Today's entrepreneur: Bryan McClain

Meliza Solan Surdi · February 11, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Growing too fast and not putting the user in the center of the design process

                                                     Innovators will often live unstable lives. But as they courageously take risks, they'll make several mistakes which become valuable lessons for the rest of us.

They have their ups and downs. But at the end of the day, these creative daredevils are the ones who are changing the world.

Within our community you will find a number of talented entrepreneurs.

We've just created new profiles for our Vator members to share their story. So if you are a first-time, serial, or even an aspiring entrepreneur, we'd like to hear from you.

Today's entrepreneur is Bryan McClain, CEO and co-founder of Metric Lab. According to his VEQ, Bryan is good at technology design, negotiation skills and team motivation.

I Am: An Entrepreneur

Name companies you've founded or co-founded:

ActiveComm Labs LLC, Metric Lab

Name companies you've invested in:

Metric Lab

Name startups you worked for:

TurboLinux, Envive

If you are an entrepreneur, why?

I like the process of taking an idea and working with talented people to bring it to market.

List your favorite startups:

Metric Lab, Job Rooster, Groupon,, and GoPro

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The most rewarding part about being an entrepreneur is making real change in the world - building products that help people have a better life.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Growing too fast and not putting the user in the center of the design process.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Keep it simple, keep a tight budget, and work with talented people.

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Metric Lab

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The goal of Metric Lab is to to create product experiences and brand loyalty through consumer insight.

We support product design from inception to market and beyond. We employ a variety of research approaches ranging from market research like ethnography and contextual inquiries to product testing like usability and competitive benchmarking. We even perform human factors and ergonomic evaluations. Metric Lab has the research capabilities to meet your every need.


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