Welcome to the 36th episode of Inc.'s weekly Founders Project With Alexa von Tobel podcast. This podcast brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs building the future. Listen to the tales of guts, inspiration, and drive behind the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each weekly conversation digs into each founder's professional playbook--and starts to uncover what makes them tick as people.

On this week's episode, I spoke to Richie Serna of Finix:

How to Take the Startup Leap, With Richie Serna of Finix

After starting his career as a management consultant, Richie Serna left it all behind to move to San Francisco and learn to code. After sharpening his engineering skills at a startup, Serna took the leap to build one of his own: Finix, a payments infrastructure platform that has raised more than $55 million to bring payments technology to a wide range of customers. Serna shares how being an engineer helped him build a better product, why fundraising is a combination of running a clear process and lots of pitch practice, and why he eats the exact same meals every day.