Welcome to the 18th episode of Inc.'s weekly Founders Project With Alexa von Tobel podcast. This new 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 a founder's professional playbook--and starts to uncover what makes them tick as people.
And for the 18th episode:
How to Turn a Pain Point into a Business, with Brian Chen of ROOM
70 percent of American employees work in open floor plan offices--and according to Brian Chen, they don't like it. Brian and his cofounders set out to reimagine the modern workplace and launched their first product, an office phone booth (which already graces the offices of Google, Apple, and J.P. Morgan). Brian shares his own frustration with not being able to find a quiet space at work, explains how he and his co-founder personally delivered and assembled their first prototypes, and why they care about being responsible citizens of the world.