5 Inspiring TED Talks By Homegrown Hong Kong Entrepreneurs

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March 10, 2017 | BY Grace Chee

Get motivated by these local role models

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It can be tough when you first start out as an entrepreneur, and it's often a long and lonely road ahead. Every day brings a new challenge, whether it's the constant fear of failure or the difficulty of communicating your ideas effectively.

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Luckily, we have plenty of successful local Hong Kong entrepreneurs who can serve as motivational role models. Learn their entrepreneurship lessons and get to know their success tatler_stories through these five TED talks:

David Tang: The Secret of Life

There’s no question that T-lister Sir David Tang is a born entrepreneur. The bon vivant and founder of Shanghai Tang, China Club, Havana House and Pacific Cigar Company Ltd tells the story of how he built up his multinational empire from scratch. Watch this and feel inspired.

 Lori Granito: Entrepreneurship lessons

Granito is the founder of Kitchen Sync, Hong Kong’s first culinary incubator, and co-owner of the Little Burro Mexican restaurants. In this talk, she tackles the subject of failure—how entrepreneurship used to be synonymous with failure, how to embrace failure as a female entrepreneur, and how her own failures eventually led to success.

Stephen Forte: The New New Startup Economics

As co-founder of AcceleratorHK, the city’s first start-up accelerator, as well as a serial tech entrepreneur, Forte is something of an authority on the start-up scene in Hong Kong. He talks about why so many people think of starting their own business, but never take that first step.

 Jonathan Li: How to speak with confidence

Li teaches you how to communicate effectively, so that you can influence people and make an impact on your audience. He regularly trains business leaders as a public speaking coach, so he knows what he's talking about. He also has a successful podcast and best selling book, entitled The Expressive Leader.

 Juliette Gimenez: Making impossibility possible

Cool girl Juliette Gimenez takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to fear. As another serial entrepreneur, she’s had plenty of experience with it. The co-founder and current CEO of fashion app Goxip (a shoppable Instagram) talks about how to “suck it up” and face fear head-on as an inevitable part of life.

 See also: How To Find Balance In Hectic Hong Kong

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