Sarah Fong

Our SuiteCity Founder, Sarah Fong, recently did an interview Jane Wang of The Wang Post. Check it out below to learn more about Sarah and SuiteCity.

A regular series at The Wang Post, where we sit down with rising Asian entrepreneurs. This week, we speak with Sarah Fong, the founder of SuiteCity, which is based in Toronto.

Let’s start from the beginning, where were you born?

I was born in Toronto, Canada, but both sides of my family moved here from Hong Kong in the 1960s. My father’s family settled in a small northern Ontario town about 14 hours north of Toronto, and my mother’s side moved to Toronto.

Tell us about growing up. What helped you along the way to become an entrepreneur?

When I was 11, while all my friends went to camp for the summer, my dad (a computer programmer) decided to make his own “summer camp” at home for me by teaching me how to code. This was before the internet too, so there weren’t any graphics or even a browser to view the output of your code. It was just me and a black MS-DOS screen computing basic input/output functions like mathematical equations.

I didn’t appreciate learning to program as a kid until I got my first “real” summer job as an intern in university. I was working at a very small consulting firm and was told to build the company’s first website! I was given no training and didn’t have any manuals. I picked up a book called “HTML in 10 minutes” and spent the summer hacking it together. These were the days before WordPress, when there were no plugins and you had to code every pixel from scratch. I was grateful to have gotten “trained” by my dad nearly a decade earlier in basic programming skills.

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