Last night, I was honoured to be invited to speak at the Entrepreneur Forum organised by the ISAA (International Schools Alumni Alliance). Each of the schools – Chinese International School, German Swiss International School, Hong Kong International School and King George V School – had one Entrepreneur Alumnus sit on the panel and tell our stories of how we started our businesses. I was one of the panelists along with Robert Hsiung, HKIS Alum and Founder of Yao Yao Zhao Che, a taxi calling app in China; Theodore Ma, GSIS Alum and Founder of HK Cocoon, one of HK’s most active co-working spaces; and Chris Mackreth, KGV Alum and Founder of Greenmap HK. We had questions from the moderator, Colin Ken Bennett, as well as the audience about starting our businesses, what’s important for an entrepreneur and what difficulties we had. We talked about everything from funding and mentors to competition and our personal motivations. It was great to see such a great turnout and such enthusiastic questions from everyone!
The real highlight of the evening for me was the keynote speech from Po Chung, Co-founder of DHL International. He was such a character and a great inspiration for entrepreneurs. I had read his book before, so I was already familiar with what he spoke about. However, he also added a hilarious metaphor for surviving in business as compared to animals and why only a few have successfully become domesticated animals. It was such a pleasure to hear him speak.