Meet Mike Lollar, Chief Technology Officer and Lead Developer, at Duoplane.
What initially attracted me to Duoplane was that it was a profitable bootstrapped company and that Sina (the founder) was so passionate about the culture of the company. We bonded over wanting to spend the time to properly structure and grow Duoplane vs the Silicon Valley way of raising millions and spending it as fast as possible.
I am proud of the team we’ve built, the direction we’re going in and look forward to what the future has in store.
Scrappy: If there is a cheaper or better way to do something, you bet I will find it.
Entrepreneurial: I was an entrepreneur for over a decade and so I have the mindset of a business owner in anything I do. I care deeply for the company I attach myself to and would only take on a job where I felt like I could make a positive impact, both on the company and with the people we target.
Creative: I’ve had to be extremely creative in the past especially when spending a lot of money on a project wasn’t an option. I love to sit down (virtually or in person) and brainstorm new ideas for the company.
Data-Driven: In the past few years, I’ve really started to respect data. I used to move so quickly and ignore the metrics but when you take the time to sit down and analyze it, you end up saving yourself so much time, money and stress. And you really learn what your customers want through their actions within your product or landing pages. Although I still have a strong belief in our instinct and gut feelings, data should usually inform decisions.
Leadership: I love to lead a team and believe I have the skills to create a fun and positive environment. I was always the captain of my sports teams and enjoyed being the “hype” person and getting everyone motivated.
Adaptability: Through running my own companies, I’ve become good at wearing many hats. One day I may be on sales, the next on product and then on customer success. I care about all aspects of a business and believe that having all departments work together is what creates a cohesive business. When I think of adaptability, I also think of the ability to let go of something that’s not working and move on quickly.
I act in my spare time, volunteer with a non-profit looking for a cure for pancreatitis and also work in dog rescue. I probably have too many extracurricular activities I participate in but I love being busy and being a part of changing lives.