Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My journey so far

The idea
Junjun and I came up with the idea of HouseTrip while in our 4th year of study at the École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) – the world’s foremost hospitality management school – based in Switzerland. We both had strong entrepreneurial DNAs (our respective parents being entrepreneurs, hers in China and mine in France) and we were both full of energy and ambition. We knew that after graduation would be the perfect time to launch our company, we had nothing to loose: we had no money, no children, no possessions, literally nothing to loose. 
Al Gore serving coffee to Junjun and I in Lausanne :-)
At that point, we had also understood something else: we really didn't want to work in hotels. We found the hotel industry way too conservative for our tastes. This could be seen at EHL: