[ I would like to introduce yet another new segment called- A Day In The Life- where I interview very interesting people.I am very new to the art of interviewing and for my first Interview, I will be interviewing Richard Anderson of Inuvo-(An affiliate marketing company that operates out of Conway Arkansas (http://www.inuvo.com/)) Mr. Anderson has been working with computers, networks and software development for over 30 years.]
- (Colt Horton)What was your first job?
(Richard Anderson)Working for my dad at Anderson industrial supply- We sold tools and equipment to manufacturing companies. I ultimately took it over.
(CH)Where do you work at now?
(RA)Inuvo- chief of technology officer
(CH)Richard, how did you start on computers? What drew you in?
(RA)Well, working for my dad, In 1976 worked with a company that manufactured computer controlled machines that were programmed to cut metal parts
(CH)So they had to be very precise I bet.
(RA)Very precision, accurate to .0001 of an inch
(CH)So you must be handy with computers, When Did you make your First website?
(RA)Back in 1995, Ai supply.com I made it with very basic html and back then you didn’t have all the fancy stuff you have today, you didn’t have streaming video,or even a good look to the website.
(CH)What brought you to Arkansas?
(RA)Inuvo, We received money from the state of Arkansas economic counsil
(CH)How much has your company grown since you’ve been here?
(CH)Does Arkansas Have potential to be the next Silicone Valley?
(RA)Potentially, they have enough colleges. The biggest problem is most of the college students who graduate, leave the state of Arkansas for jobs, because there is not enough tech jobs here.
(CH)What characteristics do you look for when considering to hire somebody?
(RA)Passion, sense of humor, I need to feel like they are trustworthy. A good personality, friendly comes in handy too. I also look at educational back ground and experience.
(CH) Do you suggest following your gut feeling when finding a solution?
(RA)Yeah I typically go with my intuition or gut feeling
(CH)Go any handy advice for being susccelful
(RA)Work hard have lots of passion, Never give up. Tenacity.
(CH)How how has Inuvo evolved ?
(RA)During the first part, really the first thing was a merger two companies that primarily developed websites for (community websites) for people to meet- like dating. Then it became a company on the American stock exchange, We raised money for additional acquisitions and raised capital to purchase other companies.
(CH)Would you call Inuvo a conglomerate?
(RA)No I wouldn’t call it a conglomerate, I mean we bought 12 companies over 2 years and most of the companies we bought did some form of advertising management or online advertising.
(CH)How does the future look for Inuvo?
(RA)Good, we have successfully been profitable for 2 years which is a miracle, we’ve been losing money for the past 10 years 2007- 2013 we have been losing money, but now we are growing and have been successful and profitable