Meet the Mavericks
MAVERICK: ANDREAS SKORSKI
Founder and CEO of The List, 25
Inspired by the same entrepreneurial spirit that drove Glenfiddich to create the world’s most-awarded single malt whisky, we sought out four maverick men from four very different backgrounds who in their everyday lives trade risk for reward as they look to shape their own futures. Andreas Skorski is one of those mavericks.
While the Gulf region continues to slowly evolve into the digital world, Andreas Skorski isn’t waiting around. Having built and sold his first online business by the age of 24, the young German-born entrepreneur has moved on to start several other digital start-ups, the principle one of which is The List – a Middle East based e-commerce marketplace for seriously high-end luxury good. Still only 25, Skorski is also the chairman of Rocket & Sons, a capital investment firm for digital start-ups in central Europe and the Middle East.
ESQ: What makes you a maverick?
Andreas Skorski: Since I was a teenager, taking the safe option was never an option. I was constantly changing schools and eventually dropped out at 17 to start my first company that looked to digitise advertising in the print market. It’s not that I didn’t like learning, it’s that I knew what direction I wanted to go in, and wanted to concentrate on that.
What do you remind yourself to do every day?
I have my life goals framed on a wall at home. It focuses me and makes me want to achieve them. Every day.
In your professional life, what has been your biggest challenge?
We all face daily challenges both big and small, but what distinguishes successful entrepreneurs is their ability to always find a solution, regardless of the size of the challenge. The late, great Muhammad Ali once said: “It is not the mountain ahead to climb that brings you down, it is the pebble in the shoe”.
What sets you apart from others?
I’ve always been very curious and questioned everything. Right now, I am questioning the way people choose to buy luxury products. I don’t believe that the future of shopping is bricks and mortar, so I am trying to create a new way to connect the entire world of luxury items on a digital level. With The List I am trying to give customers access to any product from anywhere in the world, in the shortest time possible. It’s an achievement that I believe will change the market.
Is there a piece of advice that has helped you succeed in life?
Success is earned, not given. I believe that dreams can become reality but it’s up to you every day, every hour and every second to make it happen.