Pop Quiz, Monday with Stani Kulechov
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?
What is your job role?
CEO & founder
Tell us about your company?
“Aave” is a Finnish word which translates to “ghost” in English. We create financial products based on blockchain which aims at enabling the next generation of users to enjoy their free time without having to feel the omnipresence of technology. Our main product is a decentralized lending platform where users can borrow liquidity using their cryptocurrency as collateral (www.ethlend.io)
What do you love most about your job?
I always have the chance to build and learn about topics in which I have always been interested. I love seeing ideas taking shape and growing, also making some mistakes on the way 🙂
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My job is my passion: I wouldn’t say I “go to work,” because I use to work also in my free time.
I feel we are making the difference and that is what motivates me the most.
How do your co-workers inspire you?
My teammates are passionate like me, and they are not scared of giving opinions and ideas. All of us is different but we are all driving in the same direction, and this is what makes the team work well.
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We use to organize dinners, and after a long busy day during the afternoon at the office it is beer-o’clock!
Last summer we also moved the office to the seaside for a whole week to enjoy a different air.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
The primary challenge is never to stop believing: if you fall, you raise, and you work harder. This could be true for every startup, but it is even more real for a blockchain fintech startup these days.
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
From my previous past, I have learned that taking risks is all about opportunities. I used to hate taking risks or tried to operate within my comfort zone. Once reached out from my comfort zone I was able to take new opportunities and ideas, which lead to the person I am today.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
I would recommend everyone that is interested in blockchain or fintech to follow their own passion. That is the most important thing that drives us every day to change finance at Aave.
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: