We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Zhang and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Angela, how does your business help the community?

When I first got exposed to trading in the stock market, I started like anyone else — had little sense of what was going on. An engineer by trade, I was never taught this in school! I’ve experienced the euphoria of making quick profits and also the despair of making mistakes and suffering losses. No matter trading or investing (in stocks or crypto), everyone goes through the emotional “rollercoaster” of the markets. This was especially true during this past volatile year with COVID19 March crash in 2020, GME short squeeze in Jan 2021 and the more recent rise of Crypto and NFTs!

My business was started back in June 2020 as a result of a series of IG/TikTok direct message requests. People wanted to learn more about the markets, but didn’t know where to start. And so after some encouragement from strangers on the internet, I created the Low Key Stonks (LKS) Discord server. Over time our community grew from 200 to now over 20k members and many experienced investors and full time day traders have also joined the team to share their knowledge. As of May 2021, we became Discord Partner official (~0.08% of discord guilds get granted this status)!

There’s a statistic that near 90% of retail traders fail to make money in the markets. For people that were never educated in this arena, once they fail the first time, it’s unlikely they’ll try again, especially if you’re alone in the game. Nobody said trading was easy, it takes years of experience, discipline, understanding market mechanics, and appropriate risk management to get an edge in this market. LKS strives for education and community first. By having 40+ notable traders online (5+ years of market experience), we hope to help newbies avoid as many mistakes as possible in the beginning of their trading journey. LKS also provides daily services and resources to help our members stay updated and informed with market news, conditions, and catalysts at all times.

By keeping up with the markets, you’re also forced to keep up with essentially everything that goes on in the world. We structured our chatrooms to be your one-stop to education, resources, and a community like family. We celebrate together on good days, but more importantly, on bad days, you’ll have a community to fall back on, a place to reflect and learn, ask questions and improve on becoming a better trader or investor! It’s never too early or too late to start learning – as many in my community say: “stay humble and be forever a student”.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I graduated with a Masters in Electrical Engineering and worked at Intel for almost two years before becoming a full time business owner and content creator. My creative side sort of splits into two: I have content catered to stock market education and entertainment and content from modeling work and collabs. I’ve always had too many interests and passions growing up and was always told to let go of some and just focus on one. But I’ve never brought myself to fully give up on my all my interests.

My curiosity always took me in many different directions where I was met with unexpected surprises. I would argue that if I stopped pursuing either trading or content creation, I would’ve never been able to create the business I have today that allowed me to quit the corporate life that limited me from exploring my true passions. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing though. I tend to dive in head first, and solve problems as they come up. Lack of experience was definitely met with some bumps along the road. But thankfully I wasn’t alone and had a team I could depend on during unexpected “crises”. Another thing I had to work on was work-life balance. When your work becomes something you enjoy doing, sometimes I find myself working all the time and never leaving the house. Picking up golf on the weekends definitely helped me stay active and sane.

Despite getting to work on my own schedule now, my days are still packed with work from 6am to 11pm on some days. But I thoroughly enjoy the process of starting a company from ground up, building our brand, and perfecting our product and services from all aspects. I’ve also been fortunate enough to meet many awesome people in the online community and have built relationships with people from diverse industry backgrounds. I hope to continue to build my “zhangsta” brand as well as our LKS community into something that adds value to people’s lives in some way shape or form!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s so many things to do in LA—food, shopping, beach, and more. Malibu for beach day; Getty Museum; Ktown and Sawtelle for food; and maybe even to one of my favorite antique shops for some treasure hunting (I’ve been to almost all the antique stores in town, it’s my guilty pleasure)!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
LKS was created through encouragement from my followers, it was named through a poll on my story, and is shaped by each one of members that are a part of the #LKSfam. We’ve grown into a multifaceted community thanks to all the feedback from the members as well. So although this may sound cliché, I really am grateful for my followers for giving me the strength and courage to step out of my comfort zone and start an endeavor that was completely outside of my background. I would’ve never thought I’d be so deep into the markets as a electrical engineer student in college. Lastly my entire LKS Team all deserve a huge shoutout in making LKS what it is today. Couldn’t have done it without their support and contribution!

Website: zhangsta.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zhangsta.ang/

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/az2018

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zhangstatrades

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zhangsta

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuKzVSB1s9uxW05ZZNPlGUw

Other: tiktok: https://tiktok.com/@zhangsta

Image Credits
Hailey Liu, Gervisuals, Rey Roa

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