Interview with Mark Husmann about a documentary on entrepreneurship

Mark Husmann is serial entrepreneur that has now started another very interesting project which caught my attention: he has been filming a documentary for the past fourteen months on an entrepreneur (himself) trying to create a successful billion dollar business during a declining economy. Jason Boritz and producer Jonathan Salemi,  are the filmmakers making the movie on Mark.

Cristian: Hi Mark, how are you today?

Mark: Busy…still trying to raise money and put deals together.

Cristian: I had a look on your site yesterday and saw you are making something interesting. A movie about starting a billion $ business with $100. So tell us a little about the movie.

Mark: The movie is a year in the life of a serial entrepreneur (me) and all of the highs and lows I go through in the building of a new company.

Cristian: Mark, how old are you?

Mark: 47 today 48 in less than a month

Cristian: And how many businesses have you started so far?

Mark: I call them projects and it is somewhere around 20

Cristian: How do you come up with the ideas to start a business?

Mark: Some are accidents …some I see an opportunity and enjoy the challenge of making it happen.

Cristian: The theme of the movie is the creation of a successful business with just $100 investment, right? So do you think most people fear about not having enough money to invest?

Mark: To an entrepreneur not having enough money will only slow them down…not stop them.

Cristian: What if you fail to build the 100 to a billion business?

Mark: I will enjoy the process and learn along the way.

Cristian: How did you actually come up with the idea to make a movie?

Mark: One of my manufacturers introduced me to his nephew (Jonathan) and after meeting for half an hour, he asked if he could do a documentary on me and the creation of my business.

Cristian: I know the movie is not finish yet, but what’s the concept/ message?

Mark: Don’t give up just because everyone says NO. It’s just a starting point. If you believe in what you are doing and you know that it will work…you won’t give up.

Cristian: So what would be the in the movie target? Who should watch it?

Mark: Anyone that wants to start a business and maybe has been stopped in the past from even trying.

Cristian: From the trailer I got that you are a highly positive person. Is this a must for an entrepreneur?

Mark: Absolutely… fear of failure is not an option.

Cristian: How do you deal with bad mornings or simply with bad days for your businesses?

Mark: I try and find one positive thing about the day and that moves me forward.

Cristian: What’s the biggest mistake you did in your entrepreneurial path?

Mark: Everything happens for a reason…so I don’t consider any mistakes the biggest. I try and turn “mistakes” into opportunities.


Cristian: In the trailer your talking about you being a workaholic. Do you need to be a workaholic to be a successful entrepreneur?

Mark: No…just focused and passionate.

Cristian: How important is family and keeping balance?

Mark: Big…family is your foundation and I need to keep reminding myself about’s tuff.

Cristian: I wonder, how you define yourself? A successful businesses man? A serial entrepreneur?

Mark: Serial entrepreneur.

Cristian: How does the crisis modifies the movie perspective?

Mark: The “crisis” has made finding money much more difficult but I see the down economy as an opportunity to make amazing businesses.

Cristian: Any advices for people willing to start a new business?

Mark: Do something different…stand out…take chances…leave fear to others.

Cristian: Is the entrepreneur mission to make money out of anything, or doing what they like best and transform it in a business?

Mark: To me it must be something I enjoy. As entrepreneurs we need to make money so that we can continue to create and help others.

Cristian: So what’s the status on the movie? When it will be released?

Mark: I think it will be released this year (2009).

You can whatch how things are going with the movie here: