5 minutes with Fred Schebesta, founder of Finder

Having a successful business doesn't necessarily mean you don't face challenges. In fact, it's often despite these challenges that your business reaches its real potential. In this profile series we ask some brilliant business owners 5 questions about their journey & what's inspired them to keep on keeping on in the face of adversity.

What’s the name of your business? 

Finder, and HiveEx which was the first company to launch from Finder Ventures, the venture capital arm of Finder.

How long have you been running your business? 

I’ve run Finder for 14 years and HiveEx for just over two years. 

What’s your favourite thing about what you do/your business? 

Finder is about helping people all over the world in making better decisions. Everything we do ties back to this purpose so we can empower people to improve their lives. Hands down this is my favourite thing about what we do. 

When business has been tough who have you relied on the most? 

I’ve relied on my business partner, Frank Restuccia, one of the founders of Finder. People often describe Frank and I as ‘yin and yang’ as we have different skills and strengths that complement each other, and this has been super valuable over the years working together, especially during COVID-19.

What’s your advice for doing business in recession? 

My advice is to have a laser sharp focus, and to stay committed. Focus on what matters to your customers and your stakeholders, and focus on doing it really well. It’s also super important to review all of your expenses, become as lean as possible, and consider locking in contracts for a year in advance.

What’s the #1 thing you do to ensure your wellbeing as a business owner? 

I am very conscious of my mental health and make sure I look after myself physically and mentally for optimum success. I have been doing daily meditation and focusing on gratitude, but my number one thing is to do regular physical exercise. It gives me an opportunity to pause and reflect, I do deep thinking while I’m running and it clears my head.