2. What brings you to Buzzvil?
I first got to know about Buzzvil because of Joshua who is currently in charge of CSO and global business at Buzzvil. I knew Joshua since I was in college so when I joined P&G, Joshua joined Buzzvil and I saw him having various experiences. He was doing various works such as making BuzzScape and working in US for market entry preparation. But until then, I did not think about joining Buzzvil because I was having a quite satisfying working experience at P&G.
As time went on, I started to have many thoughts in my head and when I was considering about changing my job, I saw global team ‘internship’ notice posted on Facebook by Joshua. I really liked the job description so I sent a Facebook message to Joshua to ask if there is an opening for a full-time employee. Joshua answered that they tried to recruit a global strategy & operation manager but it went unsuccessful so he recommended me to apply for that position and that is why I had applied for that position.
In retrospect, I seriously considered about changing my job for 3~6 months before applying to Buzzvil. But, it only took 2 weeks to leave P&G and join Buzzvil.
In fact, I did not change my job just because I did not like P&G. I think that I decided to change my job because my standards for my career changed. Throughout my college life, I had put myself into various activities and internships. From that experience, I had set up my own standards for my career; 1. Job position should deal with numbers and strategies at the same time 2. Company with a global platform. 3. Company that gives authorities to junior in decision making.
To be more specific, for 1.I like to analyze and talk in numbers and I hoped that the numbers would not be isolated from the View of corporate practice. Also, I am interested in quantifying company’s qualitative problems and qualitatively interpreting such problems. For 2. I thought that since it was my first career, working in an environment with opportunities for having global exposure and understanding how people in different parts of the world are working would help me to grow my View in the future. Lastly, for 3. I thought that most of the technical tasks would be replaced by machines in the future.
However, I realized that if there is a human area among them, that would be the area of decision making or negotiation. I felt kind of sad that I can learn such an important skill in the age of 40s to 50s so I decided to find a job which would allow me to start learn such skill immediately.
So, I set up the standards, listed all the companies in my head that I can apply, and sorted them out by three standards. As a result, P&G’s finance team came out so I applied. Still, I have no doubt that P&G fully satisfies my standards. When I make a decision, I first set up few of ‘the most important standards to me’ and I do not look back on the decision if I selected the option that sufficiently satisfies my standards. And that is how I chose my first job.
The only case which would change my choice is when my standards are changed, or when the degree of satisfaction of my choice is changed. And this time, I was the former. The job of P&G finance team was to guide and help the sales and marketing teams so I did not really feel like I am actually doing something on my own. Also, since P&G is a global corporation, there was a limitation on the portfolio of corporation products.
Steve Jobs once said, “My observation is that the doers are the major thinkers. I was talking about the people who really think about the things that change and this industry is both the thinker and the doer in one person’. Just like he said, I thought that being a mere thinker is not the best option to develop my capacity. In other words, to my standard 1, along with numbers and strategies I also added the ‘action’.
I thought that there were not many places that could satisfy all of these conditions. But as soon as I saw Buzzvil, everything gathered into one story and I decided to make a decision…. Well, it took bit longer than I expected to explain how I got into Buzzvil.