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This founder climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro after a big pivot - and learned a key lesson about patience

Trust time, make one thing better everyday and keep upgrading yourself. CEO Yuxiang Zhou shares the lessons he has learned in founding Black Lake Technologies and his journey to help digitise factories -- a too-often analog world where too many still depend on paper and pencil. It’s a trip through big ideas, big disappointments (including a failed startup), and the slow process of building back from the ground up. The World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer talked to Forum video producer Kateryna Gordiychuk at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China this summer, sharing the potential he sees for manufacturing and for cloud computing to connect factories in new ways. He also shares how taking a job on a factory shop floor and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro helped him pivot and get the perspective he needed to focus on the right solutions and priorities.

World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers Program: https://initiatives.weforum.org/technology-pioneers/home

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Linda Lacina

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