First Published: 31st March 2020

1. How can young people best utilize their time being locked down at home? What do you recommend doing? What not to do?

I am personally taking a lot of free EDX university courses in my free time, which is absolutely amazing to do even when one is busy. When under a lockdown, there is a lot of free time and I truly recommend taking a couple of exciting courses (there are plenty across disciplines and from universities like Harvard). It is way more meaningful and more rewarding than watching a Netflix series. Picking a topic and trying to get very good at it in a short period of time is all possible and now there is time for it.

2. What books or movies or (Ted) Talk would you recommend for young people to consume  staying at home? Why?

I am huge fan of audible. Perhaps its benefits do not show as much during a lockdown, but normally I am always on the move, boarding flights, commuting between meetings and all that time is usually spent unproductively. I like to be productive and I like to learn constantly as well. As I have to read a lot for my work, there is very little space and bandwidth left for books whether fictional or non-fictional. Audible’s very affordable monthly subscription is just enough pressure to make sure one listens to at least one book per month, which is 12 books a year, 60 books in five years. Given I only listen to these during times I couldn’t do anything else (travel, gym, etc), this is all extra knowledge and inspiration. I do not want to highlight any particular book as everyone’s taste and interest is different, but this virtual bookshelf is truly amazing.

3. What are your all time favorite top 3 audio books?

Capital in the 21st century
The origin of political order
Silk road

4. What would be something that would be more suitable for a younger audience?

Flow and The Brain. Excellent for young people!

5. What opportunities can we derive from this crisis?

This covid19 virus is different from anything we have seen before and the world is more connected than ever before. It means that this will be a crises like no other crises before. It doesn’t mean it will be the deepest or most serious (it might as well prove to be the case), but in its nature it will be very different. As a consequence, the opportunities will be very different. The world quite frankly will be a different place after this an we will probably experience a paradigm shift.

Rest assured however, there will be a lot of opportunities. There always are. I encourage everyone to look deeply into industries, services and products that increase resilience of people, businesses, organisations, communities and the planet.Those are areas that will receive more attention after the crises and more investment. Resilience is the key word. Resilient jobs, resilient sectors, resilient countries, resilient people. Work on resilience and you will be rewarded. Work hard and work smart.

About Tony
Tony Verb is a serial entrepreneur, urban innovator, venture capitalist and film producer, based in Hong Kong. He is the founder of GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors, an integrated investment and consulting firm, specialised in cross-border innovation and smart cities. He is a sought after business advisor for European businesses in the Greater Bay Area of South China, Hong Kong and Macau; a region that he works to facilitate and scale the adaptation of urban tech best practices globally. Tony is committed to accelerate the growth of technology companies that positively impact urbanisation under the thesis he coins as “Urban Tech with Impact”. You can watch Tony’s Urban Talx series on Around the World in 80 Seconds here!

Tony will be speaking at YES! 2020 in Brunei this year on Borderless Career and the Future of Work.

Watch Tony’s interview with Curious Mind here!