Cyrus Baseghi is a Nevada-based entrepreneur and the current President of a computer software company called OSSI. He started his career with OSSI almost 18 years ago, thus, getting to experience some of the largest growth trends that the business ever saw. Before OSSI, he worked for a wide range of notable ventures, the likes of which include Six Flags, Booth Creek Ski Holdings, and Malibu Networks. Besides his activity in the corporate sphere, Cyrus Baseghi also buys projects revolving around contract management, parking, small businesses, and similar.
How did you get involved in the computer software industry?
I started doing some simple programming when I was pretty young. As time passed by, I got into more complicated projects. Once I began looking for full-time careers, pursuing a job that revolves around something that I enjoy made sense. So, I looked into a few different software companies and decided to join OSSI.
Did you ever doubt your business idea?
Out of all the things that I doubted, my drive to succeed and the idea that was going to get me there was never on that list. In hindsight, I was young and unaware of how labor competition and business operations work. Nonetheless, having that confidence allowed me to take some risks that ultimately paid off.
Did you have a mentor?
Not at first. I eventually got a mentor when I was promoted to a pretty high rank within the industry. Their main goal was to teach me how to handle things that do not directly relate to my technical expertise. For instance, a lot of our topics revolved around leadership, proper employee motivation, conflict resolution, and similar.
Do you have any regrets about your career choices?
I do not. I am not a person that goes back and dwells on the past as I know that I cannot make any changes. Instead, I summarize the most important outcomes of some of my mistakes and try to learn from them. My career choice, however, was never a mistake as I still love what I do and never feel like I am going to work.
Which business leaders do you admire most?
The one that I admire the most would have to be Jamie Siminoff. He is an entrepreneur that invented the popular “Ring” camera doorbell that operates via WiFi. In 2013, he appeared on the show called “Shark Tank” to pitch his idea to the five multi-millionaire/billionaire investors who use their own money to buy equity in businesses that they like. Although he came up with a great concept, he was not able to obtain the $700,000 that he was asking in exchange for 10% of his equity, thus, effectively valuing his company at $7 million.
After failing to make a deal, however, he went on to create one of the most successful organizations of the 21st century. His doorbell idea evolved into an entire security system that was recently bought by Amazon for $1 billion. Now, Mr. Siminoff is one of the sharks who participate on other side of the table of the “Shark Tank.” Out of all inspirational business stories that I know, this one always excites me because it managed to find a fairytale ending and the type of poetic justice that was seemingly unreachable.
What does the future hold for your company?
We are going to try and expand within our state very soon as many of our clients boosted our demand by referring us to others.
What is the most important aspect of your brand?
I would have to say the never-ending dedication to improving businesses. As much as we like to make a profit, if we do not see a way to help a company, we do not make an offer. Our priority is to create long-term relationships, not facilitate seasonal spikes in revenues.
What motivates you?
Stories like the previous one about the “Ring” creator would be a great example. Also, the fact that everything I do impacts many people who have to provide for their families. That type of responsibility reminds me that me doing a good job is imperative.
How do you unwind?
I love reading and use that as an outlet that helps me not think about work. Even though I do not mind having business-related thoughts on my mind, I recognize that constantly thinking about expansion, new clients, contracts, and similar is not healthy.
Do you have any advice for our readers?
Try to focus on things that you can control and avoid stressing over situations that you have no authority over. Similarly, keep your professional and private lives separate. If you bring your work home, you will soon approach the “burnout” zone.