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Pop Quiz, Monday with Mohamed Almubarak

Mohamed Almubarak
Photo credit: Mohamed Almubarak

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?
Mohamed Almubarak

Mohamed Almubarak
Photo credit: Mohamed Almubarak

What is your job role?
I am the co-founder and vice-president of the Hult Blockchain Society.

Tell us about your company?
We are a group of applied students that are seeking to get ahead by spotting the next trends in business. Whether it be Blockchain or any disruptive technology, we try to get ahead.

We seek to help students that wish to not only know more about any of these disruptive technologies, but also to help students that want to invest, or start in the industry. Whether that is by helping increase their network or exploring alternative paths, we try to harbour a community that is proactive and applied.

What do you love most about your job?
It challenges me to be ahead of schedule by planning events and by maintaining order. I’ve also learned to be able to mediate between different groups and people.

The fact that it is a learning experience with many of us picking up steam as we go is my favourite aspect.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My self imposed standards are my motivators for success and personal development.

My job is a metric that I can use to judge how well I’ve been meeting the standards I know I should, and I am able to meet.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My co-workers all have different interests in the field. Whether it be programming or solely entrepreneurship, it’s a privilege to be able to hear so many different perspectives within the same field.

This inspires me by showing me that there are several paths to success.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We regularly keep a light and casual environment. We also go to events together and will go out together after our meetings.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Having to be different from the competition. Having to get people that are not interested in disruptive technology to get involved, regardless.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Being a leader does not mean that you have absolute power. You have to work with the thought that you have been chosen to lead. If you try to be too authoritative in these scenarios, it will either lead to inefficiency or failure.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Network. As these industries are new, it’s very easy to meet people that are successful and speak to them.

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:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/blockchain-society-at-hult-london/

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Written by Ricky Singh, MBA

Founder & Editor of The Startup Growth

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