If money’s your motivation, you’re not going to stay in business for real long. If you don’t love what you’re doing, it’s going be tough. There’s an old trading saying, bulls make money, and bears make money, and pigs get slaughtered. You make very different decisions when you’re in it for the long haul, or the short haul. And my advice would be, if you guys are interested in starting businesses, you want to be in it for the long haul. So don’t be in it for the money, be in it for whatever is your passion.
Andrea Goodman was born in Chicago Illinois in 1952. Andrea met her husband Richard Goodman while in graduate school, in an automata theory class about the mathematics behind computing. Richard wound up moving to Worcester before graduating the program because of a job position he was offered, while Andrea decided to move to Worcester after the two got married in 1974. After teaching at Clark University, as well as working for Digital Equipment Corporation for a couple of years, Richard asked his wife to come and help him run his up and coming software business. Building their company from the ground up, Andrea, alongside her husband, “changed the way business was done in Worcester.” In this interview, Andrea describes her experiences in building her business in the infancy stages of technology usage. She explains the process, the mistakes, and the struggles that she had to endure throughout the process. Andrea offers advice for those just starting out in their career, based on her own experiences on her own path to success.