Wisdom Of A Young Entrepreneur

Question: What do you envision Eko becoming over the next 3-5 years?

A: I hope to develop Eko into a Thai-based technology firm that produces innovative and world-first solutions that meet the needs of customers all around the world.

Now Eko has 60 staff, 40% of them foreigners. The company plans to recruit 240 more employees by 2017 to serve its expansion plans.

I hope Eko becomes a unicorn by 2017, a startup company valued at over US$1 billion.

Our ultimate goal is to become a global player competing with the likes of Microsoft over the next 10 to 20 years.

Question: How do you spend your day?

A: Normally, I wake up, head to my office, go to the gym, then head into work.

I generally get out of work around 7 or 8pm and head home for dinner with my family. I also spend a lot of time travelling abroad, seeing partners and customers.

Question: How do you escape from daily pressures?

A: I think the key for me is to ensure that I always figure out, even roughly, plans to fix whatever issues I may be stressed about.

By the time I get home, or go to bed, I will at least be able to tell myself everything will be fine because I am ready to take action.

I also try to spend weekends away with friends, when I stay away from my phone.

Question: What sports or hobbies do you like to do?

A: I used to swim competitively for more than 10 years before stopping when I was 18. I swam in Thailand, around the region, as well as for my high school in the US.

In my last year, my relay team finished with All-American status (top 50 ranked in the US), and also finished in the top 10 for some individual events at major regional US meets.

Here's a fun fact. I actually swam against Joseph Schooling [a Singaporean swimmer who won the gold medal in the 100 metres butterfly at the 2016 Olympics]. I even beat him in some events!

Question: What is next for your career?

A: I am committed towards building and developing Eko. I'm having the time of my life at the helm of the business and for the foreseeable future I would love to be able to continue growing it into the organisation I believe it can be.

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