An Interview with Hashim Ruan “My Limit Is Not the 68 Square Miles of St Kitts”

Dec 1, 2014
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Where in St Kitts and Nevis are you from?

I was born in the JNF hospital, in the city of Basseterre. Now I reside at Fortlands after having moved from Boids and Palmata Point.


Are you involved in any community organizations (charities, church, etc.)?

Yes I was recently given an opportunity to be a part of the 25 most remarkable teen’s volunteer program as well as the youth entrepreneurial program. I am also the co- founder for a youth group named Youth Extravaganza Explosion of Arts.

Recently you sponsored a teen project in your home country of St Kitts and Nevis [Young entrepreneur sponsors remarkable teens projects], Why did you decided to do that?

hashimdonatesI decided to make that contribution because I realized that the best thing to do, most of all, as an entrepreneur is to give back to the community but not just the community but those that are coming behind you trying to achieve their goals.

In a nutshell, I also had hurdles to overcome in terms of attaining funding for projects that I wanted to do so I want to make it easy for young person facing the same challenge. 

Are there any social issues you feel passionately about?

Yes there is one social issue in particular that I am passionate about, and that is anti-social behaviour. I am passionate about addressing this problem because I was actually anti- social once before. As a result I was deprived or lost opportunities as a teenager to become something great in my community and for my community.

At the age of 15 however I realized that being anti- social actually stunts the growth of my personal development. Subsequently, it was now my goal to rid myself of this habit by focusing on what I love doing most, which was inventing. After watching multiple documentaries and meeting with a few investors and mentors I realized that I had worth much more than I thought.

Additionally, I was always aware that I had a great calling from God but I had no clue what it was so I always thought of myself as an evangelist. What I learned from this experience is that you are your worst enemy and being an introvert can only work up to adolescence in a globalized world. We must help our anti- social neighbours and listen to what they have to say because they are the ones with the great ideas.

Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.

If it is one thing that people don’t know about me is that I love to develop my own language in my spare time and I actually have an obsession with flight and birds anatomy including humanised birds such as angels. I would really like to fly one day and when I say fly I mean fly with my nano-bionical wings not just a plane. Although I would love to fly in the cockpit with a pilot one day (Chuckles)

Tell me about company? Why did you decided to start this company?

Nanostar Limited actually started out as an initiative that focused renewable technology such as solar technology. As mentioned earlier this was conceptualized and designed at the age of 15.

I wanted to start this company initially to develop new renewable energy systems that would maximize the absorption of the sun’s energy. After developing such like systems in my room and presenting them to investors I realized that something was missing and renewable technology just wasn’t going to fill that gap.

Strangely enough after having this epiphany I started to hear about a rising field named nanotechnology. So in 2014 February 21st I was invited to the UK to set up my Headquarters and Company in England and Wales. Successfully doing so I know I had to change the name to something that covers our new focus without losing the prior. So I came to the conclusion nanostar limited due to the fact that I loved gazing at the starry night sky for inspiration as well as the new focus (nano)technology.

I now have access to three of the most influential labs in the world where the company will be conducting research and developing its products (the Brookhaven National Lab to name one). As the founder I offer my expertise and free range mind to the public to develop the public and private sectors of the world by partnering with key individuals or countries to address certain issues whether sociable or economical.

What is most rewarding about being a CEO; what makes it all worthwhile?

To put it across as simple as possible is that you are free in mind and not just your own boss. To be your own boss is GREAT but to have a free mind being able to let the beautiful rivers of imagination flow in the best and most rewarding feeling ever. The STARS are the limit!!

What are the most critical problems faced by Caribbean youths like yourself? How do you think these problems should be handled?

The most critical problems are two things. 1- Our Minds 2- Ourselves
Let me expound a bit on each point. I say our minds because we often think that if we live in St. Kitts or if we live in Nevis then we are limited to, for example, the 68 sq miles that St. Kitts is.

We have to realize that although technology is global for most of us, our minds are still localized. To change this we must free our minds and allow positive frequencies to flow into our lives either from change in our environment or the people we listen to on a daily basis.

To expound on the second point allow me to simply say that if we don’t realized that only together we can achieve great things for the Caribbean we will remain in the same predicament. Change starts at home and so do ideas but to make them a reality your neighbour must be engaged in some way.

What’s the next skill or knowledge set you want to add to your repertoire to make you a better entrepreneur?

The next skill or knowledge that I want to add to my repertoire or professional profile is a certification in consultancy and to obtain a PHD in applied mathematics and nanotechnology. I want by the age 23 that I know at least 6 languages and want to learn how to create cross platform programs in my spare time!!

List three misconceptions that people often have about you (and, if none, why).

Three misconceptions that people usually have about me are:

  1. IS he an evangelist or technology leader? ( I use to preach on pulpits)
  2. Is he an engineer or businessman? (I do both)
  3. Was he always living in St. Kitts? ( I travel a lot)

What’s your life plan? What do you plan to have accomplished in five, 10, 20, and 50 years — personally and/or professionally?

In the next 15 years I plan to have this business residing and developing in the 7 major continents. I will(Optimistic) have a family of 7 kids and one wife. I want to have AMP towers in the USA, Europe and the Caribbean to be the leading research centers in the world.

I want to own my own airline and create a Nanostar Family worldwide to address the problems in third world countries and those suffering from diseases and economic depression. I want to donate money to 1000s of youth initiatives all over the world. I will probably be known as Mr Nano or something like that.

To sum up all the plans I have for this world will be impossible in one interview. Did I forget to mention that my inventions will probably be the hottest trends in the tech industry not to mention simultaneously solving both energy and scientific issues in the world?

Did you have a model/person that you aspired to be when you were growing up in St Kitts and Nevis?

nanostarTo be honest I had about three models or persons that I aspired to be like when I was young. These were Nikola Tesla, Donald Trump and Leonardo Da Vinci. Why? Because I didn’t have the wisdom as yet that the best person to be is ME until I was about 18 years old.

Even though these people inspired me, they couldn’t bring the spark that myself brought to the table when it comes to being something great. That is God’s message to me saying “Ok I get you wanted to learn from these people but now it’s time to make your own story”. My strength and faith however always came from my personal Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Has there been a defining moment in your life that made you decide to take the direction in life that you did?

Good question the defining moment started when I was born again at the age of 13. My life however really took flight in this direction when I had an enlightenment awareness which suddenly freed my mind from the 68 sq miles in which I was placed. When I had no other choice but to make that first step of risk in 2008 as an inventor, that’s when greatness occurred.

Do you have advice to offer young people from the Caribbean aspiring to be as successful as you?

My advice to you my beautiful and vibrant young people is to be firstly, free in your mind. After taking that first step towards your goal you will inevitably reach your desired destination but as one guy told me “The pace at which you get there is dependent on your consistency and persistence against the negatives which move parallel to your hard work”

Stay focused! Stay Motivated and remember if you need any help or advice. Nanostar Limited’s founder is just a phone call away @ 1869 7640451.



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