Personal lessons and moments of impact
“I am not afraid to move sideways in my career. In some cases, you need to go backwards in order to go forwards. It is important to make the decision that suits you and not the decision that people expect you to make.”
“One of the most intriguing decisions I made was leaving the Boston Consulting Group after having been a partner for a number of years. Curiosity got the better of me.”
“The most significant decision was to get out of my comfort zone and move abroad at the age of 17.”
“I networked the hell out of my career, which started in college. I was always taught your life is what you make of it. No one will come and hand you a free lunch. I worked hard at managing and influencing my own destiny.”
Bernard Leong shares his learnings from creating one of the best tech podcasts in Asia and describes his life-changing experience at Singularity University.
“My worst work mistake is not being comfortable raising capital. While I’ve raised over a million in capital, I haven’t done it through the typical venture capitalists.”
“The most important decision in my career was to either start or stop a business. I’ve been through four startups and each one led me to a new city and adventure.”
Gilberto Gaeta gives us a glimpse into what it takes to succeed in a high-growth tech company and how to stay ahead of the game.
“I don’t think there’s ever just one important decision. It’s life. You’re always making decisions along the way and most are important. Some you make more wisely than the others, but you learn from each. I view everything through that lens.”
“The most important decision in my career was to take on tasks where I knew I was out of my depth. To highlight areas where I will need help, to reveal my weak spots, to identify the right people that can help and then work with them to deliver.”
Former rocket scientist and current innovation strategist Mark Shmulevich reveals his insights into some of the biggest trends in technology that will shape the future and recommends game-changing books that have changed the way he works.
“You’ve got to learn how to un-learn and re-learn again. Things are changing very fast, you can choose to complain about it or you find a way how to get involved.”
“We’ve got a revolution out there. Media is facing so many challenges. So my ambition is to build a balanced sustainable business that would be successful long-term.”
Peng T. Ong
Singapore native Peng T. Ong is one of Asia’s most notable technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Peng talks to us about his journey creating three wildly successful start-ups and his thoughts on entrepreneurship, innovation and what success actually means.
Phil Townend of Unruly APAC talks to us about AI, algorithms, and his views on the future of video advertising.
“One of my biggest mistakes was not paying attention to corporate culture when I was building my company.”
“Whenever I see an opportunity, I go for it. I’m comfortable with a high degree of uncertainty — constantly reminding myself “what’s the worst that can happen?”
TED Talks and videos that inspire the Great Owls
Books that influenced the Great Owls