Co-Founder/CFO at Seeqnce Alice, Yuelin’s journey started in medicine, moved into finance and is now in tech. As if this wasn’t diverse enough, she’s also a qualified masseur and acupuncturist, and has been practicing art and calligraphy from the age of 3. She tweets: @YuelinX
What’s been the most successful moment of your career so far?
We recently partnered with Mobile World Capital to bring startups from the Arab World to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Bringing 14 startups from the region was cool, but even better opening a window for them onto the opportunities and partners in Europe, and vice versa for European startups and investors on the Arab World. People were (pleasantly) surprised that 4/8 people on the 2 panels talking about Tech in the Arab World were female - I was just really proud!
What is your standout skill?
I thought it would financial modelling but it's actually listening. Back in my medicine days we use to spend a lot of time actively and patiently listening to patients & their family, and this has continued to be my 'standout skill'. Lots of people think being a founder is about selling all day, and it is, but selling in a world where customers have much better information, selling is much more about working out with your customers what the best solution is. And you can't find a solution without knowing the problem, you can't pinpoint the problem if you don't listen.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Ideally alice. would continue to grow and enable communities across Europe and other emerging startup markets and make their communications much more efficient. Bearing in mind 90% of startups fail, if not alice, then I'd still like to work in fast-growing tech companies at their early stages, and help build sustainable companies which build great products and are a good place to work for all employees.
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