Thuy Truong has launched three business, all in different industries, and sold one of them to a company in Silicon Valley — the first Vietnamese company to have been snapped up by a Silicon Valley firm, she says. And she’s done all of this before her 30th birthday. Truong has been dubbed her nation’s “start-up queen” and her success is attributable to, among other things, her epic outlook on life. “I only sleep four to five hours a day. I don’t have time to cope with jet lag. I don’t believe in work-life balance.” Even her so-called failures are pretty epic. She launched a drawing app called Whiteboard that was downloaded nine million times in the U.S. alone and made her a million bucks, but ended up shutting it down. Before that, she launched a popular frozen yogurt brand. Both were instrumental in preparing her for what followd. It was her next invention that was the big one and eventually bought by the U.S. tech firm Webby for “an undisclosed seven-figure sum.”
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