444 Refugee Builds $10 Million Business w/ Gene Leyzarovich (JetStor)


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25 years ago, Gene Leyzarovich came to Pittsburgh as a refugee from Russia. Within two years, he founded Advanced Computer & Network Corporation to build data storage systems for clients.

Decades later, AC&NC has installed their JetStor RAID (redundant array of independent disks) systems for over 4,000 clients around the world. Those clients include NASA, the US State Department, and a majority of the United Kingdom’s police force.

Now, ACNC does over $10 million in annual revenue and assembles its devices in Pittsburgh, PA.

In this conversation, Gene and Aaron discuss how he’s gone from selling 4-gigabyte units to multiple petabyte units for clients and how the business of hardware has evolved.

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If you liked this interview, check out episode 361 with Jason Wolfe where we discuss building multiple software companies in the gift card space.

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