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Sumaya Kazi, 24, was recently recognized by BusinessWeek Magazine as one of America’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs Under 25 and the only solo woman featured in its Global Top 75 Entrepreneurs list. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of, a burgeoning media publishing company that publishes five weekly e-magazines dedicated to young, driven and forward-thinking adults around the world. She also serves as the Executive Director of a new non-profit organization that was started to create a young adult and professional movement towards awareness, giving and change. Additionally, she works full-time as a Marketing Manager for the Global Communications group at Fortune 500 Company Sun Microsystems, the youngest in her division. In her spare time she serves a Business mentor for Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development (BUILD), a non-profit social venture that empowers underprivileged high schools with an education in entrepreneurship .

Few of Sumaya’s Tips

  1. Surround yourself with people smarter than yourself. It can only breed success.
  2. While having a start-up you and everyone else on your core team must have a PhD mentality. That is, of course, to be poor, hungry and driven.
  3. More often than not, people sit on great ideas. Don’t be one of them.
  4. If you think you can’t do something – you probably can’t. It’s those that reach for the impossible that make many more things possible happen along the way.
  5. Network like hell. When you’re young and have a start-up, it’s important to leverage the connections you’ve made. You’d be surprised to see how far you can go when others are just excited about your start-up and about your ideas.
  6. Innovate. Innovate. Innovate. You might have a great idea today, but will it be the same tomorrow?
  7. Try to maintain enough ambition and energy to achieve your goals, but also enough humility to accept the challenges and rejection that comes with being an entrepreneur.

via Centernetworks


June 7, 2007 - Posted by | Reviews

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