Jose He From Bountie - Interview
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'What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?’
To be able to work on my goal, pursue my dream and answer to my calling! I always believe that life is short and that we should follow our heart! Most people live their life looking back with a heavy heart on the things that they regret not doing, mistakes they didn’t make and dreams they didn’t chase. I would rather fail, knowing that I have tried and gave it my all, than regret on missing out on things.
If I don’t work the way I’m working right now, I fear that I might not be able to achieve my fullest potential or find out my greatest achievement! I’m quite a straight-forward person who wants to fulfil all the promises I’ve made and live my life to the fullest.
Why did you start you and the team start Bountie?
Bountie is actually the brainchild of Lex Na, CEO of Bountie. The co-founders are all avid gamers who grew up in the 90s’. We were the kids spending so much time and money on gaming but facing the lack of career opportunity and sponsorships.
The word “esports” was literally unknown in the world back then. In 2017, if fate would have it, Lex and I and some friends, decided to come together after a gaming session. It was there and then that we decided to work cohesively to tackle the pain point of day-to-day gamers and crafted out what would have been the initial blueprints of Bountie: “Get Paid To Play!”
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The timing could not be better! Esports and gaming are growing exponentially. Instead of feeling “sour” about it, Lex and I both are adamant in making sure that everyday gamers do not miss out on this opportunity now. We want to make sure that they can make a living while playing their favourite games!
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‘What does an average day look like for Bountie?’
We often hear from our friends and acquaintances, “You work for a start-up huh? That must be nice…”. Haha! If only they knew how start-up’s work.
We usually start our day around 7am. By 9am, most of us will be in office. That is when things start to move very quickly. Our working environment is intense and fast-paced!
A typical work day for a Business Operations intern consists of:
- Waking up at 7 AM
- Different team meeting at 9 AM
- Race for time to complete assigned tasks with teammates
- Lunch break 12PM
- Regrouping everyone for “Company Huddle” 2PM
- Dinner break 7PM
- Optional to bring work home or resume work at office
It is no secret that at Bountie, every day can actually be tough, stressful and exhausting yet also incredibly liberating, exhilarating and unbelievably rewarding.
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What inspires you?
It is something deeply personal to me. It is an integral part of what keeps me going when times get tough. I am absolutely inspired by Jack Ma. He is an exceptionally optimistic and determined Entrepreneur who possesses excellent leadership and wisdom.
I also love being around passionate people. They are always contagious for me, and they get my juices going. I am truly grateful and honoured to be working with a really promising team over at Bountie.
Lastly, what inspires me the most are the gamers in the community. I regularly received positive and constructive feedback from them, offering us a lot of value from the things that we can improve on at Bountie. I get inspired to become better, to do things better, to improve things and develop products based on their honest feedback. These amp me up every day.
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What do you enjoy most with running your own business?
Honestly, I love working for myself and running my own start-up because an entrepreneur, like a captain, is continuously steering the ship or company. I have the full responsibility of making sure my ship reaches the assigned designation.
I am the captain of the ship, have control over my destiny and am the master of my own fate. I simply can’t resign to have someone dictating my life, deciding my fate for me. If I fail, I will take full responsibility. I will learn from my failure and move on quickly to my next challenge.
Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?
I went through an extremely tough period back in 2016. I was struggling badly with my previous start-up, “Cuzzey.” Every day I was going through an emotional “roller-coaster” ride. I was constantly feeling distressed and anxious. Eventually, it got the better of me, and I fell into depression. I was lost for a while. I felt so exhausted and hopeless. Fortunately, I have my family and a group of like-minded friends who managed to pull me out of that bottomless pit. With their encouragement, I regained my motivation and confidence, putting in 100% into my work and life.
What do you think are the biggest challenges for Bountie?
Running a start-up is extremely arduous and onerous. No one pays you to work. You almost going to fail the moment you start your first day! You are literally eating grass and staring into the abyss every day. What makes it worse for us is that Bountie was also preparing for its ICO. Every one of us was working 16 hours a day. At that rate going, we were all burning out and highly-likely “crashing into the wall” as well. The first 5 months of 2018 was easily the biggest challenge. But as the old saying goes, “If you can take it, you can make it!”
Every day I was making sure that everyone in our team was mentally and physically ready and robust. Thankfully, we managed to prevail through that dark times. I am so proud and honoured to have this team with me. I am a true believer of “Tough times don’t last, tough men and women do!”
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Any advice for your previous boss?
Not really lol. But I do have a general advice for everyone, “Learning how to persist, requires courage. Learning how to let go, requires wisdom”.
Are there any brands, business’ or business leaders that you admire?
Jack Ma! I am obsessed with his wisdom! But then again, I admire and follow entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos as well. These folks are crazy enough to send men to Mars, while I am just empowering everyday gamers to make a living - That’s not too much to ask for isn’t it?
What would you like to achieve Professionally in 6 months / 1 year / 5 years?
In 6 months’ time, we will complete our ICO and getting our listing on our 1st crypto exchange. At about the same time, our flagship, Bountie’s esports Arena in Singapore will be officially open for business! Over the next one year, we aim to have more than 250,000 active users on our platform working very closely with our gaming partners and everyday gamers. Meanwhile, we will be launching more esports arena across South East Asia.
Many have asked us what will be our exit plan or strategy. I believe not only do we have a very passionate and diligent team, but many of them are also highly competent individuals. We would very much want to see ourselves going for pre-IPO in 5 years time. However, in the tech world, the landscape changes so rapidly. Start-ups like us will need to stay agile and conscientious. Alternatively, should there be an opportunity for a buy out for Bountie and that we see it as the best interest for the Company, we should proceed.
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Any advice for talent looking to set up their own hustle?
For anyone who wishes to jump into a start-up, there are several key takeaways from my experience that I would love to share.
- Timing is crucially important. For companies like Uber and Airbnb that were mostly successful, they started their business at perfect timing. The market was ready for it, consumers are willing to use and pay their services. Had they started earlier or later, things would be very much different for them.
- Always and Only focus on the pain point you are solving and not the solution. You can be awesomely passionate working day and night 24/7 on building a solution that nobody wants to use or pay. That is definitely the common mistake that entrepreneurs make.
- Leadership, Team, and Execution. You will need a super strong leader, usually the CEO to be leading at the front of everyone. He or she is the brain, soul, and heart of the entire team. Then you will need a solid team that is thoroughly committed and resilient towards solving the problem and building the company. Lastly, fail fast, fail often and fail forward!
What is your favorite quote?
“Both Feet In Or Nothing!”
May I add in one more please? - “If you can take it, you can make it!”
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