Pop Quiz, Monday with Federico Rocchi

Federico Rocchi

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?

Federico Rocchi
Photo credit: Federico Rocchi

What is your job role?

Tell us about your company?
London Blockchain Labs (LBL) is the EU’s largest non-profit blockchain hub. We are based at London’s leading universities (London Business School, LSE, Imperial, UCL) and are super passionate about the blockchain’s potential to drive the economy and society forward. Accordingly, our sole purpose is to drive blockchain adoption forward, which we do by providing free and high-quality education for students, while also consulting companies and doing R&D for real projects. One of the main channels we do all of this is through large events. We have our flagship coming up very soon, in March 23rd at Imperial, which is going to be an absolute value bomb. I suggest anyone visit us to be fully immersed in our leading community http://www.londonblockchainlabs.com/BIDE19

What do you love most about your job?
Definitely the community. The blockchain community is very vibrant and innovative. It’s not unusual to find people that want, and they see the blockchain as a great tool to achieve their visions. Even more importantly, LBL’s team is an excellent ecosystem per se, as it counts a little less than 60 volunteers working passionately and harmoniously to achieve LBL’s mission. Every time I remind myself about this, I got enthusiast immensely and committed to doing more.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My biggest motivator is knowing my purpose and what it will take to achieve my short, mid, and long-term goals. Every morning I wake myself up to a rigorous and fun morning routine, which pretty much gives me the energy and the focus to go through my tasks for the whole day.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
By believing in LBL’s mission and by putting energy, time, passion, and dedication, without asking for money in return. They are real idealists, exciting thinkers, and altruistic people. There are all traits that are easy to forgive, so it is definitely a source of inspiration for me.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We don’t have an office, so it’s hard to organise daily activities or similar stuff. However, we have a weekly general meeting where we stimulate some discussion on diverse blockchain topics always to learn more, and then we sometimes like to go out for dinner or some drinks.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Coordination is definitely one. When you work with so many volunteers, it’s often hard to set some clearly defined responsibilities and objectives. This can easily result in stressful situations and optimal processes, definitely more easily than in a “normal” company, so we tend to be very aware of these factors and have multiple awareness checkpoints throughout the week.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
People want to feel loved and want to have more responsibility. While it feels great to trust someone and give them what they want, I learnt that often people don’t really know what they actually desire. Hence, it’s always best to have an in-depth discussion to kick-off any project, aimed at disclosing any possible limitation/gap, while also strategising on how to solve them and set some clear goal, timeline, and accountability system.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be passionate and be patient.

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:

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Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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