From Bits and Pieces to a Concept
By accident, I met a Vietnamese woman helping to set up the company. It was a three months up and down phase, nights without sleep, and worrying if I did the right decisions. Bank account openings, running to notaries (sometimes twice per day), driving from Hoi An to Da Nang, from department to department, to the police station, and to the Immigration. Getting lessons in accounting and how to stamp a contract the legal way (it is a science). Flying out for a business visa that I need to apply for a residency and a driver’s license. The residency is required to become the owner or CEO of a foreign-owned company in Vietnam.
In the meantime, I put our team together and we worked hard on routines, especially for the kitchen. Our little open kitchen feels like a business within a business. I have never run a restaurant before. From hygienic standards to creating the menu, we spent hours and hours putting all pieces together.
My dad, a passionate electric engineer, helped me with the WIFI system, the electricity in the house, and the garden and he was excited to figure out a system for the emergency generator. He spent days and days sitting in the Quiet Room, next to Jonathan and both were calculating watt and volt, ampere, and wifi speed while I was cleaning, planting, or calculating costs.
At the end of March 2017, most furniture was delivered and the team was ready, we opened the doors for the first few members to test the space. It was on the 1st of April when we opened officially.
This is now one year ago. The space has changed since then. The open workspace in the garden turned into a sun and rain protecting glass house, some furniture was added and re-arrangements were done. But the most important change are the people coming to the Hub. Our members bring the Hub to life and give it a soul.
Within 12 months, people launched their businesses in our space, hired each other and became friends or partners. The big table in the garden became the place for our daily communal lunches, for board game nights and dinners.
I am very thankful for getting this opportunity to build a community here in Hoi An. Thank you to all past, current and future members, our great team, my friends and family to supporting this space and making it to what it is now: A space to meet, eat and be together. It wouldn’t have been like this without all of you.