Kareem Ahmed Sheik is a masters student in computer science, an Entrepreneur and a freelancer.
City where you’re from: I’m from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh,India.
Hobbies: Watching anime(One piece, naruto etc), Playing chess
Favorite quote: You must be the change you wish to see in the world- Mahatma Gandhi
Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?
I am a kind of guy who has a great zeal to do the things and would like to change the world for good. I choose to work 24 hours for myself than to work 8 hours for someone else. So I decided to become an entrepreneur.
Who were your biggest influences? Was there a defining moment in your life?
My dad is the biggest influencer and motivator of my life. He always taught me to do things in a perfect way.
What are you working on? How did you come up with this idea?
I am currently working on my new startup “Crivly”. I have seen many educational platforms which don’t provide any kind of jobs to the people after the completion of the courses. So we have come up with “Crivly” in order to eradicate the unemployment in the world to change the world for good.
How is your product/service different and unique? What has been your favorite moment with it? What’s the vision?
Crivly is unique when compared to the other platforms because crivly provides employment to the people basing on their skills which they have learnt from our educational platform. People don’t need to go to any offices to work, instead they can work from home with the skills acquired. I cherish each and every moment I spend with “Crivly”. Our vision- “ Crivly care for the careers of the young generation, Crivly provide jobs to the people basing on the skills acquired, leading to the low unemployment rate in the world”.
If you do Facebook ads, what types of creatives/campaigns do you use (we like specifics)? If you don’t, what untapped marketing channels do you take advantage of?
If I do facebook ads I would definitely choose society of good taste(Grey poupon) campaign which has a higher range of national media coverage.
Did you experience failure along the way? What did you learn from it?
I wouldn’t say I experienced a failure but I learned quite a lot of lessons from my previous startup “Stannals” where I was co-founder of it. I learned not to delay the ideas what we think of, we need to act before someone else thinks about it. I also learned not to give up when under pressure.
Give the readers the best entrepreneurship advice you have.
- Risking is better than Regretting.
- Never turn back once you implement your plans.
- Work hard for yourselves than to work for someone else.
Teach us something about advertising. Can you recommend any favorite websites to learn that topic?
If you want people to know you then advertise to your fullest, it is the source that a businessman can use to benefit. I recommend www.marketingteacher.com to learn everything related to marketing.
What daily habits do you have that allow you to perform at your peak?
Nothing special. Waking up early in the morning, Exercising, eating on time, working to the fullest, playing outdoor games, working again and taking a good sleep of 8 hours.
What should an entrepreneur focus on?
Time Management, Critical thinking about the future plans, Implementing the plans perfectly.
Walk us step-by-step through the process that you had to go through to get from the early stages to where you are today.
I had a zeal to be an entrepreneur since the early stage of my life. I was thinking about an idea and waiting for an opportunity to become an entrepreneur. I found my friend at that time who had the similar thoughts as me. So we both paired up and founded “Stannals”. After a lot of hard work we did what we want to do but due to some reasons I stepped back from the stannals. Now we reunited again to make our dream come true, to make “Crivly”.
What are some of your favorite books?
- Zero to one– by peter thiel
- The hard thing about hard things: Building a business where there are no answers- by Ben Horowitz
Where do you see yourself and your product in a couple years?
I would see myself as a successful entrepreneur and “Crivly” as one of the world’s leading online education and free-lancing marketplace.
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