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IL: Privel Hinkati

January 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

Privel Hinkati

INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Privel Hinkati

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Privel.

A typical day starts at 5:05am. I wake up and get ready, have breakfast and bike to my rowing training. I train during two hours and after I go to work attending meetings, doing individual work, and monitoring technology all day. Afterward, I go train again for about one hour before coming home and eating and going to bed early.

What (or who) inspired you to become involved in international affairs? What (or who) inspired you to become involved in athletics?

I don’t think that someone inspired me. I have always been interested in International Affairs. I like discovering different countries, people, cultures so it was “normal” to be in this domain.

My parents inspired me to become an athlete. They have already told me that it ‘s important to push yourself and that sports teach life values. It’s with these words that I grew up and I became an athlete.

What is the key to balancing your professional, athletic, and social commitments?

Oh it’s simple. Motivation and organization. That’s it ! You have to have a goal and be ready to make concessions in your life and be very organized to not fail.

What is the biggest mistake young professionals make, especially when pursuing a career in public service and foreign policy faced by people of color?

Just thinking that you are out of place due to your color. It’s the biggest mistake because if you are there, and you have to be there, it is not a mistake.

What advice or learned lesson would you give other young professionals who desire to work in foreign policy?

I think that the most important thing is to be diplomat with everyone because you may meet again in different circumstances and have to work together. Don’t ever count anybody out.

What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most rewarding) ?

To be hired at the Embassy of France in the United States out of more of 400 hundred candidates.

What’s next for you in your career and what is your approach to reaching the next phase of your professional development ?

I’m let some time pass before thinking to my future but maybe I would like to create a startup. I’m working in the entrepreneurship domain too and I have a project so maybe it would be my next step in my career.

Lastly, what are three words to sum up Privel Hinkati.

Ambitious, Athlete, Thoughtful

How can people reach you on social media ?

On my personal website : www.privelhinkati.com
Facebook
LinkedIn

IL: Garrett Johnson

November 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

 

IL - Garrett Johnson - November 2014

INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Garrett Johnson

You’ve had a successful career in policy, what inspired you to pursue a career in tech?

I wanted to solve a discreet problem for my nephew’s school and that “side-project” has evolved into a venture-backed company. I never imagined moving out to Silicon Valley. I’ve always considered myself a problem solver, but never pursued traditional entrepreneurship, until this company. It’s among the most meaningful and exciting pursuits of my life, so far.

What is the key to balancing your professional, philanthropic and social commitments?

Learn to say no. It’s hard and an art form, but focus is incredibly important. I would rather do a few things incredibly well.

What is the biggest mistake young professionals make, especially when pursuing a new business venture?

Lack of focus. Read Peter Thiel’s new book, Zero to One, as it explains the vital importance of focus in a digestible way.

What advice would you give other young professionals who desire to excel in marrying tech and social responsibility, especially African American men?

Don’t be afraid to be the first person or only person like you in the room. After this psychological barrier, it all comes down to execution. Understand what problem you are solving and make sure the problems is causing real pain. Identify a small market that acutely feels this pain, which you are positioned to reach. Build an incredible solution for that problem – preferably 10x better or faster than anyone else can – and sell the shit out of it.

What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most rewarding)?

I refuse to accept my nephew’s friend request on Facebook, but I can see his page and his listed occupation is Jr. CEO of SendHub.

What’s next for you in your career? What should we look out for?

I am 100% invested in SendHub and don’t plan to change this. In general – I always want to solve big problems.

Lastly, give me three words to sum up Garrett Johnson?

Husband, Uncle, Servant.

How can we get in touch with you?

@garrettjohnson

 

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