Startup Insider: 5 Insights From Day 1 of the Echelon Asia Summit 2015

1. ‘Architect your career and education’
The Echelon Asia Summit was kicked off with a fireside chat between e27 Editor-in-Chief Iris Leung and Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie. He emphasized the changing nature of finding a career and how it has become really fluid. With Freelancer growing rapidly in Asia, people have been hopping from job to job, building their skills and pursuing careers outside of what they studied in school.

He shared, “It is not just about finding the right career anymore, but it’s also about continuously learning and building your skill set.”

2. ‘Each country in Asia is unique’Rakuten Ventures Managing Partner Saemin Ahn sat on a panel on how to find the next Unicorn in Asia. We asked Saemin what he thought were the upcoming trends in Asia and he told us how people should stop talking about Asia like it is just one country. He emphasized how it’s important for entrepreneurs to think about the unique qualities of each country and how you’re going to expand to each one.

3. ‘You need someone to tell you it’s okay’

We got the opportunity to sit down with Cherubic Ventures Partner Tina Cheng, and she shared with us the importance of grit and being able to stay the course as an entrepreneur. She shared her own experience of running her own education startup prior to becoming a venture capitalist.

While the first two years was met with a lot of excitement along with the challenges that comes with running a startup, Tina’s startup was hit with stagnant growth during the third year. This is when she started to question if she was fit to be an entrepreneur. She said, “It’s important to have someone, maybe a mentor, to tell you that things will be okay and that you should keep pushing forward. This can be the difference between success and failure.”