Is this kind of job new for you?
Yes, I have never worked as a business developer before, but I am not that kind of person who can stick on to just a single thing for very long. I always want to try something new and different. For example, I do not want to have only one job — doctor for the rest of my life. I want to try something else too.
Tanya is really good as a supervisor. She taught me many things and often gives me some extra brief lectures about sales, business, etc. So it is quite useful not for my job only, but for my life as well.
Actually, I've never been employed in any company before KB-12. I have heard from my friends in Malaysia that there are strict subordinations between employees and employers in companies. So, when I came here, I was quite surprised that it was very different. We're all friends here. Sometimes I do not feel like Tanya is my boss, we can just talk and I can tell her a lot of things. It is so much different from what I imagined.
I know that I am very lucky to have accidently seen the post on Facebook and end up here.
Please, tell us more about your team at Impulse Neiry.
As I mentioned earlier, Tanya Aleksandrova is the head of the department in our commercial team. She is in charge of the Russian market and Aleksey Chicherov works for the US market. He lives in New York. We work tightly with the team that develops BCI-VR games — the product manager and system engineer Lyosha Khalezov, neurophysiologist Sasha Karpman, and technical director Gosha Ivlev.
Our startup works with other departments of the KB-12 group, such as designers and technical specialists. And also, we work with Impulse Machine studio that creates VR content for our brain-controlled games.
Are there any things you are really proud of?
My personal success is the success of the whole team. However, I'm really proud of the China business trip of Tanya Aleksandrova and Lyosha Khalezov last November. I worked hard to make this trip successful and to help setting up the meetings with Chinese VR attraction vendors.
We will change the topic a bit. That is really interesting to ask you about languages. Your mother language is Chinese, you speak English, Russian. Could you please share you experience and give some advices for those who dream to be polyglots as you are or for those who learn at least one foreign language?
It is actually common in Malaysia that people speak several languages. I did not realize it was something awesome… before I came to Russia and everyone was surprised.
I am still not very good at Russian, but I do not think that it is difficult for me as a matter of fact. I think Chinese is more difficult than Russian. I can understand and communicate with all professors and teachers at the university, but the problem is that I am in lack of vocabulary. I do not have time to expand my vocabulary, to watch Russian movies, and I do not understand the slangs and some accents. But I speak Russian better than my other groupmates, who are also international students, because I was always the one who was not afraid to communicate with teachers.
My top 3 recommendations: how to learn languages.
First of all, you have to be brave to speak the language. When I just started to study it was very hard to speak Russian because we did not know whether our teachers understand us correctly. My strategy was to throw all the worries away and just speak, I don't really care if I speak correctly. I guess this is one of the possible ways.
Secondly, the best way to train listening is to watch movies or if you are a beginner — cartoons.
One more thing, to read books. I read plenty of Russian textbooks about medicine. I know that my friends would prefer to copy all the texts from the books and translate them using Google Translate, but I do not do that. I try to translate only the meaning of each word, and then put the words back to the sentence and read them as a whole. Only after that, you begin to understand the real meaning of the contexts. If we simply translate the whole text with translators, we will never understand fully and will not remember the words.
Let`s talk a little about the future. Would you like to continue working as a business developer or do you also have thoughts to work in medicine?
I have been thinking about that for a long time. I always wonder what I would do. In the first few months of work, I thought of graduating and becoming a doctor. But now we have Impulse Neiry and we are doing neuro plus medicine stuff. I am very interested in this field, so now my plan is to continue working at Impulse Neiry and to learn as much as I can about business development and neuroscience.
How does your medical knowledge help you at work?
It helps me to understand easily what we are doing. When they first told me about the product, I am certainly familiar to some terms such as EEG, frontal lobe, occipital lobe, brainwaves, etc. And because of that, I was able to understand the mechanism of our product well, so when I need to explain it to our Chinese partners, I could use some simple words and phrases which allow them to also understand easily, just like how doctors usually explain some medical information to the patients.
What is KB-12 for you?
Fun, creative and friendly.