Chinese American from Boston, MA
“I started an organization, Boston Road Runners that encourages people to run. This organization was founded on the sole fact that I love running and I wanted to share my passion with others. I learned how to run before I knew how to walk. In middle school, I
remember my parents telling me: I could not run the school race because it was during school hours. I was disappointed. The year after, I forged my dad’s signature and I ran. During the race, I was in first place . . . until I went the wrong way and ended up finishing
3rd or 4th. A few years later, I started to win races and that made me love running even more.”
“I’ve always wanted to open my own business but I didn’t know exactly what or why. During high school, I remember telling my mom that I would become rich one day. I’m not there yet so I can’t tell her that. But at the very least, I know that I want to be my own boss and make a lot of money.”
“After I graduating from UMB in 2010, I tried to open an Asian cafe in Cambridge. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to secure the lease. After endless hours developing a business plan, partnership, and meetings, I was burnt out. The owner had a different vision and I just need time to rest and reevaluate. I’m kind of glad it failed because it gave me time to learn more about opening a business. In 5-10 years I want to open a wine bar. A wine bar is a cafe where you can go to sit, study, or work and instead of drinking coffee, you drink wine.”
Anthony’s business mindset is inspired by a number of people . . .
“My dad works 6 days a week as a bartender in a Chinese restaurant, his hours are 3pm – 1am so I barely see him. When I do see him, he’s either sleeping, eating, or watching TV. My mom and dad wanted me to take the corporate route in either finance or management because they struggled. My dad was born in Peru but his parents were from China. My mom was born and raised on a farm in the countryside of China. They both lived very poorly in their home countries.
“The guy that my dad works for has 3 sons. The two oldest sons were in their 20s and the younger son is about 5 years older than me. I hung out with the younger one a lot and the two older brothers would become my babysitters. I am an only child so when I was growing up, I considered them a lot like my brothers. Through them I learned how to grow up really fast and the younger one in particular became a mentor to me. The younger one now owns his own business and he followed his passion for chess. He started his own chess company and is teaching people how to play. Because of him, I wanted to turn my passion into a business.
And advice he would give to someone who wants to start their own business . . .
“Work hard. My parents taught me to work hard so that became second nature. Network more. I hated networking and I still do but you get to meet a lot more people and you need to find a mentor. Through networking, you meet people who share the same passions and you’ll make connections that’ll help you grow.”