Jason Malki talks about family, sports, and why helping other people succeed makes him happy.
Jason is the founder of StrtupBoost.
- Jason Malki is the CEO of Strtupboost. He is also a big sports fan, both practicing and following; and he is a huge family guy—he comes from a big Middle Eastern family with lots of cousins.
- Jason takes his happiness seriously. He studied sociology and psychology and his mission was to figure out what made him happy.
- Malki discovered that family, sports, and helping businesses and entrepreneurs makes him happy. There might be commonalities between them, but they seem to be independent sources of happiness.
- Entrepreneurship is the most consistent thing for Jason, since he spends so much time working—more so than with family or sports. He started StrtupBoost with the mission of educating startup entrepreneurs and connecting them. He is very happy when he can go to an event and see someone putting their own money into their business, and then seeing them six months later after they got their funding and can hire a couple of employees.
- Jason often talks with startups that are in the initial phases and he is happy to be able to use his network and his passion to help them build their dream.
- What makes Jason happiest is helping others. Being an entrepreneur and having a business are great, but it’s mostly about helping and educating startup entrepreneurs.
- Jason could start other businesses, but he enjoys that StrtupBoost is about helping others.
- Jason is naturally a very social person, so it’s been very easy to transform that into a business where he can help others. He feels he is getting paid to be himself. He loves what he does and gets joy out of, an on top of it he can make a living out of it.
- Jason can see a new startup and get an idea of where they will be in six months. Part of it is the idea, part of it is the passion of the founder—will they work a second job or do whatever they can to make it work? Early on it’s mostly hope that they will make it, and he wants to help them. Jason thinks this might be how seeing your own kids graduate.
- Jason does feel accomplished when he can help a startup succeed. That is the reason his company exists!
- Jason always worked hard to make all his events as great as possible to help more people an increase the chances of success for startups. Even if the startup isn’t a success, the life lessons are great and the founder has learned a lot from their efforts.
- Jason has found that most founders, at least in tech, aren’t focused on money, but rather on doing something great—solving a problem, creating a great team, impacting their niche.
Jason grew up with a lot of brothers and first cousins. They were all very competitive, so they played sports together. Later in high school he played basketball and was the head of his team.
Sports have taught Jason about business: being a good teammate, shaking the opposer’s hand, winning and losing.
- Jason works out regularly and he feels there is a positive connection between the mind and working exercising.
- Sports were a good way to connect with his family. He has two brothers and about 10 first and second cousins, and they would spend all day playing together. Spending so much time together helped build friendships with them.
- Jason likes to instill happiness in his niece and nephew. We are not taught to be happy or social, so Jason makes a point to make it happen. He can’t ever not be happy when he’s surrounded by the kids in his family.
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