[A recap of Startup Grind HCMC on 25th September 2014, at The House of Saigon coffee shop]
"The most important thing is to learn from other people’s mistakes so that you don’t pay the price..."
The second floor of The House of of Saigon was all filled up when hungry-for-success and ambitious young audience, despite a heavy pouring rain, came to Startup Grind Ho Chi Minh’s second interview last Thursday to listen to stories and shared experiences of Mr Nguyen Tuan Anh, General Manager of Grab Taxi Vietnam. In a casual sporty outfit, Mr Nguyen Tuan Anh paid back the effort of the audience with intriguing stories and helpful advice that will allow mistake-prone young entrepreneurs not to pay the price that the speak had to.
"Everything started with being bored…"
Having graduating from the National University of Singapore, Mr Nguyen Tuan Anh went to work at Yahoo and became Product Manager after two years. The corporate environment; however, bored the young man, prompting him to leave the company and start the path of entrepreneurship. He said that he was bored because he thought he knew everything. However, such a premature thought was quickly extinguished when the hardship of entrepreneurship came to encounter him. Understanding that what happened to him is widely existent among young Vietnamese, he advised that would-be entrepreneurs take a chance at entrepreneurship as soon as possible because no matter how much they think they know, they wouldn’t be aware of how hard it would be.
“This is something that can affect people’s life and help people”
With that being said, Mr Nguyen Tuan Anh remarked that he was fine as well with those who chose ordinary corporate life over entrepreneurship. According to him, as long as one’s endeavor is creating social values, it does not matter whether one founds a company or has a 9-to-5 job. It is such a belief in creating values for the society that led him to GrabTaxi. Mr Tuan Anh explained that he took the position of General Manager of GrabTaxi Vietnam as he thought the service was helpful to people and could affect people’s life. A common cause that can be found in many entrepreneurs’ stories worldwide!