Anise Smith was recently interviewed by TheCelebrity.Online Magazine for January 2024 Cover Story and below is the Q&A session we had with her.
Anise Smith As Cover Story – January 2024 Edition
How do you introduce yourself?
Meet Anise Smith, the entrepreneurial force behind KiiQui, a groundbreaking networking and meeting app revolutionizing connections in the digital age. Anise, the Founder and Managing Director of this Sesina Apps Company venture, is not your typical tech visionary. With a background in Organizational Development and a Master’s degree in Internet/Digital Marketing, she’s worn many hats throughout her dynamic career, from Digital Marketer to College Course Developer to Graduate level Digital Marketing Professor. Her secret to success? She has a passion for entrepreneurship, building multiple streams of income outside of a traditional 9-5, real estate investment, and a relentless pursuit of innovation, which was instilled in her by her father.
Childhood to Adulthood – How was your transition from childhood to adulthood, and what are the bad and good things you remember?
Anise’s journey from childhood to adulthood was defined by her remarkable resilience and independence, shaped by her unconventional upbringing by her single father, a Philadelphia cop, and her paternal grandmother. The good? Her father instilled in her unwavering self-reliance, perseverance, and the importance of standing in her power. The bad? Coping with the absence of her mother had a profound impact on her family. But Anise tapped into that resilience and perseverance to move through it.
Struggle – What hardships have you gone through in life?
Anise’s life has been a testament to unparalleled resilience undeterred by adversity. As a Black woman, she acknowledges that her journey began with inherent challenges. However, she thrives on overcoming obstacles, viewing them as indicators of proximity to her goals. The mantra she inherited from her father, “TRY AGAIN,” fuels her determination. Yet, the most formidable hardship was the emotional turmoil of caring for her father during his battle with stomach cancer, which was a heart-wrenching experience that left an indelible mark on her soul. She was so very blessed to spend his last days caring for him and had bittersweet but very memorable moments of watching Game of Thrones together as he fought through the most challenging battle of his life.
What do people usually not know about you?
Beneath Anise’s entrepreneurial spirit lies a world of endless hidden talents and aspirations. She aspires to learn to play a musical instrument and master the Spanish language, revealing a desire for personal growth beyond her professional endeavors. The ultimate goal is to tap into the love for traveling to spend a lot more time in countries where Spanish is the primary language and have the ability to enjoy those cultures.
What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry and life?
Anise’s eclectic skill set sets her apart in the corporate world and entrepreneurial landscape due to her unique ability to spot profit opportunities in practically any scenario, making her a powerhouse in sales and marketing. Moreover, her passion for embracing cutting-edge technology, such as AI, led her to write her first book, “AI Empowered: Exploring the Limits of ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence.”
What are your upcoming major events?
Anise has recently launched an innovative mobile app, KiiQui, that blends the best features of popular platforms, offering a unique blend of video chat, short video profiles, networking, and speed meetings. As she embarks on the journey of the development of her next groundbreaking app, the tech world should be on high alert.
What are your food preferences and physical attributes?
Anise’s dedication to health-conscious eating is a testament to her commitment to nourishing her body. Her dietary and health focus is on organic, gluten-free, low-sugar, and low-sodium options, with sustainable seafood and organic poultry as her primary protein sources. Beef and pork have not been a part of her diet for decades. Daily workouts and an extraordinary therapist at JHJ Therapy underscore her dedication to maintaining her physical and mental well-being.
Your love life, relationships, and family?
With her relentless pursuit of entrepreneurial dreams, Anise finds little time for romance. Her family support system includes her beloved GenZ son, uncle, twin aunties, and a host of cherished cousins. While she remains focused on her professional journey, Anise intends to explore the possibility of finding a life partner in 2024.
What expert advice would you like to give?
Anise’s life lessons are both profound and practical. Due to the wisdom passed down from her father, she is passionate about the importance of building generational wealth and cultivating multiple streams of income. She encourages seizing opportunities, embracing happiness, and removing the toxic influences of people, places, and things from one’s life. Her advice? Fill your own cup first, and let others benefit from the overflow while nurturing positive relationships and constantly expanding your skillset. Anise’s philosophy: In a fast-moving world, travel, love, and embrace peace—because time is short, experiences are abundant, and you should DO ALL THE THINGS.
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