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Pop Quiz, Monday with Oliver Denk, CEO & Founder at Kyoto eSports

Photo credit: Oliver Denk

The Pop Quiz Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

1. Can you please tell everyone your name?

Oliver Denk

2. Tell us about your business and what you do?

Kyoto eSports is an American eSports organization with a focus on Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Melee, and Fortnite. We initially started out by hosting Hearthstone tournaments online through our partner platform, Battlefy. Now we have professional rosters in each of the previously mentioned games and compete worldwide. In this year, we have sent our players to Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston, Toronto, Seoul, Varese and many other cities. Kyoto eSports also puts a large focus on streaming via Twitch and we currently have a Twitch Stream team with over 15 employed entertainers. Additionally, we plan to continue to grow our company further in 2018 and expand our brand image.

Photo credit: Oliver Denk

3. Why did you want to become an entrepreneur?

I became an entrepreneur because I love creating new things and leading teams of people. When I first founded Kyoto eSports, I had a great interest in creating something original and exciting. Entrepreneurship allows me to express myself and consistently progress forward with new ideas, new endeavours, and most importantly, new breakthroughs.

4. What are the challenging aspects of running a business?

Being a founder of a startup is difficult, especially at the beginning. I found myself doing most, if not every, task that the company needed when we first established Kyoto eSports. I still am responsible for a majority of upper management tasks. However, it has become much more relaxed now with a team of over 25 dedicated individuals. Also, in running a startup, it is difficult to see other viewpoints other than your own which is why recently I’ve been more focused on talking to department heads within our company to see what they think about our short and long-term goals and trajectory.

Photo credit: Oliver Denk

5. What do you love most about your job?

The best part about being the CEO of Kyoto eSports is being able to work with highly dedicated individuals every day. Our staff members and players are some of the most passionate people I have ever met and having them on our team here is highly beneficial to our mission. It is also incredible to be able to travel so frequently for work to places like Austin for Dreamhack Austin and Toronto for EGLX.

6. How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?

Whether it be having a meeting with our twitch team and joking around with new signees, travelling to events and watching our players, or simply watching some our streamers and players on twitch, work at Kyoto eSports is consistently fun. I think some of our best moments at Kyoto eSports have been when the entire staff team is pulled together. This always happens when we watch our players perform in tournaments. It is absolutely magical to be able to watch our whole staff team spectate and support our players through every step of a competition.

Photo credit: Oliver Denk

7. What would one piece of advice that you give to a new business owner?

Never stop moving forward. I think it is important for young entrepreneurs to never give up, even if things do not work out as planned. The only failure in entrepreneurship is not trying in the first place.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

Website: http://kyotoesports.net/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyoto_esports

Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/kyotoesports/

Personal LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-d-b0510112a/

Personal Twitter: https://twitter.com/KyotoCEO

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Written by Ricky Singh, MBA

Founder & Editor of The Startup Growth

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