An Exclusive interview with Trevaun Solomon, Co-Founder of the Project Jaguar group of companies, which includes MindAmaze, EDGILE Software, CyberHawk Solutions, The Entrepeneloper Community and PJaguar. He is affiliated with the Nolan Hue Foundation which is a social enterprise, The Happy Teachers Franchise which is a cross-border teacher’s community, and AFROCACY which is a Pan-African organization aimed at teaching internally displaced people.
Trevaun Solomon main focus is on business development and the education space, which is the scope of most of my affiliations. Furthermore, He is also a firm believer of the crypto industry but believes blockchain technology is the root of future tech.
Tell us about yourself?
I started off my career as a software developer working for a small local company in Antigua, W.I… After 2 years, I quit my job in order to start a few projects with Canice James. Project Jaguar was the one that really took off and got traction. Canice and I realized we created something that can be developed into a full company, so we acted accordingly with a launch following on December 12th, 2016. It’s been a wild ride since founding Project Jaguar but we’ve come a long way since with a “rags to riches” story to tell. I personally like socializing and software development, so I continue to do what I love along the way. I’ve had to face 1 career change a year ago where I switched focus to the administrative side of Project Jaguar rather than the software development aspect. I keep learning, meeting new people, stepping outside my comfort zone, and that’s how I live life.
What makes your organization different than your competitors?
As Project Jaguar is an academic platform, we focus on giving teachers and students internationally a brand that they can relate to. I think that’s an important part of retaining clients and starting an international company that can live on for decades to come. Our company has a corporate culture that matches the vibe I need all of our employees on, and it’s something I think will really push us through any future trials and challenges we will face.
How much potential market share can you achieve in the next 3 years?
I like being realistic. With that being said, we can achieve at least 40% of the market share within the next 3 years with our current strategy plus some refinements that will come into play as time goes on. There’s absolutely no reason why we cannot reach that market share if we follow the advice we get plus keep our vibrant management team.
What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?
The Evan Carmichael YouTube series has been very useful in my personal development. I like the way he approaches problems where he has at least one personal experience to help his audience understand the scope of the problem and how the solution is met.
What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
The worst purchase I’ve ever made was the outsourcing part of our marketing to an agency that didn’t truly understand our market. We quickly learned from this mistake and decided to have our internal team handle marketing which has worked much better.
The best purchase I’ve ever made is the Nolan Hue Youth Empowerment Retreat fee. That one retreat opened up an abundance of doors for my professionals.
What takes up too much of your time?
As of now, I’ve found equilibrium in correctly portioning my time between my secular and personal life. I believe in work-life balance and it’s something I push for my employees. But prior to achieving that within myself, I spent too much time with entertainment.
What three pieces of advice would you give to college students/new startup business owners who want to become entrepreneurs?
Get used to change, it’s always uncomfortable at first, but it pays off. This is advice that I gleaned from being a part of the Nolan Hue Foundation. I can’t help stress how important they have been in my development.
People are very important. Understand that you can’t do it alone. Sooner or later, you have to work with people in order to get tasks done. This is important advice if you are looking to create a global brand or at least a company that does multiple things at once. Don’t be afraid to ask for help sometimes as well! People are always willing to help once you’re grateful.
The final piece of advice is to not starve your business. When your business makes its’ first break, don’t immediately spend the money on fancy cars, personal finances, and luxuries. Re-invest your money into your company once or two more times. After you’ve given your company that influx of funds in order to make even more money, then you can focus on the fancy cars and personal luxuries.
Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
Regis Burton is quite the role model. He’s one of the Queen’s Young Leaders and has pulled off many professional events with his team. Up to now, I have no idea what his secret is to put together the amazing networking events and art exhibitions, because he’s additionally creating large opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners in Antigua with a certain vibe no one else has been able to execute or replicate. The credit goes to his whole team at Nolan Hue for what he does and I can’t express enough just how legendary they have become in Antigua alone.
Tell us about something you are proud of – about your greatest challenge.
I’m proud of the fact so many people around the world use the websites and apps that I’ve created. It brings a sense of happiness knowing that people are relying on software that you’ve created. As of now, Something that was once a whisper is now a larger-than-expected organization. A lot of self-reflection takes place which changes when you think about the future development of something you’ve created. The greatest challenge I faced was developing my communication skills to get my point across as interesting as possible. This was a huge hurdle to get over, but the fact that we have 20+ corporate partners is the reward of my persistence on this.
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