How My Wife and I Launched Our Own Start-Up in Cambodia, While Teaching English

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How My Wife and I Launched Our Own Start-Up in Cambodia, While Teaching English

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:43 pm

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It was January 31st, 2015, I was 28 years old and had spent exactly three years in Cambodia working with small NGOs and teaching English on the side to have some extra money to invest in my own ideas. This is the story of how I, along with my now wife, were able to take an idea that we believed in and turn it into a reality.

" We were in a tuk-tuk (the best form of transportation for tropical areas if you ask me) heading east on Mao Tse Toung Boulevard when my wife said, “why are we waiting, let’s do it!” We were on our way to the Toul Tom Pong area of Phnom Pen (a new hot spot for expats) to check out a house for rent that could possibly serve as our new permanent location for our events."

"The year and a half prior to launching allowed me to understand how the expat community responded to different events, along with learning about the various channels for advertising. By the time we signed the contract, I had already been using a number of different websites to advertise the discussion topics and locations."

" Because Phnom Penh has foreigners coming and going monthly, it is quite easy to get a room filled. And because the house had two levels, we rented out the upstairs rooms for $250 each, leaving us with a $300/month rent fee for our one room, the guest area in the living room, and the patio for hosting events."

"All in all, I spent between $1,000-$1,500 for all the tables, chairs, and cushions. For the hostess stand and bar, we went to a local rattan shop and had them custom made for around $250. Finally, a close Cambodian friend of mine helped me take care of all the legal documents necessary to opening our own place, which cost around $500."

"After hustling and teaching part-time, January rolled around and we had to push back our first target date of the 1st. We decided to quit our part-time jobs (having some savings to fall back on) and go head first into making sure that we were ready to go full on the 31st. At this point, there was no turning back.."

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Re: How My Wife and I Launched Our Own Start-Up in Cambodia, While Teaching English

Post by John Bingham » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:12 pm

Good luck to them. I must check it out, I like that kind of food. I'm not sure what the situation with volunteers is though, like why would they need them?
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Post by Cinnamoncat » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:25 pm

I missed seeing what kind of food??
"Love and Loss in Cambodia: a memoir" available on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578537788
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Post by John Bingham » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:42 pm

The wife is Tunisian, it's North African/ Mediterranean shwarma, hummus etc.

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Re: How My Wife and I Launched Our Own Start-Up in Cambodia, While Teaching English

Post by andy_morris » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:09 am

What's the name of the place? I've lived in that part of town for years and don't recognise it at all.
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Post by The Seawolf » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:19 pm

Have they opened a brothel?
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Post by angkorjohn2 » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:09 pm

andy_morris wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:09 am
What's the name of the place? I've lived in that part of town for years and don't recognise it at all.
it's called Atlanta's Edge - trip advisor says it is closed https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_ ... _Penh.html

it has two reviews from 2015 and his article was 2016 my guess it lasted a year or less despite some favourable coverage
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/new-space ... nt-talking

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Re: How My Wife and I Launched Our Own Start-Up in Cambodia, While Teaching English

Post by phuketrichard » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:28 pm

makes ya wonder, why post an article about a place that is 3 years old??
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Re: How My Wife and I Launched Our Own Start-Up in Cambodia, While Teaching English

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:34 pm

phuketrichard wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:28 pm
makes ya wonder, why post an article about a place that is 3 years old??
Because it gives those who might be considering doing the same an example of how it's done.

What with your back handed compliment comments this morning regarding my posts as well as your previous and continuing comments regarding them (and everything else you post), I've now come to the conclusion you're a complete know-it-all bore with little if anything positive to say about the world, life or CEO, Richard.
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Re: How My Wife and I Launched Our Own Start-Up in Cambodia, While Teaching English

Post by Brody » Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:42 pm

Kung-fu Hillbilly wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:34 pm
I've now come to the conclusion you're a complete know-it-all bore with little if anything positive to say about the world, life or CEO, Richard.
That's a nice summation. As they say, don't pay him no mind, Hillbilly.

This guy is intractable and any protracted debate with him will only get you warned off or banned.

You're doing great...keep the articles coming. I read the one's that interest me and pass over the one's that don't. Shame we all can't behave as adults this way.

There have been some highly interesting finds in there that I otherwise would never have come across. So thanks again Hillbilly.

One suggestion though...I could use some more of your photography....don't go getting rusty on me. :thumb:
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