“For me, life is never about grades or internships. I have received numbers of comments saying that I am only a dreamer. But like an old saying goes, choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
“We have witnessed the growth and development of Y-talk these years. It’s quite impressive that you made a student project into a registered start-up. How did you manage to do that?”
“Well, it may sound surprising to you. But the truth is, unlike others, we never meant to start a company in the very beginning. We created Y-talk in UST couple of years ago when it was just a student-initiated program. Back then, being able to attract people was already a miracle to us. But after a couple of events, we saw how one story can lead to another and ultimately change people’s perceptions towards life, and that’s when we knew we should move forward. Amazingly, it was always Y-talk itself telling us it needs to grow, not us. I believe what lead us here is not our ambition, instead, it is the power of stories.
“Speaking of the power of stories, I have another old-fashioned question (laugh), what motivates you to create Y-talk. How can you stay passionate as you always are?”
“Everyone has their own dream, one that you can fight hard for, you just need to find out where your passion lies. For me, life is never about grades or internships, in fact, I have to admit that preparing for exams is never my strength. But I always know I was born with a purpose of connecting people, it is what I love and what I am good at. That’s how we started the idea. I have received numbers of comments saying that I am only a dreamer. But like an old saying goes, choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Sharing life experience and connecting stories is my passion, and I don’t have to find ways to motivate myself. The motivation just comes naturally. It is right here.”
“I also heard that you have a unique team, all of you are from engineering backgrounds, and you are all doing Y-talk on a part-time basis. So how would you describe your engineering background in terms of its help in developing Y-talk?”
“True. We definitely have a special team. It is hard to find a start-up without a co-founder with business background nowadays. But we have our own reasons. I don’t consider our backgrounds as a barrier for Y-talk, instead, having the engineering mindset does help. As a typical engineer, I enjoy the process of creating things myself rather than finding someone else to do it for me like those businessmen. The logical thinking skills that I possess also enable me to look at things in a more systematic way. As a team, we may not have superb business ideas, we even don’t have a sophisticated business model so far. But one thing for sure, we are all curious about life, and we are eager to learn and grow along the way. I am gratitude to have these doers who share the same passion with me, and we are ready to create more impact.”
“One last question. How is Y-talk different from TED, is TED your major competitor?”
“We get similar concepts, but we are basically providing a peer-to-peer sharing platform that can involve more people. Let me put it this way. On TED talks, you always hear famous people’s sharing about their innovations, their progress, and their success stories. However, life is not only about success. We want to provide a platform for ordinary people to influence others, and in the near future, we will be creating and launching our own program that services the needs in related areas. We believe that everyone’s life story, no matter they succeed or failed, is worth exploring. We want to bring out the awesomeness in peer-to-peer sharing, and the power of community.”
Y-talk believes in the power of connecting stories, so do we. Please stay tuned with The BASE Story Series to find out more about life as entrepreneurs and receive some tips to prepare you for the start-up world.
Written by Riva @ The BASE