Tell us about yourself?
Furkan Eris (https://www.linkedin.com/in/furkan-eris/) graduated from Bogazici University in 2016 with a dual degree in Electrical Electronics Engineering and Physics.
He moved to Boston to pursue his Ph.D. in applied machine learning building algorithms to design computing systems, namely CPUs. Throughout his Ph.D., he worked along with AMD and AMD Research which led to several patents and many publications.
He Founded Spiky.ai in 2022. Spiky.ai is a quickly growing Techstars-backed startup focused on applying runtime machine learning to generate conversational and emotional metrics to generate EQ metrics for companies.
They are VC-backed, working with fortune 500 companies. They have grown the team to 25+ people in 1 year.
What do you think is the single biggest misconception people have when it comes to startups?
They vastly underestimate how hard it is. This is coming from someone who did a Ph.D. in applied ML. The amount of work you will put in and areas you need to develop in on the fly is tremendous.
If you could go back in time to any moment from your journey, and give yourself one tip, what would it be?
Find one small problem to solve first then move on to the next problem, then the next one. Find a good stream of naturally following problems to solve to make life easier for yourself.
What makes you stand out as an entrepreneur?
I am highly technical but my actual strength lies in balancing many issues at the same time. I have a mind for organization and quickly resolving issues.
What are some of the best working habits you’ve gained over the past couple of years?
I started my company while doing my PhD. This allowed me to learn about the limits of sleep schedules 🙂
Give us a bit of an insight into the influences behind the company?
I am influenced by personalization strategies and human potential maximization. If I had access to such tools during my own education and work life, I would have loved to find my best communication methodology.
Where do you see your business in five years?
In the hands of most enterprises. Many companies will need new tools to enable their employees to work in a cohesive manner in the remote/hybrid environment.
What do you think the biggest challenge will be for you in getting there?
Figuring out the way to make the analytics very easy to understand the synthesizing the value to be as general as possible while keeping the insights deep. The balancing act between the two is a struggle.
Talk to us about your biggest success story so far?
Building such a great team. We have 25 members and I love each and every person deeply.
How do clients and customers find you? Are you much of a salesperson for yourself?
Organically. We have spent 0 dollars on marketing and sales. I’m a straightforward person that likes to give facts as they are 🙂
What one tip would you give to fellow startup founders?
Perseverance carries a lot of weight. Having the mental fortitude to push on even when you know the company might go under in a month brings a new perspective on life. Make sure you are ready to handle your mental health.
And finally, what do you hope the future brings both you personally, and your business?
I want to grow this company to a deca-corn. I want all our employees to be super happy. I want this to be the best experience of their working lives.