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.

Design Thinking

Here is the Design Thinking framework provided by Stanford University. It is open source so anyone can use it. (http://longevity3.stanford.edu/designchallenge/design-thinking-process/)

Last weekend I attended the Small Business Fair at Honolulu Community College. It was fun seeing familiar faces and also learning from others about the plethora of resources available for small businesses.

In one session, I was introduced to Design Thinking thanks to Ian from Oceanit. Basically, It’s a framework built for anyone trying to provide a solution to a problem. Perfect for entrepreneurs.

One of the key takeaways I got from the presentation was that this framework is like a martial art. The more you practice it, the better you’ll be at it. So it made me wonder. Are there groups that spar on a regular basis?

Do you or anyone you know practice Design Thinking? I’d love to connect and chat. Let’s talk story.