PEARL LEMON INTERVIEWS:
Michael de la Maza -
Heart Healthy Scrum

Michael de la Maza

Michael de la Maza is an Enterprise Agile Coach and an angel investor. He invested in Boom, Rappi, and Relativity Space at seed. He beat former Y Combinator President Sam Altman in a 5 year, $100K bet about startup valuations. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.

A Fireside Chat

I had the opportunity to have an amazing conversation with Michael de la Maza at Heart Healthy Scrum today. From talking about SEO for coaching sites, Michael agreed to a quick interview.

He took the time to talk to me and answer some questions so I could get to know him better and hear more about the things that have helped shape his business success to date – let’s get stuck into it!

What Is The Book (Or Books) You’ve Given Most As A Gift, And Why?

The book I’ve given most as a gift is “Emotional Science” by Michael Sahota.

What Purchase Of $100 Or Less Has Most Positively Impacted Your Life In The Last Six Months?

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen (17F). Bought on Amazon for about $30.

When You Feel Overwhelmed Or Unfocused, Or Have Lost Your Focus Temporarily, What Do You Do?

Meditation. Listen to Master John Douglas tapes.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Improve your technical skills.

Stop investing in being smart

- Michael de la Maza

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Deep introspection and contemplation. Where are you not at peace? Where are you resisting domination?

What Is One Of The Best Or Most Worthwhile Investments You’ve Ever Made?

Dane Maxwell’s Starter Program.

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — what would it say and why?

How can I help you?

What careers advice would you give to your 21-year old self?

Stop investing in being smart and work on working with people.

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?

Stop investing in being smart and work on working with people.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Blockchain Developer.

Tell us about someone you admire and why you admire them?

Rashida Talib. Not afraid.

What is a useful skill someone could learn in one minute?

How to knock someone out with the “lead hook“.

What one song can you listen to every day non-stop?

“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers

What's your favourite colour?

Pink

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Las Vegas

What's your star sign?

Taurus

What one thing in life do you consider to be overrated?

Sam Altman

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Oatmeal

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We have taken the time to interview entrepreneurs and experts (like Michael) in this new series.

About the Author

Heather Wilkinson

Heather Wilkinson

Heather Wilkinson is a globe-trotting content creator and PR enthusiast who’s finally put down roots in her native UK. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her pretending to care about Minecraft for her son’s sake, while secretly reading the latest Ace Atkins novel (or sleeping - her second favourite past-time).