Pop Quiz, Monday with Juan Ricardo Youssef

Juan Ricardo Youssef

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?
Juan Ricardo Youssef

What is your job role?
Loop Dental Founder
Minds Co/work Co-founder

Tell us about your company?
MINDS Co/Work is a creatively-driven collaborative 9,500 sq. foot workspace facility located in Wynwood designed to inspire, push boundaries and give members the valuable resources they need to create successful businesses. Located at 122 NE 25th Street in the heart of Miami’s most creative-driven and thriving neighborhood, what really sets MINDS apart from other shared workspaces is their passion for people, as it was specifically tailored to provide each member with relationships, resources, and professional guidance in the direction they need to build upon their talents. MINDS offers affordable monthly membership programs featuring various options from private offices to “flexible” workstations as well as day passes.

What do you love most about your job?
The flexibility of the space and the creative environment. Also, the interesting people that I meet every day

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Being able to create a community, connecting people and see how they success

How do your co-workers inspire you?
By givIng Their 110% and being passionate about what we do. Also, believing in our project and idea.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We do karaoke sessions, funny lunch breaks, BBQs , happy hours and bike rides.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
To create value about what a community is and how it could help to make businesses grow. Another thing, to make people understand what a coworking space is.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
1-what is obvious for you is not for anybody else.
2- rigid and structured management models are not effective
3- you need to have fun while you’re working.
4- Foundations are critical. When something starts good, the whole journey is going to be amazing.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Take your time to select the first team members, have fun and fall in love with your project/idea.

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:

Instagram @mindsCowork
Facebook Minds Cowork

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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