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5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became the CEO of Harmony Helper

In order to make something great, leaders must allow ample time for the failures that will inevitably come before the successes. When developing a business or idea, it is rare for the physical act of creating to run smoothly and all in one go. Leaders are typically forced to backtrack and reassess how to launch […]


In order to make something great, leaders must allow ample time for the failures that will inevitably come before the successes. When developing a business or idea, it is rare for the physical act of creating to run smoothly and all in one go. Leaders are typically forced to backtrack and reassess how to launch their product, forging new timelines in the process. It is important for CEOs to build out more than enough time for projects, calculating in the review and restart processes that are bound to occur. In the long run, buffering in this time will allow for a smoother and less stressful operation and execution items that need to be thoughtfully brainstormed.


I had the pleasure to interview Andrew Goren. Andrew is the founder and CEO of Harmony Helper. As a passionate musical theatre actor, Andrew has been on a quest to develop the perfect way to learn and sharpen singing and harmonizing abilities. With over 10 years of singing and performance experience, his unique insights and vision have led to the creation of the amazing and elegant Harmony Helper app. Under his leadership, Harmony Helper is helping singers of all kinds effectively practice and improve singing performance anytime, anywhere, removing traditional rehearsal barriers so singers can deliver their best performances.


Thank you so much for joining us Andrew! Can you tell us the story about what brought you to this specific career path?

For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for musical theatre — singing, rehearsing, and taking classes whenever I had the opportunity. When I was 13, I booked a professional role in a Christmas musical in Philadelphia, where I had the privilege to open the show with a duet. During rehearsal, everything went well, but after the microphones and speakers were added, and I was unable to hear the other person singing with me. I was unable to focus on my own vocal part and as a result, produced an off-pitch harmony. Devastated and embarrassed, I was determined to create a solution since my music director and peers could not provide one. The only passion that rivaled the one I carry for musical theatre is one for technology. I quickly realized I could merge my love for music and technology to create something great.

Can you share one of the major challenges you encountered when first leading the company? What lesson did you learn from that?

Starting out as a young founder and entrepreneur, my abilities are often underestimated and dismissed from those in the industry. I quickly learned that I couldn’t allow myself to become discouraged and pack up shop due to how others perceive me because of my age. Instead, I learned to hold myself to high standards as I chart my path, quickly setting the right expectations. I aim to be an example for other young entrepreneurs and hopefully inspire them to bring their visions to life.

What are some of the factors that you believe led to your eventual success?

With Harmony Helper, I have surrounded myself with the best individuals in the business. Each team member brings their own unique skills and the team’s expertise ranges from specializing in developing sound algorithms to professionally performing on Broadway. This diversification of talent, creativity and capabilities drive innovation and growth. Without those individuals who have dedicated their all to the success of this app, Harmony Helper would not have the same impact.

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became CEO”? Please share a story or example for each.

  • Building a team is difficult

Putting a group of people together in a room can be easy, but creating cohesion, rhythm, a strong bond and fostering dedication to the business goal can be hard. Our team is now composed of over 40 highly motivated technologists, designers and consultants with backgrounds in a variety of industries. With a global team, we have had to overcome the challenges of communicating across different time zones, through the use of video chats and regular group syncs. We quickly learned the importance of transparency and over-communication as we are not all able to be in the same room at the same time. The skill of over-communication can make a dramatic impact on a company’s culture, and has helped support the fragile bond we’ve worked so hard to create.

  • Having an idea is one thing, executing is another

Many founders strive to be a visionary in their fields, but their light quickly diminishes when they begin the development process without a well-organized plan of attack. In order to create a sustainable business, CEO’s must understand the importance of execution by holding themselves and their team to the deadlines that have been created. Without appropriate execution, businesses will not be able to thrive to their fullest potential, or perhaps even continue to be sustainable in their business model.

  • Sustainability is everything

It is easy to dream up an idea and begin to implement, but leaders often forget to ask an important question: is this a sustainable business? Money is already uncomfortable to talk about, causing many companies to hold off on discussing this important aspect. This process should begin immediately with market research and direct communication with the target audience to see what is viable and practical for the users. From there, the company needs to continually make decisions and revisit those choices, to evaluate if the company has the ability to generate and maintain profitability. But, it goes both ways. Without monetization and profit, businesses can no longer provide for those who also may rely heavily on them, like employees, customers and partners.

  • Time is valuable

In order to make something great, leaders must allow ample time for the failures that will inevitably come before the successes. When developing a business or idea, it is rare for the physical act of creating to run smoothly and all in one go. Leaders are typically forced to backtrack and reassess how to launch their product, forging new timelines in the process. It is important for CEOs to build out more than enough time for projects, calculating in the review and restart processes that are bound to occur. In the long run, buffering in this time will allow for a smoother and less stressful operation and execution items that need to be thoughtfully brainstormed.

  • The customer is always right

It is extremely important for leaders to go to the target market early on in the development of the product. Having walked in the same shoes as these performers, I understand the real challenges and pain points they face when preparing for a rehearsal, audition or performance. I also understand that our experiences are not identical and having that customer input uncovers blindspots. For something to reach its potential, feedback must be heard from an abundance of users so the product can cross the finish line and be a successful resource for the communities it supports.

What advice would you give to your colleagues to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

It can be easy to fall into the trap of scratching off items on a to-do list instead of thinking of the larger picture, the importance of the work, and why it matters in the long run. Each week, my team and I allocate time to sync altogether, to connect and brainstorm as well as discuss progress towards our end goal with the product. I advise other leaders and businesses to take this time to connect with and celebrate the wins of employees to remind them that they are not just work machines. Without employees, a business wouldn’t be an operation. Without a team, a business goal and plan would have absolutely no value. Encourage your team to find balance and step away from projects when they are feeling overwhelmed. At the Harmony Helper office, we utilize our gaming room in the middle of the office when we need to take a breather and remove any possible signs of stress.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

While there are a number of mentors that have helped set me up for success, my parents are my largest source of inspiration. My father is a well-respected founder and entrepreneur, who has grown a responsible and ethical business while staying accessible to his family, clients and employees. He possesses an incredible drive and pure passion to serve his clients — something I do my best to emulate in my role at Harmony Helper each and every day.

My mother is our rock, keeping both my father and I balanced. She forces us to come up for air when we may feel buried with our projects and businesses, and is always a listening ear. She is extremely supportive and often listens in on board meetings to offer fresh ideas if things are feeling stagnant. I cherish both of them immensely and continue to appreciate their unwavering support throughout my career.

What are some of the goals you still have and are working to accomplish, both personally and professionally?

Harmony Helper has allowed me to learn and grow as a person in a number of settings. Since this is my first time leading in such a dedicated and professional manner, I am regularly taking notes from the successful people I am surrounded by, and work to implement their actions as my own. My goal is to build my leadership skills enough to have the ability to professionally mentor a young entrepreneur down the line, sharing my lessons learned and challenging them to better themselves each and everyday.

What do you hope to leave as your lasting legacy?

When I attend conferences and industry trade shows and see the excitement on people’s faces, I am quickly reminded of how our solution is poised to transform an entire industry. I would love for my lasting legacy to be the support I was able to give singers and performers of all levels and incomes in solving the challenges they face each and every day in their artistry and professions.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would enhance people’s lives in some way, what would it be? You never know what your idea can trigger!

If I could influence a movement to enhance people’s lives, I’d want to inspire the abilities of theatre professionals go much further than the stage. There is a cliche that those in the industry are regularly serving tables, waiting on their big break. I would love for the skills of those who work in the theatre, their versatility, ability to improvise, collaborative nature, and a deep commitment to their craft, to be noticed by those hiring in at all levels and industries. These actionable and needed skills can make a lasting impact on the success of a startup or even fully-funded corporations.

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Andrew Goren

Harmony Helper

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