Cody McLain

Austin, Texas, US

Cody's Skills
Marketing
Business Development
Design
Technical
Finance
Fundraising
Management
Operations
Strategy
User Experience
Product Management
Background

Age Group

25-35

About Cody

After founding his first company in middle school, Cody has gone on to build and sell a variety of million dollar enterprises. His first two companies were in the web hosting industry which led him to open an office in India and provide outsourced support to other hosting companies. He’s consulted companies such as CloudMark, WPEngine and a host of other startups around the world. He has been featured in Businessweek, Under30CEO, Entrepreneur and Yahoo SmallBusiness. Now at just 25, he founded SupportNinja, a BPO company for other Startups. Furthermore Cody provides branding and design services with his digital creative agency, WireFuse. To learn more about Cody and his business adventures, visit his blog at www.codymclain.com

Quote

There is an old Zen story about a king whose people had grown soft and entitled. Dissatisfied with this state of affairs, he hoped to teach them a lesson. His plan was simple: He would place a large boulder in the middle of the main road, completely blocking entry into the city. He would then hide nearby and observe their reactions. How would they respond? Would they band together to remove it? Or would they get discouraged, quit, and return home? With growing disappointment, the king watched as subject after subject came to this impediment and turned away. Or, at best, tried halfheartedly before giving up. Many openly complained or cursed the king or fortune or bemoaned the inconvenience, but none managed to do anything about it. After several days, a lone peasant came along on his way into town. He did not turn away. Instead he strained and strained, trying to push it out of the way. Then an idea came to him: He scrambled into the nearby woods to find something he could use for leverage. Finally, he returned with a large branch he had crafted into a lever and deployed it to dislodge the massive rock from the road. Beneath the rock were a purse of gold coins and a note from the king, which said: “The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” - Ryan Holiday

Co-working Space

Capital Factory

2014 - Today