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Thnayan Fayez Derbas

Thnayan Fayez Derbas

“I have goals and I want to reach them at their best time.”

Hi, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
Founder of VENTI VOLTE (VENTIVOLTE.com). A person who has an admiration for marketing, football and knowledge. Entrepreneur.

Tell us about your education.
Senior year student at the College of Business Administration/Kuwait University. Education for me as a person isn’t just what we learn from the college. I believe that the best education comes from the college and the field ‘outside of the college’, like part-time jobs, observation and business.

What is it exactly that you do?
Studying, managing the business and enjoying both.

What got you interested in what you’re doing?
The admiration of marketing, the interest in clothing and using the concept of the country that I love. This is giving me such as a great feeling and I’m totally interested in that.

What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
The great education that my professors gave to me makes the difference. Nothing is better than having the best quality of education, your own knowledge and getting the experience and lessons by trying to work with a lot of projects.

Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
I’m still in the beginning. For me the struggle was financial because of the limited financing I started with. Also the laws and regulations of the government for new startups or small business founders are totally not supportive. They’re weird and not organized and this makes me feel so depressed.

How has been the help of your family in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
Not at all! My father didn’t believe it could happen – until he found some clients wearing our products at the Avenues mall and some other places! My mother and two sisters were so supportive.

Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
1 – Steve Jobs: The way he controlled the organization. His smart ideas and the way he believed in marketing. 2 – Jose Mourinho: I don’t look at him as a football coach. I love his personality, leadership and self-confidence; the way he faces the press and media when they attack him or are being aggressive against him; and also as a person with his family. 3 – Phil Knight: Nike founder. The way he started Nike was really smart. He has no fear of failure and I have faced similar situations, like the mistakes I made while doing the samples or visiting the manufacturers. After that, he did the greatest job. He established one of the most successful brands ever. Powerful branding by Nike.

What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
I faced difficulties at the start, when experience was limited about the fabric or how to do the measurements. The customs, laws and regulations were also challenging. Also, the dollar rate.

What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
I believed that even if I lost the small amount that it took to start the business, I would gain something else more important than the money. I invested in myself and had absolutely no fear of failure or losing. Never quit. Learn as much as you can.

How would your friends describe you?
I think as the one who would never hurt or bother them.

What are some of your hobbies?
Playing football, travelling, reading about my major ‘marketing’ and watching movies.

What are some of your top achievements?
I think I still don’t have any top achievement but I could consider it as an achievement that everyone beside or around me are proud of me. Or, at the very least, they appreciate the start of our business or project. Or, when the community talks about how we established the brand; that gives me great happiness. In addition, maybe I can consider this as an achievement – I am the first part-timer contracted at Boubyan Bank with the social media department selected to cover their Snapchat.

What are your plans or goals for the future?
I have a lot of goals in my mind but I will select just three of them. First, I want to graduate with 3 Gpa, and above 3 for the major Gpa.
Second, I want to expand VENTI VOLTE in the GCC area and UK and also want to increase the brand equity of VENTI VOLTE.
Finally, the third goal is to establish my own company after graduating. This company will hold VENTI VOLTE and the new lines. I want to establish them with the marketing agency.

How does it feel to have been chosen for this award?
Proud and happy. I really want to thank you and also Dr. Samar Baqer.

Your message for other young and talented people out there.
It’s not just a message, it’s my business goal. ‘The goal is to encourage young people to go after what they want without fear of failure and the obstacles they are going to face.’

Your favourite quote:
One of them is, “It’s great to be happy, but it’s even better to bring happiness to others.”

 

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