Sixty Second Interview - Hasan Mustafa

Hasan Mustafa

From RBS banker to entrepreneur.

Hasan Mustafa is the subject of our latest 60 Second Interview.

Q - How long have you been in the industry, and what is your current job title ?

This is all very new for me. I am the founder of Collar Club, which couldn’t be farther from my previous life in the City, where I ran CEEMEA debt capital markets.

Q - Did you have a mentor and, if so, who ?

I am still searching for a mentor in this new entrepreneurial life, but I am truly fortunate that some very senior fashion, media and luxury industry professionals have been there to give advice and support throughout this short journey.

Q - Are you by nature a pessimist or an optimist ?

If in the short term I go through pessimistic thoughts, eventually my optimism prevails and my personal resolve takes over.

Q - Which business leader do you admire the most and why ?

Business leaders that are able to disrupt industries and affect change in consumer behaviour get my vote. Examples include the founders of Innocent, Pret a Manger, SuitSupply and Rent the Runway

Q - What's the biggest lesson you have learned in your career to date ?

'Don’t ask – don’t get' is the only way to make things happen in the start-up world.

Q - What's your favorite business quotation ?

'We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better', Jeff Bezos – Amazon founder

Q - What's the best business book you've ever read ?

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, helped us formulate our offering and affirm our business plan hypotheses for Collar Club early on.

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