Owner Jie’s story
As owner of 8TC, I would like to tell you something about my history.
I grew up in China in a city called Wenzhou, a city with about 3 million
people in the Zhejiang province. People from Wenzhou are in China well
known for their entrepreneurial spirit who do business everywhere. In
1993, as a teenager I immigrated with my parents to the Netherlands.
When I arrived at Schiphol Airport, I already had a dream, my dream was
to be the business bridge between Dutch and Chinese companies.
My first Dutch experience was to work as a waitress to help my parents
in the family restaurant. I enjoyed running around the restaurant with a
large tray of food, smiling and talking with customers. On one day my
parents told me:’ Later you can take over this restaurant, after you
finished your secondary school “Mavo”. But I know that is not my dream.
So I did my best at school and within one year I jumped from Mavo 1 to
VWO 2 and finished my VWO within 6 years. With this experience, it shows
me, nothing is impossible: if you work hard, you can achieve everything
what you want!
So after finishing my Asian Business bachelor degree at HES Amsterdam, I
joined Royal Haskoning DHV, (a consultancy company with more than 6000
colleagues spread over 150 countries) where I has successfully completed
big Dutch-Chinese projects in the field of Waste Water and Traffic
Management. After that I also worked for other Dutch companies as
corporate manager China.
Furthermore as a Chinese native and a Dutch citizen, I feel compelled to
bridge the difference in understanding between China and the Netherlands.
Because I grew up in China, I can easily understand the situation due to
my cultural and social background. On the other hand, I have lived in
the Netherlands more than 20 years, I understand the Dutch thinking way
and can easily help Dutch business men to understand their Chinese
partners, suppliers or distributors. With this background and
experiences I decided to create 8TC to fulfill my dream.