Udi Sharir is the founder of Save A Train, digitizing the train travel Industry and building the largest B2B rail GDS and making our world more eco-friendly. Udi was started programming when he was 12 years old. He is a big fan of Warren Buffett thus he read at least 2 hours a day, It is hard to convince him, but once He convinced he change course as quickly as a cheetah.
He is a big believer in the saying that Life is like riding a bicycle, If it is hard for you, that means you are on your way to the top. Today we got a chance to interview him, let’s know more about him & his journey.
We hope this can inspire you to become a successful person too! It is worth listening to a successful entrepreneur or to people who share their success stories? We can significantly learn many things from the experiences of them, by listening to their story.
Excerpts from our exclusive interview with him:
Q1) Tell us a little bit about your start-up and your journey, please;
Save A Train started in 2016 based on my bad experience with trains in Europe, the company pivoted twice but always remained in the rail industry both for business reasons and environmental reason.
Q2) How did the idea for your business/startup come about?
Trains are not taught in Ivy league, but they are one of the most ancient industries on earth, its fascinating and intriguing to solve problems this space, since only few get it, but so many need it
Q3) What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
I have been entrepreneur for as long as i can remember, my first business was at the age of 16 and i started programming at the age of 12, i like to control my own destiny.
Q4) How did you come up with the name for your business/startup?
Catchy name that has several means and all related to trains
Q5) What service(s) or product(s) do you offer/manufacture?
We are the largest distributor of train tickets globally and we also developed many algorithms specifically for this industry problems
Q6) Why should people choose your product/services?
We market only to B2B, and for them we just bring them a Rail API which is one stop shot to start offering train tickets to their clients within weeks, instead of going through the cumbersome process of contracting and integrating 1 rail company at a time + these systems are heterogeneous, so its really complicated to integrate several of them
Q7) How do you market your business, and which tactics have been most successful?
LinkedIn conference webinars other vertical websites and many more
Q8) What risks are you facing?
Travel not resuming
Q9) Did pandemic (COVID 19) affected your business? if yes how?
On Sales bad, but on everything else VERY GOOD, it accelerated the adoptation of rail among transportation and travel industry leaders.
Q10) Have you considered any alliance/partnership/funding?
A Startup is always on a look for strategic collaborations
Q11) What are your responsibilities as the business owner?
In 1 word EVERYTHING, from workers to partners to rail operators to financing to operations, your life is the business
Q12) How many hours a day do you work on average & can you describe/outline your typical day?
7 days a week where during the weekend 2-5hours, but during the week, 12-15hours a day, but i enjoy every moment of it
Q13) What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
I don’t fear of anything, i don’t have this benefit
Q14) What comes first for you money or emotions?
Money brings you immediate joy, its hard to live without it, but you can do well as well by not being rich, but with good vibes/emotions and experiences your joy level goes to much higher levels of money.
Q15) Tell us about your early life & How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Family was always first even before i had a family of my own, however up until covid19 i had less time for family, but i am very happy with the hybrid model of work from home/office, it allows me to balance everything and enjoy all the worlds.
Q16) What piece of advice would you give to college graduates who want to become entrepreneurs??
You are either born entrepreneur or you don’t, you can’t learn to not fear to not worry to always get up with an appetite to eat the world, so if you are sure of the above, you already have 50% of succeeding, the rest is just luck.
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