On Tuesday we participated in a community service project which turned out to be a great success. We partnered with Nanhai Youth League and held a workshop with 50+ young entrepreneurs from Nanhai Junior Chamber. The Six of us from the ESC and Kenny Guo, GM of IBM South China, had a very lively conversation for the whole afternoon.
Karen kicked off the discussion with an IBM transformation story, followed by Kenny’s introduction of IBM in China. It inspired great interests from the audience. Questions came one after another, ranging from IBM’s offerings for SMBs, service innovation, leadership development, e-commerce, and marketing etc. A perception that IBM is for large companies and that we only sell Hardware is a consistent theme I see in many conversations. This type of event helps to break down those myths and demonstrate to these companies that we have solutions to help make their companies smarter and increase their efficiency
Those young entrepreneurs were interested in further relationships with IBM. The Local IBM team, including Foshan Branch and GB team, also participated in the workshop. The afternoon was followed by dinner and the heat of the conversation went even higher during the dinner.. Both sides had planned follow-up activities in coming weeks.
It was a great experience for the team to meet with such talented people, a very impressive group of young entrepreneurs