Aim Amarit Charoenphan is an Angel Investor, Advisor, Board Member, Corporate Innovator and Founder. He is best known as the Co-founder & former CEO of HUBBA, Thailand’s first co-working space and community that is the only Google for Startups Partner Hub in Thailand.
Getting to know Aim Amarit Charoenphan, the Soul of Startups
When talking about successful founders of startups in Asia, one name that instantly pops to mind is of Amarit Charoenphan (Aim), the widely known Co-founder of HUBBA Thailand, the only Google for Startups Partner Hub in Thailand. He also co-founded one of Southeast Asia’s leading media technology companies Teachsauce. Amarit’s passion and determination has propelled him to contribute to the development of many leading Thai startup communities. He is currently the ASEAN Director of the Impact Collective (IC) which invests in, supports, and connects startups that are solving global challenges to accelerate positive impact in the world.
But Amarit’s path to becoming a startup Rockstar was a winding one. He enrolled in the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, International Program, Thammasat University to do a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, but quickly realized that this was not the career path for him. He graduated from Thammasat and earned his accounting degree, but a year later than his peers.
Entrepreneurship was what really inspired Amarit and he made it his mission to research and learn everything he could about startups, entrepreneurship and being a founder. In 2011, the Bangkok floods forced a relocation to Chonburi leaving him in temporary accommodation and with no access to work space. Whilst googling for a solution he came across a blog about co-working spaces, a concept that had not yet reached Thailand. This finding became the seed for HUBBA.
Amarit describes himself as “a professional fail artist” and he, along with every other entrepreneur, has endured his fair share of failures as a founder. With HUBBA, Amarit partnered with this brother, Charles Charoenphan, and they surrounded themselves with a dynamic team to launch Thailand’s first tech co-working space despite having drained his capital on startups that didn’t “start”.
Aim says, “Every great entrepreneur understands that failure is necessary to progress, to learning, to grow”. He believes that his success can be attributed to not just the determination to overcome barriers but also the people he surrounds himself with; mentors, his co-founders, colleagues and network. Aim is committed to not just creating startup businesses but movements; vehicles that generate financial reward, are great business-wise and which also benefit the world by making it better.
His passion for the startup community and to help entrepreneurs grow has led him to angel invest in many top Thai startups. He has mentored over 1000 different startup founders. Aim is also a Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF), and has been named as one of Forbes Asia 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology, and Thailand Startup Enabler of The Year 2016.
Advice for all Aspiring Entrepreneurs
When asked what advice Aim would have given himself before he started his entrepreneurial journey, Aim responded “My advice would be to spend more time coding, reading, experimenting and feeding my curiosities and less time partying and following what other people are doing. We all have the same amount of time in a day, but until you run out of time do you realize how precious every moment is”.
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