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Interview with Prominent Black CEO: Lyron Foster

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I’ve always been interested in technology and have always possessed a natural aptitude for it. I started programming at the age of 12 and started experimenting with Slackware Linux at the age of 13. When I was 21 years old, I got my first real “technology” job at BurstNet working as a Linux Engineer.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Throughout my career, some of the most memorable experiences had to be focused on my business failures. While I’ve been lucky enough to found/co-found some amazing ventures, such as Code Armada and Hostgator. I’ve also had the misfortune of experiencing multiple business failures first hand. I’ve learned lots from both my successes and failures. To date: I have founded/co-founded over 87 businesses across 4 countries.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I would tell any aspiring entrepreneur to establish healthy working habits from the beginning. Make time for yourself and your family. Establish and religiously enforce work/personal life boundaries.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

There’s no single individual honestly. I’ve received help from many people, including some of my critics. Positive feedback solidifies what you know and negative feedback forces you into critical thinking mode. Personal and professional growth is triggered by a need to change, develop, or evolve. As such, I would like to thank everyone throughout my career that highlighted my talents and pointed out my weaknesses.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I’ve developed over 500 courses and trained thousands of students, putting the skills necessary to thrive in the IT industry into the hands of individuals that might not have otherwise been able to afford the training.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

My quote favorite is: “Never give up”. I know everyone says it and it feels a little cliche’, but it’s absolutely true. There will be moments in your life when everything feels hopeless.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

On twitter “@LyronFoster” or on Instagram “@Lfoster96720”.

Lyron Foster is a Hawaii based African American Musician, Author, Actor, Blogger, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Multinational Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

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