Saif is the CEO of Blank Space. Saif is a thought leader, influencer, visionary, and successful entrepreneur. Saif provides the leadership and energy that has inspired the creation of Blank Space. Saif joins other leading CEOs and Founders taking part in our Leader Roundtable Interview Series. The DotCom Magazine editorial team is delighted to have Saif join us for our Leader Roundtable Interview.
Saif, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day for this interview about your company, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
1. Saif, please tell us about Blank Space. What is the elevator pitch?
At BlankSpace.ca we focus on building UX-first digital experiences loved by millions and marketing journeys that grow businesses.
2. What team the one thing that makes Blank Space great?
Our ability to present and execute valid solutions to problems that face our customers in direct proportion to their business goals and the market needs. I could elaborate some more on this point by saying; If weíre building it, it will succeed. This differentiating factors sets us apart from all the competition because we only engage with organizations and companies that are willing to push the bounders of whatís possible together.
3. Please tell us what is the key to being a great entrepreneur?
I believe being a great entrepreneur is the sum of all other great traits you embody in day to day life. – Some of the key traits such as creating and sticking by your vision until it sees the light despite any negativeness. – Carefully planning the working days but have the flexibility to shift things around as needed. – And most importantly never stop learning new things.
4. What is the best advice can you give to a young entrepreneur just starting out with a new venture?
To all the young entrepreneurs: Unless youíre building a solution for a problem youíre fully experienced with, then your product plan will always adjust based on the customer feedback and marketplace opportunities. Therefore, if youíre a beginner – starting off by proving an ‘abstract’ yet useful version of your company could perhaps the best approach for you. If you donít have the technical skills to execute your plan, during the process you will either learn, or find the people who will join you on your mission. If you donít have the capital needed to start your venture, you should definitely bootstrap the MVP version till your company starts gaining traction, then you could pursue other mythologies of raising capital.
5. What is the one thing that you, as a person, want to be known for?
Everyone in the entrepreneurial space has landed from a different stream of thoughts, passion and goals. Iíve landed from an artistic stream where I always enjoyed creating visual and digital experiences that made better impact in peopleís lives. And thatís what most people know me for.
6. When building a business, what is the one most important thing to keep in mind at all times?
Itís important to maintain an authentic origin of your idea/goal while acknowledging the true stage of where your company is at. This will simply allow you to make honest and more effective decisions that will benefit your business both long and short terms.
7. When hiring employees, what is the one most important thing you look for?
Having the right team in place is the single most powerful force of a companyís growth. My main intent is to build long term relationship with talented and passionate people who share similar values. A single quality I seek for in people through various technqiues is their ability to execute plans and words into actions.
8. What is your ďWhyĒ? Why do you get up in the morning?
I am fascinated by learning new things and becoming the best at them. So everyday is an opportunity to achieve so.
9. What is the one thing that makes a great company?
Great companies are born disruptive and they are willing to give more to their client than the standard offerings of the marketplace.
10. What is the one thing that makes a great leader?
A great leader is patient with her/his team members and yet impatient about achieving growth.
Saif, thank you so much for participating in the DotCom Magazine Leader Roundtable Interview Series. We very much appreciate the time you spent helping our readers learn more about what it takes to build a great company and become a great leader. We wish you, your family, and of course Blank Space, nothing but the best.