Ava technologies Inc.
Sector: Business, Management, and Administration, Technology
Born: Outside Canada
Type: Career Profile
Business & Economics, Science, Technology & Engineering
What excites me the most about work is how different it is every day.
We set our own tasks and deadlines. We drive our own results. We plan for our own campaigns.
Most importantly, we embrace failure. Failure is a way to move forward and seek success, unlike the mentality many big corporations have where failure is not an option. Failure is a slap on the back of your hand.
I find it rewarding to learn, grow, fail fast, and fail forward. It challenges me every day, but that way I can improve so much more.
I always had an idea that I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but graduating from business school I was enticed by the idea of getting paid a good salary right out of school.
So, throughout my 4 years at university, I worked hard to get a double option and to intern every summer. I worked selling laptops for Microsoft Canada, conducting market research at Procter & Gamble, launching new cereals at Nature's Path Organic Food, and even selling beer to restaurants.
I was so unhappy with working at a company that didn't practice their values. That wasn't diverse. That didn't embrace failures. I eventually quit my job to pursue my passion in entrepreneurship.
Following your dreams isn't a cliché, it's a necessity. Do what you love, love what you do.
I love volleyball, zombie movies, cooking, and exploring. I volunteer as a start-up coach for the JDC West competition for both teams at BCIT & UBC!
At AVA, we have an extremely complex product that requires multi-disciplinary thinking. We use all aspects of STEM to develop our AVA Byte smart gardens. We use plant science to create our plant pods, technology for our machine learning software, engineering to create the electronics in the product, and maths to determine draft angles and material reduction in manufacturing a product.
We use 3D printing to prototype our gardens, and even robot arms that we want to train to plant, water, and harvest our greens.
STEM learning is really about training your mind to think critically. Running a start-up, every day is like putting out fires - what is the biggest issue that we need to solve now? What solutions could there be, and which one is the best? How can we work with the team to solve it together?
I was born/grew up in:Taipei, Taiwan. I grew up in Coquitlam, BC.
I now live in:Vancouver, BC, Canada!
I completed my training/education at: Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia
When I was
- Foreign Languages
- Literature and English language arts
- Home Economics/Family Studies
- Foods and Nutrition
- Physical Education/Health
- Brought people together
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Was motivated by success
- Liked being given specific instructions
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Played video games
- Was really creative