The easi6 team is back from Dublin’s Web Summit. Thank you, Web Summit, for the booth and wonderful time. Never had we ever met such inspirational people. We picked four keywords that best describe our experience there.
Many tech blog posts say to set up meetings in advance, especially if the event is as large as the Web Summit. This is very true. But, beauty also came from being surprised while wandering round the booths. We ran into this 10-year-old young star with a big heart, who claims to be the youngest CEO at the Web Summit, being interviewed by a major TV reporter. This little guy made the Ability App that helps people with disabilities find locations, employments, businesses and services that are disability friendly. With this guy in the spotlight, it shows that anyone can make change. All you need is to care for others.
The talks arranged by the event were also interesting. What are the chances you get to meet Mike Krieger, co-Founder of Instagram, or Ed Catmull, President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios. Man, that big hall was packed with so many people, it was hard to breath. (Well, sort of.)
What really hit us hard was the word conviction stressed by Jeff Lawson, co-Founder and CEO of Twilio. He told us a story of how he was in other businesses before, but had to leave because he did not love his business, customers and everything about it. You hear about tools useful for your business. But what good will they do if you do not love what you do? The key is to do what you believe in. Are you sure this is what you want to do? Are certain people need your product? If your answer is yes, you will always find a way to make it.
In the final moments of the event, Paddy Crosgrave, Founder of the Web Summit, gave a speech that exuded great influence over us. He stressed equality. He encouraged members of the Web Summit audience to join the Walk4Eva, a campaign against the Catholic control of education in Ireland. The campaign is named after Eva Panicker, a Hindu girl struggling to find a nearby school that would accept her. Everyone deserves education regardless of your religion, gender and nationality. Equality leads us to diversity, a fuel that generates new ideas. Without this, an industry will not survive and a country will not grow. Paddy really showed us to fight for what we believe in. He showed us the courage to build a better future, not just for your business but for others.
The Korean media frequently talks about how the government is pushing to create momentum for the startup scene, as part of nation’s drive for ‘creative economy.’ But is it difficult to obtain press coverage because we do not have significant numbers yet. The stress is on the results rather than the story. This did not stop us from reaching out. We sought out reporters and media that would be interested in our service Easiway and told our story in the most sincere way. Then we met Lourda Sexton from CCTV News at the Web Summit and her wonderful coverage hit the airwaves on Nov. 5. Above is the a scene of the interview of our CEO Kay Woo with Sexton. Sexton said, “Kay Woo [CEO of Easishare Limited] developed an app called Easiway that allows passengers to book cross-border transport between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.” We were patient and persistent and finally found our way to tell the world about our service. Opportunities may rely on chances, but great opportunities are made.