April Member Spotlight: Jim Zidar

April 6, 2015 10:13 AM

Jim Zidar, CEO of Stealz 

Jim develops and implements high-level strategies and manages the overall operations and resources of a company. Jim's childhood hero was Charles Barkley and he is willing to help with relevant collaborations. He's always happy to help out at Happy Hour. Also, congrats to Stealz on their recent $1M investment. Read more here.

We asked Jim some serious (and some not-so-serious questions) to help our community get to know him a little better.


1.What is your weirdest or most unique talent? NBA Jam Arcade specialist

2. Here at HQ, one of our Core Values is “Drive Forward with Purpose.” What do you do on a day-to-day basis to live out that value? I’m extremely passionate about getting the most out of myself and my team on a daily basis. Being a CEO, you have to do everything in your power to make employees work experiences as enjoyable as possible. It’s important to be cognitive of everyone else and you have to make sure you’re thinking about yourself last.

3. Who was your biggest role model as a child? My parents and Charles Barkley

4. What do you enjoy most about what you do? In a strange way, I really enjoy the pressure that comes with running a startup. You pretty much have a giant family of employees, investors and customers that you have to juggle to make everything work. Although it’s exhausting at times, I think it brings the best out of me and my team. I also really enjoy Stealz family fun nights (when all the employees go out to one of our customers to just hang out).

5. What’s the strangest or funniest thing you’ve encountered since starting your business? There are endless answers to this question. We have several hundred photos uploaded daily through Stealz and there’s always a couple of really funny or witty photos from our users.

6. Tell us about your first job. My very first paid job was at stocking shelves at Kroger when I was 16 years old.

7.  Besides food and water, what three things would you take with you to a desert island?

1. A Lawson Hammock Tent

2. An immense amount of candy

3. A device w/ wifi that let me play online poker & Nintendo 64

8.    Do you have any nicknames? I go by Jim in the business world but most of my friends call me Jimmy. Other’s call me JZ.

9.    If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? A panda. Who doesn’t want to be a Panda?

10. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? My dad always told me two sayings growing up: “Finish the job” & “Be a leader, not a follower”. I never seemed to do a good enough job with the first one growing up. However, it helped me understand the significance of finalizing a finished product.

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