251: Dan Itsara – Glazziq the Bangkok Based Fashion Brand

251: Dan Itsara – Glazziq the Bangkok Based Fashion Brand

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [08:10] Does Dan see his previous work experience for the US Air Force and NASA relevant to building an eyeglass company in the context of what he is doing?
  • [25:20] Did Thai people - or Dan himself - not know where he fitted in when he moved to Thailand? Also, did that put doubt in his mind?
  • [45:20] As a mountain climber and an entrepreneur, what is Dan's take on the "never give up" advice?

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Dan Itsara to Asia Tech Podcast Stories
  • [01:25] Why did Dan decide to build Glazziq, an e-commerce brand for prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses?
  • [03:10] Where did the Glazziq design get its influence from? Also, where did the idea of starting Glazziq come from?
  • [08:10] Does Dan see his previous work experience for the US Air Force and NASA relevant to building an eyeglass company in the context of what he is doing?
  • [14:55] Thai people are friendly, don't like confrontation and don't like saying there's a mistake - how does Dan culture that mindset into a group of people who may have been programmed in another way?
  • [18:20] "Disagree and commit" - an example of Korean Airlines in the 1980s
  • [22:05] A backstory on Dan as an American-Thai, growing up in Northern California and his rationale for going to Thailand
  • [25:20] Did Thai people - or Dan himself - not know where he fitted in when he moved to Thailand? Also, did that put doubt in his mind?
  • [28:00] Having experience living in cross-cultural worlds develops empathy - a powerful tool for retail and e-commerce
  • [30:55] How did Dan grow Glazziq, an e-commerce/retail business, to operational positive within six months?
  • [34:10] Is it difficult to standardize the process of making prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses? Also, the many mistakes Glazziq made in the process
  • [38:55] How close is Dan to having the "ultimate dashboard" to simplify his business or is it a pipe dream to have?
  • [42:45] Now that Glazziq is a growing business and operationally positive, does Dan have a clear idea on where he should be focusing?
  • [45:20] As a mountain climber and an entrepreneur, what is Dan's take on the "never give up" advice?
  • [49:35] "Amateurs practice until they can do it right but professionals practice until they can't do it wrong"
  • [50:05] Dan's experience is a great case study on why it makes sense to not necessarily work for a startup straight out of the gate but to get training first in the corporate world or the military
  • [52:15] Check out www.glazziq.com or find Dan at LinkedIn.com/DanItsara