In our monthly “Wachsman Employee Spotlight” series, we aim to highlight one member of our global team to provide you an inside look into the Wachsman family. This week, we’ve chosen Samantha Koh, Account Coordinator in the Singapore office. Below, we ask Sam a few “getting to know” questions to give you a sense of who she is, what she loves, and where she comes from.
- How did you first become interested in blockchain?
It was a matter of right place, right time, perhaps. I’d heard a lot about the technology and its potential for change, but I felt that the best way to delve into the future was to be right in the thick of it.
Lofty ambitions aside, the opportunity to learn about blockchain has been really enjoyable. There’s a sense of nascency in the space, but with that, you also have a real sense of how things are changing behind the scenes, one day at a time.
2. Who or what inspires you?
It might sound cliche, but David Attenborough. There’s something about his voice and the way he talks that inspires me to learn and explore.
3. What is the last book you read or movie you watched?
The last book I read was the sci-fi novel turned major motion picture The Martian. I like to read the book before watching the movie to see how my imagination comes to life.
The next movie that I’m going to catch is the new Lion King. Mufasa’s death will rejolt my tears — I’m sure of it.
4. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My younger self. My first inclination would be to say a historical figure, but I think it would be more interesting to see how my perception of myself has changed.
We only ever have the chance to judge and see ourselves through the mirror of our own intentions. Your friends and family get to see you grow, but you never get the chance to see it yourself. I think it would be an illuminating experience.
5. What is one piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring professional?
Be patient. There will be times when you get caught up by the exuberance of new things and new challenges and you might lose heart. Life is a work-in-progress, and being able to recalibrate and adjust your journey along the way will be the best thing you can do to ensure success.
6. Where was your first job?
My first job was at Nielsen, a market research agency, as a Research Analyst. I enjoyed it a lot, but right now I feel like I’m at a very good marriage of what I want and where I want to be.
7. When you’re not at work, what’re you doing?
Sleeping or running half marathons. There’s no middle ground because I alternate between being deeply inspired by my bed and being deeply inspired by the person I try to be. The struggle, as they say, is an ongoing one.
I also spend much of my time outside of work binge watching dramas on days when I can afford the time and spare the sleep.
8. Where is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to so far?
I have an irrational love for Hong Kong. I am Cantonese, and I grew up on a diverse menu of TV and movies from the country. There’s something about your childhood that grounds you and stepping into Hong Kong makes me feel like I am looking into my family history.
9. What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?
The thickest book I can find, scrambled eggs, and a Nintendo Switch (with a TV). On the beach, I’ll read brush up on some light reading, play some video games, eat my favorite food, and rest the night away.
10. What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?
I wouldn’t say I have a favorite quote. It’s very difficult to live your life according to something a person said at a particular point in time. That being said, I remember the first time I came across the children’s book Danny, the Champion of The World. I was deeply stirred by a quote included in the story by Edna St. Vincent Millay: “My candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night. But ah, my friends and oh, my foes — it gives a lovely light.”