2. About Entrepreneurship and the workplace
Question: At that time, the momentum of the financial job market was promising, so why did you leave to start your own business? Can you share your career and entrepreneurial experiences with us?
Answer: First of all, I didn’t just suddenly decide to start a business; I am actually opposed to randomly starting a business on a whim. I had always been contemplating to start a business. At the time, I worked at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, some of the best companies in the industry, and I felt like I had realised another life’s dream. But I started asking myself again, is this really how the rest of my life would be like? Thinking about it now, I was also relatively lacking in patience because I thought I could do more with my skills. I probably could have stayed for a few more years to gain more knowledge in my field. Entrepreneurship is not a choice for everyone.
I now find myself wanting to say to my younger friends that you must be patient, put more time to the field you are in, become an expert in that field, and be a friend of time. You can gain a lot of excellent experience working in a large company. And to start a business on your own, you need to solve many problems yourself, and you must have the courage to lead a team. Something I do quite well is thinking about how to automate, such as using IT to simplify a process. I want to emphasise that communicating with others is extremely important. You have to imagine the other person is a blank piece of paper and consciously explain things in a clear, well-communicated way.