Each month, we'll be hosting an interview with one of Launch22's many brilliant and inspiring members. We'll be asking them about their business, their ideas and their philosophies with a focus on the theme of entrepreneurship. So, without further ado, allow us to introduce Abetare Krasniqi, ”Abe”, the Content Curator at QDOOZ, who are currently raising £500,000 on Crowdcube!
HEY ABE, WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH QDOOZ?
QDOOZ is a platform that helps people to acquire life skills that they may not naturally possess, for example: if you don’t really have the life skill of “accountability”, the app will help you through a series of articles on how to be more accountable in the workplace and in your personal life. I am a content curator/ librarian. As a platform, we collect loads of content and I, as content curator, have to go through it. I edit and moderate, before the pieces of content are published live on the platform.
HOW DID YOU GET TO QDOOZ?
I studied english at University and afterwards, while I was looking for a job, I talked to my friend Giulia, former Events Coordinator at Launch22, and she introduced me to QDOOZ. So, if you were to take anything from this answer it would be: grow your network, and don’t be afraid to ask your friends for a job!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING IN A STARTUP
This is the first startup I have ever worked in. I would say that it’s very fluid. There’s not many people on the team, or even in the company, so, you have to take on roles that are not necessarily yours, you share roles with people. So, although I have the title of content curator, I will, at some point, do some admin work or some PR work, just to fill in those in and so will everybody else. Just until we get our feet firmly on the ground and then we can have more people on the team and the company. I think that’s fun, it means that you spend a lot more time with your team because you’re doing tasks together.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING IN A STARTUP?
Sometimes you get too much work and you have to do too many things at once, given that there’s only five of us (on the content side). You have to be organised and get things out of the way. I’d say that’s kind of the biggest challenge that I have faced.
When it comes to positives, there’s a lot of them. Definitely the experience from having so many responsibilities and a variety of work. You meet a lot of new people and there’s always the feeling that you have actually accomplished something when you get a lot of things done in a day.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE UNSURE ABOUT JOINING A STARTUP?
First of all, I was told and now I know, that working at a startup looks amazing on your CV, so, that’s great. Moreover, you really have a chance to voice your opinions and ideas, which is different than working for a company that has got hundreds of employees, where you just do the work and your opinion has no value. So, if you really want to have your say in a company and you want to see it flourish, work for a startup.
WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING FROM LAUNCH22
I love Launch22. First of all, the dogs, we have so many dogs. It’s great, the people here are absolutely fantastic, you get to meet so many new people from different companies and their own startups and discuss ideas. Furthermore, at Launch22, the day doesn’t end at 5pm, it stays on until longer, so you can actually have a chance to, after you finished, spend time with people to unwind and get to know each other, and I think that’s really cool. The space is fantastic, it’s big, which is amazing. I really do love it.
Now, what do you think of joining the startup world?
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