HATCH Q&A with Benji Timu of No Six
Samoan-Cook Islander Benji Timu joined Hatch with his business partners to expand their understanding on how business works. A year in, they’ve done just that. Benji knows they’re more aware about what they learn collectively and how it’s applicable to their business. Learn more about Benji’s HATCH journey and click apply to start your own! Applications closing soon!
Read more about Benji’s HATCH journey in his Q&A.
Sāmoan, Cook Island
How long have you been in business?
12 Months +
How did you get into business / come up with your business idea?
Came together and saw a common vision amongst other local creatives around the area. Frequent weekly meetings confirmed we all wanted to create a business out of making videos, with the common goal of creating equal opportunities for disadvantaged communities.
Why did you apply to take part in HATCH?
To expand our understanding on how business works.
Have you had an AH-HA moment during HATCH / what was it?
Perhaps the discovery of our value? Knowing what we had/I have been charging clients was grossly lower than what we should…
What is your favourite HATCH masterclass?
Intellectual Property Law with Lynell Huria.
Who is the most inspirational person you’ve met while on your HATCH journey?
Probably everyone equally that is in the Hatch programme. All the young business Pasifika people going hard!
Name three things you need to get you through the day:
2: Going Outside
3: Human Interaction
What is the best piece of HATCH advice you have received so far?
Attain the big pools of money at the top (funding) as opposed to working under organisations, because of what we, as a collective, have to offer in terms of value and quality.
Why do you think other Pacific Youth should apply for the HATCH programme?
Because it’s a great opportunity to meet other people that are doing stuff like you, and look like you. It’s a great way to meet others who are doing the same thing in terms of building a business.
What words of advice do you have for future HATCH participants?
Learn to distinguish certain opportunities that are good for you at certain stages of your business career and keep tabs to revisit the opportunities.
What has been your most memorable HATCH experience?
Probably the small business roadshow out at Manuaku. Speaking on behalf of HATCH and No six.
How do you brainstorm?
Discuss it and then do something about it within 24 hours.
Do you have any HATCH words of wisdom?
Don’t forget your values and purpose. But firstly, make your purpose and values as authentic as you can. Everything else will be “easier” to do.
What is something you have learned about your business since taking part in HATCH?
How loose some of our systems are.
What is something that has changed for you on your HATCH journey?
New networks and relationships with people.
What is your goal at the end of your 3-year HATCH journey?
To be at a “comfortable” level of living through money streams coming from No Six and potentially another business of my own.
How has your business benefited from taking part in the HATCH programme?
We’re much more aware on what we learn collectively and can discuss amongst ourselves how it’s applicable. The networking through other clients has also been a big thing for us.
What is your daily HATCH motivation?
Be aware of your dream. Store it away, then focus on the smaller steps to getting there. Sometimes remembering the dream can become draining and elusive. SMALL STEPS.
Who inspires you?
Casey Neistat – an independent film maker with zero traditional education and revolutionising what it means to produce films in the 21st century. Gary Vaynerchuk – a business owner who is focused around self-awareness and instilling perspective into everyone.
Where do you work best when it comes to your business?
In my own little office space at home. And with the team during meetings.
Describe what HATCH means to you in 3 words.
Empowering, Do-ers, Good vibes.
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