This month we catch up with Robert Soltanie, a London-based entrepreneur, with expertise in the London property market...
From 2005–2008, Business Management with Finance.
It has a great Business School – also I wanted to be in and out of London, and Kingston was close to the hustle and bustle of London yet far enough for me to feel that I am out of London.
Lots of work.
I am still involved in Kingston Entrepreneurs so I attend various events that they hold. Additionally, a few times a year, I get together with some old friends and the new members of the society and we have a nice meal. If I am in the area I will pop down and say hi to a few teachers and staff.
OF COURSE! I have made some great friends there, friends from my course, campus, Kingston Entrepreneurs, and from the area.
I have always been interested in and involved in the London property market – I still am. Even when you leave uni, the learning doesn't stop – if anything it starts! Markets, trends and strategies change all the time and I try to stay ahead. Its all good fun.
I have a few.
There are a numerous achievements I'm proud of without wanting to sound arrogant. Founding Kingston Entrepreneurs and running as president for two years was an achievement. Taking the society from no members to nearly 500 in two years, bearing in mind we had very limited resources, was something I am proud of. Also as a society we won many national and international awards and competitions, beating top univeristies from around the world (Oxbridge, LSE, Stanford just to name a few).
Other achievements are related to propetry – acquiring and developing London property, handling and completing complex deals, etc...
Make the most of your time here (don't waste it), have fun but also work hard – it will pay off. Also I would have gone long on Apple shares.
The banter I had with my mates. I've been blessed with very witty friends – put us in a room together I won't stop laughing.
Doing deals, kung fu, seeing friends, eating lovely food, having lots of fun and laughter...
I can do the splits.
Who would you take with you any why? Bear Grylls – My chances of surviving are higher.
What book would you take and why? If I have a few days to live I won't be spending time reading – however I do generally read a lot.
What movie would you take and why? I won't bother watching a film on my last days – I would probably make a movie so whoever finds it can pass on all the messages I have to say.
What food item would you take and why? My mum makes this lovely Persian meal called Baghali Polo...hhhmmmm...
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