Meet the MD: Mash Ahmed of PitchForMe

Meet the MD: Mash Ahmed of PitchForMe

As MD of PitchForMe, one of Mash Ahmed's toughest challenges to date has been convincing early adopters that his business model was a potential game changer. BQ caught up with the young entrepreneur to see how he made it happen...

What does your role involve?

Creating, communicating and implementing the vision, mission, and overall direction of the business. Leading the development and implementation of the overall strategy. Key driver in getting the platform ready and out to customers. Meeting with advisory board for guidance and connecting with investors who are excited by our proposition. Overseeing the complete operation in line with the direction established in the strategic plans. Evaluating the success of the organisation.


What is it the company does?

PitchForMe is an online recruitment platform that matches graduates and employers through video, values and personality analysis.

Employers can feel confident that they will find the best graduates that fit, every time – quickly, easily and efficiently.


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I have a background in IT, education and people development. Extensive experience in leading teams, head of teaching and designing innovative IT programmes. Worked in GE, Motorola and number of schools and colleges.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

Someone that can inspire the team when times are tough and still achieve results.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

Convincing early adopters that we have a fantastic proposition.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I teach yoga three times a week so have some insight into stress management. Love sport and this is a great way to break the stress and clear the mind.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A cosmologist – fascinated by the universe, how little we know about it and so much to explore.


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?

The office can get noisy with activity – simply put on some noise cancelling headphones with good music and crack on.


Where do you see the company in five years time?

We will have established ourselves as the go to platform for recruiting graduates. The matching capability will be exquisite and employers will love hiring through us.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Persistence is key. Keep going even when the times are tough and surround yourself with positive people.

Before going too far in any venture have clear agreements and if you can get it down on paper and signed.