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Jake Cervilla wanted to be a business owner since age 12. Now he is owner and CEO of Interland Design. In this episode, Jake remembers the business owners he looked up to throughout his career before making an acquisition only months before the COVID lockdown. Reflecting on entrepreneurial dreams, he says that being a business owner is harder than he expected, but that he wouldn't have it any other way.
00:01:48 Early beginnings on the water
00:05:48 Teenage side jobs & mulch
00:07:03 University of Virginia
00:08:40 Financial advisory (a.k.a. sales) & consulting
00:13:28 Tepper MBA & entrepreneurial alternatives
00:17:18 Blacktail Capital
00:19:06 Interland Design & COVID
00:23:03 A new leader
00:25:12 Why house painting?
Some advice from Jake:
"Get those mentors... My two professors and a couple of my friends have been that kind of sounding board, safe group to talk to, because they've been there, they understand it, and like you said, the CEO section can be very, very lonely."