Rising to the Next Level: Sage Advice

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”-Confucius

How can one argue with 2500 year old advice? Confucius said a lot of things, many of which are still applicable today. So often the important endeavors in life seem like staggering mountains we must traverse, likewise the most monumental and difficult things we do in life become the building blocks of our successes. This daunting, overwhelmed feeling is even more applicable to today’s start-up sector, where one individual or just a couple of talented and dynamic people are doing everything (and more) to launch their business to the next level. We need teachers, mentors (and investors) now more than ever as well. They are the ones that know we can move mountains and instead of teaching just how to do it, they empower us to get it done ourselves.

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” goes another well-known Chinese proverb.

Even Angor Wat (a temple city, World Heritage site in Cambodia) was not built overnight despite the legends that say so. It took time and manpower. Each of the estimated 6-10 million blocks of sandstone were placed strategically, and structurally, for this reason it still stands today. Building requires not only a solid foundation but a solid plan and teamwork, or ‘collaboration’, in millennial terminology.

Building Bloc is an aptly named growth engineering consulting firm based at the ROC offices in the heart of Santa Monica, a.k.a. the newly christened Silicon Beach. Cofounders of Building Bloc, Mohamed Kamal and Alyssa Mason, have established an architecturally sound “three prong approach” working with specifically tech start-ups to take them to the next level and ultimately raise the roof of potential in real dollars. By investing their concentrated “high tempo” testing (one of the prongs), Building Bloc does much more than consulting and analyzing data, they are completely invested with the companies they work with for typically 3-6 months duration.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” –Confucius

Building Block Panel Discussion on September 30, 2015 in Santa Monica

Building Block Panel Discussion on September 30, 2015 in Santa Monica

Building Bloc also knows that continual growth involves continual learning and effort and that is one of the main reasons for their exclusive monthly “On the Rise” events which have been described as a micro-conference of sorts packed into an hour and a half and feature current and notably successful guest speakers (these events are invitation only). These events are held at the ROC offices in Santa Monica where these two founders have set up their operations and praised not only the office itself but the entire ROC community of supportive and stimulating people are there to thrive.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”-Confucius

After speaking briefly with both founders of Building Bloc about their own growth and success they shared with me that ROC itself is like a mini-incubator. “To us this is the best place to be, ROC is closely aligned with who we want to be and what we are all about as service providers.”-Mohamed Kamal, CTO Co-founder Building Bloc