Eva Lau: How to Cultivate Resiliency

With Eva Lau
Eva Lau Eva is a well-respected entrepreneur-turned-investor and one of the few women leading a venture fund in Canada. She is the Founding Partner of Two Small Fish Ventures, a venture fund that invests globally in early-stage, transformative tech companies with strong network effects. Before starting Two Small Fish Ventures, she was Wattpad’s Head of Community and Content. She helped nurture and scale Wattpad from its infancy to become one of the largest online communities with tens of millions of monthly users around the world. In January, 2021, Naver, the South Korean internet conglomerate, announced the acquisition of Wattpad in a transaction valued at more than USD $600 million / CAD $800 million.

What advice would you give an entrepreneur on how to cultivate resilience?

  • Resilience is a trait we need nowadays not only for entrepreneurs but for a whole population. The reason is that as work continues to progress, there will be new technologies and further education that we need to acquire.
  • There’s a constant need to learn something new and try something different. Entrepreneurship is a trade that is built on being resilient. However, in order to build personal resilience you need self-love. Believe in yourself, not in an egotistical way. You need to trust that you have the capability and potential to improve and get better one step at a time. 
  • Secondly, is the ability to appreciate other people doing a better job than you do, because ultimately they can teach you something new and offer support in areas you’re not strong in.

What advice would you give an entrepreneur on how to cultivate a healthy relationship with grief?

  • I graduated fresh out of university, and shortly after I lost my father due to Cancer, and being the older daughter of this very small family, the responsibility obviously fell on my shoulders. 
  • Grieving is a process. It’s a lifelong process, because right now, after so many years of losing my father from time to time, I still find myself grieving for his accents in my life right now. Grief comes in stages, but it’s understanding that things time to heal, and allowing yourself to deal with it. 
  • In the context of grieving a startup or grieving a failed project, the most important thing is that we have to allow ourselves to feel the loss. Whether that’s an idea, a colleague, or money. Offer yourself grace in getting yourself back up, but don’t dwell too much as life moves on.