Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
I am a college dropout and 1st generation Ethiopian. I was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA and I began my entrepreneurial endeavors at the age of 13. I began at an early age because my family came to the United States with very little money, and that inspired me to ensure that my family would never have to worry about money again. My drive comes from my background, and my environment. I was born broke but I WON’T die poor.
What exactly does your company do?
Social Mapp is an unreleased social media platform that allows users to find/make friends via location, create or find pecuniary opportunities and participate in ‘Real Life’ Social engagement. With that being said, Social Mapp will provide social, business, and entertainment aspects via a map opposed to a template.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
While my original goal was to become financially successful, I’ve realized that my biggest challenge was gaining capital before having a portfolio to show for it. So what I’m saying is it is much harder to go from $0-100,000 than $100,000 to $1 million.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Invest in yourself at an early age. Find what is it you love to do and get started instantly, whether you’re 8 or 18. Age does not matter. & never settle.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
My biggest influences? I admire a lot of people and their work but to say someone has ‘influenced me’ is saturated. I say this because my greatest influence comes from myself.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
Chris Kelsey, Cameron Thomson, Mansurul Haque and Solomon Tekleegzy. Thank you, gentlemen.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
I am nowhere near satisfied with my success. With that being said, I’ve still had many great experiences and opportunities including working on Allhype with one of my best friends, Cam Thomson.