their work, I am happy. Starting a business always seems easy when you see it from the outside. I thought that starting my own business, and growing it, would not be too difficult because I had no one to tell me “no”. I was wrong. It takes everything you have, long days and nights, to grow a business successfully. I now understand why 9 out of 10 small businesses fail. My previous employer, when I worked in Corporate America, was a great example for me of workplace culture and freedom of creative expression. They heavily impacted the success of our culture today, and how my thought processes work. I want the world to see our brand not only as the leader in the industry, but the most friendly and customer-focused business they deal with. Transactions should be easy and feel good, it’s not about just the product, it’s about the relationship.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I really enjoy living in Arizona because of all the nature and activities that can be had from it. My perfect weekend with guests includes hiking Camelback mountain, visiting nearby lakes and showing them the excellent food options we have. I especially enjoy the Arcadia area, as I feel it has great character, quality people, and great food/activity options.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Although there is not a single person who is responsible for my success, I have many people to thank for the support and efforts to grow my business to where it is today, and where it is going. My parents and family have been the most important mentors to my business. I speak with them almost daily about the hardships and issues I have, which they have given me new perspectives and solutions on. It’s really made us closer as a family, which I am most thankful for. My friends and previous coworkers have had a lot of influence on my business decisions, as well. I choose to share the deepest details of my business and goals with many of my close friends and they have always been responsive and willing to lend a helping hand. Many of them have provided free labor even on weekends to aid my growth and mental strength.