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One to Zero, Zero to One: A Transformative Journey from the Corporate World to Entrepreneurship

Saturday, Oct 1 2016 at 1:15 - 2:30 am

Vince Chan (SOM '02) will be giving a talk on Saturday, Oct. 1 on her experiences in going from the corporate world to entrepreneurship—a particularly interesting topic for anyone thinking about becoming an entrepreneur. If interested, please register here.

Time and Date: Saturday, October 1, 2016. 1:15pm-2:30pm Venue: HKUST Business School Lee Shau Kee Business Building Language: English Cost:  Free. Registration is required.

Outline of the Talk
Peter Thiel, the founder of Founders Fund, PayPal and Palantir Technologies, shows us how to build a great business from scratch in his best-selling book "Zero to One".  However, for those with a good amount of corporate work experience, moving to the world of entrepreneurship is not as simple as starting from ground zero.  They face a tough decision to let go of the past and embrace the unknown. One needs to start at "One to Zero" before reaching "Zero to One". 

We are honoured to have invited a finance veteran turned entrepreneur, Vince Chan (SOM '02), to share with us about her successes and her setbacks along the transformative path. With all the blessings and burden carried forward from the glamorous corporate world, how and why did she give up on everything she once enjoyed and start all over again? Come join us at lunch on Oct 1. Food for thought - good food and good companion always go hand in hand!


  • Vince Chan '02 M.B.A.


    A Hong Kong-born and bred Chinese, Vince Chan is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, published book author, and columnist. She has progressed her corporate career through Deloitte & Touche, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Standard & Poor's and TCW Asset Management in Asia and the U.S. Before transforming from corporate to entrepreneurship, she was the Head of Asia Pacific at L.A.-headquartered TCW Asset Management, launching, raising and managing the world's first diversified corporate CDS fund using Long-Short Strategy (US$700mn). Since 2009, she has been involved in a few startups as founder, co-founder and founding team member, including: * Originated China's first SME-credit-focused mezzanine fund concept and established partnership with Beijing's Harvest Fund Management (affiliate of Deutsche Asset Management) * Developed research capabilities for Asia’s first independent fixed income brokerage venture, which was acquired by Marex Spectron (UK commodities brokerage) * Founded single-handedly education consultancy and set up new unit at New Oriental (NYSE: EDU). A CFA Charterholder and a U.S. CPA, Vince has graduated from the University of Toronto with High Distinction (B.Com.),Yale University (M.B.A.) and the University of Chicago (M.B.A.).