Welcome to the We Live to Build community.
My name is Sean Weisbrot, and I’m the founder of this crazy experiment.
I’m an entrepreneur, investor, consultant, advisor, speaker, private trainer, author, and mentor.
Yes, I have been all of those things in my life, but right now I’m just focused on being an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor.
I’ve lived in Asia for over 12 years (China for nearly 10 years, and now Vietnam for almost 3 years).
I’ve traveled to almost 40 countries, taught myself to be fluent and literate in Chinese (Mandarin), German, and Spanish (although to be honest my German and Spanish are really weak these days).
I re-invent myself every year because I can see the world is changing at an ever increasing rate due to technological improvements and societal upheaval.
That’s why I created We Live to Build.
I want to celebrate the reality of entrepreneurship: the ups, the downs, the failures, the successes, the blood, sweat, tears, sometimes divorces, and sometimes lawsuits (thanks America!).
I want to inspire people NOW more than ever not just to find their passion and start new businesses, but also to think bigger, dream bigger, and work smarter (not harder) to make those dreams into something concrete.
I hope you join me on this journey of self-discovery, because I’m on it too.
Not only am I running an early stage startup, I’m also advising other startups, mentoring potential entrepreneurs, and I’ve invested in my former mentor’s own startup.
Below this introduction is evidence of my story.
It’s who I am, and how I got here.
It’s where my entrepreneurial life began.
So here it is:
Back in 2013, I was on holiday in Panama with my brother Jason.
During a normal bike ride in a mountainous area, I lost control of my hilariously built bike with no brakes (I didn’t realize until it was too late) and flew over the handlebars.
I went head first into the pavement and blacked out for what was no more than a minute.
When I woke up, my glasses were missing, and blood was trickling into my left eye from a gash left in my forehead from the fall (I found the glasses, don’t worry).
An awesome stranger with a pickup truck put us and our bikes into the bed of his truck and drove us to the hospital, where the doctor (and several doctors after him) proclaimed I had a nasty concussion.
A week later, I still felt dizzy and unable to really think, plan, strategize, or move without feeling sick.
I called my boss back in China and told him about my experience, and he promptly fired me because he wasn’t sure I was going to come back, or if I came back, if I would be able to perform my duties.
I knew immediately that I would never allow myself to be in a position again where someone else controlled my financial future.
Another week later, I returned to China despite still not feeling well.
Over the next 6 months, I stayed at home and pushed myself harder to get better, and somehow found the time to write 3 books about cross-cultural communication.
On one of my first times feeling good enough to go out and meet people, I came across a guy named Glen who was in the middle of planning an English language speech event he wanted to call Idea Exchange.
Since I had no job and tons of free time, I asked if I could help him plan it.
The event was a massive success, with 100 people attending in a room only meant to hold 40 (Don’t worry, this was 2014, so CoVid-19 didn’t exist yet!).
After the first event, he decided to give me control because he had a full-time job and realized he didn’t have the energy to keep planning them, even with my help.
My new girlfriend decided to join me and we changed the name to IdeaXchange.
From there it was like a fairy tale, or so we thought it would be.
The second event had 350 people attend.
The third event had 500 people attend.
From then on, our events had 700 people attending because the Chinese government was supporting us, giving us access to their amazing private venue, and media coverage, and all sorts of other opportunities like training their government officials, and giving speeches at government meetings, and going on TV to be interviewed.
We aspired to create something better than TED, where people would learn, grow, and share with people from all other walks of life.
It was often difficult managing the content creation, finding/training/preparing speakers, communicating with the government and media, promoting the events, among other things.
Not to mention how my girlfriend and I could keep our relationship alive and well.
Oh yeah, and I went broke once trying to keep it running while figuring out how to make money from it. Spoiler alert, I never figured it out.
One of the people who enjoyed attending the events was a man named Meir.
Meir loved how much passion and energy I had for doing the events, and decided to become my mentor.
He taught me how to use the event to build a huge network and learn what people need so I could connect them and make money from it.
Thanks to him, I found my calling as an entrepreneur who could not only create value, but also make money from the ideas.
It lead me into a few other industries and businesses including training, global trade, Blockchain, and now finally B2B SaaS.
My current company Nerv has obvious potential to be larger than IdeaXchange ever was, but like the first love of your life, it will always be the closest to my heart.
Thanks for listening to this very brief story, and I know you’ll come to find out much more about me in the coming months and years as we develop more content like our podcast, which is designed to be an amazing look at what entrepreneurship is really like, and rather just be boring and simple by interviewing people, I want it to feel more like you are getting a front row seat to entrepreneurs having a private conversation where they spill all the beans.
IdeaXchange was the first company I ever built.
It was a success because it accomplished its mission,
and a failure because I went broke doing it.
Enjoy some videos and photos here!
IdeaXchange opened many doors for me to give speeches across Southern China.
Some have been in English, while others in Mandarin.
My speeches are a mix of paid and free.
They are for all sorts of audiences like groups, corporations, and the government.
English speech about Staying Positive
Chinese speech at Futian district govt
Chinese speech at Futian govt forum
Chinese speech about travel
English speech at the Zhongshan Festival
English speech about Emotional Intelligence
English speech about Cross-Cultural Comms
English speech at Toastmasters
Hong Kong, China
Some interviews have been about IdeaXchange.
Others have been about my opinions on Chinese visa laws and
how to include expats in city planning and decision making.
I’ve been on countless numbers of radio shows and podcasts.
Sometimes they are done in English, other times in Mandarin.
I’ve included 4 of the best here for your enjoyment.
Best Business Podcast
Youth Travel Radio
Contact me about being a guest on your podcast!
I have trained public company directors
and government officials on cross-cultural communications.
USI (Taiwanese manufacturer)
worth $4B USD
Shenzhen Managers College
Trained govt officials (2 years in a row)
What is We Live to Build?
We Live to Build is a global community of entrepreneurs who work hard to develop fantastic businesses that affect change on their industries and maybe even the world. We focus on educating people through podcasts and courses.
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