This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate we are taking up the challenge/call from our friends at Kiwi Connect to highlight some #NewFaces...Young people who are wrangling business and generally being awesome within our community! Today we meet Sarah Guejdi, and yesterday we met Aston Wells.
1. NAME: Sarah Guejdi
2. AGE: 29
3. COMPANY: MeetAndTravel.net
4. What is your business?
MeetandTravel.net helps people find and meet travel mates with the same travel wishes.
5. If you could travel back in time to day one of your startup and have 15 minutes with your former self to communicate any lessons you’ve acquired, what advice would you give yourself?
Be well surrounded by friends and family. Be persistent. Believe in yourself no matter what. Invest fully into your project as soon as you can.
6. List three qualities that you believe are essential to the character of an entrepreneur.
Passion, Adaptability, Persistence.
7. How does your job now compare to childhood dreams? Did you expect to be running your own company?
I have always dreamed of having my own company. My father has his own, and I’ve always looked up to self-made men and women and entrepreneurs. But I didn’t know what, when and where. If someone told me I’d create a traveler’s website (though gathering people and travel are subjects I have always cared about) in Wellington, New Zealand, before the age of 30… I wouldn’t have believed it. Even if it’s small and only starting, the journey to get there is incredibly inspiring and enriching. I can’t wait to see what’s next!
8. How do you feel about the startup ecosystem in New Zealand? Where do we excel and what do we need to improve?
As I am quite new in New Zealand, I still have a lot to learn from the startup ecosystem. But here in The BizDojo I have the chance to meet brilliant people. There is a feeling here that everything is still possible. People are very creative, friendly and open-minded.
Regarding what can be strengthened, I am thinking about the international impact… To think more global and act local, the world should be your playground, and New Zealand definitely has the strength and the ability to export its ideas.