Ben Sze is a co-founder an co-Managing Director of Edrolo, an online education company founded in 2011 that builds personalised online learning resources for high-stakes exams by partnering with master teachers. Edrolo are transforming the way the students learn and teachers teach. Their mission is simple, yet bold: to improve education.
Previously, Ben was a fixed income & derivatives investment manager at Goldman Sachs and JBWere, whilst also remaining a tutor for high school students.
SOON I STARTED TO ASK MYSELF “AM I DOING SOMETHING THAT I REALLY WANT TO DO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?
Blackbird: Would you say you’ve always been entrepreneurial? Or that you became entrepreneurial?
Ben: I would say I became an entrepreneur, but I always had ideas about how things can be better. 99% of them have been terrible, definitely admit that, but always been thinking about how things can be done better. I don't know why, maybe I'm wired that way.
DON'T CAGE IT UP AND JUST THINK IF YOU TELL SOMEONE, THEY'RE GOING TO STEAL YOUR IDEA. THEY WON'T.
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Blackbird: So tell us about yourself, where you came from and how you got to where you are now.
Ben: My background is that my father is Chinese. His advice to me was, "Be an accountant." So straight after high school, I was an accountant. I was working full-time in their audit division, but studying part-time at Melbourne University. Soon I started to ask myself “Am I doing something that I really want to do for the rest of my life? Am I doing something that I'm really happy about right now?” I knew that accounting wasn't going to be really for me anymore. I felt like I'd done too much already. I just hated the backward-looking nature of it, and just the stigma of being an auditor whenever you walk up at the company's office.
Blackbird: After accounting you founded Edrolo - why education?
Ben: Our overall mission is to improve education. That's a broad statement on purpose. If we have that mission in our heart, we'll get it done. Now that I'm a father, it's amazing how much more I care about the world in terms of looking after it, even from an environmental perspective as well, but on schooling, absolutely. I joke that I'm going to start out applying for really good schools now, but it's definitely conceivable that by the time my daughter's at school age, the school system might be very, very different.
Blackbird: Any advice for would-be founders?
Ben: I really encourage my friends and people that approach me to not be afraid to talk to people about your idea. Don't cage it up and just think if you tell someone, they're going to steal your idea. They won't.
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