Marc Popper - Entrepreneurship
Topic Entrepreneurship
Date March 14, 2017
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Entrepreneurship with Marc Popper

Want to start your own business or company?  Or just curious to know what kind of mindset a successful entrepreneur had when starting a business?

While it’s easier than ever to get started, actually succeeding as a small business or startup continues to be very challenging. For example, in the United States 50% of all small businesses close within the first 4 years. You can improve your chances of success by learning from successful entrepreneurs.

In this Q&A Session we invited Marc Popper, who’s made a name for himself by opening and running several successful restaurants in Geneva, Switzerland.

"In business the most important thing is product and people. It's about keeping things simple and honest. People need to feel inspired and get involved."

What were your grades like in high-school? Did you have an idea that one day you’ll become a successful entrepreneur? —Hannah J

I was an okay student, nothing crazy and had no clear idea about what I wanted to do.

I knew I wanted to do something creative and varied and to ultimately be as independent as possible. That was the main driver behind decision to start a business on my own.

What got you into entrepreneurship? —Denize PI

Food and hospitality have always been a great point of interest for me so opening a café was a natural leap.

What were the main principles that you followed when starting up your first restaurant? —Wesley H

I would say that the most important thing, for a restaurant in particular, is product and people. And that applies to almost everything. It’s about keeping things simple and honest, easy to use. People need to feel inspired and get involved.

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How did you handle the pressures that you took on your shoulders when deciding to start your business?

Pressure is something that you don’t feel that much when you’re independent. I would talk about responsibility rather. Of course, one puts pressure on oneself for many things, but if you stay focused and believe in the project, it turns into motivation.

Were you scared at any point that you might flop?

To be honest, I wasn’t scared of it being a flop. I did something I knew I could excel at in my market and surrounded myself with great people.

How did you handle your failures? —Jennifer P

I don’t see any project as a definite thing from the start, so failures are natural and allow you to learn a lot about what it is that you’re doing. There’s a lot of trial and error involved and as long as you listen to that inner voice or intuition, then you should be fine.

Do you see your success as personal achievement or did you have mentors that guided you. Did intuition play an important role? Did you take many risks? —Adrian DA

For sure I had mentors, but not so much the kind you spend time with. I read and traveled a lot. I’m a very curious person and like to understand where things come from, how they work.

It’s about making it matter for you first and foremost.

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Topic Entrepreneurship
Date March 14, 2017
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