Nick Walters: CEO, Hopster

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Nick Walters is CEO at Hopster, the preschool learning and entertainment platform

What do I do best?

Business-wise, I think I’m a pretty good strategist. I’m good at taking a bunch of information and figuring out where things will go one or two moves down the track. I don’t know if I’m the best person at that but it’s probably one of my strengths.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Probably my team. It might seem like a cliché but assembling a good team around you, especially in a business where you’re the sole founder, is really important. You can’t be good at everything and if you’re trying to be, you’ll probably be bad at most things. The best way to be the best version of yourself is to have a bunch of people around you, let them help you with the things that you’re not good at so you can focus on what you do best. Otherwise you’ll be a bad version of yourself doing things you shouldn’t be doing.

What are my aspirations?

I started Hopster because I wanted to build something, I wanted to have something of substance as I was fed up with the budget processes, presentations and internal dynamics of big corporations. I think that’s why most people get into starting their own company, because they have a problem, they want to solve it and they want to build something better for their users. So, if you can achieve this, have some fun along the way and also be able to feed your family from it, it’s probably the best personal goal I can think of.

My Biggest Success?

I think once you have a family and kids, everything else just pales in comparison.

My Most Challenging Moment?

The decision to start Hopster was personally difficult and there have been difficult moments along the way. We’ve had some tricky funding rounds and has not always been able to take a salary. At these moments you’ve just got to ask yourself whether the reward around it is worth it. I think I’ve always made the decision that they were, and I’m glad I did, but these decisions are not always easy.

My Motto?

“The most that you will ever be sure of is that you’re probably right, and you always need to bear in mind the possibility that you might be wrong.”

My Favorite People/Role Models?

If I hadn’t been an entrepreneur I’d probably have been a journo - so probably some combination of Dexter Filkins, CJ Chivers, Marie Colvin and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I’m a Londoner and I love London. I wasn’t born in London but moved here as soon as I started working. I think London is amazing town as here you get a level of mixing between people with different backgrounds that you don’t get in many other places in the world. Outside of this, Southern Spain is a good place to spend time. :)

My Favorite Products/Objects?

I have to say my iPhone - I spend a lot of time on it, probably too much. I’m also really into music and have a really beautiful Bose stereo and I still own a CD player, so probably those things.

My Current Passions?

I’m trying (not very successfully) to find more time to write.