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Inter:views | Cracking The Entrepreneur Bottleneck

For entrepreneurs, wannabe entrepreneurs, and anybody with an entrepreneurial mindset. 

Mar 12, 2024

Have you ever faced difficulties scaling your business, even with adequate funding and a strong foundation? If so, you might be experiencing a bottleneck. Reaching the next level often requires significant shifts like mindset changes, new working strategies, or adopting different frameworks.  


It could also involve taking on a new leadership role or seeking specific training or coaching. All these factors, combined with the challenge of integrating them, can lead to stagnation and become a bottleneck for your business growth. In this episode, we are joined by Riggs Eckelberry, an entrepreneur who successfully navigated and overcame such a bottleneck in his own journey. 


Riggs Eckelberry, CEO and Chairman of the Board of OriginClear is a seasoned disruptor in the tech industry who transitioned into the "green" space by co-founding OriginClear's predecessor in 2008 and taking it public.  


Leveraging his background in commercializing breakthrough technologies, including notable successes during the dotcom era, he spearheaded OriginClear's mission to address growing water supply issues by providing compact on-site systems and revolutionary offerings for   With experience in management, sailing, and skiing, Eckelberry is dedicated to enabling the water industry to adapt to rapidly changing conditions. 


Tune in.  


Key Highlights from The Show 

[03:29] Episode intro and why scaling up is Riggs Eckelberry’s current bottleneck 

[05:37] Great expectations of a CEO 

[06:49] Things you can do to put your company in a position that is easy to scale 

[09:21] The 2018 realization of growing with a team 

[14:37] The most difficult parts of growing the business 

[18:04] Riggs’ shift from entrepreneurship to corporate and back to entrepreneurship  

[23:51] Indicators that you need to shift from entrepreneurship to corporate 

[28:25] Why Riggs is an entrepreneur 

[30:16] What Riggs foresees beyond his retirement 

[33:17] Riggs’ recommendation to entrepreneurs from his years of experience  

[36:12] Best ways to reach out and connect with Riggs Eckelberry 

[37:52] Wrap up and calls to action 


Notable Quotes 

·        Tackling a business bottleneck must start with the entrepreneur. 

·        Scaling a business is an operational bottleneck. 

·        Customer service is driven from a company's top leadership to the bottom. 


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