East Meets West 2019

Thanks to everyone who has been making this event happen.

As I’m relaxing on a Saturday night after a couple of days of working with awesome people, I wanted to share my experience with East Meets West 2019.

If this event is something new to you, the best way I can describe it is bringing in a pool of different types of people: innovators, investors, leaders, and entrepreneurs. The reason for the gathering of these people from Asia to the US? To share their perspectives and expertise in hopes to¬†solve the world’s challenges.

I was fortunate to be a part of the Hands In Helping Out (HIHO) crew. For this event, we were tasked to take care of registration. It was nice to see some familiar faces on our check-in list and I always enjoy hanging out with my HIHO peeps.

Lucky me, I got to attend a good chunk of the panels during downtime and I did my best to soak up as much information as I can. Here are a couple key takeaways:

  • Rebecca Lynn from Canvas VC shared that it’s never too late to do what you want.
  • Margot Shmorak from Hostfully¬†said, “do things that are not related,” and she emphasized that’s remarkably valuable if you end up becoming a leader. Also, never be ashamed of asking for help.

I found some really good value in a surprising panel. Listening to Max Holloway give his analysis on the future of sports, more specifically UFC was inspirational. The basic concept he bestowed upon the panel attendees is this: You need to have a personal brand to have people trust you and it’s not easy. He compared it to being a fighter, having to practice control and master your art.

Being a champion isn’t all about the flash and the glamour. Glad to hear Max Holloway talk about how there are responsibilities to being a champion. It’s up to you how you want to brand yourself.

There were tons of ideas exchanged throughout the event and Hawaii is probably one of the best places to do it because of the unique environment and challenges. To me, every interaction I had with everyone I made connections with is data to analyze and material to work with to solve big or even small problems.

If you attended, what did you learn? Let’s talk story, would love to chat with you and see what we can do to solve problems.

Japan!

Can’t even see where the city ends. Photo by D. Ramos

Last month I took a vacation to Japan but my mind couldn’t stop enjoying and analyzing how everything is efficient. From the train stations to the restaurants, it’s amazing to be reminded what’s possible.

There’s a balance of system and culture all throughout Japan. In this photo, my wife and I are waiting our turn to take a picture with the famous torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine. Balancing tourist, locals, and even a wedding it seems like everyone has a chance to have an experience. Photo by D. Ramos

I really appreciated all the little notes and signs used to inform and make sure everyone is aware of their surroundings. Not only are people informed, but there’s some practicality to it. Check out the bar code below:

It’s all in the detail. There’s function and a little bit of fun when it comes to how bar codes are printed on this bottle of Orangina manufactured in Japan. Photo by D. Ramos

Data/Information is all around us. Its pushing for actions to be made. Take the example below:

One of the most efficient ways to order Ramen in Japan. You even get your own water to refill your cup. Photo by D. Ramos

Are you doing any summer traveling? Have you been anywhere else but the place you reside? Do you find some things done differently that you think is impossible to implement where you call home? Let’s talk story. Holler @ me.