Candor: Bjorn Stansvik [part 1]

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Candor: the quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness.

Following news of Taylor Corporation acquiring MentorMate, we sat down with founding CEO Bjorn Stansvik to hear more about the past, present and future.

“Every Sunday night was anxiety…what is the next week going to look like and how to meet payroll? It was incredibly hard, it was an existential question. I had poured four years of blood, sweat and tears, left my country and put everything on the line – all my savings and everything was into this and it wasn’t working out.

…other peoples money was in it too and other people who depended on me for a job as well. So it was very hard and then I took that look in the mirror as you say. Whenever you’re in a tough spot, it’s useful to go back to principles because then you don’t regret your choice and the reason I came to America was to live by the ethos that if you get knocked down you brush yourself off and get back in the saddle.”

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