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Alumni spotlight: Meet Hamid

Hamid | North High School | Wichita, Kansas

Hamid Bakhtiari was already aware of his entrepreneurial spirit in 2003. He had invested time and energy into mowing lawns, and was motivated to earn money. “At the time, I didn’t have a clear course on how to advance,” said Hamid. “Then an instructor at North High School in Wichita recommended Youth Entrepreneurs.”

A couple years later, Hamid used his entrepreneurial education and all of his savings to purchase a mobile communications business that his brother had helped start in Lawrence, Kansas. “The company previously focused on activating cell phones. I was looking at the market and seeing an opportunity to rebrand around a different need. Phone repair was not a common concept at the time, but technology was changing. Motorola launched the Razor, which Apple later followed with the iPhone 3G. Smartphones were becoming more personalized, and prices had skyrocketed. Customers weren’t necessarily looking to buy another phone if their device broke. They wanted someone who could fix the problem, and in a hurry. Our goal at MobileComm was to be the hero and repair their phones within an hour.”

“Some of the best lessons come through failure. Just because an idea fails doesn’t mean you fail at life. Invest in yourself and your ideas and you’ll never regret it.”

MobileComm has now expanded to seven Kansas locations. “YE helped me see the importance of catering to your market. I’ve had some other business ventures that weren’t as successful, but you learn. Some of the best lessons come through failure. Just because an idea fails doesn’t mean you fail at life. Invest in yourself and your ideas and you’ll never regret it.”