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CEO/ENTREPRENEUR: Combining Love Of Languages With Expertise In Business

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Supeek.com provides resources on foreign-language acquisition to learners all over the world. Ilona is the company's founder & CEO, with a bachelor's & master's degree in Linguistics, experience in finance, and a mission to achieve peace through language-learning. She advises: don't rely on career advisers to find the right fit for you. Talk to people already working in those jobs, and go for it. If she had done this, Ilona thinks she would have saved 10 years!

Degree: Linguistics
Job Title: CEO/Entrepreneur

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

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Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

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$0 - $200,000
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Full-time, Long hours, Varies Widely
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Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
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Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking, Adventurous, Organizational skills, Courageous

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Bachelor's degree
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='170'>Hi.</span> <span m='450'>I'm</span> <span m='860'>Ilona</span> <span m='1550'>Budapesti.</span> <span m='1850'>I'm</span> <span m='2110'>CEO</span> <span m='2365'>of</span> <span m='2620'>Supeek,</span> <span m='3450'>S-U-P-E-E-K.</span> <span m='4640'>I</span> <span m='4780'>think</span> <span m='5150'>I'm one</span> <span m='5280'>of</span> <span m='5370'>the</span> <span m='5470'>few</span> <span m='5920'>female</span> <span m='6230'>CEOs</span> <span m='6670'>here.</span> <span m='7420'>And</span> <span m='7870'>what</span> <span m='8029'>we</span> <span m='8140'>do</span> <span m='8340'>is</span> <span m='8490'>we're</span> <span m='8630'>kind</span> <span m='8870'>of</span> <span m='8980'>an</span> <span m='9100'>Amazon</span> <span m='9740'>for</span> <span m='10130'>language</span> <span m='10460'>courses.</span> <span m='11350'>We</span> <span m='11510'>offer</span> <span m='11720'>31</span> <span m='12000'>languages</span> <span m='12640'>in</span> <span m='12740'>29</span> <span m='13240'>countries.</span> <span m='13720'>You</span> <span m='13830'>can</span> <span m='14020'>buy</span> <span m='14750'>e-learning</span> <span m='15910'>or</span> <span m='16030'>anything</span> <span m='16309'>online.</span> <span m='18150'>You</span> <span m='18630'>can</span> <span m='18910'>travel</span> <span m='19300'>to</span> <span m='19380'>the</span> <span m='19510'>countries.</span> <span m='20220'>You</span> <span m='20350'>can</span> <span m='20560'>have</span> <span m='20770'>teachers,</span> <span m='21330'>or</span> <span m='21370'>you</span> <span m='21480'>can</span> <span m='22380'>teach</span> <span m='22590'>other</span> <span m='22830'>students</span> <span m='23090'>who</span> <span m='23350'>want to</span> <span m='23680'>learn</span> <span m='23860'>your</span> <span m='24165'>language.</span> <span m='24470'>So that's</span> <span m='24883'>what we</span> <span m='25296'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='25710'>The</span> <span m='25810'>life</span> <span m='25990'>of</span> <span m='26130'>a</span> <span m='26180'>CEO.</span> <span m='27326'>[LAUGHS]</span> <span m='28260'>It's</span> <span m='28480'>quite</span> <span m='28650'>interesting,</span> <span m='29170'>especially</span> <span m='29530'>if</span> <span m='29620'>you're</span> <span m='29770'>running</span> <span m='30020'>a</span> <span m='30080'>startup.</span> <span m='30900'>I</span> <span m='31020'>have</span> <span m='31190'>12</span> <span m='31420'>employees,</span> <span m='32280'>which</span> <span m='32830'>is</span> <span m='32990'>small,</span> <span m='33300'>but</span> <span m='33440'>actually</span> <span m='33860'>we get</span> <span m='34000'>a</span> <span m='34060'>lot</span> <span m='34200'>of</span> <span m='34290'>compliments.</span> <span m='35110'>Well,</span> <span m='35400'>you</span> <span m='35530'>work</span> <span m='35840'>day</span> <span m='35960'>and</span> <span m='36100'>night,</span> <span m='36540'>so</span> <span m='36860'>I</span> <span m='37080'>get</span> <span m='37280'>up</span> <span m='37480'>at</span> <span m='38050'>4 AM.</span> <span m='38750'>I</span> <span m='38980'>help</span> <span m='39200'>my</span> <span m='39320'>employees</span> <span m='39830'>in</span> <span m='39950'>Asia,</span> <span m='40700'>and</span> <span m='40920'>then</span> <span m='41100'>I</span> <span m='41180'>work</span> <span m='41460'>until</span> <span m='41890'>10:00,</span> <span m='42230'>then</span> <span m='42470'>I</span> <span m='42540'>go</span> <span m='42730'>get</span> <span m='42870'>breakfast.</span> </p><p><span m='43275'>I</span> <span m='43680'>do a</span> <span m='44010'>little</span> <span m='44260'>running,</span> <span m='44970'>and</span> <span m='45230'>then</span> <span m='45370'>I</span> <span m='45450'>come</span> <span m='45710'>back</span> <span m='45990'>and</span> <span m='46160'>work</span> <span m='46500'>from</span> <span m='47120'>12:00</span> <span m='47730'>all</span> <span m='47920'>the</span> <span m='48020'>way</span> <span m='48260'>until</span> <span m='48520'>about</span> <span m='48800'>8 PM.</span> <span m='49760'>I</span> <span m='49900'>help</span> <span m='50630'>the</span> <span m='50890'>American</span> <span m='51290'>customers,</span> <span m='52140'>and</span> <span m='52410'>then I</span> <span m='52480'>have</span> <span m='52620'>a</span> <span m='52660'>little</span> <span m='52870'>free</span> <span m='53040'>time.</span> <span m='53440'>And</span> <span m='53610'>then</span> <span m='53720'>at</span> <span m='53860'>night,</span> <span m='54090'>I</span> <span m='54160'>check</span> <span m='54380'>my</span> <span m='54520'>email</span> <span m='54830'>again,</span> <span m='55145'>and</span> <span m='55460'>if</span> <span m='55560'>there's</span> <span m='55630'>any</span> <span m='55800'>European</span> <span m='56230'>questions,</span> <span m='56720'>then I</span> <span m='56770'>have to</span> <span m='56920'>answer</span> <span m='57160'>that.</span> <span m='57270'>And the</span> <span m='57470'>next day</span> <span m='57880'>starts</span> <span m='58120'>again.</span> <span m='58520'>And</span> <span m='58660'>you</span> <span m='58730'>work</span> <span m='58980'>seven</span> <span m='59220'>days</span> <span m='59420'>a</span> <span m='59440'>week.</span> <span m='60110'>But</span> <span m='60560'>if</span> <span m='60710'>you</span> <span m='60820'>need</span> <span m='60980'>to</span> <span m='61080'>go</span> <span m='61220'>somewhere,</span> <span m='61540'>like</span> <span m='61720'>a</span> <span m='61790'>conference</span> <span m='62320'>like</span> <span m='62450'>this,</span> <span m='62850'>you can</span> <span m='63253'>do</span> <span m='63656'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='64160'>How</span> <span m='64310'>did</span> <span m='64530'>I</span> <span m='65129'>end</span> <span m='65319'>up</span> <span m='65440'>with</span> <span m='65610'>this?</span> <span m='66110'>Well,</span> <span m='67890'>yeah,</span> <span m='68170'>it's an</span> <span m='68280'>interesting</span> <span m='68650'>path.</span> <span m='69170'>I</span> <span m='69450'>did</span> <span m='69660'>linguistics</span> <span m='70200'>undergraduate</span> <span m='70500'>at</span> <span m='70800'>Harvard,</span> <span m='71260'>than</span> <span m='71480'>I</span> <span m='71570'>did</span> <span m='72200'>banking</span> <span m='73480'>and</span> <span m='73890'>finance</span> <span m='74450'>in</span> <span m='74590'>London.</span> <span m='75360'>Then</span> <span m='75640'>I</span> <span m='75780'>went</span> <span m='76010'>back</span> <span m='76190'>to</span> <span m='76270'>Stanford,</span> <span m='76700'>and</span> <span m='76800'>I</span> <span m='76870'>did</span> <span m='77030'>more</span> <span m='77190'>linguistics.</span> <span m='77710'>And</span> <span m='77820'>I</span> <span m='77900'>was</span> <span m='78060'>really</span> <span m='78300'>looking</span> <span m='78610'>for</span> <span m='78770'>a</span> <span m='78790'>way</span> <span m='79060'>to</span> <span m='79210'>combine</span> <span m='79790'>my</span> <span m='79880'>business</span> <span m='80200'>experience</span> <span m='80495'>and</span> <span m='80790'>my</span> <span m='80890'>languages,</span> <span m='81800'>and</span> <span m='81950'>I</span> <span m='82000'>discovered</span> <span m='82540'>that</span> <span m='82700'>language</span> <span m='83010'>schools</span> <span m='83330'>and</span> <span m='83400'>educators</span> <span m='83890'>are</span> <span m='83980'>very</span> <span m='84230'>passionate</span> <span m='84910'>but</span> <span m='85130'>they</span> <span m='85710'>don't</span> <span m='85890'>always</span> <span m='86230'>have</span> <span m='86510'>the</span> <span m='87280'>business</span> <span m='87410'>background.</span> </p><p><span m='87820'>So</span> <span m='87900'>I</span> <span m='87970'>created</span> <span m='88270'>this</span> <span m='88420'>company</span> <span m='88920'>to</span> <span m='89010'>help</span> <span m='89360'>them</span> <span m='90100'>promote</span> <span m='90540'>their</span> <span m='90660'>schools,</span> <span m='91010'>educating</span> <span m='91540'>them</span> <span m='91780'>on</span> <span m='91880'>how</span> <span m='92060'>to</span> <span m='92260'>get</span> <span m='92440'>more</span> <span m='92580'>students.</span> <span m='93350'>And</span> <span m='94120'>my</span> <span m='94310'>final</span> <span m='94680'>goal</span> <span m='95220'>but</span> <span m='95460'>I</span> <span m='95520'>would</span> <span m='95660'>like</span> <span m='95840'>to</span> <span m='95920'>have</span> <span m='96070'>1</span> <span m='96230'>billion</span> <span m='96660'>people</span> <span m='97020'>learn</span> <span m='97150'>a</span> <span m='97190'>foreign</span> <span m='97470'>language</span> <span m='97840'>because,</span> <span m='98100'>I</span> <span m='98190'>think</span> <span m='98480'>we</span> <span m='98620'>will</span> <span m='98760'>have</span> <span m='98910'>a</span> <span m='98950'>better</span> <span m='99260'>world</span> <span m='99726'>like</span> <span m='100192'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='100660'>What</span> <span m='100910'>I</span> <span m='101010'>wish</span> <span m='101250'>I</span> <span m='101320'>knew</span> <span m='101460'>in</span> <span m='101550'>high</span> <span m='101690'>school?</span> <span m='102040'>There</span> <span m='102220'>is</span> <span m='102300'>about</span> <span m='102590'>three</span> <span m='102800'>things</span> <span m='103110'>even</span> <span m='103330'>Harvard</span> <span m='103690'>advisers</span> <span m='104150'>they</span> <span m='104230'>didn't</span> <span m='104420'>tell</span> <span m='104640'>me</span> <span m='104740'>that</span> <span m='104870'>I</span> <span m='104950'>know</span> <span m='105150'>now</span> <span m='105410'>I</span> <span m='105570'>wish</span> <span m='105950'>I</span> <span m='106050'>knew</span> <span m='106330'>back</span> <span m='106670'>then.</span> <span m='107630'>One</span> <span m='108020'>thing</span> <span m='108300'>is</span> <span m='108490'>that</span> <span m='109840'>when</span> <span m='110010'>you're</span> <span m='110090'>looking</span> <span m='110370'>for</span> <span m='110560'>a</span> <span m='110600'>job,</span> <span m='111100'>when</span> <span m='111230'>you're</span> <span m='111410'>looking</span> <span m='111640'>for</span> <span m='111770'>internship</span> <span m='112380'>even</span> <span m='112550'>if</span> <span m='112650'>it's</span> <span m='112770'>a</span> <span m='112980'>student</span> <span m='113090'>internship,</span> <span m='114110'>actually</span> <span m='114520'>you</span> <span m='114650'>should</span> <span m='114990'>recruit</span> <span m='115260'>for</span> <span m='115530'>a</span> <span m='115570'>boss.</span> <span m='116420'>Because</span> <span m='117100'>your</span> <span m='117300'>direct</span> <span m='119730'>boss</span> <span m='120150'>who</span> <span m='120380'>you're</span> <span m='120490'>reporting</span> <span m='121070'>to</span> <span m='121720'>will</span> <span m='122160'>totally</span> <span m='122590'>define</span> <span m='123190'>your</span> <span m='123360'>experience.</span> <span m='123980'>If</span> <span m='124050'>they're a</span> <span m='124180'>nice</span> <span m='124480'>person,</span> <span m='125020'>they</span> <span m='125460'>educate</span> <span m='125960'>you,</span> <span m='126100'>they</span> <span m='126450'>mentor.</span> </p><p><span m='126540'>You</span> <span m='126710'>will</span> <span m='126890'>have</span> <span m='127070'>a</span> <span m='127120'>fantastic</span> <span m='127700'>experience</span> <span m='127890'>regardless</span> <span m='128410'>of</span> <span m='128550'>the</span> <span m='128650'>job,</span> <span m='128990'>really.</span> <span m='129630'>And</span> <span m='130050'>no</span> <span m='130440'>matter</span> <span m='130750'>whatever</span> <span m='131120'>company</span> <span m='131510'>you</span> <span m='131630'>go</span> <span m='131830'>to</span> <span m='132050'>or</span> <span m='132190'>however</span> <span m='132650'>cool</span> <span m='132850'>your</span> <span m='132970'>job</span> <span m='133330'>is,</span> <span m='133600'>if your</span> <span m='133710'>direct</span> <span m='134400'>mentor</span> <span m='135405'>is--</span> <span m='135750'>sorry</span> <span m='136175'>for</span> <span m='136600'>the</span> <span m='136670'>word--</span> <span m='136890'>but</span> <span m='137090'>if</span> <span m='137220'>they are</span> <span m='137340'>crappy,</span> <span m='137800'>you now</span> <span m='138030'>it's</span> <span m='138390'>not</span> <span m='138570'>going</span> <span m='138680'>to</span> <span m='138750'>work</span> <span m='139000'>out.</span> <span m='139170'>So</span> <span m='139910'>recruit</span> <span m='140180'>for</span> <span m='140300'>your</span> <span m='140430'>boss.</span> <span m='140750'>I</span> <span m='140800'>think</span> <span m='140970'>it's</span> <span m='141110'>really</span> <span m='141300'>important.</span> </p><p><span m='142060'>And</span> <span m='142190'>then the</span> <span m='142250'>second</span> <span m='142640'>thing</span> <span m='142840'>is,</span> <span m='142960'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='145050'>career</span> <span m='145100'>advisers</span> <span m='145900'>don't</span> <span m='146100'>know</span> <span m='146250'>a</span> <span m='146320'>thing</span> <span m='147050'>about</span> <span m='147840'>choosing</span> <span m='148220'>a</span> <span m='148420'>career.</span> <span m='148910'>So</span> <span m='149650'>yeah,</span> <span m='149790'>of</span> <span m='149940'>course,</span> <span m='150390'>use the</span> <span m='150590'>resources,</span> <span m='150860'>but</span> <span m='151130'>even</span> <span m='151350'>at</span> <span m='151490'>Harvard</span> <span m='151840'>I</span> <span m='152120'>felt</span> <span m='152250'>that</span> <span m='152790'>they</span> <span m='153370'>had</span> <span m='154050'>fantastic</span> <span m='154640'>resources</span> <span m='155180'>to</span> <span m='155310'>find</span> <span m='155725'>us</span> <span m='156140'>jobs and</span> <span m='156450'>internships,</span> <span m='157630'>but</span> <span m='159820'>they</span> <span m='159900'>didn't</span> <span m='160120'>have</span> <span m='160260'>the</span> <span m='160380'>benefit</span> <span m='160850'>of</span> <span m='161300'>hindsight,</span> <span m='161720'>looking</span> <span m='161960'>backwards.</span> <span m='162235'>They didn't</span> <span m='162510'>have</span> <span m='162670'>the</span> <span m='162860'>experience</span> <span m='163490'>to</span> <span m='163630'>tell</span> <span m='163850'>you</span> <span m='164270'>what</span> <span m='164560'>fits</span> <span m='164740'>really</span> <span m='164950'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='165380'>So</span> <span m='165810'>what</span> <span m='165990'>I</span> <span m='166080'>recommend</span> <span m='166670'>is</span> <span m='166860'>ask</span> <span m='167780'>your</span> <span m='167990'>friends,</span> <span m='168742'>parents,</span> <span m='169120'>look</span> <span m='169580'>around.</span> <span m='169950'>If</span> <span m='170070'>you</span> <span m='170180'>know</span> <span m='170340'>anybody</span> <span m='170900'>who</span> <span m='171230'>is</span> <span m='171440'>doing</span> <span m='171670'>something</span> <span m='172000'>you</span> <span m='172120'>like,</span> <span m='172740'>and</span> <span m='172870'>ask</span> <span m='173400'>the</span> <span m='173800'>people</span> <span m='174090'>who</span> <span m='174290'>are</span> <span m='174410'>the</span> <span m='174500'>real</span> <span m='174940'>doers,</span> <span m='175690'>and</span> <span m='175960'>then</span> <span m='176170'>go</span> <span m='176380'>after</span> <span m='176760'>it.</span> <span m='176860'>I</span> <span m='176920'>think</span> <span m='177160'>I</span> <span m='177810'>could've</span> <span m='178030'>saved</span> <span m='178260'>about</span> <span m='178490'>10</span> <span m='178710'>years</span> <span m='178910'>time</span> <span m='179150'>if</span> <span m='179280'>I</span> <span m='179360'>had</span> <span m='179540'>done</span> <span m='179840'>that.</span> </p>","file":{"id":288525,"video_id":"2695729111001","name":"CEO/ENTREPRENEUR: Combining Love Of Languages With Expertise In Business","duration":181028,"thumbnail_url":null}});