Q & A with Ron Ben-Zeev, CEO and Co-Founder of World Housing Solution
July 22, 2013
How did you come up with the name, “World Housing Solution” for your company?
We wanted a memorable name that would not only define what we wanted to achieve in the end, but also something that could raise a few eyebrows along the way as well.
What was the motivation behind founding World Housing Solution?
As entrepreneurs, we always hear about disruptive technologies. We, as humans, have lived basically in the same way for thousands of years, using wood and stone as shelter. There has to be a better way to resolve the need for both temporary and long term housing and shelter and we have that solution using the same method used to built the space station, but brought down to earth.
What elements surprised you about the process?
We iterate and pivot all the time. Our clients and friends keep on challenging us to come up with different applications and systems and that is what makes our daily lives so interesting.
What have been the challenges along the way and how have you solved them?
Although we may have asked the first question relating to the “why’ we created World Housing Solution, the how and the what keep on changing along the way. As long as we remain flexible and open minded, the path will reveal itself and the journey will be that much more rewarding (I sound like a fortune cookie now).
What’s next for World Housing Solution?
Our main focus right now is coming up with solutions for the US Military both domestically and internationally. The next step is, through a recent strategic alignment with a world leader in modular medical labs, to develop rapidly deployable Tuberculosis Clinics for Africa and India.
How will your company’s technology landscape change in the next five years?
We keep on playing around with different ideas, materials and systems, so we know that in five years, we will have an even better performing structure that will be erected quickly and change military and civilian lives everywhere.
What three factors contribute to the success of a startup?
Flexibility, tenacity and vision.
What start-ups or technology inspire you?
Everyday I read about new technologies, ideas or people and that inspires me. There are so many of them out there that it is hard to pin point, but one in particular is life changing and creative called Sharklet that uses the skin pattern on sharks skins to fight bacterial infections.
Finally, what is your advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Forget the How and the What and focus on the WHY. If you have a great “why”, then the rest will be a lot easier as you will have found the energy to drive you forward no matter what happens. And of course, find great mentors and remember to pay it forward when you become successful.