Chris Currie

Company: Aerialink
Founded: 2003

What inspired you to start your company?

My father founded one of the first printed circuit electronics plants in the UK in Galashiels, Scotland in the late 50s and his companies went on to work on the NASA Apollo mission projects. He inspired an entrepreneurial spirit in me and he wasn’t the only one—my mother, who provided unrelenting encouragement, and was successful in the mental health industry, and my great grandfather who was a member of the engineering committee that led the project to reverse the flow of the Chicago river in the late 1800s. I come from a family with a history of innovation and passion and found a lot of inspiration there.

What is your company mission?

To create an environment that stimulates our employees, make every customer a lifelong and referenceable partner, and never settle.

What has been your proudest moment as a Founder?

Seeing what started as a basic idea evolve into a leading company in the mobile communications industry—a company with a great team and culture, as well as a truly useful product—has been a really proud experience for me.

What has been your most challenging moment as a Founder?

After constant innovation, ideas, and opportunities, the shift to understanding what we were best at was a challenge and a learning experience. It was difficult to let go of opportunities, ideas, and customers who contributed to bootstrapping the company but were not in our best future interest.

Favorite quote:

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

— Walter Bagehot