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June 19, 2022

Growing with Purpose Podcast: The Amateur Aficionado with Hai Nguyen

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Growing with Purpose Podcast - Hai Nguyen


On this episode of the Growing with Purpose podcast, host Paul Spiegelman speaks with Hai Nguyen, Co-Founder and Head of Product at Text-Em-All, an automated call and text company. 

For a man with such a calm, even presence, Hai’s life began with a lot of turbulence. When he was very young, and with the fall of Saigon, he and his family fled Vietnam. It was a dangerous journey to get to America, and one that took longer than anticipated, but fortunately, he and his family made it safely to Pennsylvania. While he only remembers the journey through the stories told by his older relatives, Hai does believe that the experience was a formative one.

“Now, as I’m older and hopefully wiser, I look back and it does give me a lot of strength. When I’m going through something tough, I think back at what my parents went through and it doesn’t seem to measure in comparison.”

Listen to this episode to discover how Hai and his opposites-attract business partner have worked together to create a meaningful culture at Text-Em-All. Plus, get an insight into Hai’s enthusiasm for being an amateur and how being humbled by learning something new helps to open up his worldview. 


Listen to Hai’s story below:



Show Notes: 

  • “Our manifesto is another way to reinforce our core values.”
  • “I don’t remember any of this journey, which in one sense I’m grateful for.”
  • “One of the things I love is being an amateur.”
  • “Being deliberate about the person you start a company with is so important.”

Book that Inspired Hai:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain


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