Pop Quiz, Monday with Abhishek Talwar

Focus on the first ten customers. You probably don’t need an app right now. Just start providing services without any technical interface.

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?
Abhishek Talwar

Abhishek Talwar
Photo credit: Abhishek Talwar

What is your job role?
Founder

Tell us about your company?
We connect commuters travelling in a similar direction to share a ride, reduce pollution and metal on the road while building a real-world network

What do you love most about your job?
Connecting people, building the world’s most authentic real-world network

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I am a problem solver, so if there is a challenge be it technical or non-technical, I would want to solve it.

This and the mere fact that two strangers get to know each other over an hour-long drive to their office, connecting people while reducing carbon footprint does the job for me

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Inspiration can come from any walk of life.

We like to play some house music in the background. If someone comes up with a piece of good music, then it could also be a piece of inspiration

Besides the work we talk about life, friends, sports, love, drugs. This comes with a bundle of inspirational and motivational topics.

Lastly, anyone who comes up with a better coding design pattern in any of the projects does spark a neural connection and does inspire us to move ahead in the right direction

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We go trekking

What are some of the challenges of your job?
I have a small team, so I am involved in all domains

  1. Technical
    Code review is a must for me, as we can not afford good quality coders. So we have to train coders and then make sure they are adhering to the standards
  2. Business
    Proper analytical analysis to figure out the way to provide the best service worth user’s time and money. This is a complex process and a journey which gets beautiful while acknowledging failure

Team Building
For any side to win, you need loyal and intelligent soldiers. Team building is by far the most crucial and challenging door.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Always go lean.

For Poolmyride we bought two hatchback commercial vehicles to provide shared office commute to employees. Within a month we started to feel that this work is not for us for various reasons.

We should have rented out a car and seen if it works.

Last but not least, Make sure your team consists of highly motivated and self-starter individuals. Hiring is a crucial role which should be done right

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Focus on the first ten customers. You probably don’t need an app right now. Just start providing services without any technical interface.

Otherwise, app maintenance would be extra overhead.

Also, discuss your ideas with all the friends and family to check their opinion. You might have so much energy and must be an optimist that you may ignore all ground realities and that’s where you want someone else to break the truth to you

Don’t forget to have fun during all this.

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:

www.poolmyride.com
www.yantha.com

https://www.facebook.com/PoolMyRide/
https://twitter.com/poolmyride

Pop Quiz, Monday with Andre Arriaza

We started running tours in 2016 on our own. Nowadays we have five people working with us and a successful rate of 99% of happy clients.

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?
Andre Arriaza

Andre Arriaza
Photo credit: Andre Arriaza

What is your job role?
I am the CEO and everything else required by the company.

Tell us about your company?
Barcelona Eat Local is a family run business that I founded with my partner to be a referent of local gastronomy in the city and the surrounding region ~ we explore local culture through food and bring travelers closer to its culture and delicious tasting. In short, we organize experiences around food, culture, and locals.

We started running tours in 2016 on our own. Nowadays we have five people working with us and a successful rate of 99% of happy clients.

What do you love most about your job?
Food connects people, it is an excellent subject of conversation, and most of my days I am in between travelers who want to taste local cuisine and passionate restaurateurs and winemakers who love what they do. I like being in that environment, and connecting those people.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
One of the guiding principles for us is to work only with family-owned businesses, most of them are on 3rd to 6th generation. One of our partners is a woman who has a fish stall in one of Barcelona Markets, when we do our planning for tours the day before, at 4.45 am she reply to us indicating that everything will be ready and tasty, always with a big smile.

Working with such committed people is excellent, and gives an enormous motivation. As well, I get motivated merely because I love gastronomy in general, and I always get passionate about it.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We a diverse team, concerning nationalities and backgrounds. This is inspiring as everyone brings a unique perspective, and points of view, which is helpful at times when you need to make critical decisions as they have insights that sometimes are unknown to us.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Good question! I think we do that (or at least we try) all the time. As we provide culinary experiences to travelers, we are not altogether on a day to day basis. Our guides are the ones that have the most fun with the groups, we are always in touch via smartphones, sharing feedback, pictures, and jokes. Now and then we gather, just to socialize and to have working meetings, and wine never misses on the table

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Barcelona Eat Local was the first entrepreneurial project in my life, and each step on the ladder has been a challenge, mainly because I didn’t know the travel industry.

After three years in business, I would say that the challenges we faced were: (i) establish credibility vis a vis vendors and future clients, (ii) drive sales in a consistent manner, and (iii) be ready to do things you never did or learn before

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
When you set a project, you build a business plan, in many cases full of assumptions and base on statistical data. At the time of implementing your project it is essential to keep in mind that reality is a game changer and that you need to be flexible and smart to adapt to changes and issues you didn’t plan for. I believe that if you manage to do that, your business can be quite successful.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be patient, “taste the waters,” and give a thought on the risks you are taking and how you could overcome them in case they materialize. Good luck!

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:

Barcelona Eat Local Food Tours: barcelonaeatlocal.com
Facebook: facebook.com/barcelonaeatlocalfoodtours
Twitter: twitter.com/bcneatlocal
Instagram: instagram.com/barcelonaeatlocal

Pop Quiz, Monday with John Siegman

You’re going to have to pivot and be willing to do so. We’ve had two significant pivots since launching our business.

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?
John Siegman

John Siegman
Photo credit: John Siegman

What is your job role?
Founder & CCA

Tell us about your company?
HazardHub is the first third-generation geospatial hazard data company. We’re designed to overcome the typical barriers of expensive, hard to use, third-party data in the P&C insurance decision space.

What do you love most about your job?
We’re always making something new. We don’t worry about whether or not a data set is going to make money. We figure that if it solves a problem for one customer, it’s most likely going to solve a similar problem for another customer.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Just finding out what new problem we get to solve. We love what we do, and we love who we do it for. It doesn’t get better than that.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I work with the most brilliant people in the business. By their very nature, they force me to work harder just to keep up with them.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We have fun looking at the oddities of what we do. For example, we’ve built the only locational database of hydrants in the U.S. You wouldn’t think that hydrants are all that fun, but there are people who collect them, make art out of them, and try and hide them. We have fun seeing who can top each other for the weirdest hydrant display.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
I think that getting recognized by the industry is probably the toughest challenge. We primarily sell to the insurance industry and companies that support them. Insurers tend to be risk-averse. That makes sales cycles longer.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
You’re going to have to pivot and be willing to do so. We’ve had two significant pivots since launching our business. We moved from lead generation to be a data provider, and we moved from shapefile data delivery to API. We could have continued down both paths, but we would not have been as successful.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
We’re in the insurtech space. I think that a lot of the companies in that space have brilliant, creative, ideas and applications, but don’t understand that insurance has been around for 150 years without them and can go another 150 years without them. It’s an evolutionary business not a revolutionary business.

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:
www.hazardhub.com
www.freehomerisk.com
api.hazardhub.com
@HazardHubUSA
https://www.linkedin.com/company/hazardhub/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Karen Simmons

We help organisations see what is preventing them from evolving by delving into the big data, uncovering their habits and equipping people with the confidence and tools to fearlessly lead change rather than react to it.

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?
Karen Simmons

Karen Simmons
Photo credit: Karen Simmons

What is your job role?
Founder & CEO

Tell us about your company?
At The Change Executive, we take the fear out of change. Despite the continually evolving world of work, many organisations are too slow to move. Many remain fearful of change and are constantly caught by surprise, end up being left behind, and increasingly many are losing their talent for future sustainability.

We help organisations see what is preventing them from evolving by delving into the big data, uncovering their habits and equipping people with the confidence and tools to fearlessly lead change rather than react to it.

We creatively blend advisory, coaching, and learning services, to facilitate game-changing conversations and solutions that transform an individual, team and organisational performance.

What do you love most about your job?
When I see someone get a new insight – the ‘a-ha’ moment that shifts their thinking, when they realise what’s been holding them back from reaching their full potential, for me, this can be at individual or whole organisation level – the feeling is the same – great!

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Curiosity! I can’t get enough of asking questions, and there is always some piece of the puzzle missing, solving complex problems floats my boat! With every change project we work on, the journey is unique, every day is different. I love listening and piecing together stories and being with people on their change journey. It’s a privilege to lead or be part of any transformation, and I want every organisation to do it with kindness.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I work with an illustrator who has an extraordinary talent for translating complex conversations into witty, meaningful picture stories. I am inspired to be more creative when I’m working with him – and we have lots of laughs too! It’s not just my co-workers that inspire me, and my clients also do. They inspire me to keep doing what I do!

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Sounds like a cliché – but our work is fun! We don’t need to ‘do’ fun, it just kinda happens!

What are some of the challenges of your job?
We are the CEO! I find the ‘selling’ what we do a challenge – the constant need for a presence in all the various marketing channels out there is exhausting! We don’t sell widgets, and our bespoke services make us hard to compare with others – we are learning though, and we remain committed to owning our uniqueness in this field.

Another challenge is dealing with the complexities of internal politics within larger organisations. Especially in times of change and uncertainty, human behaviour can get very funky, so identifying and supporting the genuine struggles versus the political battles keeps us on our toes.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
My husband often reminds me that ‘just because it’s obvious to you, doesn’t mean it’s obvious to others.’ I worked on a large-scale organisational change project that required a complete 360-degree shift in thinking – beyond re-engineering, this was re-Imagineering! I worked with an in-house team, that had been together for a long time.

My enthusiasm and passion for seeing the change happen tripped me up big time with this team. I had utterly under-estimated the starting point for their journey. I made too many assumptions that they would be ‘on board’ and didn’t spend enough time observing and learning how the group worked before bulldozing in with my grand vision.

One of my strengths is being ‘quick to act’ – I get stuff done! However, I learned from that scenario that our strengths could quickly become perceived as weaknesses in the wrong contexts – what I needed was ‘caution.’ I’m working on that!

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Keep up to date and soak up what is happening in the world of work, across the globe. Be curious about it, read lots, go to conferences. When working on a change project – spend time listening, observing and asking questions – use all your senses – don’t just rely on processes to manage change. Organisational change is complex, and humans are complicated. My advice would be to get as many different contextual experiences under your belt as possible – don’t get stuck in one organisation or one project for too long, it won’t ready you for supporting organisational change at a velocity in this continually changing world.

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:

www.changeexec.com

Pop Quiz, Monday with Alex Potor

We are helping small and medium companies before, during and after trade shows/events to find the right service providers and get new leads for their products/company.

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?
Alex Potor

Alex Potor
Photo credit: Alex Potor

What is your job role?
Founder and MP

Tell us about your company?
We are helping small and medium companies before, during and after trade shows/events to find the right service providers and get new leads for their products/company.

What do you love most about your job?
Internationally, the variety of the industry we act in – switching from a food show to a medical show and helping people to find creative solutions and stand out from the crowd. For example, now we are connecting fashion design students with companies who want to achieve the eye-catching-effect at their next show exposure.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My to-do list and the trends in the tech industry are motivating me daily and looking forward to offering more and more value to all the ExpoTor members. The XR features we are working on will facilitate the transaction-process and will make the life easier especially for SMEs.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
It is my job to motivate them. I never needed extrinsic motivation from any person – not in this role and in any other job before. I am the type of person who sees the work as a lifestyle and only looking to satisfy the customers and co-workers. This is my only inspiration.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We are a remote-first company. We might start with fun-on-the-beach by the end of 2019. 🙂

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The challenge number one is to find the best IT people here in the region. Bochum, Germany is not the best place to be for a web software company, but we fixed it meanwhile by working with a fantastic remote team.

Other challenges, as in any startup, keeping the focus, prioritizing right and making only good decisions – those all can be challenging.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?

  1. Never rely on others, especially if you are the founder & CEO – you pretty much need to know how to connect the dots or whom to ask
  2. For a tech project, if you are a non-tech person, start with templates (e.g., from WP, ThemeForest, etc.) instead of paying developers. Keep this until you reach your product-market fit. Afterward, begin with designers instead of back-end developers.
  3. Customers are your Boss No. 1. It does not matter if you are an employee/employer, in every company customer service is extremely important. Make your customers successful with your products/services, and you will be successful as well!

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
We are in a mix of MICE and tech industry, being an online platform in the trade shows/MICE industry.

If we are talking about the first one, my advice would be: start in a blue ocean and define a strong USP. The market is full of non-reliable event vendors, but at the same time, it is hard to identify them. So, create a strong portfolio first, someone told, brand ambassadors should start by working for free to get the first clients. This would not work everywhere. Be creative!

If someone wants to start a tech product like a two-sided or multi-sided marketplace/platform, I can say to think twice about the own assets and challenges like the chicken-egg problem – always at the beginning. Such products are maybe the most difficult to build, but just as James Currier said in The Next 10 Years Will Be About “Market Networks” https://www.nfx.com/post/10-years-about-market-networks: “Two-sided online marketplaces are as difficult to build as they are rewarding.”

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://expotor.com
https://twitter.com/expotor/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/expotor-llc/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Rassul Fazelat

I love that we can help to help fellow peers in the industry better access their next career move and also help companies understand this niche talent marketplace.

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?
Rassul Fazelat

Rassul Fazelat
Photo credit: Rassul Fazelat

What is your job role?
I am President & CEO of Data Talent Advisors, a boutique data & analytics talent advisory

Tell us about your company?
We are specialized data, analytics, & AI talent advisory, helping companies understand the marketplace, help with job description analysis/creation and overall talent acquisition.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that we can help to help fellow peers in the industry better access their next career move and also help companies understand this niche talent marketplace.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love being part of the hottest industry in the tech sector. Something that everyone is talking about and something that is continuing to change the way we exist every day.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We are only a team of three, but I really like the different perspectives our team members bring to the table.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We will be planning our 1st team Ski trip this year in Sochi Russia.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The biggest challenge of my job is managing expectations and helping guide both candidates and companies for career and talent acquisition success, respectively.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We as a company are moving into a monthly billing model for our clients. It is a model that we have clients on, and it is a truly a business partnership helping our clients on many of facets or their journey into the data, analytics & AI space.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
For candidates, I can not stress the opportunity to get exposure to as many tools as possible. The number of tools being used is abundant but some industry staples have emerged, so it is paramount to have this experience for long-term career growth.

For companies, I would 1st ask what they are trying to achieve? Many times companies either want to bundle three different jobs into one or don’t have a good handle of their current job market for these niche jobs. It’s a completely new dynamic when companies are having to lure candidates (who have many options) versus candidates being selected by companies.

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:

www.datatalentadvisor.com – Web
@BigDataVision – Twitter

https://www.facebook.com/Data-Talent-Advisors-1769919759784522

Pop Quiz, Monday with Rodger Roeser

I learn a lot from folks I work with, and clients as well. In this industry, there is often no such thing as right or wrong as much of creativity is subjective in nature — so I truly enjoy seeing how different folks can see the same things and interpret them differently.

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?
Rodger Roeser

Rodger Roeser
Photo credit: Rodger Roeser

What is your job role?
President/Owner

Tell us about your company?
The Eisen Agency is a full-service marketing, sales, and branding firm with two offices — Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio. We provide professional services, manufacturing/construction, and technology businesses expertise in marketing their business, their solutions and their people.

What do you love most about your job?
There is a tremendous amount of creativity that goes into what we do, and I enjoy not only that creative process but the culmination and success that comes from that creativity.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I enjoy eating and having a roof over my head and earning a living as working, contributing member of society. More folks should try it.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I learn a lot from folks I work with, and clients as well. In this industry, there is often no such thing as right or wrong as much of creativity is subjective in nature — so I truly enjoy seeing how different folks can see the same things and interpret them differently. It’s a business that has constant and perpetual learning and growing, and someone always has something new to share.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Our job is generally fun, so I don’t think anyone goes out of their way to “make it” fun. If you can’t have fun doing this job, you need to change careers. Forced fun isn’t fun, and it’s very organic with us.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
We have very demanding clients and demanding schedules and deadlines — so you sort of have a combination of manic ADD at a million miles an hour. It can be exhausting because once one thing is completed, it’s on the to the next.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
There have been so many projects and so many lessons over the years. Pay attention to the little details as that is what makes something good, great. That said, never let perfection get in the way of good. Ideas without executions are just dreams, and too often, particularly in marketing, folks are too afraid to fail, so instead, they do nothing at all.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Become a bartender! This is a tough, tough business. You need thick skin, you need to be, and you need to be fast paced. There are so many traits that go into being a good marketing executive, particularly on the agency side, that it really comes down more to personality than skill.

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:

www.TheEisenAgency.com

Pop Quiz, Monday with Paul Higgins

Seeing startups exceeding their growth targets because their team has the right tech. The end consumer or customer vote with their wallets.

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?
Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins
Photo credit: Paul Higgins

What is your job role?
Co-Founder

Tell us about your company?
We help funded start-ups to sort out their technology stack by understanding their growth plans, matching this to our tech knowledge and then giving a recommendation on what to use and when. This gives Founders confidence to focus on customer acquisition and funding.

What do you love most about your job?
Seeing startups exceeding their growth targets because their team has the right tech. The end consumer or customer vote with their wallets.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Learning about startups changing the way we live for the better and solving complex challenges not ever solved before. Of course, I love to learn new tech as well, but this is a side game!

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My Co-Founder is a tech genius who lives in the business world. He looks for ‘ holes and drills.’ His is the best in the world at what he does and is always pushing the limit. I am also inspired by our team who believe in what we are doing and give their all.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We all work remotely, so coming together once a year in person is a real blast. Through the year there are always GIFs which tell a thousand words. I am the prankster and have many accents to call and complain as a client. Breaks the mood when the stress is on.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
SALES SALES and SALES. In all seriousness, we could always do with more qualified leads to inject cash to build the team and our research. We roll the dice and put on resources, and for excellent reasons, client circumstances change, and we need to fund the gap. At Coca-Cola, we used to call it fixing the plane whilst you are flying it.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Scope creep. Wanting to do the right thing by clients and the team and when it doesn’t come off, our owner’s drawings are hit. We love innovating and creating global 1sts, but this doesn’t always come off.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
All about your team: hire, develop and reward great people, and the revenue will come. Sure you have heard that before – but it is true. Also, stand for something you believe in and would do if you weren’t getting paid. Better to be a large fish in a small pond than too generic. On the flip side, you need to get paid and manage your financials. Always a balancing act.

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://scalemyempire.com

Social Media:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulhiggins555/
https://twitter.com/PaulHiggins555

Pop Quiz, Monday with Roger Knocker

Don’t take any business. Try and find clients that you have chemistry with. You will be successful with these clients which allows you to find similar clients. Also, make sure that there is real ROI for the work you do. If there isn’t, your work will eventually be replaced and forgotten, and you will lose out on repeat work.

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?
Roger Knocker

Roger Knocker
Photo credit: Roger Knocker

What is your job role?
CEO

Tell us about your company?
Most businesses live with loss-making customers only because they can’t measure the actual profit by the customer. We build business simulation models to reverse the situation, which results in more high-profit customers.

What do you love most about your job?
The ability to innovate without having to ask committees to approve. I usually try an innovation in my spare time (because I love it) and once I have something more tangible I present it to my colleagues and get their approval to invest more time and resources in the idea. I usually get the approval within a few days which allows me to go full steam ahead.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
New ideas. I wake up every morning, and within a few hours I see, hear or read something that gets my create deuces going and I’m able to try the idea out. I love the high I get from playing with new ideas (creativity that you wouldn’t associate with an accountant or analytical person, but innovation very much exists in this world. It’s not limited to arty people)

How do your co-workers inspire you?
When I hear customers are happy with my co-workers, that inspires me to do more or do better.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We have pizza Friday every week.
We also do fun runs
We turn farewells into an event
We also have a WhatsApp group and celebrate successes or birthdays.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Managing the “Feast vs. Famine” syndrome. As a services business, you either have the problem of too much work or too little. One way around this problem is to put your foot on the pedal and try to sell more. Another way is to productise your services and build annuity income versus project type income which is typically once off.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Projects in large organizations can be very political. In one of my early projects I thought I was doing well as all the executives were buying into the project and the solution that was developing. There was one executive who kept missing the workshops and close to a critical milestone we managed to get him to a workshop. Unfortunately, he disagreed with our methodology, and he had the gift of the gab and managed to convince his colleagues that we were approaching it incorrectly and he sabotaged the project. The lesson is that make sure you have all the stakeholders bought in throughout the project. Don’t leave influential executives outside the conversation. Sometimes they spoil the project only to flex their muscles.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Don’t take any business. Try and find clients that you have chemistry with. You will be successful with these clients which allows you to find similar clients. Also, make sure that there is real ROI for the work you do. If there isn’t, your work will eventually be replaced and forgotten, and you will lose out on repeat work. Repeat work is the best ideal as it costs you less to sell and you can build on your previous great relationships. Also there and stay as focused as possible. If you have too many solutions, you will never be exceptional at one thing. If you do one thing well, people will seek you out.

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:

Www.kpims.co.za
Www.kpims.co.za/podcast
@rogerknocker

Pop Quiz, Monday with Ashish Biyani

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?
Ashish Biyani

Ashish Biyani

What is your job role?
Co-founder – DeskMoz

Tell us about your company?
DeskMoz is a 24×7 Live Chat Agents Support & Sales Leads Generation service company. Today, the majority of the population is always online & DeskMoz aptly converts this scenario in full-fledged opportunities for businesses.

We deploy our highly experienced Chat Agents to the website & apps of businesses across the industries. Our professional Chat Agents provide 24×7 assistance to the customers & generate sales leads from the traffic.

Since our service is the perfect 2 in 1 solution for both the lead generation & customer support needs, we take a great deal of pride in calling ourselves the change makers.

What do you love most about your job?
My job’s ability to make businesses easier. Be it a Fortune 500 giant or a one-person business. Our custom solution adds great ease to companies of all sizes. We don’t only get them more business but help them in retaining the existing one too.

Seeing a garage idea blooming into such a great problem solver makes me love it more on a daily basis. It has come to the extent wherein I would call my job the peace I need to sleep in the night. A day off the office & I start missing on it.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Two things; the idea that I’ll get to meet & greet my team members & I might as well find a problem which could help me contribute a novel solution to the industry.

About the first motivation; I’ve always been a people’s person & always remain excited to conversing with my team. I love it so much that you can find me stirring up a conversation on any random topic with any team member on any medium. I head a team of over 150 team members, & enjoy an unbelievable attrition rate. The due credit goes to my ability to stay in personal touch with all of them.

And, about the second one; I am a big fan of innovation & appreciate myself the most when I am devising a new solution.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
By being brilliant at what they are doing & by their ability to perfectly match the work-life & personal-life balance. I’ve been fortunate enough to be working with the most fantastic set of people. They’re the street-smart version of nerds & it is the only recipe you need to keep growing both professionally & personally.

Although we’re into 24×7 business, I always find them charged up.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Yes, there is always one or other stuff boiling. Not a day goes by without someone getting pranked by someone else: late night parties, early morning pizzas. A sunny holiday & you might as well find us hunting the perfect grass to dig stumps on & play Cricket until dusk.

Not long time ago we all just packed our laptops, got on a plane & enjoyed a week-long vacation in Goa, while providing our serve uninterruptedly from Goa. You can only imagine how perfect the planning & execution had to be to carry out such an activity.

So, parties & a lot of other team activities.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Firstly, delivering optimum quality in a real-time 24×7 business. 24×7 is a lot easier said than done. Come to think of it & you’ll realise how demanding it is.

Secondly, improvising enough to stay ahead of the curve. An improvisation project ends & we pick up another without catching a breath.

We all are fortunate enough to be witnessing a huge transformation wherein businesses are coming out of their conventional brick & mortar setups & exploring the virtual platforms. Being an IT-enabled brand, the onus is on us to make this transformation as easy & rewarding as possible. For this, we must improvise continually.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Meeting deadlines & effective execution of the ideas are the very essences of the success of any project. We’re glad to have realised it from our early projects.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
I would rather give two pieces of advice-

Selling is much harder than building, and I see most of our industry start-ups learning it the hard way.

Stay flexible persistent, i.e. don’t be drunk on just one idea. Just observe, ideate, tryout, fail, introspect, improvise & come back again. Before quitting on your early failures, just recall why you started in the first place.

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:

Website: https://deskmoz.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DeskMoz/

Twitter Handle: https://twitter.com/deskmoz

LinkedIn Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/deskmoz/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Michael Jay Moon

A professional or business equivalent of live improv and sketch comedy … going for catalytic ah-ha insights instead of laughter.

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?
Michael Jay Moon

Michael Jay Moon

What is your job role?
President and CEO

Tell us about your company?
GISTICS constitutes an innovation think-tank that develops public advocacy proposals for advancing economic autonomy of individuals, profitable growth of commercial organizations, and overall human capital.

What do you love most about your job?
The freedom, opportunity, and honor in assisting entrepreneurs and innovators realize their service contributions.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
From my mission to bring prevailing peace into the world, the desire to assist others to seize their opportunities, often hidden in plain sight, and provide structure and support for them to succeed.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
As a solo practitioner, my clients and friends encourage or incite my enthusiasm.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
A professional or business equivalent of live improv and sketch comedy … going for catalytic ah-ha insights instead of laughter

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Keeping to a schedule with too many cool projects

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Designing a day’s flow of work, starting with morning pages and day plan with a stretch-performance scorecard for an end-of-workday assessment

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Your mission is to find/invent your connected purpose for the work of your craft … and to see how far you can take it. Often this starts with WTF is my purpose, followed by “I’m all in” life experiments (jobs, projects, hobbies), and periodic reappraisals of the experiment AND what the communications and interactions pulled through you — the juice of a life worth examining and, when fermented, become the rich wine of satisfaction.

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/in/michaeljaymoon/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Sumit Kumar

We help businesses and early-stage startups to scale by creating an ecosystem of talent sharing, infrastructure, technology to name a few.

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?
Sumit Kumar

Sumit Kumar
Photo credit: Sumit Kumar

What is your job role?
Founder

Tell us about your company?
Founded in 2017, Headsup Corporation is a rapidly evolving dynamic consulting firm with a sharp focus on small and mid-sized organisations. Headsup Corporation is a startup by TISS, Mumbai and SSCBS, University of Delhi graduates.

We provide a leg-up to your online presence and pull-up the effective utilization of your human resources. Our myriad line-up of services is aimed to set up an array of solutions to your digital and human resource management needs.

At our core, we operate on creativity, passion, and impact. Our trained professionals have varied backgrounds and expertise. They endeavour to provide answers to all your questions. They eagerly await to offer timely solutions to tricky situations.

We help businesses and early-stage startups to scale by creating an ecosystem of talent sharing, infrastructure, technology to name a few.

What do you love most about your job?
The diversity which the day to day activities in the organization. This seems to bring the best out of everyone. It looks like a new place every day. The sheer excitement, creativity, challenges make me fall in love with my job.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The biggest motivation as a founder of an organization which has an average age of 25 is very much its people. Millennials today are looking for instant gratification, along with variable pay, pay for performance. Every day they leave me with multiple questions and the quest to find the answers makes me push every day to work.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My co-workers are the most significant factor for the growth of the organization. All of them are aligned with the vision and imagination of the organization. The sheer passion, dedication, and honesty towards a common purpose inspires me.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We believe in having something engaging whether it is a random bonfire or secret Santa party. Along with spur of the moments fun, we continuously try to create an organisation culture which makes working fun.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
My biggest challenge comes with managing the aspirations of the clients and the employees at the same time while trying to show the result to both the set of people involved in a particular project. In a nutshell, bridging the gap between them is a challenge.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Hire people who believe in the idea and can grow with the job: This can be done by identifying the tasks which you would like the new hire to perform by involving the existing team and employees. As a manager, you must become the decision enabler and let the team do the decision making by itself. This makes the decision more binding and more acceptable. Next, try to become a nonchalant shopper who is out in the market to buy the product because you are motivated to purchase and not because of the psychology of the marketer has overpowered your need. While shopping for a laptop, this might not matter much. However, as a hiring manager, choosing for talent might have substantial consequences. Additionally, forecast the hiring requirements so that you have enough time to get the best (most fit) candidate.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?

  1. Always Push for 70 Percent Rule: At any given point of time, 70% of the employees must be firing on all cylinders. This 70% covers those with the knowledge of different ways they can improve while enjoying the challenge.
  2. Humans as resources: In the majority of the SMEs and Startups, we see that managers try to hustle and fill the gaps as and when the need arises. They choose to fill the void with the person who they perceive to be most qualified for the position and try to close it. For some time, this might work great. However, if given the option of turning back the clock by four months, do you think you wanted such a qualified person for the position? Chances of someone getting bored of the job is significantly higher compared to someone who wanted to learn and grow along with the work. Soon you are back at square one: overwhelmed, on the rebound, and poised to hire in haste again. That’s no great use of resources. Utilizing resources profitably begins with recognizing potential, followed by a period of exploration, discovery, and development. Hiring for potential rather than proficiency is the foundation for building an A-team.

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:
http://headsupcorporation.com

Pop Quiz, Monday with Joel Buckland

We Do Stories is a content marketing agency helping organisations raise awareness of important issues and new technology, inspiring people to action and raising much-needed finance through sales or support.

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?
Joel Buckland

Joel Buckland
Photo credit: Joel Buckland

What is your job role?
I’m the CEO of We Do Stories, a content marketing agency specialising in social impact and technology communication. It’s my role to steer the ship while developing a team of creative and strategic minds. I see my most important duty as keeping the team inspired and focused so we can all be the best us we can be.

Tell us about your company?
We Do Stories is a content marketing agency helping organisations raise awareness of important issues and new technology, inspiring people to action and raising much-needed finance through sales or support. We’re a full-service agency meaning we can help from branding and marketing strategies to the creation of engaging content and distribution on digital platforms.

What do you love most about your job?
Hearing people’s stories is by far the most significant part of my job. I feel privileged every time someone shares their passion or personal experience with me and allows me and my team to share it with the world. To see people’s businesses and campaigns grow and succeed and to know we had a hand in helping that happen is an incredible feeling.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I’m motivated by shaping, overcoming challenges and having a positive impact. My work allows me to do this every day. I get to learn new things, develop strategies and see them implemented with positive results. I couldn’t ask for more from work.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We Do Stories was founded by my wife and me after leaving our careers in broadcast media and journalism. Not long after, my brother who’s a developer joined us. This meant we developed a culture of family values first. We’ve now grown beyond our family with team members locally and internationally, but those values have remained. We support each other, challenge each other and know the value each of us brings to the organisation. This kind of work environment is rare but so rewarding.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We’ve built a culture of celebration in our team; we believe it’s important to celebrate the small and large successes. This might be as simple as a pizza party in the office to days out as a team experiencing life together, laughing and enjoying each others company.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is also the most rewarding. Getting naysayers on board with new ideas and new approaches. Not everyone has realised that communication and marketing have changed, it’s no longer about selling with every piece of content. Today it’s about providing value and building relationships that lead to sales or support. Getting the naysayers to understand this and trust it can be a long and challenging experience, but once they do and they see the results they often become some of our most prominent advocates.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I’m a big believer in knowing what you don’t do as much as what you do and believing in your instincts. I learnt these lessons the hard way. Sometimes telling a client that you don’t offer that service helps define expectations up front and set achievable goals. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and it’s our job to let the client know when something won’t work as much as when it will.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Take a breath, find your niche and don’t worry about what the “competition” is doing, as long as you stay true to you you’ll do great.

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.wedostories.com
https://twitter.com/wedostories
https://www.facebook.com/WeDoStories
https://www.linkedin.com/company/we-do-stories/

http://www.joelbuckland.com

https://twitter.com/joelbuckland
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joelbuckland/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Richard Bronson

70 Million Jobs is the first national, for-profit employment platform for people with criminal records.

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?
Richard Bronson

Richard Bronson
Photo credit: Richard Bronson

What is your job role?
Founder/CEO 70 Million Jobs

Tell us about your company?
70 Million Jobs is the first national, for-profit employment platform for people with criminal records.

What do you love most about your job?
Working with heroic men and women who continue to believe that good intentions bring great results.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Fear of not doing enough.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
They are incredibly passionate and have very good hearts.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We tease our Director of Operations Seth to no end. He’s 7’0″ tall, an ex-LA Laker, and an endless source of mirth.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Convincing the formerly incarcerated to accept menial, low-paying jobs, as opposed to returning to the streets where the money’s much better but the risk much higher.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Man plans and God laughs.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Basic start-up advice: move quickly. Perfection is the enemy of success. Build something that people want, not what you want.

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:
70MillionJobs.com
https://www.facebook.com/70MillionJobs
Twitter.com/70MiiionJobs

Pop Quiz, Monday with Vanessa Geraghty McGann

I love the fact that I get to help so many small business owners build their dream business, by helping them to effectively market their business and attract the right kind of clients.

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?
Vanessa Geraghty McGann

Vanessa Geraghty McGann
Photo credit: Vanessa Geraghty McGann

What is your job role?
Founder – Vivacity Marketing

Tell us about your company?
Vivacity Marketing is a marketing consulting, digital marketing and marketing coaching business. We create customised marketing strategies and plans to suit any budget. We help startups via Marketing School which is our online marketing coaching program, and via one on one marketing coaching. And for more established business we offer a range of outsourced digital marketing services such as marketing strategy, web design, Facebook Ads, Google Ads, SEO, landing page design, copywriting, email marketing, content marketing, etc.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the fact that I get to help so many small business owners build their dream business, by helping them to effectively market their business and attract the right kind of clients. And that no matter what their budget is I can help through the range of services I offer from starts ups to more established businesses. In the past year alone I worked with 50+ companies.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I love what I do! My work is very rewarding as I get to coach small business owners every day. And I get to build marketing strategies and plans so that businesses stop wasting their money on marketing activities that simply aren’t working for them. I get to go to work every day knowing that I am making a real difference in these business owners lives. And help them grow a loyal client base.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I have a part-time marketing consultant work with me, and I then have a team of freelancers that I used in my partnering digital marketing agency and for various services that my clients require. I learn and improve from my side every day. By working together as a remote team, we get so much more achieved and can bring a phenomenal service to each and every client.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
I think it’s essential that my part-time marketing consultant is enjoying the work that she does with me. So I take the time to get to know them personally over wines and mimosas! I try and see my freelancers too in a more fun environment rather than in client meetings all the time too so that we can genuinely get to know the fun side of each other. So I guess wine happens as part of that most of the time!

What are some of the challenges of your job?
I have a 3-year-old daughter who is only in childcare for a limited number of days a week. So I need to work around her schedule, and try and be a present for her, and get my clients to work done too. So this results in me working evenings and some weekends. But she goes to Kindy next year, so that will make things a bit easier. And I am still in the building phase of my business as I am only eighteen months in, so I know that this is part of growing my business and because I love what I do I don’t mind the long hours.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I think on any client project communication is vital. It’s critical that both the client and the agency understand what is going to be delivered, timings and what work is required by both parties to achieve timelines. Never presume that a client knows anything. Always confirm and follow up to make sure there is no confusion. Regular face to face client catch ups helps to eliminate any miscommunications.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
My biggest piece of advice is to start by building a Marketing Strategy and Marketing Plan for your business. And as part of the strategy do some market research with some people who are your ideal client, to find out their problems and pain points that you can help solve. Test that there is a need/gap for your services. And understand what services already exist and differentiate yourself.

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:

Website: https://www.vivacitymarketing.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vivacitymarketing/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivacitymarketing/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCplM_Y4xOE28c6KnPQBHoWA
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vgeraghty/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Jason Kraus

Being part of something bigger than myself, helping people realize their dreams and watching the startups I work with “grow up” and become successful.

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?
Jason Kraus

What is your job role?
CEO of Prepare 4 VC

Tell us about your company?
We are a startup consulting firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs through the fundraising process from an investors perspective. Our team consists of VCs, investors, experienced entrepreneurs and MBAs ready to assist our clients.

What do you love most about your job?
Working with exciting new founders every day and being on the forefront of technology, adding my team’s expertise to see it come to life.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Being part of something bigger than myself, helping people realize their dreams and watching the startups I work with “grow up” and become successful.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I learn from everyone I work with, and we focus on an environment where every voice is heard and taken into consideration. Startup environments should foster creativity and out of the box thinking, and we model ourselves as a startup helping startups.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Trying out all the cool apps and products we work with and going to or organizing some of the amazing startup events around Boston.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Balancing project work, team management, and marketing/outreach as new projects come and go.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Timing is critical in the startup world and simply following up and staying in touch has led to new clients, partners and investment partners.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Find a pilot project first to help out with and model your consulting firm off of the value you find you add to their business.

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:
Http://prepare4vc.com
Http://facebook.com/prepare4vc
Http://twitter.com/prepare4vc

Pop Quiz, Monday with Nicola Moras

I love it when people get results and get GREAT feedback from their people about how much they’ve been helped with the content that they put out.

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?
Nicola Moras

Nicola Moras

What is your job role?
CEO/Owner, Founder of NicolaMoras.com.au

Tell us about your company?
I help business owners – with NO BS – leverage the online world in a way that creates revenue, in a way that is SIMPLE and strategically – and most importantly, feels good for them.

What do you love most about your job?
I love it when people get results and get GREAT feedback from their people about how much they’ve been helped with the content that they put out.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Having fun and doing what I love, working with people I like. I also love knowing that I’m creating a ripple of positive change and being of service.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
The people in my team are hardworking and driven to provide an exceptional customer experience for our clients. Their commitment to excellence and ensuring every single person feels heard and valued is inspiring.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We all work virtually, so when we get together, we do dinners and drinks. We also love to ‘hang out.’

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Working virtually! It’s great, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Because of where I personally live, I’m not in person with clients and my team as much as I’d like

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Have fun and create an experience that you would want to be a part of.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Do things in a way that feels good for you – in a way that feels like you.

Don’t worry about what ‘everyone else is doing’ aka your competitors.

Do things strategically, but add your own flair and personality into EVERYTHING you’re doing.

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:

www.nicolamoras.com.au
www.youtube.com/nicolamoras
www.facebook.com/nicolajmoras
www.linkedin/in/nicolamoras
www.instagram.com/nicolamoras

Pop Quiz, Monday with Anderson Tan

My partners are the backbone of our VC firm who push me over my human limitations and bring out the best in me. Each has their own special superpower that compliments one another.

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?
Anderson Tan

Anderson Tan
Photo credit: Anderson Tan

What is your job role?
Co-founder and Managing General Partner

Tell us about your company?
Alpha Omega Capital Partners is a security token Venture Capital fund focused on core infrastructure projects building the emerging security token ecosystem as $500 Trillion in global assets, securities and $1.2 Quadrillion in derivatives are being placed on the blockchain. A picks and shovels play if you may.

What do you love most about your job?
Serving others, connecting people, getting startups funded, building ecosystems and impacting billions.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
God and all of His creation.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My partners are the backbone of our VC firm who push me over my human limitations and bring out the best in me. Each has their own special superpower that compliments one another. They are also my mentors, advisors, and friends.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Good jokes at times and some pranks on rare occasions. We also have poker and video game night once or twice a month.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Getting quality deal-flow would sometimes be challenging. Connecting the startups that we’ve invested in and seeing the connection to fail.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Be kind and try to help anyone as you’ll never know where they will end up in the future.

Grit is a superpower use it.

Love is the most powerful force in the universe.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
As a startup founder always remember that resilience is your strongest weapon. Never give up and if you do learn from your failures.

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://blockleaders.io/2018/10/04/anderson-tan-the-renaissance-man/

https://www.alphaomegacapital.co/

Pop Quiz, Monday with Vinod Pandey

We earn revenue from tea sales and use that to reinvest in the same village. The proceeds are earmarked to bring dropout girls to the schools and ensure they continue and complete schooling.

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?
Vinod Pandey

Vinod Pandey
Photo credit: Vinod Pandey

What is your job role?
Co-Founder (Rozgar Dhaba)

Tell us about your company?
Rozgar Dhaba (“Employment Café”) works as an information exchange center to share information on jobs with rural communities so that people could get the jobs in their geography. It collects information from local employers about local jobs and also gathers information about job seekers, who are looking for employment and display the gathered information. We earn revenue from tea sales and use that to reinvest in the same village. The proceeds are earmarked to bring dropout girls to the schools and ensure they continue and complete schooling.

At present Rozgar Dhaba operates in the Madhya Pradesh state of India.

Rozgar Dhaba is registered with the name Development Innovation Foundation a not for profit charity.

What do you love most about your job?
Connecting with people from rural India

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
At the age of 12, I had lost my cousin brother who went to the city in search of the job and because of poor health care, less earning, savings to send money to home and long working hours have taken his life.

I think about him every day and think no one should lose his life because of unsafe migration and unemployment, and that keeps me alive and motivated.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Most of my co-workers are from rural India when I see them helping communities with a smile. It inspires me to more work so that more Rozgar Dhaba centers could be open.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Our work itself is fun…whenever one needs a break..just have a cup of tea from Rozgar Dhaba. It is more of a family than an organisation

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Reaching to the most unreached rural pockets and collecting information on jobs availability and starting Rozgar Dhaba centers in those areas.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
It’s important to receive feedback and work on it constructively.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be ready to fail, but remember failure in, not for profit is the first step of success.

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:
We don’t have a website of Rozgar Dhaba.

Pop Quiz, Monday with Otatade Okojie

I love meeting new entrepreneurs and hearing their stories, connecting to positive people and feeling the excitement feel the room, watching it take over their expressions as they tell you how they solve a problem. They have challenges, and like myself, I have a challenge, I suffer from epilepsy. But despite rejections and denials, I keep going because once you plant that seed, you just want to see it grow.

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?
My name is Otatade Okojie.

Otatade Okojie
Photo credit: Otatade Okojie

What is your job role?
I am the Ceo of Lunchbox Millionaire a business development company which is also in development for young entrepreneurs, and people with a passion for the enterprise. We offer mentoring, workshops, consultancy. I am also an influencer and referral agent for startup companies and investors

Tell us about your company?
Lunchbox Millionaire originated as a book I had written yet even though I acquired an agent for it, I now even have a tv channel for it just signed the contract last week. Through research, I saw there was a lot of potential for young people who had a passion for the enterprise to connect to key contacts who would give them access to the marketplace with the right model.

What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting new entrepreneurs and hearing their stories, connecting to positive people and feeling the excitement feel the room, watching it take over their expressions as they tell you how they solve a problem. They have challenges, and like myself, I have a challenge, I suffer from epilepsy. But despite rejections and denials, I keep going because once you plant that seed, you just want to see it grow.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Hunger, passion, and to be quite frank a mixture of pain and the need to see my potential. In school, I was that kid the one who always got the report card that said ” Otatade has a lot of potential …but”I saw what some of those teachers didn’t see, sheer stubbornness, grit, and determination. I am determined to prove I am more than potential. I believe its great to have excellent communication skills, but you have to get to the point where talk is cheap. This is what motivates me, that despite my disability, or challenges of the past, I must conquer the present and the future.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I like to associate myself with likeminded driven people. They are mentors, advisors, and I call them social guardians or ports in a storm. They always have wisdom about business through experience, a book, a meaningful conversation, or support. They add real value, and they are helping me build the framework that is Lunchbox. At the moment we are actively looking for investors, but we are still tweaking and working on developing the website

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We discuss books, youtube videos, poems things that inspire us, we tell Jokes.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Sometimes it can get a bit challenging the fast pace of it because I do a lot of connecting to bring in contacts for potential youth, and other projects are going on on the side

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Have faith in what you can do. I work on a blog called www.redebonyenterprises.co.uk I pitched it to an investor and was offered 2 million to turn it to an app, this was because I had a great vision and such an expansive network. I didn’t take the 2 million, but it showed me if you work hard at something, and you have a clear plan, you can reap a lot of positive rewards from it. I still work on my blog today, I call it my international address on the internet and have just started a new one. www.myinvestorfriend.com an introducer scheme for startups and investors that want to connect.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be patient. You won’t get results straight away, keep connecting, keep working hard, keep producing good ideas and supporting others that do. Be a good listener, be a good mentor.

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:

www.redebonyenterprises.co.uk
www.myinvestorfriend.com

Pop Quiz, Monday with Gautam Gupta

The single piece of advice I can give is to manage your emotions and stress to avoid the roller coaster ride of startups. Entrepreneurs need to be prepared for an emotional roller coaster with twists, turns, emotionally charged highs, and terrifying lows.

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?
Gautam Gupta

Gautam Gupta

What is your job role?
Chairman

Tell us about your company?
NatureBox is a multi-channel brand that creates healthy and delicious snacks. We have over 100 unique snack products at any time and have launched over 400 products since inception. We use consumer data to drive all our product development and merchandising.

What do you love most about your job?
Every startup has its ups and downs, but if you’re passionate about the product, I think it helps weather much of the typical roller coaster ride. I started NatureBox, in part, because of my childhood struggle with obesity. I grew up very overweight and ate a lot of junk food. Learning about nutrition helped me to lose 70 pounds in six months and keep the weight off ever since. This passion for healthy food and nutrition is what makes NatureBox so personal to me. I love the chance we have to create products that change consumer behavior around snacking. In the end, I hope we can make snacking a bit healthier and fun.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I’ve always enjoyed working – even in my last job as a venture capital investor, I was excited to get to the office each day to meet with brilliant entrepreneurs who aim to change the world. As someone who loves to learn, those conversations motivated me to work hard. Today, the opportunity to learn how to build and scale a company keeps me motivated – even during bad times, because every setback is also an opportunity to learn.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Just getting communication and culture right are so hard that I’ll choose to talk about a few of the things we did over the years to try to reinforce a culture of transparency, optimism, and learning.

Wins – after talking to our staff a few years ago, we found that we were really bad at celebrating the small and big wins as a company. We glossed over the things that were going well and focused on how to solve the problems. This created a lack of optimism and celebration that we wanted in the culture. One of our employees came up with an amazing idea he called “Weekly Wins” where every Friday, employees could gather to share one win or learning from the week with the rest of the company. These short 10-15 minute stand-up’s were filled with laughter and applause, creating awesome energy to close the week.

Office Hours – We wanted to create an atmosphere of transparency but were finding it difficult to get employees to ask the questions on their mind. After some attempts at anonymous Q&A, we decided to provide more opportunities for folks to talk via smaller groups. As such, we created an office hours program where employees could come to discuss questions on their mind with another senior executive or me. We would also frame specific topics for these office hours to solicit more engagement on certain issues. This was a very low ‘cost’ initiative that creates greater transparency and learning about our business.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
The single piece of advice I can give is to manage your emotions and stress to avoid the roller coaster ride of startups. Entrepreneurs need to be prepared for an emotional roller coaster with twists, turns, emotionally charged highs, and terrifying lows. The most important lesson I’ve learned is not to let the ups and downs of the business affect you. I know this is easier said than done, but keep in mind that you are in it for the long haul. I like to tell friends – without sounding pessimistic – no matter how good something seems. It’s never that good. Similarly, no matter how bad something seems, it’s never that bad. Get off the roller coaster, keep your head down and build.

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:

www.naturebox.com

https://medium.com/@gautam_gupta

https://twitter.com/gRamblings

Pop Quiz, Monday with Julia Gralberg

Be resilient and never give up. Building an online magazine takes time and hard work and doesn’t happen overnight. Have a short as well as long-term plan and goal and find a balance between sticking to it and at the same time being flexible.

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?
Julia Gralberg

Julia Gralberg
Photo credit: Julia Gralberg

What is your job role?
Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Tell us about your company?
LUX NOMADE is an online luxury travel magazine based in Sydney and London. We feature quality content of exclusive, yet achievable, travel inspiration across our website, social media, e-newsletter, and e-magazine.

Our aim to provide the smart and independent traveller with vitalising inspiration and ideas for hotels, wellness resorts, spas, restaurants, and bars across handpicked destinations worldwide

What do you love most about your job?
The creative freedom!

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Travel and explore unique and amazing destinations and to be able to share the experiences with our readers.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My team shares the same passion when it comes to travel and lifestyle. Often we work remotely, and I am always inspired by how well and effective everyone works from different corners of the world towards a shared vision. I continuously learn new things from my team on a daily basis, whether it is design, programming, marketing or social media…they all provide an immense source of knowledge.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Our way of bonding seems to be by sending each other funny GIFs.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
The never-ending deadlines and the forever changing online environment. Online publishing is highly competitive and staying agile, innovative and creative is crucial.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
The classic – “Never overpromise and underdeliver” still rings very true to me. Most of our integrated campaigns include several components, and from experience, it is important, for any project, to work from a clear brief from day one to avoid miscommunication.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Be resilient and never give up. Building an online magazine takes time and hard work and doesn’t happen overnight. Have a short as well as long-term plan and goal and find a balance between sticking to it and at the same time being flexible.

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:

www.luxnomade.com

https://www.instagram.com/luxnomade/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/lux-nomade/

Interview with Ritu Grover, Founder & CEO, TGH Lifestyle Services Pvt. Ltd.

The Founder Series

The founder series explores the creative minds of entrepreneurs, delving into their journeys to understand a little more about what inspires them and how they got to where they are today. Learning about what makes an entrepreneur tick, the intricacies of their business, and why they provide the service that they do, gives us an insight into the details of their world.

The information that these business owners provide helps inform others who are looking to make an impact as an entrepreneur. These lessons can be applied to our very own journey, so thank you to all who have taken the time to share their knowledge.

Thank you for joining us, Ms. Grover. Can you tell us about your business and the services that you provide?

TGH Lifestyle Services Pvt. Ltd. is known for providing anything and everything that’s legal and ethical, under the sun. We’re experts in concierge services and facility management who help clients maintain their work life balance. Whether you want to keep your facility looking impeccably clean to booking an air ticket, want to host an event or even get a plumber to fix the pipes, our experts can do it all.

Can you recall of any early lesson in life that helped shape who you are today and how have this contributed in your business?

My parents were in the army and I had always been raised in a very modest atmosphere. Discipline is a core value every army brat reflects. I feel that shows in the way I run the organisation. We’re systematic, smart working professionals who have utmost respect for dedication and discipline.

How do you feel as being India’s largest facility management company?

As they say – with great power comes great responsibility. Of course the title of India’s largest facility management company is a huge one and we’ve earnt our way to it but at the same time Team TGH understands that the day we think we’re the best, is the day we’ll start falling down. We’re connected to our roots but at the same time proud of what we’ve accomplished.

What insights and tips would you like to share with current generation’s entrepreneurs?

To all budding entrepreneurs I’d like to say that the most important thing is to hustle. Of course having great ideas is important but putting it into action and speaking it into existence is what actually matters. Wake up every day with an attitude of gratitude and start the hustle. There’s nothing like vacay-time in this line of work. Let your work be your vacation. Be that passionate!

Pop Quiz, Monday with Jeff Wallace

The startup ecosystem is proliferating across the entire globe, and the entrepreneurs all want to find the best, most efficient path to market success. Don’t get caught up thinking that the “next big thing” is most likely or definitely in your own backyard. It might be, but be sure to keep the blinders open as wide as you can when searching.

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?
Jeff Wallace

Jeff Wallace
Photo credit: Jeff Wallace

What is your job role?
Co-Founder

Tell us about your company?
Silicon Valley in Your Pocket is a virtual, global acceleration program which serves as the perfect complement to a startup, whether it is at the idea stage, has launched or is somewhere in between. Our eight-week program helps startups in critical areas like incorporation, competitive analysis, go-to-market strategy, business modeling, deal rooms, and pitching. We can even track and report a company’s “9 key vital signs” for viability and investability.

What do you love most about your job?
I love working with innovative entrepreneurs from all across the world to help them take their ideas forward and, ultimately, into the market. I’ve never believed that Silicon Valley, California or the United States has an exclusive grip on creating the next wave of digital disruptors. So, I love engaging with global founders to find that “next big thing potentially”.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Being able to lend my experience, expertise, network, and knowledge to help aspiring entrepreneurs reach beyond even their own imaginations.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
We have a fantastic team comprised of 3 co-founders and an excellent team of collaborators across a few continents. They inspire me in their own desires to create this global platform that can truly support entrepreneurs wherever they may be in the world. We each take this mission very seriously, and each one of my co-workers inspires me to be the very best that I can be just so that I can make sure that I am carrying my share of the responsibility and so I never let them down.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Because we are a globally dispersed team, “normal” fun at work exercises don’t play out in the traditional sense of the words for our team. But, we all do what we can to stay connected with one another and be supportive in all ways possible. In fact, many of us have traveled to the locations where the others live and have had a blast getting to spend time together in person…and “yes,” I mean fun times, not just work! And to be sure, we have team members in South America, New York, California, Korea and more. So, this is not an easy thing to accomplish, but we are truly a team in every sense of the word.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Well, sticking with the globally dispersed team theme, that in and of itself, brings a host of challenges from geographic distance, time zones, remote communication vs. in person, etc. But, beyond that, we have startup entrepreneurs from a far more dispersed set of locations across the globe, enhancing these issues and making it more than “just a few of us” being remote from each other. And with this, sometimes we find other differences such as cultural, technology, connectivity, etc.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I think it is fair to say that by now we at Silicon Valley in Your Pocket have all more or less gotten comfortable, if not even somewhat mastered, working across geographies, time zones, varying language, connectivity, cultural, etc. differences. But, this takes time, especially in the sense that “teams” are critical to any business’ success, and a dispersed team not given the option of getting together in person to discuss matters around the conference room table, exacerbates the challenges. However, if you are going to be a business serving the needs of global startup founders across many geographies, be sure that your team reflects the audiences you will be serving. It just makes it easier, better and demonstrates our company’s commitment to not pretending that we know better here in Silicon Valley and will show you where you are going wrong. Rather, we ask you to join our community of global founders from across every region of the world to support and help one another bring their businesses to market.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
If the industry we are talking about is accelerators for startup founders, I will encourage anyone getting into this area to truly look beyond the confines of the local geography where they live & operate. The startup ecosystem is proliferating across the entire globe, and the entrepreneurs all want to find the best, most efficient path to market success. Don’t get caught up thinking that the “next big thing” is most likely or definitely in your own backyard. It might be, but be sure to keep the blinders open as wide as you can when searching.

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:

www.siliconvalleyinyourpocket.com
https://www.facebook.com/SVinYourPocket
https://twitter.com/SVinYourPocket
https://www.instagram.com/siliconvalleyinyourpocket/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/silicon-valley-in-your-pocket/