It all started when our founders Will and Fei decided to conquer their own quarter life crisis and ended up finding a way to help others overcome theirs. They left their corporate jobs and moved to Singapore to start QLC.io. With a growing team of 10 we want to share a bit about us and who we are. We’re all millennials like you. We’ve studied in 4 continents, worked in 8 countries and travelled across over 200 cities. From digital, consulting, gap year, retail, research, training, IT, startups, entrepreneurship, education, fashion to non-profits…We know it’s hard to find the next thing, so we’re committed to making it easy.
Get to know our Startups Curator of QLC.io, Vioelta Tsolova. She grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria and has lived and worked in awesome cities including Rotterdam — Holland, Shanghai — China, Arusha — Tanzania and Sao Paolo — Brazil. Violeta currently is based with most of our QLC.io team in Singapore. She takes care of existing mentors at QLC.io and curates new mentors from new startups.
Motto/Mantra? “Do something every day that scares you” — Eleanor Roosevelt
3 words that best describe you? charismatic, easygoing, passionate
What do you do at QLC.io and what are some of the challenges that are involved? I really love my job as I get to do what I like most — learn about new businesses and meet interesting people. What could be challenging at times is to always be on the lookout for the most innovative and game-changing startups. It is important to have awesome experience with QLC.io, both for mentors and candidates, so we need to be very selective about who we put together on projects. My role is to make sure we choose great mentors who want to give back and share their knowledge.
What was your first real job? English teacher for kids from 6 to 10 years of age
What languages do you speak? I speak my native Bulgarian, fluent English and Portuguese, some Spanish and Russian
Fave travel destination? South America — I love the people, the culture, the nature. It’s amazingly beautiful place with friendly people.
Last movie you watched? It was a French movie called Disorder. Highly recommend it!
What do you do outside of work for fun? I love watching movies, drinking wine with friends, going to the beach and travelling.
What 3 tips do you have for people who are considering working for a startup?
- Learn to be patient — “Rome was not built in a day” and neither will your startup experience. You need to learn to be patient, to invest your time and energy into things that will not give you results immediately.
- Celebrate every win, no matter how small — as cliche as it sounds, fact is — the life of entrepreneurs is painful, full of insecurity and uncertainty. So make sure you enjoy the small victories and recharge for the battle the very next day. Realizing your patience is paying back is always worth noting!
- Embrace the uncertainty — you will never know what might happen tomorrow with your business. One day your startup is climbing to the top like a squirrel, the next, you fall off the tree. It’s never about what you gain working in a startup. It’s only about the knowledge and expertise that you build along the way.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give to anyone in their 20s? Don’t wonder too much about the why, just do what you love. The dots will connect eventually, believe that.
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Article originally from QLC.io blog