We had a great start but we have a staggering amount of work ahead.The successful start of IMAN is the result of 2 years of work of the founders and advisors. Now everything is in the hands of our team.
We are like a professional sports team.
We hire, develop, and retain elite athletes only and place them in the right spots to win. We intentionally choose to be a smaller team of brilliant people rather than a larger team with some average players in it. We define brilliant people as those who can self-define the right goals, self-direct to reach them, and redefine the standards while they get there.
We know that merely outrunning our competitors would be insufficient—we have to outrun all our customers. For shoppers, we want their experience as seamless as possible, beyond their imagination. For investors, we have to offer them investment products before they even consider them. For our merchants, we have to support modes of commerce that don’t yet exist because they are still being implemented. We have to remain a step ahead to deliver an exceptional experience for our merchants, shoppers, and investors. We see and feel the impact of our work as more and more people gain financial freedom and retailers grow across the globe.
We are not interested in the status quo. We challenge the norms of human capabilities and are never satisfied with average indicators. We are planning 10-fold improvements, not 10%.We believe that almost anything is possible. We are always in start-up mode, always building - it is always day 1. We re-define expectations, we disrupt industries, we reinvent - there are no limits, that is who we are. We never settle for being less than number 1 in anything we do.Whether it is a product, a market, or internal functions like recruitment, people, or finance.Being mediocre is not an option - every day to be the best version of yourself - is a lifestyle that we choose.
We always push through! We stopped listening to excuses a long time ago - we care about results. We believe that grit, determination, skill, smartness, and courage can break through almost any wall. We believe that people who have character and a desire to be successful will learn and adapt to the ever changing conditions of a competitive world. We want these people in our dream team.
Working hard but also smart
We believe that the importance of a great work ethic is underrated. People who consistently put in more smart hours greatly outperform their peers in the long run. We think about committed hours the same way as a compound effect (the most powerful force in the universe according to Einstein). We invest over and above every week as we know that the outcome will be vastly superior in 5 years time. People who are afraid of hours are almost never successful. At the same time, we do not work without priorities. We always invest our time and resources in projects with high profitability and low risks.
We recognize that marketing might be cheap but trust is increasingly expensive and has to be earned. We understand that every message or action we undertake represents our brand, represents our team, represents our values.
Part of our culture is non-discrimination at any level and tolerance for different people. We should continue to encourage and celebrate diversity of cultures and diversity of thought.
We are flexible. We make decisions quickly and test different hypotheses on the real market. We know that the method of A/B testing and fast iterations leads to greater results than long and careful planning.
And, most importantly long-term focuse
We think long-term and don’t sacrifice long-term value for short-term results.
We don't have a single extra person in the team. Each of us is a professional in his field. Our people come from all sorts of backgrounds with experience in engineering, design, banking, finance, fintech, government, education, among others. If you are curious about building products, running startups, investments, or the global economy, you’ll have experts to learn from. And they’re eager to learn from you.Every week one of us conducts training for the whole team in his field.
IMAN owes its success and growth to its people. That's why we offer nearly all our employees a stake in the company. This is how Google, Facebook, Amazon created many millionaires among its employees and this is what we intend to achieve at IMAN.
We are solving a global $1 Trillion dollar problem. We have a flat structure and don’t value hierarchy. At IMAN, logic, reason, and common sense trump rank in decision-making. That’s why we are willing to give enormous responsibilities to our people at any stage of their career if they demonstrate the right abilities to run with them