If you ask Cory Michalyshyn who his heroes are, he’ll tell you it’s the Elon Musks of the world. Those who challenge the status quo and ignore the naysayers. The visionaries.
So when the opportunity came to join Solink, a tech startup that was disrupting traditional video surveillance systems for businesses, Cory didn’t think twice. He wanted to take that risk and bet on himself. To dig in at one company and make an impact from the ground up. To chase that exponential dream that only the tech sector seems to offer — just like his idols.
“It didn’t really matter to me what the title was,” Cory explains of joining Solink in 2014. “It was the responsibility that I was taking on, which was to run finance and operations for the organization, and the challenge to really flesh out what that product was going to be as we started to take it to market.”
And as CFO and COO at Solink, there’s no question about the impact he is making. During his three and a half years at the company, Cory’s financial expertise has been instrumental to get the business on track. One of his proudest professional accomplishments? Taking a company that was declining and helping it reach its current level of positive growth.”
“What I’m most professionally proud of is getting it into a distributive, scaleable product that customers could see value in and want to pay for,” Cory explains. “When I first joined the company, it didn’t have the value-prop that we have today. We’ve built that up as a team. And now, we’re three-and-a-half years in and an end date isn’t looming.”
As one of our Emerging Leaders, Cory took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about why he’s attracted to the tech industry, the value of speaking another language (or four), and why we should never get too comfortable.