My Journey to Find Entrepreneurial Happiness

by David Niu on Mar 28, 2014 1:21:55 PM

My name is David Niu, and I’m the Founder of TINYhr. I’m humbled that hundreds of organization around the world use our first offering, TINYpulse, to help engage their employees and make them happier. But TINYpulse almost didn’t happen.

Over the last decade, I had been driving so hard professionally as the Founder of NetConversions and BuddyTV that I burned out. I ended up buying one way tickets to New Zealand for my wife, my 10 month old daughter, and myself to travel around the world on a careercation (career + vacation).

I had two goals for my trip. One was to create some amazing shared family memories, such as my daughter gleefully pulling on the horn of a sheep in Rotorua, New Zealand. The other was to interview entrepreneurs around the world about their best practices and experiences when it came to leadership, culture, and managing people. I interviewed diverse CEOs , including a wine maker in New Zealand, a fruit trader in China, and a financial services consultant in Korea.

As a result, I’ll be sharing my personal journey, the interviews, which are rife with tips, and my inspiration to start TINYpulse. Over the next few months, I’ll be publishing a series of blog posts and a book that I’ll launch online so everyone can benefit. The book is called Careercation: Trading Briefcase for Suitcase to Find Entrepreneurial Happiness.

The first installment of the book will be released in a few weeks. If you’re interested in getting notified when chapters are posted online, just enter your email and sign up at the Careercation website.

If you ever have any questions or comments regarding my experiences or my posts, please don't hesitate to leave a comment!


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This post was written by David Niu

David is the Founder and CEO of TINYpulse. After being burnt out from his previous company, he decided pack up all of his belongings and go on a careercation with his family. Through that journey, he met with numerous leaders around the world that taught him about work culture, employee engagement, and what it takes to be an inspirational leader.

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