Algo

Anna Merzi – Founder

w/ Ryan Estes

produced by Colin Martin

workalgo.com

Connecting your team to certified refugee freelancers.

In a nutshell, Algo empowers refugees to take controll of their lives while delivering reliable and affordable talent to companies.

  • Business model: Usage fee ($1 – $5 hour)
  • Staff: 4 full-time
  • Depth: 200 freelancers
  • Marketing: Outbound calls, referrals
  • Financing: Bootstrapped $5k from savings
 

Quick hits with Anna Merzi

“We overestimate what can be done in a day, but underestimate what can be achieved in a year.”

Book recommendation:

  1. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  2. Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Favorite philosopher: Mary Wollstonecraft

A CEO you follow: Khaled Helioui of Bigpoint Games, then of course, Elon Musk

Favorite documentary: Human Flow (an Ai Weiwei film)

Favorite artwork: The Banksy piece of Steve Jobs, painted in the Calais “The Jungle” refugee camp

Favorite music: Most things by Train and John Mayer

What would your last meal be? My nana’s chicken fried steak

What is the meaning of life?
So far, I’ve found the most meaning in life while trying to add value in overlooked places. I’m not sure what that means, but I think it’s a good start.

What is your situation? (married, single, kids…) Single

What advice would you give your 20 y/o self?
Well, I’m only two years out, so I’ll let you know in ten-fifteen years.

What do you have left to do?
All-things Algo.

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