Farshad Yousefi

16 October 2016

“When I first started cravoofood I did not have anyone’s support. It was me and what I believed in against other people’s opinions. Being young and still attending college I had to prove to everyone around me that I was capable of starting my own company. This meant that had to change my mindset to be stronger than ever. When Cravoo was at the stage of heavy decision making, my dad was fighting cancer and soon after passed away. This situation had affected me, there were days that I just wanted to quit everything I had been working on and forget about being an entrepreneur. But my driven mindset would not let me quit, and there was this spark in me that would light up everyday and it kept me going. Reading about the struggles and hardships other entrepreneurs went through encouraged me, because they still came out on top. Now as an entrepreneur I want to make sure every entrepreneur, no matter what struggles they are going through at the moment to keep on fighting, and they will succeed.” _

Please tell us more about Cravoo?

 Our mission is to connect food lovers to the most passionate chefs in the community. Our site offers a smooth process to connect with the chef and menu of your choice. The chef will cook, serve, and even clean to present a newly experienced way of dining. We launched about a year ago in San Francisco and our short-term plan is to launch in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

 What's your advice for others just starting their own business?

Being an entrepreneur, you have to be dedicated and sacrifice long hours of work to accomplish your goals. You may fail at ventures you start but never give up because failure is part of the process that every entrepreneur goes through to reach success.

Who’s is an entrepreneur today that you admire?

A: If I had to choose one, it would be Jack Dorsey. Currently he is running Twitter and Square at the same time and it’s definitely not easy, you really have to love what you do to be able to do what he does. I have a great amount of respect for him and I would love to be where he is someday.

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