How I Succeeded: Myriad’s Murray Galbraith

How I Succeeded: Myriad’s Murray Galbraith

How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Murray Galbraith from Myriad.

Current gig: Co-founder and CEO of Myriad

Location: Paradise (Burleigh Heads, QLD)

Current mobile device: iPhone 7

Current computer: Tricked up MacBook Air

One word that best describes how you work: Smart

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

  • Slack
  • Airtable
  • Inbox
  • 1Password
  • Miranda
  • Withings (Activité smart watch and app)

What social network do you find the most useful?

Is this a trick question? At a stretch, I’d say Twitter’s new DM functionality.

What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?

1. If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late (Hoffman)
2. Practise extreme focus (Liubinskas)
3. Startup don’t win by attacking. They win by transcending (Graham)
4. Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice (Ford)
5. Hire people smarter than you (Branson)
6. Education is broken (Robinson)
7. Education has always been broken (Waters)
8. Empathy is the answer (Pretty much everyone I know and respect)
9. If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail (Maslow)
10. Take the long way home (Supertramp)

What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?

How easy it seems from the outside.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

I’m a mini golf phenom. And I eat a mean cheeseburger.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I run two startups and have two kids under 5. Next question, please.

What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?

You are what you measure.

  1. Purpose over Profit
  2. Sustainability over Size
  3. Impact over Impression