Spotlight on David Pawlan

Meet David Pawlan: A young entrepreneur working to help change the world for the better, David is the founder of Aloa.

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Tell us about Aloa!

Aloa is here to reshape the software development space, by providing radical transparency, accountability, and humanity to the process. We were there, we faced the pains, as many of you have too, and we were frustrated with the fact that in so many cases, software is serving as an inhibitor to innovation. Who do you trust? How do you manage the communication? How do you pay a foreign firm?

Driven by the mission of what the world could be if anyone could innovate freely, Aloa was born. We have a three part process, built off existing pain points in the space rather than just providing a blanket solution. Our team has personally vetted over 7,000 off-shore firms, ultimately only accepting 9 of the 7,000 into our network, qualifying them on relevant metrics to ensure our clients get the advantages of off-shore with the top tier talent you'd see on-shore. With the help of a dedicated US Team Lead, our clients have someone to talk to, to make sure things are running smoothly, to make sure you know you're supported in your endeavor. Lastly, our project management tool and payment platform allow our clients to stay engaged and accountable, allowing them a high-level and day-to-day view of what is going on, but providing the niche management tools needed for efficient software development.

Running a business is hard, software development shouldn't be. Welcome to a smarter approach to software. Welcome to Aloa.

What is the best piece of personal advice you’ve ever received? How about advice you’ve given?

Advice received? When being an entrepreneur, and wanting to change the world, you need to be in love with the problem you are trying to solve and not the solution itself. If you are in love with a solution, the moment it fails, you are defeated. If you are in love with a problem, the moment it fails, you pivot, because you have learned and are now just one step closer to success. The start-up world isn't an easy path, and it is inevitable that you will fail at one point or another. However, the beauty of entrepreneurship is that failure is needed, because it provides the greatest opportunity for growth you could ever imagine, as long as you're in love with the problem and not the solution.

Advice to give? Success isn't determined by your abilities but by how hard you work. You aren't the smartest person out there, and that's a good thing, it means you always have room to learn. Treat every interaction as a learning experience, because no matter who you talk to, they are better than you at something, and in that you have a chance to learn. If you can wake up every morning and look anyone in the eyes and confidently say that you worked harder than them yesterday, you're working harder today, and you'll work harder than them tomorrow, then you're doing something right, and that will lead to success.

What do you want to be remembered for?

Making a lasting change for the betterment of others, for the betterment of the world.

Your Personal Bible: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely & Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Spirit animal: Panda, they've always been my favorite animal since I was a baby!
Best trip you ever took: Backpacking through Southeast Asia

Alex Gordon