“What is your purpose in life?” might seem like a grand question to be asked at a job interview but it is one that Careem cofounder Magnus Olsson likes to pose to potential hires.
Olsson, speaking at the opening panel for Wamda’s Mix n’ Mentor Dubai on December 15, stressed that when startups begin the hiring process, the founder and their staff must be on the same page.
Asking “what is your purpose in life and can you build it through Careem?” helped them make good hires, he said. They had a mission to draw people that had a vision to grow.
Mohammad Asfour, cofounder of entertainment platform Kharabeesh, concurred saying that “you can be an entrepreneur and work for someone else, we look for people like us.”
The one day Mix N’ Mentor event saw table discussions on fundraising, user acquisition, working with corporates, and fintech. The afternoon included workshops on ecommerce, led by Payfort’s Omar Soudodi; user acquisition with LMTD’s Will Hutson; and branding and marketing led by Wamda Capital’s Lina Shehadeh and Tarek Jundi of Intel.
With over 80 people buzzing around at the Dubai Future Accelerator, there were a lot of questions posed and pieces of advice exchanged.