Episode 58 - Terri talks to Stan Mirzayev about coming over to the US from the former Soviet Union when he was 4 and how is dad is his hero.

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Terri talks to Stan Mirzayev about his family’s journey from the former Soviet Union to New York City to Phoenix, Arizona and how his dad has inspired him to start his own businesses without fear.  He talks about his dad being his hero and how he learned from him to see failure as an opportunity to get right back up and learn from the experience. 


Who is Stan Mirzayev?  

Stan Mirzayev is a serial entrepreneur and an auto enthusiast in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is CEO of Parts Detect and COO of his family’s business, In & Out Lube and Repairs.  Stan is also on the board of advisors at the Arizona automotive institute and has invested his knowledge into his craft, community and industry. 


Show Highlights 

  • Stan was born in the former Soviet Union and his family migrated to the US when he was 4.  They had a choice between the US and Israel. They had to leave everything behind and start from ground zero.  

  • Stan talked about growing up in New York City.  His father worked 20 hours a day to provide for his family and ultimately got into the automotive industry.   

  • Stan works with his dad in one of the family’s automotive shop in Phoenix, Arizona where they moved to 13 years ago. Stan talks about the move to Phoenix from NYC when he was in high school.   

  • Stan talks about his father being his hero. He was inspired to start his own businesses because he saw his father doing it.   

  • He knew that if he failed, he could treat it as an opportunity to learn and that he could always start over again.  Seeing what happens is half of the excitement.   

  • Stan started a new venture with his cousin, Alex after reviewing lots of ideas with Alex and Alex finding agreeing that the idea was THE idea.  The company is to simplify the parts logistics for auto shops.   

  • They created an MVP and took it to some vendors and then did some research.  They got a great response and then they ran with it.   They are converting the current product onto the blockchain.  

  • Stan shares the story behind the name of his company, PartsDetect. The journey to the name involved testing it out on his dad and making sure he could say the name.   

  • Stan’s dad thinks he owns 50% of the company because Stan is his son.  His dad is coming around the slowly to the idea of the company but is somewhat old fashioned when it comes to work and productivity.   

  • Stan and Alex share their experience as new entrepreneurs.  

  • Stan has a sister with a daughter named Bella who is 7 who is his heart and joy.   

  • If he could wave a magic wand and change something in the world, he would remove irrational fear.   


Terri’s Key Takeaway 

Failure is an opportunity to learn.   


References in the Podcast 

  • PartsDetect:  http://www.partsdetect.com/ 



Stan can be reached via Linked at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stan-mirzayev-14028970/ or by email at Stan@PartsDetect.com.  You can follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/partsdetect/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PartsDetect 


You can follow Terri on Twitter at @terrihansonmead or go to her website at www.terrihansonmead.com or on Medium:  https://medium.com/@terrihansonmead.  

Feel free to email Terri at PilotingYourLife@gmail.com. 

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