Grit, resourcefulness and business acumen; each one of these traits is essential if you want to be a successful startup founder. But even if you can learn those qualities, will you be able to apply them in the right ways to overcome the many challenges early-stage companies face today? In this SVIC Interview Said Mia, the founder of startup advisory firm Sweat Equity, sheds light on what those challenges are and how to overcome them.
Said has worked with a wide range of young companies and understands better than most the hurdles founders face in starting and growing their own organization. His outlook is summed up in the phrase ‘sweat equity’: apart from being the name of his firm, ‘sweat equity’ means investing in bringing an idea to life not with money but through hard work, determination and dedication.