(Nsi, being jovial, as usual)
Nsi Obotetukudo is the COO and Evangelist at AlleyNYC a.k.a. “the most badass coworking space in the city.” AlleyNYC is a 16,000 ft shared space that helps foster collaboration and cooperation within the NYC startup world through workshops and events. Many cool startups (like Fiestah) work there. It’s hard not to notice Nsi at the Alley. You can tell by the way he seems to be everywhere at once from morning until morning, yet always magically exuding a charm that suggests a good night’s sleep, that he’s one of the most hard-working and well-rounded people you’ll ever meet. We were able to snag him for a few minutes to ask him some questions about work, life and his inspirations.
What is your inspiration/What motivates you to go to “work” everyday?
The idea that there is someone out there working harder than me motivates me everyday to work as hard and smart as I can. Also my family is a pretty big motivator. I also have some supposedly “big outlandish” ambitions.
Any advice you would give fellow COO?
Enjoy what you’re doing so much so that you’d do it for free. Learn everyday. Apart from that, don’t listen to me. I don’t know what I’m talking about.
What is something you wish you knew when you were starting out?
I wish I knew New Yorkers didn’t like Dominos pizza. I don’t care what anyone says; Dominos pizza is pretty good.
How has Fiestah helped you/ How would Fiestah benefit you?
I’m all about making things easier, streamlining things. Especially if it means that in order to make things easier and streamlined down the line we’ll need to put forth extra effort now. Fiestah makes things easy for me now without putting forth any extra effort. Actually, Fiestah might be negative effort and I’m not mad at that. The Fiestah platform is very straightforward, well designed and as robust as the team that supports it.
If money wasn’t an issue, would you do anything else?
Yes and no. I’d be skydiving, climbing some tall objects, jumping off of them and probably training for old age more regularly, all the while working pretty hard on a few more very challenging problems.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The steadily growing and moving community of people I have the privilege of working with and around every minute of the day here at AlleyNYC.
Best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice someone ever gave me was that you never waste any time finding what you really want out of this life. Once that thing has been found (and it may take 10, 20, 30 years for that to happen) chase that thing down, and work hard to keep it clearly in view.
What keeps/kept you going through difficult times?
The idea that whatever difficult time I’m in is a challenge, intended to bring me closer to the old man I’m working hard to be.
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