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  • Good afternoon.

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  • The first thing I'd like to do

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  • is deeply and profoundly apologize to you

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  • for not being able to speak to you in your native language Mandarin.

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  • It took me 57 years of my life

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  • to find the vision and the passion

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  • that is driving me 24/7

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  • which is all about culture and about language.

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  • So I'm gonna take a few minutes

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  • to run over 57 years

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  • to tell you how I got to the point

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  • where the rest of my life is being driven by what I've learned.

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  • This is my business card right now.

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  • "dotsub", up until recently, was my 9th and I thought my last start up.

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  • And two and a half years ago,

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  • I hired a CEO,

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  • and his card was gonna say CEO

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  • so I had to figure out

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  • a title to put on my card.

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  • So very whimsically,

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  • I said: "I'll be a collector of puzzle pieces."

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  • So as you could see,

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  • without alot of thought: founder, chairman, collector of puzzle pieces.

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  • My wife thought that was the stupidest thing she's ever seen.

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  • Many people that I gave my card to didn't understand it.

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  • "Are you in the puzzle business?"

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  • But let me show you what business I am in.

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  • I have very privileged to have a home

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  • on the water in Long Island.

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  • And on the flagpole,

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  • I have cleats for 6 flags.

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  • And when Jason was there with a bunch of other people

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  • about the project that I'm going to explain,

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  • I always buy a flag of the country

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  • from which all of my house guests come.

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  • So that day we had people from 5 countries at my house.

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  • You have no idea how deep and profound the appreciation is.

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  • People come to the house and they see their flag

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  • and they cry.

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  • Because very few people

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  • really understand the importance of

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  • cultural communication and cultural awareness.

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  • And so, that's what my vision in life is,

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  • which I'll explain to you: to remove languages as a barrier to

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  • cross culture communication.

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  • Something I've learned in last day and a half

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  • is with my headphone on with much of the talks in Mandarin,

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  • I hear a lot of loud laughter in the room.

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  • But when I am hearing the translation,

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  • I don't understand what's funny.

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  • And these are the best interpreters in the world.

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  • This is really tough to communicate in another language.

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  • And with technology as it is,

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  • with innovation as it is,

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  • and MOOCs and everything else,

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  • it is critically important that all 7 [billion] people of the world

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  • in all 7 thousand languages

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  • have the ability to profoundly and deeply

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  • learn the knowledge that is currently available

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  • with current technology.

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  • New technology does not want to be

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  • need to be the technology is there

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  • but we all have to have the culture awareness.

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  • Now what I'd like to do,

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  • This was Jason at my house 3 months ago

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  • I'd like all of us to give him an

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  • amazing round of thanks for doing

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  • what he's done right now.

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  • From the time I was 10 till the time of 57,

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  • and I'm 66 right now,

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  • I would say I wandered the planet. When I was 10 years old,

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  • for four years I studied Hebrew

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  • and I studied Latin.

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  • Have no idea why. Hebrew was because I was being bar mitzvah

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  • Latin is because I guess it was a thing to do.

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  • And then in 10th grade,

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  • I started studying German. And I was a fluent speaker in German.

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  • And in college i don't know why I did it,

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  • I signed up for a program in the Mindanao Island

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  • in the southern Philippines.

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  • And when I was 19 years old,

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  • learned how to speak Tagalog fluently.

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  • so my first trip outside of the United States on this journey

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  • was the Mindanao island in the southern Philippines

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  • as being a visiting professor in mathematics.

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  • And at that time, it took me 40 years to

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  • understand this,

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  • I was infected with the cross-culture disease.

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  • Now today and the talk and yesterday

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  • a lot of people half of my age

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  • are talking about their vision and their life vision.

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  • I feel fortunate in one hand

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  • that I have it, I'm passionate about it.

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  • But I wish it had happened earlier,

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