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Pop Quiz, Monday with Mahboob Bolandi

Mahboob Bolandi
Photo credit: Mahboob Bolandi

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.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Mahboob Bolandi

Mahboob Bolandi
Photo credit: Mahboob Bolandi

What is your job role?
Founder and President

Tell us about your company?
Karafarin Canada is a community-driven entrepreneurship network in Canada that aims to connect, inspire and advance professional relationships in the ​community. Karafarin includes founders, executives, investors, engineers, business/financial professionals and others aspiring to be a part of this dynamic network.

Karafarin acts as a hub for entrepreneurs and innovators, who wish to connect with other professionals in the community and take their entrepreneurship journey to the next level. Our Entrepreneur Coaching program will assist inspired individuals and startups seeking effective strategies for their business growth. We work closely with high profile Investors who wish to help entrepreneurs and support their unique ideas through Karafarin.

Except of Toronto, Karafarin is planning to organize professional/social events in major cities across Canada on a regular base. These events will play a key role in connecting people. Karafarin aims to shape valuable and long-lasting relationships that will help grow your business and develop your career at the same time. The participants will have the opportunity to get to know hundreds of motivated professionals who may then become their business contacts or friends.

Our signature event in Toronto is the Annual Entrepreneurship Expo/ Conference that is a place for learning, sharing and networking with other entrepreneurs and investors. This expo has been held at the Ontario Science Centre in 2017 and 2018 and is a day-long Celebration of Entrepreneurship and brings together Entrepreneurs and Business leaders from across the province.

What do you love most about your job?
I have a great passion for entrepreneurship, and community activities, therefore I love to make new acquaintances, connect people and help them grow in their social and professional life.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The desire to help those individuals who wish to follow their passion and start their own/dream business and the willingness to face new challenges and entrepreneurial adventures produce enough Adrenaline in my body to get up and work.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Their commitment and passion for the work they are doing, and bringing innovative ideas to the table inspire me.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I am a man of a sense of humor. We at say funny thing and laugh a lot at Karafarin. We very often hold our meetings in a very casual way while dining or at a tea party.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Entrepreneurship world is all about challenges and adventures at the same time. Our job always involves ups and downs, and the art is to not being stuck in “down” conditions, rise up again and go forward.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
“Nothing is really over, until the moment you stop trying.”

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
I always tell people who want to start their own business that they should be prepared emotionally. Being an entrepreneur means 24/7 processing of their CPU, and if they are a person of 9-5, all they need to do is to consider asking for a promotion in their current job and stick to that.

On the other hand, I encourage passionate people to work on their ideas and by getting help from Karafarin and using other available resources to start their own venture.

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:

Web: https://karafarin.ca

facebook.com/Karafarin.ca
instagram.com/Karafarin.ca
twitter.com/KarafarinCanada
linkedin.com/company/Karafarin-Canada
youtube.com/channel/UCKKtaI_3Jjy8gtRQT6pl8SA

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Written by Ricky Singh, MBA

Founder & Editor of The Startup Growth

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