About this episode

My guest this week is Eli Harris, is the co-founder of R-Zero. R-Zero is disrupting an archaic industry (disinfection), and in doing so - creating a category around health security + biosafety technology. Eli and his co-founders recognized that the COVID pandemic was going to present a massive shift in health security, much like 9/11 did for physical security.

The opportunity for Eli and the R-Zero team is enormous and we discuss this societal shift in great detail within this episode, but let me be clear…Eli’s story is not one of success without failure. R-Zero is Eli’s second startup and his first is now valued over $1 billion dollars. You read that correctly, his first startup reached the elusive “Unicorn” status. Unfortunately though, he does not get to share in that success because a little over two years ago he was pushed out and let go from the very company he built.

Within this episode we unpack how he processed that moment to get to a place where was capable and emotionally ready to begin building what, from all external signs, looks to be another Unicorn startup story.

In this episode, you'll hear:

  • How Eli put in tremendous work to become fluent in Mandarin Chinese and how that work led to various opportunities in mainland China.
  • The origin of his first startup, and how it reached a valuation of $1 billion.
  • The events that led to him being pushed out from that startup.
  • How he processed and leveraged that traumatic experience to strengthen him for the next chapter of his startup journey.
  • Historical perspective of the security changes brought on my the events of 9/11, and how the COVID pandemic has created a similar opportunity.
  • About the future growth opportunities for R-Zero and their recent acquisitions..

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October 12 2021
Eli Harris, co-founder of R-Zero

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