It was a pleasure and honour to sit with Ken Chun. Ken, as well as being a good friend, is a seasoned general manager with years of experience in multiple industries, including in the mining and telecommunications industries with DRA Minerals and Huawei respectively. Ken is now the founder of Chieftech, a South Africa-based mobile gaming developer and publisher with two games already out on the African market. In addition, he is also the founder of two China-Africa related non-profit organisations (China-Africa Youth Association and the China-Africa Business Club) aimed at positively promoting sustainable and civil relationships between China and Africa. Key take-aways from our interview included:
- Starting your journey as a Founder: Ken had a burning desire to start his own company in order to realise his own vision and to liberate himself from corporate politics. Given his vision to create the premier African mobile game developer and publisher was in a different industry than that of his last employer, he had no other option than start on his own.
The lesson here is that motivation is key; one should have strong reasons, beyond just the desire to make a profit, for becoming an entrepreneur.
- Key Challenge: The loneliness of the initial journey was Ken’s toughest challenge when starting Chieftech. His difficulty was compounded by the relative newness of the mobile gaming industry in Africa. Additionally, Ken was also faced with lack of access to capital. He overcame these challenges through self-belief and being action-orientated, which allowed him to persist through the difficult times.
- Key quote: “First of all, you must do your research.”
- 3 keys for success: 1. Passion 2. Self-Belief 3. Learning mentality