How ex-tech jour­nal­ist re­al­ized her own cy­cling pro­ject over Eura­sia

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE - By Jung Da-min [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Go­ing on a bike trip after quit­ting their job is what many of­fice work­ers dream of. But as much as it sounds tempt­ing, it re­quires through prepa­ra­tion, not to men­tion strong will­ing­ness to make it hap­pen.

Yoo Chae-won, 29, the au­thor of a book ti­tled “Cy­cling Eura­sia and the let­ters on the road,” pub­lished Oct. 1, suc­cess­fully fin­ished her pro­ject to cy­cle through Eura­sia from China’s Shang­hai to the U.K.’s Lon­don from June 2 2018 to Jan. 26 2019.

To deal with fi­nan­cial prob­lems re­gard­ing the pro­ject, she made full use of her ca­reer as a jour­nal­ist with TechNode in China, an English out­let fo­cus­ing on Chi­nese star­tups and tech busi­nesses..

Dur­ing her three years and six months of work­ing as a tech jour­nal­ist un­der the by­line of her English name “Eva Yoo” in China, Yoo got to in­ter­view the lead­ers of China’s lead­ing tech in­dus­tries such as Alibaba, Huawei and Xiaomi.

“I wanted to keep my per­sonal con­nec­tions in the in­dus­try while also re­al­iz­ing my cy­cling pro­ject,” Yoo said, dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Korea Times at a restau­rant in Seoul, Sept. 20.

That was how Yoo launched her “Seek Road” pro­ject, which in­cluded her plans to in­ter­view busi­ness peo­ple in the coun­tries she would pass dur­ing her cy­cling trip over Eura­sia while also hold­ing sem­i­nars for peo­ple in star­tups to share her ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­fore work­ing as a tech jour­nal­ist, she also worked at a South Korean IT startup.

Her idea drew spon­sor­ship from Chi­nese tech com­pa­nies for the pro­ject.

“The fourth year with Technode felt like a com­fort zone to me, I could eas­ily ex­pect what would hap­pen next as I got used to the cy­cle of the tech in­dus­try in China,” Yoo said.

“I wanted to chal­lenge my­self and won­dered if I could get peo­ple’s sup­port if I quit my job as a jour­nal­ist and launched my own pro­ject.”

Korea Times photo by Jung Da-min

Yoo Chae-won, 29, an au­thor of a book ti­tled “Cy­cling Eura­sia and the let­ters on the road,” poses for a photo dur­ing an in­ter­view with The Korea Times at a restau­rant in Seoul, Sept. 20.

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