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?
Founder / Facilitator of The OneFifty
Tell us about your company?
We’re limited-size, confidential entrepreneurial peer group for seasoned entrepreneurs that interact over Slack and video-based meetings.
What do you love most about your job?
I love connecting people together, especially when that connection results in a win-win for the parties involved. Secondly, I’m am continually learning what works / doesn’t work in the entrepreneurial world via real-life experience sharing amongst my members.
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I believe entrepreneurs are the single greatest engine for societal change. They drive the businesses and innovations that move humanity forward. I get to bring more entrepreneurs into the World and support those who are out there doing it already.
How do your co-workers inspire you?
By offering new fresh perspectives on things, I’ve become stuck on.
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
By being silly. Bringing out that inner child to break the ice and show that things don’t need to be so serious all the time.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
Spreading the word about how beneficial peer-groups are to our overall professional and personal growth. If you haven’t done it before, it’s hard to understand the value it provides.
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
My work is less project-oriented now, yet I can share from a point of iteration. Initially, I over-shot and created a custom website, chat room, forum, file posting area, directory..etc.. It was TOO MUCH. I created what “I” wanted, only later when I listened to my members and dropped my Ego I was able to shed all that and switch to a simple Slack / Zoom based community which is growing.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Create something with value, offer it for free or very low cost. Encourage interaction, and over time the value will increase.
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: