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What is 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year saw more outstanding entries than ever before. So, we thought we would highlight some of the bright and innovative nominees who just missed Top 30 by a wink. Behold, our 2011 30under30 Honourable Mentions! More.
Kym Huynh, VIC (b. 1984)
Name: Kim Huynh
Age: 27 (Born: July 1984)
Kym Huynh believes firmly in the idea of the Renaissance Man.
Of course, that’s when he isn’t promoting his startup ventures. For all of his accomplishments, he’s taken to knocking himself: “I lead goofily and still appear to be legit.”
But what makes him legit is luck. The better part of luck, says Huynh, is being ready when an unexpected opportunity presents itself. In his case, he will take years to prepare himself to capitalise on a lucky break.
Huynh’s first moneymaker was a gaming fansite he founded at age 17, a site so successful that it funded his private school tuition. Post-uni, he came to Bitwire Media, which publishes stories and podcasts about WordPress, blogging and social media.
One podcast, Story of Our Journeys, features interviews with entrepreneurs about lessons learned along the way. Huynh begins his interviews with a seemingly simple question: “Who are you?” Guests on the programme have commented on Huynh’s impressive sense of intimacy and trustworthiness, allowing them to share their stories with candour.
The spirit of sharing is the impetus for his newest launch. WeTeachMe is a networking service for people who want to learn an instrument, dance, language, or any odd and interesting craft, or advertise a talent they can teach in return.
Huynh sees WeTeachMe as a corrective to the impersonal nature of “how to” Internet searches. “What is missing is the experiential part of learning: the smells, the touch, the feel,” he says. “We connect learners and teachers online, so that they can take their learning offline.”
Huynh offers his own lessons for the entrepreneurial learner. How can present-day polymaths get ahead?
“Today,” he says, “the ideal of the Renaissance Man must be partnered with the abilities of rapid-response, resourcefulness and agility.”
A little otherworldly optimism — perhaps goofiness — couldn’t hurt, either.
“My projects are demonstrative of the required skillsets to proceed further,” he says. “It’s only a matter of time; anything is possible.”
Anthill asks: Kym Huynh, what motivates you?
“I believe we are happiest when we are doing what we were placed on this earth to do (or discover what it is that makes us happy, and then do it). I derive my joy from creating and the process of creation and that is exactly what I am doing. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.”
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