Every year, Forbes makes a list of world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. This famous list contains the names of only 300 women and men around Europe (divided in 10 different industries), whose accomplishments has inspired their respective nations and whose remarkable actions have lifted others to do the same, also known as Forbes 30under30. If you’re an entrepreneur this sacred list is kind of like your Holy Grail. It’s the very peak of your career, the cherry on the top, better yet, feels like the overdue Oscar, Leo finally got.
For the 29 years old fierce girlboss, Nina Angelovska, being a part of Forbes 30under30 is the long overdue reward for all the sleepless nights while building a business from the ground up and just the tip of the iceberg of her amazing entrepreneurial journey. This extraordinary woman is a force of nature in her own right. In addition to being a co-founder and CEO of Grouper (Macedonia’s biggest e-commerce platform), Nina is also a president of the first e-commerce association in Macedonia and an e-commerce and marketing consultant. Oh, did we mention she has a PhD? Well, she does, which makes her awesome af and obviously our next “Cool Face of Bastet Noir”.
Who is Nina?
I don’t like describing myself but in few words — fast and well organized workaholic who loves and enjoys what she does.
Congratulations on making the Forbes 30under30 list. We’re so proud to have someone like you representing Macedonia. Could you tell us a bit more about what this means to you and how did you reacted when you found out?
What’s the first thing you do every morning?
How do you motivate yourself in times when you find yourself uninspired?
I’d say when you are passionate about the work you do, motivation is never an issue. I come from the lucky club where my work is my hobby at the same time. Of course the feedback, the results and the recognitions are always a key source of motivation.
Favorite motivational speech
I have seen dozens of motivational speeches but to be honest lately I don’t have much time and I cannot recall of a particular favorite. By definition motivation impels for action and while all the amazing motivational speeches are inspiring they can stimulate temporary motivation that can fade out. I believe motivation is a force that comes from within and everyone should find his own way and source of motivation and take good care of it.
Entrepreneurs you follow and admire
Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and some more masterminds and legendary visionaries.
What’s the number one advice you would give to anyone who wants to start their own business
So what’s next for Nina? Any plans, goals?
How would you describe your personal style?
My style is quite simple in terms of dresses and hair and usually reflects my mood. I’d say quite business-like, or, at least, quite professional, with certain degrees of variety ranging from casual to semi-formal and formal. I can be in a skirt, shirt and suit one day and be wearing jeans and a sweater the next day. When it comes to workout I am very particular — typical workout clothes from sports brands, no-nonsense fashion elements. I am a fan of “less is more” in general and I like to feel comfortable in my outfit. Though when it comes to scents I find them a deeply personal choice and I think they reflect a person’s character. Beside nothing can bring back memories and emotions for me better than a scent and a song. Usually if you know me well you can say how I felt that morning and if I have some official meetings.
What’s in your Bastet Noir cart?
This marigold shirt dress is my favourite.
Dreaming big takes you places, but working hard is what will make that dream eventually become a reality. We all have different definitions of success. Some of us define it as a financial gain, others as spiritual fulfillment. Ours is having to work with such amazing women like Nina. These muses shape our world, define our dreams, push us to be better, dream bigger and dare more. Let this be a lesson to all of you out there who dare to dream. Dreaming big is not just a beautiful fantasy in your mind, but an absolute necessity to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted and more. So here’s to all the bold and strong badass babes out there, as people often would like to say, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.
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