Tell us about yourself?
I am an Inventor and problem solver. Nothing makes me more excited than coming up with new innovative solutions to problems we face. Ran my own Multiple Award winning beating the multi million dollar companies just two months after launching.
Worked for Big Tech but my values keep me grounded allowing me to focus on building my own solutions. Work seven days a week on my projects but always make time for family.
A huge fan of efficiency and not having my time and other peoples times wasted because money cannot buy time.
Living in the Venice of the French Alps and outdoor mecca an area that has produced some of the worlds best top brands.
Work with top engineers in their fields to develop currently and launch our latest product. The Polare Series.
What do you think is the single biggest misconception people have when it comes to startups?
I breath Eat and Sleep what I do but love to learn something new everyday.
I believe the biggest misconception is just because you have a great product does not make it a successful product.
Its about the team and the execution. Its about taking criticism but also really sticking to your instincts because no one knows you more than yourself.
If you could go back in time to any moment from your journey, and give yourself one tip, what would it be?
Hire a CMO from day one and prepare a marketing plan from day one.
Someone with experience and surround myself with the right people from day one.
Where you are based plays a huge role on the outcome.
What makes you stand out as an entrepreneur?
People as me how do you invent what you do ? Where did you study to become and Engineer. I tell them the internet.
Since I was a kid I would destroy my toys to design and build things that 20 something years later people are just starting to develop.
Love predicting what will happen next and what solution we would need.
If I had the money to build my own workshop with all the tools imaginable, I would travel and invite some of the best minds to come together and build solutions with me that would truly change the world not just the talk the politicians talk.
I am super stubborn when I need to be but know when to shut up and listen to those wiser.
Pulling people up and giving everyone a chance to show their true strengths. I have no time for time wasters.
If you cannot do something just say you cannot do it. When I set my mind to something I get it done. Maybe not today or tomorrow but I will get it done and excel at it.
What are some of the best working habits you’ve gained over the past couple of years?
Take notes, plan things, Surround yourself with positive people and smart negative people who will challenge you.
Know when to stop talking. I love to talk but I must remind myself daily when to stop talking and listen. Positive people and positive vibes go a long way. Starting my day positively is key.
I do what I love and I am luck and I am thankful for that. Planning Planning and Planning. Write things down in a clear understandable way.
Travel and talk to others here what they have to say and what they think. They can help develop whatever product you are working on.
Give us a bit of an insight into the influences behind the company?
Growing up as a kid In Africa without constant Electricity. I believe that and watching my Father who is a Civil Engineer always find solutions to most problems he faced.
I wanted to build something that is built to be future proof and last. Its was about solving many problems in one device in a simple way.
Building a device that requires no little to no maintenance and can cater to both b2b and b2c
Where do you see your business in five years?
Polare will become a household name powering homes, small businesses, Camping Cars, Backup power anywhere anytime.
A brand known for its high quality products. Building the Tesla/Dyson of Portable Power
What do you think the biggest challenge will be for you in getting there?
Going against the multi million and billion dollar Chinese companies. Luckily I filed for Patents that protect the features that make my device unique.
Not listening to those who tell me to license my device to other bigger well know companies in the home backup power sector and portable solar power solutions.
Talk to us about your biggest success story so far?
Biggest success story was getting stuck in Ukraine during covid and deciding to open my own IT company that ended up winning multiple awards withing months of opening.
It was hard work. What made us different was we would be there for clients 7 days a week to fix code or get things done unlike the others who do not work weekends. It did take its tole but awesome anyways.
How do clients and customers find you? Are you much of a salesperson for yourself?
Selling you anything is something that is a part of me. I am French Lebanese so its in my Genes. I specialize in the psychology of innovation.
Clients find me by searching for me on LinkedIn or writing [email protected]
What one tip would you give to fellow startup founders?
If you are married and have kids learn understand that you are about to take on a huge task and learn to balance life. If you cannot do that you are sure to fail.
Do not risk your family for your job. I am old fashioned. Family comes first but work provides so balance it out.
And finally, what do you hope the future brings both you personally, and your business?
I grew up with money as a kid but went my way at a young age to earn my own money in order to build my own legacy. I would ask my father for money to buy a coke but he would always ask the same question. Is what you are buying necessary?
Write down everything you spend every week and bring me the change(If I got lucky). My father learned life the hard way and has been working since he was 9.
He became successful but I see a part of him in me. Its not about the money. My father never cared about the fancy things.
He always put his staff, family first and loved enjoying the small things in life. I love that. I never believe in giving up.
I hope the future surrounds me with positive energy and positive people. I hope it keep me, my family, my team, my work healthy and successful in all we do.
Remembering the importance of the small things that really matter. Life is about laughing, being surrounded by great company, its about giving and receiving.
Appreciating what you get and show support for other struggling. Share knowledge and be willing to learn. Be at peace with yourself and the world.