Thursday Thought Leader: Porter Leslie

Q&A with Ametros CEO Porter Leslie Porter Leslie spent the early part of his career in financial services, working in investment banking, private equity and corporate development before making his way to healthcare. But in both industries, his focus has been on building customer-facing businesses, with the aim of helping clients overcome challenges.  That’s why … Read more

Thursday Thought Leader: Sharon Mather

We are so excited to round off this year’s list of mighty thought leaders with the wonderful Sharon Mather. We were introduced to Sharon by Carlos Luna, a previous Thursday Thought Leader, as someone who exuded unmatched leadership, kindness, and knowledge. Sharon has dedicated herself to the nursing industry for decades, maneuvering through the industry … Read more

Thursday Thought Leader: Janet Brooks Holmes

Janet Brooks Holmes of The McKay Firm is LegalNet Inc's Thursday Thought Leader

Janet Brooks Holmes has been a civil litigation lawyer for over 20 years. Isn’t that amazing? Here at LegalNet, we love featuring thought leaders of all types, but we find extra curiosity in those who have maintained a career for extended periods of time. With that being said, Holmes is first to admit that although … Read more

Thursday Thought Leader: Benedict Burke

Benedict Burke of Crawford and Company is LegalNet Inc's Thursday Thought Leader

What do you think of when you hear the word “insurance“? Do you think car accidents or home loss? Unfortunately, insurance yields a negative connotation, but the people who work in the industry have the best of intentions. They are caring, passionate, and thoughtful individuals who are there when you need a hand. Cue in: Benedict Burke. … Read more

Cheers to These Influential Leaders on International Women’s Day

We are featuring industry leaders on International Women's Day.

Although there is only one day a year that we officially recognize International Women’s Day, it feels like every day is a good day to thank our moms, sisters, wives, daughters, and friends for being the incredibly inspirational people they are. In honor of today, we want to extend the biggest of thanks to a … Read more

Thursday Thought Leader: Frank Petersmark

Frank Petersmark, Principal of Tabula Rasa Consulting, shares his wisdom on this week's Thursday Thought Leader.

Have you ever met someone and immediately felt comfortable? You know the feeling: easy conversation, good laughs, and total respect. That’s exactly how we feel about Frank Petersmark. He’s done a whole lot for the insurance world and most notably serves on the board for the Dig+In Conference, an annual event dedicated to showcasing companies … Read more

Thursday Thought Leader: Jonathan Mast

Jonathan Mast, Director of Social Media at Sedgwick, shares his wisdom on this week's Thursday Thought Leader.

In the insurance and risk management industry, one of the most influential people on social media is without a doubt, Jonathan Mast, Director of Social Media at Sedgwick. We were new to Twitter last year and when we finally joined, finding Jonathan was a no-brainer. He is a master at the social game and his … Read more

Thursday Thought Leader: Patrick Murray

They say that once you pop, you just can’t stop. Okay, maybe Pringles coined that saying, but its truth still stands. Patrick Murray is a perfect example of someone who opened the can of entrepreneurialism over ten years ago and never turned back. He’s founded several companies during his time — from Pilot Taxi and Shuttle, an easy and affordable transportation solution to students in Panama City, to LA Discount Tickets, the best way to find highly discounted theme park tickets.

Now he’s moved on to his latest and greatest idea: Noson. This venture takes an old-school industry of airport parking and simplifies it with technology. Finally! What we love most about Murray is that he is a sponge to learning about new industries and introducing simple, yet radical approaches. All of his companies have been profitable and he’s moved on purely to grow and learn more. Knowing this, we just had to dig deeper into this mastermind’s thought process.

Patrick Murray, CEO and Co-Founder of Noson Inc., shares his wisdom on this week's Thursday Thought Leader.

You’ve been involved in many companies across different industries. What led you to each one and why were you inclined to diversify beyond just one type of company?

When I graduated college I had a boat load of student loans to pay off. The options that I weighed were: get a corporate job, do my own thing and bootstrap, or do my own thing and find investors. I interviewed for corporate jobs and felt a terrible feeling about the offers I got- like I was selling out on my dreams. So that was out (much to the dismay of my parents). Then when I decided to start my own thing, I didn’t really know any investors, so I left myself with the option to bootstrap. The goal of the first company was to fund my lifestyle and the student loan payments I needed make. I found a good selling product online after some research, talked my Dad into lending me $5,000, and went at it. As new opportunities presented themselves with higher payouts, I’d lie to myself and say I could do both, and end up working full time on the new project. All of this led up to me finally coming to the Bay Area to work on something bigger than just affording me a lifestyle and to pay off my student loans.

Patrick Murray, CEO and Co-Founder of Noson Inc., shares his wisdom on this week's Thursday Thought Leader.
They say that the key to success is dressing up for the role you want, not the one you have. Looks like Noson took this to heart at a young age.

Although every company you’ve been part of is different, what is one striking similarity you discovered in management and culture?

Great question. I truly believe companies and teams succeed when there is a positive and encouraging atmosphere in the workplace for everyone to put in their full efforts towards the mission. If our company is good at nourishing this type of culture, we’ll succeed, bad at it, we’ll fall apart.

What excites you most about your current venture, Noson?

There are a lot of things that excite me with this new venture, including my world-class business partner, Brett Harwood, but one that sticks out is the business model. We have created a business model where we truly put each party’s best interest in mind. Like we take their shoes off of our travelers, put them on, and walk around in them a little. We do the same with investors, partners, employees. Really cater our business model to all of them.  If we are able to prove this business model at scale, we can prove to other entrepreneurs that you don’t have to just make investors happy, or just your customer, or just employees. You can make everyone happy, and have a successful company too.

What drives you to wake up every morning and tackle your to do list?

Embarrassingly I think I’m just addicted to my business. There are so many things constantly changing in the business that it’s fun for me to make the new tweaks that need done and see how our travelers enjoy them. If that doesn’t work– a pot (or three) of Runa’s guayusa tea will get me where I need to be :).

Patrick Murray, CEO and Co-Founder of Noson Inc., shares his wisdom on this week's Thursday Thought Leader.
Murray seems to have always chosen love and happiness, aka: cookies.

As another new year rolls in, do you have a theme or resolution for the year?

Choose love, choose happiness. I’m that type of person that gets caught up in goals and resolutions and could write pages of goals for 2017. I find that I distract myself sometimes with all of those goals, and though I still have some – the biggest is to choose love and choose happiness. (cough* 30 markets by the end of the year too cough*)

Stay connected with Murray on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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