Meet the founders: Craig Hogan

Before founding CryptoCracker, what were some key experiences or roles that shaped your approach to business and innovation?

Co-founding a learning startup called mylearningworx and having to alter the direction of the technology on a daily basis to fit investor, customers and founder feedback was an amazing journey and definitely set the standards for how things could be done in the future.

What first sparked your interest in technology and cryptocurrencies? Was there a particular moment or person that inspired you?

I have always been interested in new technology and have invested in startups and new technologies for many years as a hobby of sorts and bitcoin and ethereum fell into this category. I started mining bitcoin, but never really got much out of it so buying some seemed like a good option, just in case it actually worked.

Can you describe a typical day in your life as a founder? How do you balance work and personal time?

I try to stick to strict schedules and block out time to make sure the whole day isnt just work, whether its something as simple as getting outside for a walk. Trying to keep meetings on track and their start and end times locked in is important for me as is having decompression time after the bigger ones.
I enjoy early starts and early finishes, especially when the weather gets better and I can get out on my bike and get on the forest trails.
I love music and will generally have music on in the background while I am working, working from home can become too quiet for my liking.

Who do you look up to in the tech and crypto world, and why?

I dont really follow anyone in the tech world, rather than focussing on who did something, I prefer to look for the ways things are done. I guess the concepts and ideas in books like the lean principles, the toyota way, the phoenix project and turn this ship around are more important to me.

Outside of work, what are some of your hobbies or passions? How do they influence your work ethic and creativity?

Mountain biking is the biggest part of my non-tech world, specifically trail riding at bike parks around the UK and parts of the Surrey forests.

What book has significantly impacted your thoughts on leadership, technology, or crypto, and why would you recommend it?

Only one book, tough one. The one that comes to mind is “Turn this ship around” by L. David Marquet, it a great resource for anyone who wants to change or validate the way their business works (for the better)
I cant just do one, the other top book is “The Phoenix Project” by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford, its aimed at devops, but its a brilliant story of change and transformation.

Do you have a surprising skill or hobby that most people wouldn’t associate with a tech entrepreneur?

Pretty average individual, I speak Swedish, Danish and sort of Norwegian.

If you weren’t working in crypto, what’s another industry or project that would excite you?

Sustainable energy, environmental projects

One Movie, One book, One Album you would bring with you on a deserted Island?

  • Robinson Crusoe (or Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • How to survive on a deserted island by Tim Oshei (not read it but it might help)
  • Metallica S&M

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