Things You Don’t Know About 9GAG / 曝光9GAG不為人知的事

(按此看中文版)

“Don’t start a company for the sake of starting one. “

The first Prosperians’ Talk organized by HSBC Prosperity Hall (Hall 2) this academic year has attracted more than 50 students from all across the globe gathering at Multi-functional Hall B on 6 September. The special talk, “Go Fun Yourself”, was given by Mr. Ray CHAN, CEO/co-founder of 9GAG, to share his world-leading startup journey. The venue was fully packed as the clock struck 9PM.

The guest speaker has already graduated from university for over a decade. He didn’t put on airs or spare anything; instead, he created a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Students were very eager and curious to speak up. The talk was more like a Q&A session. Students raised questions after questions. He reminded us not to leak what he said out of the hall jokingly. So let me unveil his secrets of business here.

Many startup firms were established over the years but most of them failed. Why? Ray has his own interpretation. “Don’t start a company for the sake of starting one. We should always set a goal to solve problems and create value–remember, value doesn’t always equal the dollar sign.” He advised.

How did he end up launching his tech-hub then? Like all of us, when Ray was bored, he googled for “funny pictures”. Ironically, the results were not always funny. Then an idea popped up. He wanted a change. In fact, he made a big change himself: he quit his stable job and moved out of his comfort zone to bring laughter to the world.

You may wonder if his employees would laugh all day long in such a fun working culture and environment. “Actually, not all of our team members have a sense of humour, including myself,” he confessed, “Though we are open and willing to appreciate funny stuff.”

Since 2008, 9GAG has grown into a popular social media platform with nearly 70 million viewers per month. Still, Ray’s team stays humble all the time. “The worst is yet to come, we often tell ourselves.” They keep experimenting to maintain the momentum. Failed projects are valued as precious lessons. “It is not only about the number of success we reached, but we count the magnitude of success also,” he stressed.

Thanks to enormous efforts from Residence Master, Dr. Ray CHEUNG, and his Residence Tutors, the talk was a great learning experience to all participants. “Gaining a deep insight into behind-the-scene stories of kick-starting a company in the  fast-evolving innovation industry boosts my confidence on developing my own ideas.” said Leah MURPHY, a programming savvy exchange student from Hall 2.

The next upcoming sharing will be held on 5 October featuring Ms. Michelle SUN, founder and CEO of First Code Academy, and Mr. LAU Ming-Wai, Chairman and CEO of Chinese Estates Holdings Limited. Join us and learn your potential!

Writer:   YEUNG Nga Yi, Yemmi
Photographer:   YEUNG Nga Yi, Yemmi

Full house at Multi-functional hall B. Students asked questions after questions for Mr. Ray Chan. / 當夜綜合禮堂B全場爆滿,同學們一個問題緊接著一個問題,互動多多,氣氛輕鬆。

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“不要為開公司而開,要為解決問題、創造價值而做。”

滙豐業昕堂在本年度舉辦的第一次「業昕之路」於九月六日順利進行,吸引逾50位來自世界各地的同學。座談會邀得9GAG的行政總裁兼共同創辦人陳展程(Ray)分享有關創業的個人心得。活動於晚上九點開始,場內已座無虛席。

Ray 離開大學已超過十年,但為人沒有架子,願意毫不保留地分享個人經驗,甚至一些囧事。他營造出輕鬆開放的氣氛,同學都十分踴躍發言。講座像是問答環節,同學的問題一個接一個。Ray 開玩笑地叫我們別把他的話流出,就讓我在這裡為大家揭秘吧!

近年,愈來愈多新興公司擴展,但更多的半途而廢了。Ray 語重心長地忠告我們:「不要為開公司而開,要為解決問題、創造價值而做。當然價值不是金錢那種價值了。」

那麼他怎樣開創他的公司呢?無聊的時候,你或會搜尋「搞笑圖片」解愁。諷刺的是,搜出來的圖片一點都不好笑。靈光一觸,他想要改變;實際上,他作了個很大的改變。辭了穩定的工作,跳出安逸的框框,就為了將歡笑帶給全世界。

你或會好奇他們在娛樂行業工作,整天一定在笑個不停。「坦白說,我們團隊其實不是人人都很幽默,我就是其中一個例子,」他直認:「但我們會鼓勵及欣賞有趣的創作。」

自2008年至今,9GAG經已成為風靡全球的熱門社交平台,每月瀏覽人數達7千萬。然而,他們仍一直虛心不懈,不斷嘗試新主意,當初的熱誠燃燒不熄。謹記失敗乃成功之母,看重從中學習的得著。Ray強調:「我們常常勉勵自己『反正最糟的還未遇到。』我們不只著眼在成功有幾次,而在成功有多大。」

多得舍監張澤松博士與一眾舍堂導師一番心力,講座反應熱烈。來自業昕堂的交流生Leah Murphy 是一名程序開發發燒友,她雀躍地說:「創意產業日新月異,我認識到創業背後的故事,使我更有自信,勇於構思自己的想法。」下一次分享會將於十月五日舉行,講者將為First Code Academy 創辦人Michelle SUN小姐及華人置業集團主席劉鳴煒先生。屆時記得報名,發掘自己的潛能和興趣!

文: 楊雅怡
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