A Case for Working with Friends w/ Don Finley

by | Nov 1, 2023 | Podcast

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Guest:  Don Finley makes a compelling case for working with friends. Don is the transformative force behind FINdustries, a leading product development agency that’s made a monumental impact on the tech and financial sectors, shaping the product development landscape with unparalleled innovation. With a remarkable career spanning two decades, Don’s expertise in fusing science, art, and technology has propelled his agency to the forefront of the industry. However, Don’s journey extends beyond the conventional realms of a CEO. He embraces a visionary perspective, firmly believing that the foundation of business success lies in genuine friendship and shared values.

Rooted in transformative experiences like conquering Kilimanjaro and immersing himself in Peru’s vibrant culture, Don’s personal growth has redefined his approach to work and life. The seeds sown during these adventures gave rise to FINdustries ten years ago, a company with a mission that transcends mere profits. Bolstered by a global network of 60+ partners and 16,000 developers, FINdustries has left an indelible mark on the industry, enabling clients to generate over $1 billion in annual revenue. The company’s focus on strategic product development addresses the common challenges businesses face, culminating in a harmonious blend of technology, camaraderie, and meaningful relationships.

Episode in a Tweet: Working with friends creates new opportunities, creativity and creation flow through our relationships. It enables us to experience the totality of life and build from a foundation of togetherness.

Background: Ten years ago, Don Finley founded FINdustries, a business dedicated to solution building, serving customized solutions to clients ranging from startups to Fortune 10 companies. He worked to develop business with clients and referrals that swiftly brought success. Putting in the necessary grind, he found the reward of material success—which helped his clients generate more than $1B in annual revenue–but realized something key was missing.

In growing FINdustries, Don was shrinking himself, burning out, and missing out on the meaning of it all. When he joined a climb up Kilimanjaro in 2018 and a subsequent trip to Peru, he began to see that he had become numb to the highs and lows of life. He began to understand I could no longer separate work from his life. He says, “It was a mutiny of the soul.” He realized he only wanted to work with friends and people he loved, with shared values and fulfilling relationships at the center. This was crucial to shifting how he treated himself in business and life. And this is what we talk about in this week’s episode of Reflect Forward as Don makes a case for working with friends. It’s an inspiring story and mighty philosophy. Have a listen and let me know what you think!

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