I want to change the world.
#1 Frustration: Don't have the same clout or leverage as when having a big corporate name behind you.
#1 Reward: Complete freedom to move and change at lightning speed.
Those of us with large-company background don't know how to think small, and those with small-company background don't know how to think big.
1. You are never adapting as fast as you need to. I just admit defeat and try to adapt faster.
2. Need to have co-founders. A real co-founder is someone who's up when you're down, and vice versa. Anything else is not.
3. You need to develop a rare balance of realism and optimism. Realism to assess challenges with your head out of the sand. Optimism to keep an absolute faith (and convince others) that you & your team can beat them.
Christopher Nguyen is CEO & Co-founder of Yatown. Prior to Yatown Christopher was CEO at Bluepulse, a venture-backed mobile social start-up. Before that, he worked at Google as Director of Engineering responsible for the operations of Google Apps (GMail, Calendar, etc). He is a recipient of the Google Founders' Award.
Previously he was founder and CEO of ACTGent Software, where he delivered five generations of a multi-million dollar real-time trading system, which was acquired by SHB Bank in 2005. He was also a co-founder and CTO of Agenda-Asia, a 400 strong pan-Asia digital presence agency acquired by WPP in 2008.
Earlier, he was a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, where he helped launch their Computer Engineering program. He has also held technical positions at Xerox, Hewlett Packard and Intel. Christopher holds a bachelor's degree with highest honors in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS and PhD from Stanford University.