Jonathan is a Management Consultant based in Perth with a background in process improvement. He graduated from an IT engineering school in France and since his arrival in 2010 in Australia, he has kept the goal of founding a startup in the IT space. Goal motivated by his strong interest for new technologies. 5 years after, Mondoz is born in Perth.
Australiance Team : What is your start up mission and “value add”?
Jonathan : With a business Partner we created Mondoz a platform that aims to:
- Connect people to a variety of cultural cuisines they may have never tried before (eg. Turkish, Morrocan, Hungarian, Thai etc.)
- Leave people the impression that they have just flown to that country and eaten an authentic cultural meal
- Give people a refreshing social and cultural experience at the dining table
If you want to try authentic food or know how to cook and want to make extra money, go to mondozapp.com – the first users will receive 5% off!
AT : When and how have you started your business in Australia?
J: Interesting question as the idea emerged in September 2015 on the plane with a co-worker because we didn’t know what type of cuisine we should have for lunch the next day!
AT : What types of experts have you engaged in your entrepreneurial journey?
J: Working for a management consulting company helps a lot as we have all sorts of profiles we can leverage internally (SMEs – Subject Matter Experts). Externally, we are working with a law firm at the moment and are looking for a marketing/PR agency as well.
AT: Do you have 1 tip for an international entrepreneur willing to set up his business in Australia?
J: Networking, networking and networking. Just like every country, Australia is no exception. Some say that you should know people. For me it’s more about who knows you.
AT: What advice would you give to an international professional looking for employment opportunity in Australia in IT?
J: IT is very in demand in Australia, actually IT is in demand everywhere in the world. I know people with 2-3 years of experience in a specialized field from Europe who found a job within a month. My advice though would be to contact the companies directly from overseas to lower the risks.
AT: What do you like to do when you’re not working?
J: I like languages and trying new things. I’m currently learning Korean (I’m able to roughly read, write and speak). I’m also going through my recreational pilot certificate because I like to fly (in 18 months I will be up there by myself).
AT: As a #smartAustralianInsider, is there anything else you would like to share with our visitors?
JT: I honestly do advise Australiance for coaching purposes. 4 years ago, I had coaching sessions when I was in Sydney and the team helped me to prepare for case study interviews… Today I work in consulting.
AT: Can you suggest “useful links” for our Australian entrepreneurs toolbox?
I do hit the following websites every morning before work. Being aware of what is happening in the world help to thing big even if you have to start small.
AT : Thank you very much Jonathan!