Bankole Cardoso is the Founder and CEO of Easy Taxi Nigeria. He was born and raised in Lagos before moving to the UK to attend Rugby School. He then moved on to the United States to study business management at Boston College. He started his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in New York City where he was certified as a public accountant before joining The Carlyle Group.
In an interview with WhootAfrica.com,he shed light on a few things many people do not know about him.
How did you get started in business and what did it take you to get to where you are today?
I have always had a strong interest in business, which is what led me to study business related courses in school. Beginning in secondary school where I was able to choose my courses, I always chose business subjects to complement the mandatory arts and science subjects.
My experience in New York where I worked with clients and oversaw businesses in various industries was my first real exposure to the reality of the business world. While there, I made sure I was frequently on the lookout for potential opportunities to do something on my own.
What do you think are the most important personal skills someone must have to be successful in business?
I think the most important personal skill that any entrepreneur must have is charisma. Business is all about relationships but also transmitting your belief in your ideas to potential customers or investors. Entrepreneurs must be persuasive.
What are some of the obstacles you have encountered in your business journey and how did you overcome them?
Opportunistic people. There is nothing more frustrating than people that offer nothing but have the sole motive of taking advantage; I am a patient person but I have learned to spot and stay clear of such people and organizations.
How do you describe your leadership style? And how do you keep the Easy Taxi team motivated?
I am a trusting leader. I believe in giving people responsibility and encouraging them to take ownership of their tasks so they can measure the direct impact of their role. I think this style has created a healthy competition within the Easy Taxi team and keeps everybody motivated.
What drives you?
I have a passion for development and I am driven by the potential to create high impact companies in emerging economies that can inspire others.
What would be the most important piece of advice you could give to young entrepreneurs and why?
I would encourage young entrepreneurs to pursue their interests, but proceed with caution because the reality is that most new businesses struggle to grow and the rate of failure is quite frightening.
Entrepreneurship comes with its curve balls but waiting it out and taking advantage of the right opportunities is the first step to a successful entrepreneurial endeavor.