- A Personal Reflection from Garena’s Founder
We believe that by remaining true to our heart and following our passion, one day we WILL make all the dots connect. It is our mission at Garena to build an enterprise that helps every Garenian to follow their heart and connect our dots.
I was at Steve Jobs’ Stanford University commencement speech in summer 2005 in which Mr. Jobs shared a personal story of how the dots could connect in one’s life -- but only looking backwards. Mr. Jobs dropped out of Reed College six months after enrolment, but sat in classes at Reed based purely on instinct and curiosity. These classes might have seemed to be random dots that had no connection with each other and of little practical value. Yet, ten years later, the knowledge he acquired from one of those classes helped him design the typography in the first Macintosh computer. The moral of the story is, in Mr. Jobs’ own words: “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”
His words resonated with me. I follow my passion in life and work, and I hope all of us Garenians may put their minds where their hearts are and derive great joy from continual learning and satisfaction of their curiosity, be it now or ten years from now. As we strive to build an enterprise that has a soul and an aspiration for greatness, we create our own stories and do not follow conventions.
We believe the world will be a better place when more people, information, goods and services are connected. It is therefore our mission at Garena to reach and connect an ever growing number of “dots” in the world.
Connecting the dots speaks volumes about the revolutionary industry we are in. We believe the core value of the Internet is connecting -- connecting people, information, goods and services. These are the “dots” that we strive to connect in our daily work. The more connected the world is, the easier it is for people to communicate, the more efficiently it is for people to operate, and the happier our lives will be. At Garena, our hard work and relentless effort every day go into providing the best internet products and services and reaching the greatest number of people to bring the world together.
Let’s devote our heart, our love, our passion and determination to improving this world and all the lives we may touch. Along this journey, Garena will always be with us and make us proud!
Founder, Chairman and Group CEO
*updated as of 1Q2016