Here goes Nothing 😉
No pressure right?
Motto: Focus on Community, Execution & Product. That is how we win. Never Settle.
Thanks @Rudi and @Akis for the opportunity, it’s a pleasure
Thought I had to come up with a pun, but I’ve got Nothing… ear (1)
I’m Matthew Kang Holding https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewkangholding/ and am a former founder, and previously built a VC called Systema.vc (we are early backers ie pre-seed, of Revolut, Seedlegals, Yapily, Weavr & Nothing.tech)
Feel free to reach out to me (also on Twitter @HoldingMatthew)- Always enjoy talking to people who want to leave a dent in the universe!
I believe we LIVE on this EARTH ONCE. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Life is so short so we must endeavour to make a difference. That is why I am here & desire to join you on this journey. I was born in South Korea, though don’t listen to much K pop, & spent a few years in Thailand before moving to the UK. Always felt like an outsider. I FOUND my place amongst ENTREPRENEURS and love working with visionaries. When I saw that Carl, a repeat founder, was building Nothing.tech, I had to be part of this community
BACKGROUND & WHY WE MUST CREATE NEW MARKETS (LET’S NOT BE A ME TOO COMPANY): Previously co-founded a startup called Notatos (“no potatoes”) however couldn’t convey consumer proposition so had to shut down. Have also been a product manager for a FinTech Startup I co-founded and raised seed funding. Learn that products have to be 10x better than competitors, i.e. faster, better & cheaper. We need this CULTURE at Nothing as the risk is very real in early stage. Look at ESSENTIAL, a company we acquired before phone (1).. I’ve been a founder and investor and have sat on both sides of the table. I have sat on many boards as an observer so can bring BEST PRACTICES and hope to introduce VCs (Softbank, Tiger Global). One thing I realise is that communities don’t have a voice at the table- this is laughable. We need management to hear about new markets and new ideas. PRODUCT MARKET FIT will help us not only penetrate but CREATE MARKETS. Together, we must foster a culture of INNOVATION such that we are not seen as a “ME TOO” company. We will pave a pathway just like many of the great innovators did.
OPERATIONS (We are a Team): We need to be LEAN as a company and give a VOICE to everyone, this is best practice. I believe in systemised ops and propose an OVERSIGHT TEAM to draw on different STRENGTHS. Let’s have more roles awarded eg tiered structure of GLOBAL AMBASSADORS and SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS of DOERS, not thinkers. Let’s keep each other in check. We will be more involved as a group, that is how we win. Communities win when there is active participation and strong culture. Let’s brainstorm for in person events (product launches), virtual events, meet ups, and weekly calls between ourselves to ensure our voices are heard. Otherwise we will risk having great ideas being lost in the ether.
WEB 3.0 is clearly a consideration of Nothing.tech. I manage multiple global successful VC and founder communities as well as one called NFT buddies, all of which have scaled internationally. We have Animoca brands there, a company that truly “pays it forward”, behind Axie Infinity & Opensea. You are welcome to join Nothing.community! It’s in WhatsApp & we have virtual zoom calls on Thursday 19.00 LDN time and sometimes meet in person. This is COLLABORATION, not competition. The world is more connected. Let’s make use of that. VIRTUAL IS EASIER!
COVID-19 was difficult for all of us- many personal losses but all we can do is come back stronger. I joined the army reserves as a part time officer to better my leadership skills. However, also started a podcast called the Future Impact Show with Future Planet Capital (investors in 23&me & Vaccitech). We give a voice to scientists, entrepreneurs, leaders and investors to talk about what they are doing to solve the world’s problems. I hope to collaborate with Nothing.tech and create a larger reach and shine a spotlight on us. Our earphones already reached carbon neutrality, so what more can we do to improve? LET’s NEVER SETTLE.
Looking forward to the votes & all the best. Team, it’s the community that will help us win. This is how we upset the trillion dollar incumbents. PRODUCT MARKET FIT, PRODUCT & BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION. Let’s strive to win. Any ideas on merchandise for the Nothing.community @Rudi ? 😉
Also London based so happy to meet up and get a drink! We will be laughing. They saw Nothing coming 😉