Amr Sobhy
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“I have no boss, that’s really cool!”, Amr Sobhy tells about his job. “I take responsibility for my decisions, which is really great. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it works really bad, but that’s how we learn.” The biggest challenge of his job as a Technologist? “It’s a rollercoaster and you need to know that.”


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

I think if you asked me this question before I would definitely say my favorite quote for Mark Twain which is in 20 years you will probably regret the things that you haven’t done or the things you have done, so which is good of things, now I would say to my 14-year-old person, do less, please. And my second advice would be, you heard me do less and the third would be, enjoy doing whatever that you are doing.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

My name is Amr Sobhy and what’s written on my business card is nothing just my name because I struggle with different identities in different circles, so I ended up just putting my name and my contact details and that’s it no labels.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

The coolest thing about my job is that I have no boss, so that’s really cool because previously I had really not very cool experiences with bosses and so I really appreciate the fact, I mean I have a board at the end, but still I don’t have someone who micro manage me. So I get to decide what to do and I take responsibilities for my decisions which is really great sometimes it works well sometimes it works really bad but that’s how we learn and it’s really cool. One of the good moments is when you actually feel like you’ve providing has a value and people really like it and when I receive emails with feed backs and even tweets saying that this is really cool service and we like it, I think that is the very best anyone would hope for, that he has an added value and he has done something that contributed to making the lives of certain people easier and I think this is where you feel awesome.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

I think the biggest challenge is it’s a roller coaster and you need to know that and I think it’s an important thing that people do not often talk about it, I guess more or less most entrepreneurs or people starting companies need to think about psychotherapy at a certain point because it takes so much stress and everyone expects that you would have to behave normal but when you take all this stress and all the responsibilities and all the decisions doing a lot of things that you have never done before, I think it comes to, there are moments when you feel, I'm changing the world, I'm doing an awesome job and there are times when you feel worthless and you ask yourself, you start to question yourself, “what am I doing here and is it worth it” and I could just go back to my day job, have a great salary, and a great security and I don’t have to worry about a lot of other things but them, so it’s a roller coaster and you need to understand this and talk about this more often that it’s a burden that you need to be prepared for that you need to understand when you are getting into it.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

So my company is called PushBots and it’s a service that allows mobile publishers to enhance communications with audience through small messages we call Push notifications. So we allow them to do that efficiently and we allow them to scale that and we allow them to understand more about their audience so that they can cater their communications towards that. My position is, I'm the CEO of the company, I'm the founder of the company and we are a very small team so I get to do a lot of things which is cool and also challenging. So that includes customer support, customer satisfaction, recruiting people to become evangelists for the product that we are working on, actually validate the product and growing the business, recruiting people and fund raising. So these are a lot of the things that you as the starter or founder get yourself into and experiment with and we also do finance, which I really hate, but it’s necessary that if you are having a startup you need to understand a little bit about finance and you need to get your hands dirty. About my day I think its untypical day, there's no fixed schedule for the day or even working hours, I get to reply to the customers in my bed, I get to reply to them the first thing in the morning. I get to look at the numbers try to validate the models I need to make that the service is actually delivering what we initially wanted and if not, I want to understand from customers what they want so that I can either pivot or focus more on what really matters. I get to look at numbers, finance and make sure we are doing well. So yeah, it’s a very untypical day where you get to do many things but it comes with pressure that you need to align with about the struggle.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

I was born and raised in Egypt, most of my life but I get to travel a lot. I studied Pharmaceutical Science for five years and I also studied in the US at University, so future studies and exponential technologies and I also studied in Draper University about entrepreneurship but my main academic record is pharmacy.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

I do think that anyone else can do my job, because I got a cert in pharmacy and I am doing a technology company. So I think the only thing required is actually having passion for this. and I think this is the only requirement because with passion comes development so even if you have no skills at all but you have passion then you spend more of your time trying to learn and that is what actually makes progress.