Come on down to ILLUMINATE 2019 and find out how Khairul Rusydi, co-founder of Reactor, mentors other startups through his entrepreneurship training programmes!
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What inspired you to start the business?
I started reactor when i was an undergraduate in school. I took part in the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum where I wrote a white paper on why entrepreneurship education is so important.
What are some of the challenges you faced as an entrepreneur?
I think in the earlier days it was about building credibility – to reach out to the schools and getting them to trust us. Most recently, because we are growing its about building and training the team so that they can take on higher responsibilities.
What is one memorable moment in your entrepreneurship journey?
An entrepreneur is always selling. It’s not just selling a product or service but it’s selling the mission of the company and the ideals that the company have.
One of the most memorable moments that has happened over my journey was when one of our students wrote back to us, telling us that she got into Stanford University and is still working on the same startup she worked on when she first met us.
How would you describe yourself as an entrepreneur?
Well, my co-founders would say I’m someone who tends to start things but not necessarily finish it. Hence, it’s really important to have co-founders that are complementary to you in terms of skills.
I’m more of the ‘ideas’ person – i go out there and meet people to get ideas.
What is the proudest moment for you as an entrepreneur?
I think the proudest moment for me was being mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the National Day Rally last year. I think that was a good validation because it showed not just our schools but also the general public about the impact that Reactor is creating.
What are the 3 traits an entrepreneur should have?
I think the first one is bias to action – instead of just talking about it, you go out there and get things done. The second one is being relentlessly resourceful – finding various ways to solve a problem and then being relentless about this. The third one is adaptability – being able to wing things right and take things as it come and adapt along the way.
What is your advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
One of my mentors told me that a referral is the best compliment anyone can give you..so always ask for referral.