Pivot, Pivot, Pivot, as They Say.
Why am I here? And by here I mean, Medium. I thought it only did justice to a content and idea sharing platform if I gave a short life story of where I came from and where I’m going.
Just like Ross said, life is all about “PEE-VAHT”-ing.
A true north strong and free Vancouverite, born in Yuanping, China and immigrated to Canada when I was 3. I grew up in Vancouver, did a few years of school in Shenzhen, and would have never imagined myself pursuing these particular set of goals (including being more involved in startups/entrepreneurship/social enterprizes), even four years ago.
When you’re twenty-two, you can very vividly imagine those pivotal life-changing moments. My first one was embarking on an internship at a startup incubator in Bangkok, Thailand. One of the biggest take aways from that experience was that the extreme hustle, bustle, and in one word craziness, just honed in on the fact that starting a business is so much about just figuring shit out. It doesn’t take a genius, it doesn’t take a millionaire, it just takes a go-getter.
This experience was also what connected me to an important mentor in my life who started the Cansbridge Fellowship, which brings together entrepreneurially minded individuals to take risks and explore working in Asia, and life in the Valley. For those of you who are as lucky as I am to have found mentors in your life, the relatinoship is inexplicable in terms of how much wisdom, guidance, and just support you receive from someone who is respected in the field you are interested in.
What was essential about this Fellowship experience, was beyond everything else, meeting likeminded people who were in the exact same position that I was in. Perhaps having felt the pressure in the past about pursuing the traditional business paths after a Bachelor of Commerce program in large corporations, and just toying with the idea of startups.
My second pivotal moment was while I was sitting in class as if it was like any other day, but boy was I in for a surprise when Scott, who is the CEO of the Venture for Canada Fellowship, came to promote what he was starting.
The program connects recent graduates with budding startups across Canada, working there for 2 years while providing additional training. Acting as a practice ground for students to live, learn, and start their own business when they’ve gathered a bit more real world knowledge of the startup scene.
That’s how I landed my new gig at Vidyard, a video analytics company budding in Kitchener-Waterloo, the Silicon Valley of the North. And I’m absolutely enthralled to be learning how to sell from arguable Canada’s best selling machine.
Time and time again I have only heard that working in a startup and starting your own business is the least risky, if you’re thinking the stability that big corporations bring, then talk to the people who worked at Target Canada, because businesses are always looking for individuals with drive, a get it done attitude, and a combination of ideas and execution.
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