Student Entrepreneur Bill Ho No Stranger to Hard Work, Hogwarts
Ho may say he's "hardheaded," but the China native majoring in chemical engineering has a soft spot for Drexel's entrepreneurship community.
May 22, 2014
by Zach Epstein
Perhaps no member of the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community (ELLC) was as excited to be in Silicon Valley this spring than Bill Ho. Sure, the ELLC's trip out West was transformational for many of the budding entrepreneurs, but for Ho, the week-long stay in the cradle of American innovation was especially important. You’d be excited too if you'd studied 15 hours a day for six months to pass your entrance exams in order to trade China for Philadelphia and attend your "ideal school," as Ho says.
We caught up with Ho to reflect on his journey to Drexel and his year as a member of the inaugural ELLC.
What does the ELLC mean to you? Why is it special?
I am a hardheaded man, but I really wanted to learn and gain from the ELLC.
The ELLC is the first time I've been involved in a community like this. It is the first step to reach my dream of being an entrepreneur. I am so lucky to be an ELLC member and I’ve tried my best to devote myself to this community.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
Having a great meal when traveling with my family.
Tell us about a time when you forced yourself to step outside your comfort zone and it paid off.
Studying for my Chinese college entrance examination. For six months, I studied for 15 hours and slept for four hours each day. But no pain, no gain, and I got into my ideal school.
As an entrepreneur, are you an ideator, innovator, starter, grower or exiter?
I am an ideator, starter and grower.
Why are you an entrepreneur?
I want to start my own business with my own idea and team.
Who is your personal hero? Why?
My father is my personal hero. He is not an entrepreneur, but he showed me how to be one. He always encouraged me to be an entrepreneur by constantly learning.
Tell us something about you no one would ever know. Any guilty pleasures? Hidden talents?
My guilty pleasures is hanging out and watching movies all day. And my hidden talent is that I was a famous compère in my high school and middle school.
What is your fondest memory since you came to Drexel?
The ELLC's trip to Silicon Valley.
Why is entrepreneurship education so important to learn in a college setting?
Because college is the platform for students to enter society and begin their careers. If a student wants to be an entrepreneur, he needs to have the education to help him find the right direction for the future.
Favorite entrepreneur? Why?
Steve Jobs, because he created a new world for computer technology. Apple, the company he founded, created the most hit products in the world.