Nima Amin (Class of 2014), Co-Founder, Story Spark AI

How did CLS get you ready for the world of work?
I learned most from the life lessons at CLS rather than anything academic. I loved the fact we could talk to anyone from any walk of life and learn from their experience. We used to challenge the status quo and were encouraged to have trust in our convictions.

What was your first job?
I joined PwC, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Audit. It was mind-numbing stuff but it did teach me valuable skills on how to understand lots of different types of businesses. If you are interested in being an entrepreneur and don’t know yet what you want to do with your life, then I couldn’t recommend it enough as a starting point.

Your biggest professional achievement?
It has to be co-founding Story Spark. We are an AI powered personalised story generator and reading platform for children. Our goal to get 2 billion children reading more by making it engaging and personalised to them whilst making it significantly cheaper for parents. Our platform allows children to create fully personalised stories they dream of as well as an endless supply of stories to read on the topics they want.

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Your most challenging professional moment?
Making the decision to go full-time on Story Spark.  So many things go through your mind when you make the jump. The nature of being an entrepreneur is that you take risks. Ultimately, I love what we are doing and the impact we can have globally.  That made the decision for me.

What inspires and motivates you at work?
Our motivation at its core is very simple. We want to be the best. If you are the best at what you do, you surround yourself with people who share your vision and you are meeting a need in society, then with time, everything else falls into place.

One piece of advice for pupils and other Old Citizens about getting into your profession? Whatever you do, choose something that you love doing. If you want to be the best & successful at anything it is almost guaranteed you will have to work hard, go through a lot of difficulties, and make sacrifices. It’s not worth doing all that for something you are not deeply passionate about. When you love it, you will enjoy the journey so much that the destination will look after itself.  If you haven’t found what you love yet, keep looking and don’t settle.