An Interview with Internet Entrepreneur Christopher Knight
Christopher Knight is founder of EzineArticles.com, the Web's largest community and content distribution system for articles by expert authors, with over 2 million monthly visitors. He is also the founder of EmailUniverse.com, a resource site for E-mail newsletter publishers. In this interview, he shares his entrepreneurial experience and some tips and wisdom for other entrepreneurs. Also, be sure to read part one of my interview with him, Article Marketing for Entrepreneurs
SA: Tell me about your entrepreneurial background ? did you start young or later? What, if anything, in your upbringing led you to entrepreneurship?
CK: When I was in grade school, I bought bags of Kit Kats and sold them individually on the playground during recess. I saw a market need and filled it.
At age 16 I started a professional DJ service to spin music for proms, homecomings, weddings, sock hops, company picnics or any type of party event.
My father is a farmer / entrepreneur and, while I didn't join him in the farming family business, I did learn many lessons about how to work with customers, vendors, employees and eventually, banks or financial institutions.
I really think entrepreneurs are born and not made. It either comes naturally or it feels completely foreign to you. To me, I have a knowing of certainty that this is what I was meant to do, and I love it.
Who have been your role models, mentors, or other inspiration for you, both in your personal life and public figures?
Tony Robbins helped me get into massive intelligent action, Dr.
Wayne Dyer helped me order and focus my intentions/thoughts, and Strategic Coach Dan Sullivan coached me on how to better organize my time.
Personally, I'm inspired by great athletes who rise to the top of their game. Too many to list here, but I track top athletes in business and in sports to better understand how to create even higher performance in my life.
What specifically led you to start your current business(es)?
I really like the advertising-based revenue model and as I looked at all of the web properties I had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars acquiring between 1995-2001, I asked myself this question: "Which web property is succeeding the most despite no investments of time or effort on our part." When I identified that EzineArticles.com was that project, I organized a plan to invest tens of thousands of hours of attention to find out how big the project could become. I'm still working on figuring out where the ceiling is on this project.