My Week In Seoul
Above: A view of the Seoul cityscape from my hotel in Gangnam.
Above: Seoul Space, Shakr Media, and 500
I don’t know if there is a Korean word for “hustle”. When I used the term “aggressive,” that seemed to have a negative connotation. Having a sense of URGENCY and HUSTLE are two qualities that are absolutely critical to have as an entrepreneur. Do Korean entrepreneurs possess these qualities? Yes, I believe so. I met a number of entrepreneurs this week who are building great companies. One girl sold off most of her valuable personal belongings to bootstrap her startup, and volunteered at beLAUNCH as a way to meet people. I think they just need even MORE of it if they truly want to be global and make it to Silicon Valley. Which brings me to my next point.
Above: the D.CAMP co-working space in Seoul
Above: Phil Libin of Evernote delivering the morning keynote at beLAUNCH.
Above: Startup Expo section at beLAUNCH.
There’s still a long ways to go, and in many ways it’s still the Wild West. While the country’s population is only 50M people and Seoul alone is just shy of 11M, there’s immense talent and passion in the Korean people. I believe Korea is at an inflection point and it’ll only get better for startups from here on out.
Above: Welcome sign at D.Camp!