Joseph Boadi-Darkwah / Ghana
'I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world,' as said famously by Socrates. I believe that it is a saying that describes me best. You will understand why by the time you reach the end of this writing.
First of all, let me introduce myself briefly. I am Joseph from Ghana. I entered Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in 2014 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Finance/Accounting. I first joined Sunbo Angel Partners as an intern after graduating from UNIST. Consequently, the company offered me a full-time job in March 2018. My professional journey started in a globa-oriented, goal-oriented, and proactive company. Through this writing, I would like to share my experience at Sunbo Angel Partners from a foreigner's point of view.
The first thing I would like to mention is the work environment and culture of Sunbo Angel Partners. As many people know, Sunbo Angel Partners is a business holding company and an investment company that mainly invests in deep-tech. Based on our active technology startup support in Korea, Sunbo Angel Partners recently opened an office in Singapore and Berlin, Germany, so as to expand its business to all areas of Southeast Asia and Europe. I believe that a successful business expansion to the global market requires excellent work environment and culture.
Based on my experience, the excellent work environment and culture of Sunbo Angel Partners may be characterized by seven factors: devotion, open communication based on trust, culture that emphasizes health, compassion, respect, understanding, and positive thinking. Among them, I think free communication is very important. Sunbo Angel Partners' employees and team members are very talented individuals who graduated from prominent Korean and overseas universities such as UC Berkeley, University of Warwick, KAIST, University of Wisconsin-Madison, etc. Even though my Korean is not fluent, I can communicate with other employees without difficulty. I can voice my opinions freely and discuss with co-workers in English. We are conducting all work in English, including macro/micro market analyses, early-stage technology startup research, portfolio improvement, securing of global connections with VC firms and other companies, etc.
Free communication is also possible outside of the organization. At a round table held at Headquarters on November 7, 2018, we shared Sunbo Angel Partners' vision through cooperation with orange Fab France. In addition, we had a chance to share our vision and build a close business relationship with a variety of global startup teams from Finland, India, Cote d'lvoire, Tunisia, Romania, etc.
Sunbo Angel Partners' various employee welfare benefits are a big part of its advanced working environment. Sunbo Angel Partners pays a lot of attention to employees' health. The company supports employees' promotion of health and stable life by providing Staff housing, free medical checkup, sports expenses, etc. These are some of the important things for foreigners living abroad. As the company takes good care of employees, we can live a stable life. As a result, we can focus better on our work and yield the best results in achieving our vision of "Connecting Dots."
I believe that it is possible to realize the vision and mission of Sunbo Angel Partners based on this strong corporate culture, thereby, leaving meaningful footprints in the global market. As a member of Sunbo Angel Partners, I have fully become a part of our vision. I would like to thank Sunbo Angel Partners for giving me the opportunity to work here. Lastly, i would like to end my writing by saying that I could become a citizen of the world I had always wanted to become, through my experience at Sunbo Angel Partners.