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In this podcast episode, I hang out with Kimchi Socks Founder and Owner, Jason V. Holmes. I had a lot of fun in this one as you can tell by all of the laughing in the episode. We get to hear Jason’s perspective on entrepreneurship in Korea, some insight, as well as why he came up with the name, “Kimchi Socks”. He shares a lot about “Drive” and shares a lot of his experiences networking and doing business in Korea as well as coordinating with his team in the US. His insight will help you in your entrepreneur journey in Korea. Here are the personal questions I ask him, followed by some show notes:
Q1. If you could spend a three day vacation in Korea, where would you go and why?
Q2. What is one Korean food you like and one you aren’t so much a fan of.
Q3. What is one Korean Drama or Korean movie you have watched recently or want to watch?
Q4. Where is your favourite place to hang out in Korea?
Q5. Who is one Korean you would like to meet?
I like to ask 5 questions like these so we can really see the type of person our guest is, and we can learn about a new movie to watch or a new place to visit.
As mentioned, it was a lot of fun talking with Jason and getting to know him and his entrepreneur journey. And it was really interesting to hear his take on what a real entrepreneur is. I have spoken to other “entrepreneurs” and they have a different idea as to what an entrepreneur is. As for me, I keep it very simple; if you are making extra money or a living doing something you like (or something you have to do) that isn’t a typical salary job (working for someone else), then you are an entrepreneur.
Related Links and Notes:
Kimchi Socks is a company that sells their own sock designs. They are present on social media like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, etc. They also have giveaways and the like. Check out the link for more information about Jason’s company.
Movie Mentioned by Jason:
Korean Movie – “Train to Busan (부산행)”
This is the movie Jason mentioned, which is one of the movies Maria from Wonderful from Podcast episode 2 mentioned. I got to watch this movie with my wife not too long ago and found it quite good. The main actor in this movie is “Gong Yoo”, who you may know from his roles in the classic drama “Coffee Prince (커피프린스)” or one that is more recent, “Guardian : The Lonely and Great God, Dokkaebi (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비)”
Vacation Place Mentioned by Jason:
Gwangali, Busan (광안리, 부산)
I had the chance of visiting Busan with my wife a few times and visited Gwangali area, but didn’t stay there for too long. It is a nice area with a nice beach. Most people go to Haeundae, which is where I went, but Jason says Gwangali is the place to be. So check it out if you are ever in Busan. You can also check out the Jagalchi Market if you are in Busan.
Hangout Place Mentioned by Jason:
Dongdaemun, Seoul (동대문, 서울)
Dongdaemun is a shopping area / market area in Seoul, which is famous for street vendors and shopping. You can see people there selling things like socks, underwear, clothes, wallets, etc. on the streets, as well as in department stores. There are less street merchants than there were in the past, but the ones that are there usually come out late at night, probably some time after 8:00pm or so. You can visit this place to see why Jason likes hanging out here.
Person Mentioned by Jason:
Owner of I Hate Mondays Sock Company
I didn’t know what this company was until Jason mentioned it, but it is a sock company created by a Korean. Jason said that this is the company that gave him the idea of Kimchi Socks. You can check out there site via the link below.
Two Tools Mentioned by Jason:
If you are an entrepreneur in Korea or an entrepreneur with connections to Korea, please contact me and let me know what you do, and I’ll see if we can set up a time/date for a fun and informative podcast episode.