My Story as a Minority Founder: Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. As an Asian immigrant and minority entrepreneur, I hold this month in great regard. The past 4 years, I’ve been dedicating my time and energy to build a company that can provide scalable office solutions and a welcoming community for people of all backgrounds to work and grow. I feel strongly that by sharing my story I can join forces with my peers to recognize the contributions made by the AAPI community and promote an inclusive future.
I immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 with my family. After completing college, I returned to China to gain international work experience. Four years ago at the age of 26, I officially launched Intersection Space then, now OnePiece Work right out of my childhood home in San Jose, California. As a woman and immigrant founder, I’ve faced countless cultural challenges and roadblocks. My goal has been to turn those challenges into opportunities, empower through my experience, and unlock more possibilities for fellow minority founders.
According to a study by McKinsey and Company, one of the most dramatic developments of the past 30 years is Asia’s participation in soaring consumption and now becoming the leader of determining global trade, capital, talent, and innovation. My unique background places me in an ideal opportunity to act as a bridge to Asia. Today, we have already seen many top brands embark on their entry to Asia such as Beyond Meat, Limebike, and more. Bringing U.S. brands cross-border will continue as founders understand the emerging dynamic in global markets. OnePiece Work aims to be the community to embrace these companies.
This Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, I would like to honor the persistence of those who fought the status quo and courageously contributed to inclusivity for everyone. We still have progress to make, but this month, we celebrate the paramount impact the AAPI community has made on our nation and in our communities.
Vickey Li is the co-founder and CEO at OnePiece Work, a global flexible workspace solution. OnePiece Work was built upon Vickey’s experience living and working abroad in major metropolitan cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong, and San Francisco. Her passion for community and extensive experience in commercial real estate led her to the vision of a cross-border co-working space that would promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and accelerate global expansion for startups. In just three years, OnePiece Work has expanded to 10 cities globally and is a community of over 300 companies worldwide.
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