28 July 2017 | One week following serial entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman in Ho Chi Minh city and Da Nang is a great opportunity to listen to Jeff’s message to entrepreneurs “Dream Big, Work Hard, and Create Value” and see Jeff’s non-stop working.
Then the biggest lesson learned is: Don’t know if dream is big; Don’t know if value is created; Just certain that working hard can be achieved. When this lesson is told to Jeff, he smiles and says, “Work hard and work smart, both are important.”
In his phenomenally inspiring keynote at Surf Danang 2017, Jeff points out:
- Entrepreneurship is about changing the way things are into the way they should be.
- Ideas are welcome. But execution is worshiped.
- Entrepreneurship is not the goal. It’s the tool.
- Entrepreneurship is the shovel you use to dig a path to a brighter future.
- Either be an entrepreneur, or be part of the ecosystem that helps one.
In Ho Chi Minh city, Jeff’s advice on innovation and entrepreneurship is as follows.
- Science without application is a missed opportunity. We need to commercialize ideas and innovation.
- Startups are the bridge between the lab and the business world. They find ways to put science to use in the world.
- Startups need multi-discipline teams.
- The customer MUST be in the loop.
- Investing in startups is not just about money. It’s about national pride, impact, and future.
- Startups are the idea farmers those harvest innovation.
- The first people who see how to apply new technology are the winners.
- A leader must constantly innovate and improve.
- Innovation is a process, not an accident: Learn one new thing each day; Follow your curiosity; Write down one sentence about what you learned; Assemble the pieces of the puzzle.
- The world’s best innovators and entrepreneurs harvest ideas. They observe a broader world than just their own.