It never ceases to astonish me how much time youngsters waste looking for magic wands to entrepreneurial success when the only practical path is right in front of them, waiting to be trodden. I know, it is a lot of hard work but you need to start somewhere. One such example, which defies all odds, is of an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast who worked his way to conquer the American market with his sheer brilliance and impeccable reasoning skills.
Amir Allahverdi, a 34-year-old owner, and CEO of an investment firm was born in Azerbaijan before making a move to Los Angeles, California. As a person gifted with immense talent and calibre, he has interests in investing in only the best and latest inventions which have huge potential to benefit the humanity.
Today I got a chance to interview Amir Allahverdi and in this interview, he gives us a brief insight into his life.
Amir, Thanks for taking your time today. My first question would be, how did your success story start?
After my graduation, I worked for a reputed telecom company, where I supervised many projects in Eastern Europe including Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. During that time, I was quite young. As a 21-year-old, I travelled a lot and loved everything about my job. My career was gradually going forward. But due to family pressures, especially from your father, I had to leave for the United States. I was equally excited to go America as it was my first time in the states.
How do you define success? What do you think made you successful at such a young age?
According to me, true success is measured by how happy you are. Peace of mind attained through self-satisfaction is what makes me happy. It does not matter how long it takes or which route you follow to get there, you will always end up where you are supposed to be. If you are learning from your experiences, you are not living. Hard work, perseverance and helping others is what Amir Allahverdi is all about.
What were the main challenges you faced in your early days? What was the biggest challenge you faced here in America?
Yes, there were times when I was challenged to the fullest. When I came to the United States, I believed my previous experience and education would land me a decent job in a similar role. But I was taken aback when I faced rejections in all the interviews that I attended. Although proficient in English, I could not understand why exactly I was denied the jobs. At one of the interviews, an HR manager informed me that they could not believe that a young guy like me can have so much of experience and such an impressive resume. He even suggested me to start everything from scratch here. It was strenuous and heartbreaking for me to throw my resume and start everything from the very beginning.
Since I was running short of money, I had to join a local DVD company at just $6 an hour. I then worked for some time at a computer firm in Cleveland and I gradually landed up in a company dealing with databases and data recovery. I really enjoyed working there but due to a dispute arising with my then manager, I decided to part ways. Consequently, I started an investment company Platinum Investment Group which deals in Information Technology and upcoming technological inventions. We are doing a pretty decent job here.
Most entrepreneurs tend to neglect their personal lives. How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Early days are the worst. Working for long hours can ultimately bring out the worst in your character. I usually have a very tight business schedule full of meetings but I always keep aside some time for my family. I ensure that I do not ignore my personal life and enjoy doing activities that I love. I am addicted to sport, UFC and boxing events.
Moreover, it is important to trust in delegates and not try to do everything on your own. To let go things is not only helps to manage the work-life balance but at the same time fosters a good company culture and leadership.
The technology world is rapidly changing. How do you generate new ideas to keep up with this fast-paced industry?
In order to keep abreast with the latest developments in the technological landscape, we are always on the move. I am a regular visitor at CES Show in Las Vegas, Canton Fair in China and Asian World Expo in Hong Kong. Visiting these events help me think differently and I come up with out of the box ideas. This provides an opportunity for a broader outlook and helps us choose only the best inventions and rewarding inventions for everyone to benefit. We are dedicated to providing the most relevant and user-friendly inventions that won’t let you down.
What piece of advice would you give to youngsters who want to become successful entrepreneurs?
To achieve success, it is important to have a vision and desire to create it. Keeping your vision clear at all times provides a meaningful value proposition to your potential customers around which you can develop your business model. Like I said earlier, learning from your mistakes is imperative and it will move you an inch closer to your success.
This is a brilliant advice for budding entrepreneurs. It’s time for one last question from me. What can we expect Amir Allahverdi doing in the future?
I want to dedicate myself working with athletes to promote healthy lifestyle. I would like to increase my profit from IT investment company so I can help more and more athletes to reach their dreams and of course you will see a lot of my personal workout videos(smiling).