This interview with Roman Stanek, chief executive of GoodData in San Francisco, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
Q. You’ve started more than five companies. Did you have the entrepreneurial itch when you were a kid?
A. It’s funny, because the likelihood of me sitting here today and talking about these companies was exactly zero when I was a kid. I lived in Communist Czechoslovakia, and when I was 15, I was sent to vocational school to study accounting. When I was 18, I decided to study computer science, but we didn’t have access to any computers. So it was more science than computers. The first time I saw a computer or had access to a PC was when I was almost 25.
Q. Tell me about your leadership style.