Despite only just turning 18 in november last year, Farrhad has more than meets the eye for the average 18 year old. From starting his first business - a aviation website at just 12 to him running Rockstah Media - a web development and marketing company at 16 which has gone on to become very succesful with a full fledged team of developers, designers and market strategists and caters to clients all over the globe. Not bad for something that started as a project between classes.
Now Farrhad says he is focusing his time on his two new companies in the fields of entertainment and travel. This is the what we talked about.
Hi Farrhad, thanks for joining us on YHP, how are you doing?
Taking on life’s challenges as they come!
When did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
Well, entrepreneurship wasn’t something I decided on from the very start. It’s a chain of events that led to me becoming an entrepreneur.
One thing, which I’ve always believed in, is – “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step”. Everyone must take that one step, you never know where it can take you.
Tell us about Rockstah Media and how the idea came about?
Rockstah Media was the first company I founded. We’re an award winning team of designers, developers, consultants and market visionaries who work towards one goal – Creating Awesomeness.
Summing it all up, we are a one-stop style destination for all your needs pertaining to your corporate presence, online or offline. Rockstah Media is here to make your communications more effective.
I never started out thinking that I wanted to form a company. It all started with an aviation website which was quite successful. Then I started venturing into more personal projects which eventually led to the formation of Rockstah Media.
How have you been able to cope with education and running a business?
Everyone has 24 hours in a day, be it Bill Gates or Einstein, it all depends on how we use it! It’s not easy but it’s all a matter of effective time management. And of course there should be time to relax and party!
What would you say was probably the most difficult part of starting the business?
Before I got my initial clientele it was difficult to get new clients as they always looked at me and had doubts as I was just a “kid”. However, eventually it all worked out.
Tell us some of the key lessons you've learnt so far on your journey as an entrepreneur?
There are definitely many things I’ve learnt over the past few years.
To start off with, I’d say, failure is the stepping stone to success. Life isn’t a walk in the park and you’re bound to fall short somewhere. Get back up and keep moving on!
In the words of Randy Pausch, “Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.”
Also, never let success intoxicate you. There’s much more it than what meets the eye.
What would you say has been your most memorable moment so far?
A really special moment for me in life is when I was interviewed on CNN in a live interview. The experience was really different and exciting!
How do you stay grounded with your recent success in business?
Mostly this goes to the upbringing my parents have given me. They’ve always taught me to be humble no matter what.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years?
I haven’t actually thought that ahead to be honest! I take each day as it comes. Recently I’ve founded two new companies in the fields of entertainment and travel.
For now, I’m concentrating on taking them to the next level.
What can we be expecting from you in the future?
I can’t really predict how business will be, all I can say is that I’ll still be the person I am today. With more experience and a broader perspective to life.
What advices can you give to entrepreneurs out there looking to get involved in this industry?
Like I said, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step! Always take initiative and be strong. Take one step and a time.