My family were refugee survivors from Vietnam; victims of a political regime that saw intelligence as a threat and one where having your say involves risks and consequences. They left their world and generations of belonging behind to start over in Australia, rebuilding their lives and family in a strange land and making it their own. The story of their escape and survival is part of the foundation of my personality.
It is a story that I rarely share, but it is one that permeates everything I do. There are two things that I find constant: (1) You can find out a lot about people by listening to them; and (2) You have to do the best with what you have.
For these reasons, my life goal is to make a lasting and positive contribution to this world by always listening, always learning and helping people reach out and touch and inspire the lives of others from all corners of the globe.
To support my life’s mission of educating, entertaining, and empowering people, I am a founder of the education-centric startup WeTeachMe; the easiest place to list, discover and book in-person courses, and a noted graduate of Australia’s first Launch48 event.
I have also previously founded other startups like Native Tongue (the reining champion of Australia’s first Startup Weekend), LawYourPress, Stories of Our Journeys, Bitwire Media, WordCast, the world’s largest Neopets gaming fansite Pink Poogle Toy, and more recently a network of alternative sport and humor-oriented blogs including the world’s largest planking website iPlanking, XTREME Ironing, Evil Staring, Hairplosion, Old People LOL, Video Terrorist, Wobble Face, The Beat School, Infomercial Island, WTF Face and I Just Want a Hug.