"I’ve always wanted to open a small café of my own. But somehow, along the way, dreams got buried and reality set in, and I ended up pursuing banking instead. Then the financial crisis came and I started having second thoughts. But I stuck around, and after four years of helping companies issue bonds, I was bored and wanted to do something which was more me. So I quit my job and set up Momolato.”
“What was the reaction of the people closest to you?”
“They couldn’t believe it. To them it was just a passing thought that I would grow out of. But it wasn’t that. I’m used to slogging away, working for 72 hours straight with no sleep. But if I’m working so hard, I might as well work for myself. In banking, the money is good, but you divide it by the hours you put in, and it’s not so much. And there are times when I completely regret this move – but then I think that if I were in my old job, I’d be working for another corporation until 11pm, not making gelato. And I’d rather make gelato.
People said that I had everything to lose if I quit my job, but I think I had everything to lose if I didn’t. My customers are happy after eating my ice-cream. They actually smile. And that’s a lot more rewarding.”