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Michael Hayes

AddJam
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Our open, friendly and flexible team are experts at turning ideas into products on iOS, Android and the Web.

60-Second Interview

What initially attracted you to enterprise?
I’m not sure but I always knew growing up I didn’t want a stuffy office job. I wanted to be creative and have a degree of control over what I was doing and how I was doing it.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
Looking back I always had an interesting making money somehow. When I was a kid I would wash neighbours cars and cut there grass.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
We’re constantly faced with new challenges but without doubt the biggest challenge is maintaining focus. There are so many distractions and people looking to take your time and attention that ultimately distract your from focusing on your business.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
Passion. I work more and harder now than I ever did in employment, school or as a student and thats purely because I have a deep passion for what we do at Add Jam.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
Making great product. Working with great people. And always learning.
How do you define success?
Money in the bank! Business isn’t about head count or the size of your office. It’s about generating profit.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
i want to grow Add Jam as a Scottish tech success story. Ideally by building a tech company off revenues and retaining ownership between myself and my cofounder Chris. We want to create a small team of highly skilled individuals making world renowned products.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Embrace your hobbies. My hobbies serve as great inspiration and have allowed me to me great people across many industries.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
David Heinemeier Hansson - cofounder of Basecamp. David founded a massive tech business that has grown organically, he created the Ruby on Rails framework used by millions of developers and at the weekends he’s a class winning Le Man driver.