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Puzzle Your Own Unique Career Path with Baiqu Gonkar

Updated: Jun 26, 2021

Listen in to Baiqu’s journey on creating Art Represent, tips on how to be entrepreneurial, and advice on combining artistic interest with international development

ABOUT Baiqu Gonkar

Baiqu has worked at the intersection of creativity, tech, and social good since graduating from University.

Starting her first venture at 23, Baiqu has been leveraging her experience in tech entrepreneurship as a startup and investment consultant. From publishing to biotech, she has worked across multiple industries to build products that can make a positive contribution to people’s lives.

In 2015, Baiqu founded Art Represent, a non-profit with the mission to empower artists affected by conflict. Working with partners around the globe, Art Represent has launched impact projects in 5 countries across 3 continents, supporter over 50 artists from Syria to North Korea. Baiqu is regularly invited to speak on the importance of the arts and authentic representation in creating socio-political cohesion.


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[0:27] Baiqu’ introduction

[0:58] Q1.So you founded art represents, a cultural and e-commerce platform that connects artists from conflict regions to a global audience, tell us about the journey of how the entrepreneurial venture came about?

[2:42] Q2. How is the platform now compared to how I was five years ago?

[4:55] Q3. What is your advice to young people who are thinking of launching their own startup or project?

[7:20] Q4. Would you say the path of startups is equally as promising as a path in the big corporation?

[9:20] Q5. Could you tell us more about how you manage to think creatively in your career?

[11:56] Q6. Do you have any tips or mental hacks for building resilience and grit for young professionals in the face of a freelancing career?

[15:32] Q7. Being a freelancer usually means that you have to juggle a couple of projects at the same time, what’s your usual approach for being a multitasker and efficiently manage your time?

[19:15] Q8. What are your plans going forward? What personal challenges and objectives do you have for yourself and your career?

[20:40] Q9. A lot of people who study social sciences are actually quite artistic, however very few of them actually end up pursuing an artistic path. As someone who managed to combine artistic interests with international development, what tips do you have for others to aspire to do the same?

[24:32] Q10. What is the most important piece of career advice that you would give to graduate and young professionals?

[26:24] Final thoughts

Thank you, Baiqu for sharing these amazing insights! If you have any questions for Baiqu feel free to leave a comment!


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