Eleven years ago, at roughly this time of the year, Dutch-Cambodian man Lim Chhay Lem took a leap of faith, leaving his home in the Netherlands for his ancestral homeland in Cambodia, a country of which he had virtually no experience or knowledge.
“All I knew was, the country’s economy is growing and people kind of looked similar to me,” says Chhay Lem (pictured), who was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in the mid-1980s on the Thai border after his parents fled the Khmer Rouge, before moving to the Netherlands as a small boy.
Chhay Lem’s return to his homeland has proved highly successful, with the young entrepreneur labelling the more than a decade he’s spent back in the Kingdom as “probably the best” years of his life.
Central to this has been a groundbreaking blockchain based social media application he established with his brother, Lim Chhay Lin, called Serey.
Created in March and launched in September last year, through Serey the brothers wanted to apply the libertarian philosophy of free-market thinkers like Murray Newton Rothbard and John Perry Barlow to a social media app.