【商業智慧】9GAG創辦人強調加入初創企業或創業都必須具備「PHD」 Founder of 9GAG emphasised that joining a startup or entrepreneurship requires "PHD"
9GAG is a globally popular social platform with a combined fan base of over 200 million on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms, offering a variety of funny memes, GIFs, and videos. It ranks among the top 200 websites globally. The website was founded by five Hong Kong residents: Ray Chan, his brother Chris Chan, Brian Yu, Derek Chan, and Marco Fung. Initially a side project, it has now become one of the favourite sources of entertainment for social media users.
During a speech, Ray Chan emphasised that individuals joining the 9GAG team need to possess "PHD," which in this context does not refer to a doctoral degree but stands for Passion, Hustle, and Diligence. These three elements are crucial to success.
According to Chan, passion is not only about having enthusiasm for vague ideals but also about doing well in the present. He believes that many young people are passionate only about things they like, which is not enough. Young people should "love what they are doing now" and strive to excel in their current work to earn the recognition and appreciation of others.
Hustle means giving your all and going the extra mile in your work. In the entrepreneurial world, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and everyone is constantly experimenting, trying to find more effective methods, and learning from mistakes. When joining a startup, one should not simply follow a predetermined formula but instead learn to find new ways to achieve goals. Your level of desire for success and willingness to seek new solutions to problems is the true spirit of hustle.
The last letter, "D," represents Diligence. Many people mistakenly believe that working in a startup is as easy and relaxed as working at Google or Facebook, but that is not the case. During the early stages of 9GAG, there were seven people crammed in a unit in Tuen Mun, working together. Many people think that as long as you have a good idea, you can easily make money, but without putting in actual effort, everything is meaningless.
Whether you are seeking career opportunities or starting your own business, remember this "PHD". Only by being passionate, loving what you are currently doing, and giving your all; by constantly seeking innovative solutions to problems; and by being unafraid of hard work, can you achieve success on the path of entrepreneurship.