November 23, 2022

HI Hub Incubator Program Finalist Zihan Yan Tells Us about His Startup, Gulch

Gulch is one of the finalists in the HI Hub Incubator Program. Zihan Yan, founder and CEO tells us more about the business.

What product or service does Gulch offer?
Gulch is a real-estate tech company that manufactures modular, high-tech, environmentally friendly, affordable and customizable housing units.

How did you come up with the idea for this business?
I believe housing is a human right and lies at the root of health, wellness, and prosperity. I feel passionately that the housing crisis “Gordian Knot” must be solved!

Why did you decide to participate in the HI Hub Incubator program?
The HI Hub Incubator program can help a new business keep focus and grow in the right direction.  It can also make sure all the investors see the best in Gulch.

What do you enjoy most about creating your own startup business?
It is what I imagine being a father is like for the first time! You need to learn everything from beginning: dressing, settling, playing, bathing and nappy changing… it is exhausting. But at the end of the day, it makes you feel proud.

What advice would you give to someone contemplating founding a startup?
Don't hide your ideas.

What is something you learned through this process that you wish you’d known before you created your startup?
Talk to someone smarter than you. The biggest mistake we can make with self-improvement is to be too introverted and not put ourselves out there.

What does the future of your startup look like in an ideal world?
Everyone is living in Gulch units. Even on Mars!

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