In the 19 his years, Fotios Tsiouklas from Grevena, a third generation expatriate from Australia, he is already a millionaire.
Together with his classmate and partner, Alan Gokoglou, built an empire of technology companies involved in website and application development, the management of social media accounts, digital marketing and consulting and e-commerce.
The two young businessmen, which also owns two of Melbourne's hottest clubs, created a group that is currently valued at 5 million. dollars. And they saw their story catch the eye of Forbes, of Medium.com, of the Daily Mail and many more Australian media.
"To be honest, I do not even consider myself successful ", confesses however, Speaking to PARAPOLITIKA, Tsiouklas. Maybe because, as evidenced by the latest press release of their company, the two partners have set the bar very high: Their goal is to become the youngest billionaires in the world.
The truth is that Tsiuklas showed this business demon from a very early age, which is so often attributed to the Greeks of the Greek Diaspora. At the age 13 years ago started selling game codes on eBay, taking out his first 10.000 dollars.
After, started repairing damaged cell phones, which he resold on the internet, earning about 1.000 dollars a week. And 2015 learned how to create applications, managing to sell more than 100 until today.
It was just 18 years, in the last class of school still, when he started going to nightclubs twice a week, in order to find customers for Kickspan, the digital marketing company he set up together with Gokoglou.
It was closing at that time 5-10 sales per week, as the two partners hoped to have 500 accounts per year. But in February, Kickspan broke their barrier 10.000 registered users on its platform and now offers a wide range of services to more than 12.000 customers, making six-figure profits every month.
And the duo of self-made entrepreneurs does not stop here. Six months ago, anticipating the rise of TikTok, they both bought the domain name TikToks.com instead 2.000 dollars. Although they accepted offers up to 145.000 dollars to sell it, Tsiuklas and Gokoglou intend to keep it, in order to develop around him an account promotion service on the platform that stands out in the next big thing of social media.
However, the next big bet for the two 19-year-olds is Apps4Brands, a new service that will allow the user to create their own application, at cost only 99 dollars a month.
Tsiuklas, who was a finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever Prize 2019, modeled on the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk. "I like it because it changes the world, and - as is the case with me- he is not interested in money ", explains in PARAPOLITIKA.
"I see money simply as a means to an end. When I buy something 'fancy' it is a strategic move, to present an image and attract more customers ", says.
If he attributes his success so far somewhere, it is in his open mind ("To think differently, you have to question everything "), in his refusal to give up despite repeated failures and setbacks but also in hard work. "If you want to live a remarkable life, you have to do what others do not. Escape from his system 9-5 and creating a successful business is difficult and requires huge efforts to achieve it ", he says in PARAPOLITIKA.
And while his partner put on the "ice" his plans to study computer science to focus on their business, Tsiouklas accepted a little reluctantly a few months ago to start his studies in business. "My mom forced me to go to university", wrote on Instagram.
Originally from Grevena on his father's side and from Messinia on his mother's side, Photios seems to have grown up in a typical house of expatriates. "I speak Greek very well, because I grew up with my grandparents and finished Greek school ", points out. In fact, Among the applications he has created is one that helps expatriate children to practice Greek. As for his plans to come to Greece for the first time, these were postponed this year due to the coronavirus and are carried over for the future.
Young Tsioukalas encourages people to think about their goals, to believe in themselves and to be visualized. "Sooner or later, these goals are becoming a reality. ”
Source: neoskosmos.com – parapolitika.gr