First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Rocco Forino: So far, everyone is healthy, and we are grateful to all those in the healthcare sector for working through these tough times.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded DealConnect Hub.
Rocco Forino: I started out as an entrepreneur. And I come from a part of the US that had and still has limited access to investors. So I started www.dealconnecthub.com so that entrepreneurs, regardless of where they come from, would have equal access to our private investors’ network regardless of where they live in the United States.
How does DealConnect Hub innovate?
Rocco Forino: DealConnect Hub innovates by making it much easier and faster to connect both entrepreneurs and investors who would not normally have the means to connect with one another. We have also added a new membership called Ecosystem builder that enables select members to create an accelerator or startup hub in their community so that they can be the connection point between their startups and our private investor network.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Rocco Forino: Right now, it’s helping our business. It has become even harder for investors to find good deals through traditional networking events because everything is shut down. Our investor platform not only matches entrepreneurs to deals, but we also host online networking events. This will allow us to transition to live networking events once Covid passes.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Rocco Forino: I am always making difficult choices, most of which the lessons are still to be determined.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety, how do you project yourself and DealConnect Hub in the future?
Rocco Forino: I deal with stress by going to the gym 5 days a week at 5 am. Meditation is also helpful to keep my mind focused and anchors me in achieving my goals. DealConnect Hub will be the number one destination where investors go to get access to exclusive deals in the ESG social impact investing space.
Your final thoughts?
Rocco Forino: This is the best time to launch a startup. Now more than ever, the world needs innovative entrepreneurs to develop solutions to our most pressing global issues.