A few weeks ago I joined the “Smart Money” program on FBNC channel here in Saigon. The host, Tran Quoc Tran, asked some great questions and pulled out 6 lessons for tech entrepreneurs from my own experience. Here are the highlights: Continue reading →
6 Lessons for Tech Entrepreneurs
Brian Tracy — “Sales Is Essential”
“Sales is human-based and absolutely essential. Itâ€™s connecting with the needs, the wants, the desires, the hopes, the ambitions of the prospect, and showing them that your product or service can enhance their lives.”
Tony Fernandes — “Dream The Impossible”
“In AirAsia we consider ourselves basically a dream factory…We deliberately decided that we wanted a company where people can pursue their passion and we wanted to make use of all the talent that we have in-house.Â The culture that we have stems from the fact that we want openness and we want people to be creative and passionate about what they do. In order to do that, weâ€™ve got to inspire them.”
CEO and Founder
Tony Fernandes is above all things a dreamer.
Vinnie Lauria — Bridging Silicon Valley and Asia
“It’s totally okay to fail. Most entrepreneurs have at least one failure behind them. But they keep moving forward.
Golden Gate Ventures
Golden Gate Ventures is a Singapore-based early-stage investor in technology companies across Southeast Asia.Â Silicon Valley veterans, their vision is to advance and deepen the ties between the Silicon Valley and and Southeast Asia entrepreneurial technology communities.
Christa Foley — Secrets of Zappos Culture
“If you have a culture that creates an environment where employees can be themselves, where they’re encouraged and inspired to grow, to be creative, to always be learning, you’re going to attract top talent. You’re going to have a lower turnover. You’re going to have inspired and happy employees.”
Senior Human Resources Manager at Zappos.com
Zappos.com is famous for having a unique culture that inspires uncommon loyalty and spirit among team members.Â I spoke to Christa about what culture means and how Zappos Culture has helped to make Zappos one of the most successful online retailers in the world.
Esther Nguyen – Entrepreneurs Must “Almost Die”
almost going to die, but you’re not ready to die. So this inside
strength just comes and tells you just to keep going, keep
-Esther Nguyen, Founder & CEO of Pops
Federico Folcia – Avoid These Top Startup Mistakes
“You have to force yourself to launch. That’s the most important, getting that out of the way as soon as possible.”
– Federico Folcia, Founder and CEO of Roomorama.com
I met Federico at an Echelon startup event in Saigon in April.Â His presentation about startup mistakes to avoid was outstanding.Â He spoke from the heart as an entrepreneur who has made painful mistakes and learned from them.Â I spoke with him after his presentation and we hit it off.Â Federico is a super friendly and passionate guy.
Marc Cenedella – “Start Right Now!”
“An entrepreneur is somebody who says, ‘Look, I know the world is saying they don’t need this business yet, but I’m going to go prove to them that they do need it.'”
Marc Cenedella, CEO and Founder of TheLadders
While in New York City recently I visited Marc Cenedella, Founder & CEO of TheLadders.Â TheLadders is the leading job-matching service for career-driven professionals in the USA and UK.
Marc is one of those rare triple-threat leaders — super smart, charismatic and passionate.Â I’m always inspired after speaking to him.
Thanh Nguyen — Leadership is About Love
“Deep down everyone loves to have others love them…love is the emotion of wanting to be together, wanting to unconditionally support each other, wanting to understand and empathize, wanting to be there when things are tough and to be there when things are fun.”
Thanh Nguyen, Founder & CEO of Anphabe.com
Welcome to my first video interview!
My guest was Thanh Nguyen, Founder & CEO of Anphabe.com, the leading “Share to Succeedâ€ business community connecting thousands of leaders and experts in Vietnam.
Thanh is a passionate, highly spiritual leader.Â She is talented at communicating vision and motivating others to achieve greatness.
Bryan Pelz — Serial Internet Entrepreneur
“Dog fooding is what everyone should do before they unleash their app to the public, use it, eat your own dog food. It’s the product that you’re creating.”
Bryan Pelz, Founder and CEO, Klamr.to
Last week I visited Bryan Pelz in the hip Saigon office of Klamr.to, his new mobile app startup.