Poland native Anna Frankowska lives and breathes parties and turned her passion into a groundbreaking social platform, Nightset. While many CEOs start their days at 6am, this is the hour Anna returns home from partying. Having recently being named in Forbes’ prestigious 30 under 30 for Technology, Anna’s brainchild, Nightset, connects the entire nightlife ecosystem and combines her two unique qualities – strong business acumen and an equally powerful party spirit. Here’s what happened, when we asked Anna how she got here.
Sum up yourself/your job in 2 sentences?
I am Anna Frankowska the founder and CEO of Nightset – the platform that connects the entire nightlife ecosystem. We connect people with the party world in a real time and people with each other via dating features.
What was the inspiration behind it?
I’m originally from Poland and I fell for the London nightlife scene while studying at UCL. I was studying economics and this was when I really absorbed myself in the city and came up with the idea for what would become Nightset. I then went travelling across the world including Mexico, India, Brazil, Argentina and all the way around China. I love travelling and it broadens the mind, learning about others cultures, histories and religions. I also used the opportunity to experience the nightlife of all these countries, which was invaluable.
When I got back I decided to move into finance, where I focussed on investment banking, business restructuring and learned about all the areas of raising investment, which would be crucial to me realising my Nightset dream.
I then went ‘undercover’ for six months working as a club promoter for some of London’s biggest nightclubs, gathering intelligence from venues and partygoers alike. I love partying, so this was the perfect mix of doing what I love and helping build my business idea at the same time. At the same time, I was out and about, we were already building a prototype version of Nightset to test the concept – and the test worked.
What has been the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The best piece of advice I’ve been given is from my mum. She told me “You can do whatever you want . If you don’t do it for yourself, who will?”. I live with that every day and she is right.
What piece of advice would you give to others wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Follow your dream. Do not be scared or wait for things to be ‘safe’. There will never be the right time to do something. You have to seize the moment. Do not delay – if you have a good idea that you feel solves a problem for other people, then move quickly . Once you have taken the jump, you will feel so much more empowered and driven to make everything happen. It’s really quite a unique experience.
You’re a new addition to a crayon box, what colour would you be and why?
Our brand colour Purple or “Sunday Evening” as we call it at Nightset. Purple represents creativity, wisdom, peace, pride, mystery, independence and magic. What could be more perfect ? 🙂
What was the last gift you gave someone?
I bought a bottle of Krupnik for a friend, which is an ancient Polish liqueur made from natural bee’s honey. It dates back to the Middle Ages and is a tradition in my country which is often drunk in tea, to make a warming beverage for cold winter’s nights.
What inspires you?
There is inspiration in everything you see. Look around you and you can find a new idea, a new person, a new way of living everyday. I meet so many inspirational people every day that make me challenge myself in so many ways. I think that’s why it’s important to surround yourself with good, interesting and different people who all have their own paths in the world.
What is the difference between right and wrong?
It’s a questions of semantics and values. One person’s wrong is another person’s right . Everything good is bad and everything bad is good. It’s the same relative thought.
When have you been most satisfied with your life?
I’ve always been satisfied with my life. There is no particular point I feel that is better or worse. We should all feel that life is a positive journey where you make good things happen. And if you are not satisfied with it, then change things.
If there was one thing you could say to you 5 year old self, what would it be?
I would say whatever you will do in the next twenty years, you must stick to your path no matter what. I would not tell me anything from the future that would potentially change the course of my life, as I am very happy with where I am and how I got here. That is the best thing you can say about life’s journey.
Tell us in 3 words, how you got to where you are today?
Focus. Persistence. Passion