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'Always Have a Reason Beyond Financial Gain': The Necessity of Vision in Startup Success

'Always Have a Reason Beyond Financial Gain': The Necessity of Vision in Startup Success
From Recruiter - October 2, 2017

One downside of the much ballyhooed gig economy is its reliance on reviews. When the system works as intended, reviews can be a valuable source of information, allowing organizations and individuals alike to find everything from freelance writing services torideshares based on aproviders past performance.

Sadly, though, the system doesnt always work as intended. Some reviews are biased, needlessly dinging providers for the smallest of (non)issues. Other reviews are outright fake,with providers inflating their value in a bid to gain more clients. If some past client or personal foe has a vendetta against a provider, they, too, can start false-review campaigns to skew theprovidersratings.

Romio, an upcoming gig economy platform, hopes to address the issue of untrustworthy reviews by suggesting services based not on anonymous feedback, but the recommendations of credible experts andpeople a user knows in real life.

Romio is the third startup from Tarik Sansal, who began his careeras a Wall Street research analyst before starting his first company, InvestmentPositions.com. Next cameOnTargetJobs.com, which Dice bought in 2013.

While Sansal hasfounded a higher-than-average number of businesses, all of his entrepreneurial endeavors share a similar mission: connecting people with fulfilling jobs and making the world of work a better place.

Sansal was kind enough to sit down for an email Q&A with us recently. Read on for his thoughts on the importance of vision, the components of a successful startup venture, and more.

Recruiter.com:The first company you founded was InvestmentPositions.com. Can you tell us a little bit about what motivated you to found a startup? Why did you choose entrepreneurship instead of continuing on a traditional career path?

Tarik Sansal:I wanted to solve a problem. It was difficult to get access to quality investment institutions on the buy side, investment management especially. It was largely accidental, but it matched my personality and I found that, although daunting, its infinitely rewarding to executeyour ideas without being chained to someone elses agendas or objections, especially if you have a strong, socially conscious approach.



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