E148: Strava Founder: How I Motivated 100 Million People To Stay Active: Michael Horvath

E148: Strava Founder: How I Motivated 100 Million People To Stay Active: Michael Horvath

By Steven Bartlett

The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

Thursday, 2 June

Michael Horvath is the co-founder of Strava, the app to track and improve peoples fitness that’s used by millions of people worldwide. It’s his second business success, after he built a thriving online business in the 1990s.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Michael. Initially quitting his first business, he spent several years as a family man before boredom launched him into starting his second. What he didn’t appreciate is that his calling as a family man would come back for him in a way he could never have imagined.

Michael took 5 years off from Strava to care for his wife until her tragic death, and then care for his children in the aftermath of that. When he returned to a struggling Strava as CEO in 2020, he had to build it again from the ground up. It was something he was ready equipped for, because it’s something he’s had to do many times before.


What made you different?  What role do you play in keeping life balance within your team  Strava's journey   How does Strava motivate people to stay healthy and fit?  How did the pandemic impact your work community?  What were the hardest challenges you faced when starting up?  Work-life balance & stepping down   What did you learn from the passing of your wife  Returning to Strava  Difficult moments in Strava



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