Adam Odessky

Adam Odessky

San Francisco, California, United States
Member since June 23, 2015
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Companies I work or worked for:
Microsoft, Oracle Corp, orange, Tellme Networks
If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:

Quora, Slack, Venmo

Why did you start your company or why do you want to innovate inside your company?

I wanted to create a lasting impact in the world. And also to do something that frankly seemed impossible.

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

The rewarding part is seeing the impact that your product is making and watching the company grow because of it, both in terms of revenue and people. Also, the creative process that comes from building an innovative and unique product is bar none. The frustrating thing is always time. It takes way to long to build what you want, sell it the right way, and wait for customers to give you that gratifying feedback. Long term patience is definitely an important virtue.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

They think that a great product or amazing swagger solves all ills. In reality, those are just the seeds to a long and arduous journey where the entrepreneur has to keep an open mind and a humble heart to accept in the skills and value of others: members of the team, investors, advisors, etc..

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

1. How to have patience
2. How to not have patience and break walls down when needed
3. How to mentally deal with constant change and surprises

Full bio

Adam Odessky is the founder and CEO of Sensely, a virtual assistant platform with commercial usage across the insurance, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries. An expert in voice interfaces and conversation design, Adam's background includes roles at Oracle, Microsoft, Scient, and TellMe Networks.  Adam is a listed inventor on multiple issued patents in the areas of user interface systems, gestural authentication, and augmented reality. Adam holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. When he's not working, Adam can be found touring San Francisco’s best coffee shops, banging out Metallica guitar solos, or running after his young twin children.