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Interview with Shlomo Zalman Heigh

Interview with Shlomo Zalman Heigh

Shlomo Zalman Heigh

Founder and CEO of Heigh Tech LLC, which he founded at 13 years old.

Shlomo Zalman Heigh is the founder and CEO of Heigh Tech LLC, a software company he founded when he was 13 years old. He currently leads the company in the development of various types of software and apps. He also started a blog recently, where he writes about various topics, including technology, business, and life as a young CEO.

Name of your company and URL

Heigh Tech LLC,

My last name is Heigh, so I came up with the idea to make a pun using my last name and the common phrase “High Tech” for my company name, as well as for my company’s first product, Heigh Speed (see next question).

What is your product or service?

Our main product is a program called Heigh Speed that speeds up the internet on a computer by optimizing the way the computer interacts with the internet.

Our second product is an Android app called “Be Happy!”, which aims to help make people happier by showing users tips on how to increase their happiness. For example, by looking at the positive in a situation instead of just the negative.

We also have some other smaller products that can be found on our website.

Why did you start your company?

I had a passion for programming and I felt that I could use my skills to help out people across the world with the software I create.

How was it financed?

I financed my own company, with an initial budget of literally only $200. $125 went to filing the Articles of Organization, required to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC), which left me with $75 to get started.

I was 13 years old at the time and I was homeschooling in 8th grade, so I also had very limited time.

Date officially launched?

Due to my very limited budget, I decided to wait until almost the last minute before I paid to file the Articles of Organization. So I developed the product first and only filed them when I was just about ready to release the first product. My company was officially founded on November 4, 2010, and I released the first product one week later on the 11th.

What free online or offline tools do you use?

I use Google Apps, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, and all of the other Google services. This allows me to have everything stored online for me to access wherever I happen to find myself. I also use an Android tablet when I’m on the go, which integrates great with Google’s services.

Do you use Social Media tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+?






How many employees do you have?

I currently do not have any employees, but I may hire some in the coming months.

What is the best advice you never got?

Just be persistent.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “When there’s a will, there’s a way”. Why is this true? Because when you want to do something badly enough, you will keep trying until you succeed. If you try hard enough, you’re bound to succeed at some point.

What almost killed your business in the start?

The main thing I needed to overcome was the fact that I felt I was less capable than most entrepreneurs due to my young age of 13. I was scared that people wouldn’t take me seriously.

What is the one thing that you did right?

Just keep trying. Never give up.

What was the biggest transition you had to make?

I needed to learn how to be not just a programmer, but a CEO, and be able to communicate well with people and learn business skills.

What would make your business more “Successful”?

I believe it would help me to hire a professional marketer who can do a better job than I can. I am a programmer, and I acknowledge that I cannot and will not be good at everything. I will need to hire people with different skill sets to do tasks I can’t do well on my own.

Would you want to be acquired by a bigger company, run it yourself or sell in a couple of years?

I enjoy running my own business, and I will probably want to stay with my company for now, although I may end up selling it eventually. There’s really no way to know what the future will bring.

Thank you everyone for reading my story. What I want you to take out of this is that what you can achieve is unlimited, you just have to believe that you have the potential, and you need to have the willpower to pursue it. With those two components, you will be able to accomplish anything.

I hope that this inspires you to succeed in your business and in all other aspects of your life as well.


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