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40 minutes | 6 months ago
EIA 054 The Hive Podcast Series Learning to Podcast
Erin Soutar Erin Soutar of the Hive Co-working Space Lavender Podcast studio in Singapore reverses the roles on Neville J McKenzie as he is the one discussing his thoughts on podcasting. The Hive has allowed AsiaBizStories to share the podcast on it’s platform. As Neville talks about the topic of podcasting generally. From using podcasts in education Neville: So then you’re not asking students to sit down and read or watch videos in the class. You’re actually sending them to a website or a podcast and saying, read listen to this then when we come into the classroom we’ll discuss what you’ve learned from it. Erin: It certainly sounds like a better way of learning I suppose we just need to convince the parents now. Building a community around podcasting Neville: I find them very interesting. I get to meet a good range of people because podcasting crosses all sorts of boundaries and this is where I hope that we can build a community, because it’s not, it’s not about the competition between podcasters, because there’s and I think there’s a niche for everyone that is interested in podcasting. In this conversation Neville gives a brief insight into the potential, and changes Erin’s mind on a few beliefs about podcasts and podcasting. So now without further delay lets begin. As well as: Entrance to the world of podcasting in China and entrepreneurship. A perspective on how the senses relate to podcasting The challenges faced by podcasters. His role in encouraging potential podcasters to give it a go. What makes a successful podcast What it means to build a community around a podcast. The growth of podcasting in Singapore Advice on the first steps to becoming or improving as a podcaster The mind set of a podcaster What effort and operating costs are involved in podcasting Key points to consider when choosing where to hosting a podcast What to focus on when building your audience What to prioritise in order not to make a bad podcast Engaging the youth with podcasts Using podcasts for education and blended learning and the need to convince parents and students. Convince Erin that she should not feel guilty about listening to free content and why it is good for the content producer What podcasts listened to and used Inform Erin that there is a podcast out there for every listener, you just have to find it. Up and coming projects at the Hive Lavender. How and why subjects are selected for the AsiaBizStories podcast series The post EIA 054 The Hive Podcast Series Learning to Podcast appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
49 minutes | a year ago
EIA 053 London Barber Cuts into Singapore
Elvis Simon Elvis Simon is a barber with 33 years experience as a salon owner and teacher of barbering in London, England. He has also founded the Quality Barbers Association, QBA, which is involved in raising the professionalism of barbers. His colleagues include some famous names in the UK barbering and hairdressing world such as Rudi Page the former sales manager of Dyke and Dryden, Derek Clements, former Artistic Director of Splinters International and MK a mens stylist with Andis. He has also worked on TV and film sets, first the 90s TV show “Dance Energy, where he planned the hair styles of the DJ Normski and then a film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Until Death. Where he was responsible for the hair styling of British actor Gary Beadle of East Enders fame. Our conversation took place when he took a break during his short visit as he explored the potential of the Singapore market. Generally everyone needs a hair cut and his introduction to someone thinking of becoming a barber or hairdresser… If you don’t like what you’re about to do, don’t do it. because this is something that even when you want to get out of you can’t With the average haircut taking 45 minutes and the nature of being a barber bringing you into intimate contact with thousands, Elvis has learned a thing or two about people. I’ve been doing this for thirty years. I’ve seen people evolve from really clever to really stupid and you know in thirty years. Man has not progressed he has regressed, unfortunately. Just got thicker and thicker. This podcast covers a lot of ground in the black barbering industry. As well as Why he founded the QBA and who else is involved The events that led him to becoming a barber, learning from his elders and opening his own barbershops How and the reasons why hairstyles have changed since the 60s and links to hairstyles dating back hundreds of years Using hair as a tool for personal branding and the reasons why footballers such as Paul Pogba, Djibril Cissé and Matteo Guendouzi. Being judged by your hairstyle and the effects of cultural biases Why Singapore is now looking attractive to an entrepreneurial barber from London The favour that got him into teaching and new opportunities The latest trend in men’s hair care scalp micro pigmentation Traditional black barbershop culture and how it is evolving to provide health information to the community The limits in China for black haircare in the 90s and early 2000s and the DIY and self-help approach Teaching and training other nationalities how to cut black people’s hair and what NBA players do in China The request for a (free) haircut Working in TV and Film and the challenges it posses Barber—client confidentiality and a story he can tell us The wisdom, knowledge and advice coming from the barber How to approach embarking on a new and challenging venture Thanks to Elvis for that great insight into his plans for the future in Singapore and the business world of Black Hairdressing. We wish him all the best You can follow Elvis Simon on Instagram @ebs748 The post EIA 053 London Barber Cuts into Singapore appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
36 minutes | 2 years ago
EIA 052 Scientist to Entrepreneur
Moses Kakanga Moses Kakanga was born by Lake Victoria in the old capital Entebbe, Uganda where he attended school before moving to the capital Kampala Makerere University, the oldest university in eastern and central Africa. Where he graduating with a degree in biomedical laboratory technology. Moses then went on to work for an infectious disease Institute for three years before returning to study for a Masters degree in structural molecular biology, which culminated with study at Birkbeck College University London. He then returned home and continued with his previous employer for another four years. He then decided on another round of graduate study finding a scholarship on the Singapore international graduate award. And move to Singapore to pursue a PhD in biochemistry. From young Moses wanted to work in the medical field as a scientist. He was surrounded by several role models. His father was a practice in physician for 40 years and is still practising although semi retired. His mum is a nurse and many of aunts are nurses and growing up in a hospital community he saw he was exposed to many other role models in the medical profession. Initially he wanted to go to medical school but didn’t get the points before settling on biomedical laboratory science. When he looks back he looks back Moses attributes his success to working hard, which was based on his desire to attend medical school and in Uganda like most countries required the highest grades and to be top of your class. Moses believes he’s achieved everything he’s wanted academically. Initially he wanted to remain in academia and become a professor then after doing his Phd and living in Singapore he came to the realisation he wasn’t suited for a career in academia saying “If you wanna be in academia in the Western World you have to publish well. The pre-requisites are very stiff.” It wasn’t the challenge of academia as his previous employer wanted him back, offering him a position in the USA for two years. But he realised he wanted to have a career in Bio-med Innovation and create devices for unmet clinical needs. Moses grew up in the 90s in Entebbe before leaving in 2004 to go to the capital, Kampala to study at the Makerere University, which was a former College of the University of London and after independence it was handed over to the government of Uganda. It has the oldest medical school in Uganda. The medical school is ranked highly internationally is one of the top five in Africa. During the time he studied there a lot of international students from Kenya and Tanzania Moses then received a commonwealth scholarship and was attached to a scientist in Uganda. However the final six months were finished at Birkbeck, University of London while still attached to a Scientist in Uganda. He wasn’t lonely in London as he had cousins there and had a pleasant time. Missing out on the scholarship didn’t feel so bad because Moses was young at 17 and his dad was a bit scared about sending him alone to Hungary where he would also needed to learn a new language as well as the fact that he was already going to university in Uganda. Looking back at the time going it may have seemed like a missed opportunity but the other opportunities that have presented themselves have more than made-up for it. The desire to develop by a medical devices arose during his Phd studies as he worked on Biosensors for screening anti-cancer drugs and his interest shifted to a desire on innovation, drug or devices development. Moses feel that by remaining in academia he would not be able to accomplish as much due to the rigid and competitive career development. The challenge he sees for a scientist entering the world of entrepreneurship, are a lack of business skills, which for example may be business model development, customer development, market access. This lake is something that can be overcome by hiring a person with these business skills. Scientists can still learn the business side but it will take a little bit longer for a person that come from academia. Currently Moses is working with a CEO who is also a technical and scientific person and who also has developed the skills to handle the business side. He does get involved to a small degree. But his focus is primarily on the science and technology. This is reflected in his title of Chief Science and Technology Officer (CTO). Moses sees himself continuing in the role of technology building as his focus is on the science and being in charge of running clinical trails in order to bring them to the market. Moses has always looked up to his father as a role model. A man “who set a high bar”. Next came his father’s boss who was a woman that came from a family of five doctors. He always looked up to them. He found these role models stimulated his interest in having a career in the medical field. The professor that supervised him On his PhD has also acted as a role model in ensuring that he completed his PhD and graduated. As Moses enters the world of entrepreneurship new role models are beginning to appear one of which is Sir Richard Branson. Who Moses admires in the way he built his business from scratch. Through reading his books he has discovered that Sir Richard Branson started out with a lot of challenges in school but then found his niche and has built a number of businesses and has become a very successful business man. His methods have been cautious, unaggressive and without putting other people out of business. He also has integrity and consciousness. Although Moses is in medical field he plans to follow Sir Richard Branson on the business side. A few days after our meeting Moses will be taking part in an event as the moderator with the title, “From Scientist to Entrepreneurial Scientist: The Creation of BioTech Companies”. The purpose of the event is to help motivate early stage start-ups in the field of biotech and med tech. And get mentorship and advice from experienced biotech founders who will share their experience on the transition of being a scientist, scientist entrepreneurs, starting their own companies from research in the lab. The main premise for young start-ups to get more added information and guidance from established scientist. Three scientists are from the National University of Singapore, Duke NUS will share how they built their companies that was spun off from the University. The audience will come from a broad spectrum of Singapore, which will include academia and start-up biotech companies. A 127 people registered have registered so far. But Moses is being cautious and expects a turnout of 50 to 60% for the event. Registration and entry is free via the SGInnovate.com website in collaboration. SGInnovate is a government organisation that helps to develop tech ecosystems in Singapore. SGInnovate supports DeepTech entrepreneurs and start-ups develop their ideas into a marketable products and also helps them to fund raise. 27 Deep Tech can be a confusing term which is used for ideas that take a lot of time to develop for example developing a robot that requires patents and many of iterations in order to get to the final product. Another example is developing a medical device that requires development of a prototype, do prototype testing and looking for trials. The gestation period takes a long time. This is how Deep Tech is commonly defined. The time to develop a DeepTech product can be two years or three years or longer. There is further ambiguity as it can also include AI algorithms used for imaging of cancer cells as it can uses AI for diagnostics methods. There is a constant need for development in the Bio-Tech and Medi-Tech field. A constant need for new drugs and medical devices particularly in areas connected to the ageing population in Asia. As well as devices for mobility, which is also a growing field. Due to Asia’s ageing population so there will be an increasing need for biotech and med tech products. If you consider the US in the Bay Area where, biotech and med tech is really big and you will see a lot of investors. In that the ecosystem in the US is well developed. While in Asia it has recently started growing and is predicted to grow bigger . Moses reasons for starting a business in Singapore are that it is small country where everything is close. He completed his PhD at the innovation hub called One North, where there are universities with research centres and start-ups in the same facility. Also gave access to many people on different tracks due to their close proximity. The final piece into doing this venture is being able to get into an incubator that gives support in building the company. At present the company consists of a CEO and Moses who is the CTO as it has only existed for eight months. They are still raising money and expect to hire a specialist in the medical device regulatory area in the second quarter of next year in order to facilitate the launch of the product into the different markets. The first market to enter will be Europe where they are working with a number of hospitals on clinical trials and expect to get the CE mark. After that will expand in to Asia and the USA. This order is chosen as buyer certification procedures are a little bit easier in Europe than getting an FDA. So like most medical companies in the world they tend to start off with Europe to get a CE mark because it’s a little shorter than the FDA. From there a move into Asia is fairly straight forward if you have a CE or FDA. For the African market the company has to examine the reimbursement systems to determine who will be able to pay and may be considered later on after some revenues have been gained. So the important first step is to prove the product is viable then once proved to raise finance and show that it works and then you can look up expanding into other markets. The product is a device that was patented by his CEO to treat a genetic
44 minutes | 2 years ago
EIA 051 The Beginners View on Podcasting
Ann Morgan is new to the world podcast production and joins Graham Brown the founder of Asia Tech Podcast and myself in our latest conversation recorded in the Asia Tech Podcast studio for the Ask Me Anything Podcast, where we discuss podcasting with a focus on Ann’s questions as she navigates the world of podcasting from a complete beginner. “Because funnily enough I know there’s a lot, we’ve talked about a lot about confidence and just getting on with things and for me actually doing the podcasts is a step, and I’m not saying it’s not scary, finding your voice and becoming natural at it and just making improvements Anne’s passion is growing as she develops her project and works out who and where her audience is, and with the launch phase approaching the excitement is increasing for us both all. ““You’ve literally gone Live, or you’ve started to go live. Would you… Do you think you have to do a pre, some kind of pre-thing? Do you have to be on every single social media… What’s a simple way of doing it?” Even though Anne has a non-technical background she has in our view comfortably reached the publish stage of her podcast production journey and constructed her website. You can contact Anne on Linkedin and her website at celibratethestory.com As well as Ann describing her journey towards being a podcast producer from nowhere to recording four episodes, one hour in the studio with four colleagues on a roundtable Publishing your podcast and the next step After recording the podcast, the first thing, then what do you do? The editing and the process of making it live. Choosing where to publish iTunes, Spotify, the next two Google, Stitcher Including music in the podcast, Royalty free or buy, outsource or commission starting out at a low price or even free and the pitfalls. Free music source websites as well as get a family member to create Professional production can be low cost or costly, see fiverr But do you need music at all just go straight into the intro, DIY approach, or use a voice over professional again see fiverr Can someone not like your podcast because there is no music? Domain naming your podcast, How to choose and where do I put my podcast. Server, Soundcloud, Blubrry, Possible problems, Free, Paid options, stepped options. Where to put show-notes and integration with website Audio file hosting. Taking the paid option with SoundCloud, Blubrry or the free one stop option for example with Anchor which is free, but has the potential pitfall of who owns the content. Designing your Cover Art: The fiverr option the low price option, the restrictions and potential pitfalls Publishing on Sound Cloud and iTunes followed by how do you attract an audience and who to hustle and how. The confusion of subscribe and how to overcome it. What are the platform algorithms doing and how to give the podcast a boost to reach escape velocity and get reviews Should you launch 1, 3 or more podcasts, publish regularly or irregularly? Different approaches to podcasting: Experimenting or putting out your podcast for business reasons The effect on media of noise in the content world and the need to hustle. The importance of producing something that is good, but remember it has to appeal to a specific audience that is interested. How to make it easy for your friends and guests to share the podcast with the example of a ATP’s live card. Brief explanation of getting onto SoundCloud without a website The ATP’s live card, creating a template and where to get the guests picture The challenge that appears after recording: the editing. Eliminating excuses to not publish and overcoming the loneliness of editing Preparing for the conversation it helps with editing. What happens during the conversation the challenges and how to overcome How to decide when to stop the editing process. What to do with Ums and Ahs. Annes choice of editing software Summarising: The fact that Ann’s gone from zero to completing several recordings, which will soon be publish Finally sharing the links to Anne’s podcast and website Links https://www.linkedin.com/in/grahamdbrown/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/njmckenzie/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/annemorgan1/ www.celebratingthestory.com The post EIA 051 The Beginners View on Podcasting appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
66 minutes | 2 years ago
EIA 050 Why You Should Podcast
Graham Brown is the founder of Asia Tech Podcast. This is our second one on one conversation and was recorded in the ATP studio for the Ask Me Anything Podcast, where we discuss podcasting with a focus on Asia along with the wider personal aspects of podcasting. “Now a podcast is personal as you say. So really, I think this is a mistake people make this come to this they try and focus podcast on a very specific subject area, which is fine. However that may change over time, and it probably will like any human being you’re going to evolve and find new interests and so on.” Graham is very passionate about podcasting and warning that this is revealed in the language he uses to express what he is doing with Asia Tech Podcast and podcasting in general. As well as: Graham’s podcasting series and conversations with other podcasters. Some of the specific issues with podcasting in China, for example the blocking of Google web services. Learning how to use web services outside of China. Cooperation between podcasters by sharing podcasts. Listener questions The growing interest in podcasting in Asia, which likes Europe and the USA. The show stopper question, what should I broadcast about? and how most people get it wrong. The importance of telling your personal story that enables growth. Evolution ending a podcast series and starting a new podcast with the story that you really want to tell The host enabling the continuity of the podcast and dropping clues to their own personal experiences. The difference between a podcast host and the traditional interviewer. The listener eavesdropping on a conversation and building a relationship of trust with the host. Breaking away from the traditional interview with Asia Tech Podcast’s Camp fire like podcast ‘the Grind’. The audience as the third person in a conversation. The difference between private conversations of the past and public conversations and its dangers. Being able to witness peoples views changing and allowing people to grow. The repercussions of Elon Musk smoking marijuana on the Joe Rogan show, changes in language and leaving in swearing and the ‘ums and ahs. Errors during the podcasting recording process. The individuality of each podcasters working in different ways. The belief that everyone should have a podcast to tell part of the story. Using the tools available to market yourself. FEAR, the reason why people don’t market themselves in the way they should. Podcasting as a way of bringing your thoughts together. All you have to do is step up. You don’t need 1 million downloads. You just need to reach the people you need to reach. The interest in how to podcast? Start off with your friends and asked the question, what should we podcast about? The next question how long should a podcast be? The different types of audience, just for, information, entertainment and edutainment. The podcaster’s journey of improvement. What’s a good length to start off with? If people can find the time to binge watch Game of Thrones, why should you worry about producing a 3 hour podcast on your topic of interest and ignore the advice to keep it around 10 minutes. The listener is in control and can pause the podcast. Is the flexibility of podcasting up to the imagination of the podcasters? The world before social media and the change it brought about, for example hijacking the heart. Audio formats fight back against social media. Did TV start the process of desocialisation or did it bring us together? Mass broadcast TV losing its social currency versus video on demand. Podcasting using the Starbucks model to reconnect people. Increased understanding with audio and video communication. Human to human hormonal response. Turning humans to machines and the missing soul in AI. Podcasting as a way of getting your thoughts together, germinating crystallising ideas. An explanation of phatic communication. The listener thinking through the conversation as it unfolds, agree or disagree. Acknowledging that we could be wrong and in a years time we may have moved on. Links Graham Brown on The post EIA 050 Why You Should Podcast appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
65 minutes | 2 years ago
EIA 049 Give the Unheard Entrepreneur a Voice
Graham Brown is the founder of Asia Tech Podcast. In this conversation Graham tells us about his journey from an AI graduate in the 90’s, when there was no demand, becoming an entrepreneur in several industries, going into semi-retirement to travel the world, before being lured back to the world of entrepreneurship in Singapore. “If you were into music they were all made by Japanese companies and you had a stereo at home, which was Japanese and you watched it on a Japanese TV, and we learned about Japanese cars, samurai and ninja. Wow! This world just blew me away and I wanted to be part of that and I looked at where I grew up and just wanted to get out.” The failures that often accompany entrepreneurs before the overnight success. “We went from people playing like 10 to 15,000 dollars to speak, to be on a conference, to sponsor it, to be on that. To like the next week nothing. Crickets! just wants right to be on that they like the next week nothing crickets sorry. That completely went belly-up. So he has a wild ride. That was the second business” This is the first time that Graham has appeared as a guest and the conversation was recorded in the studio of Asia Tech Podcast, where I also appear as a guest host. So now without further delay lets begin. As well as: The first radio style interview in 2002 with an employee of Hewlett-Packard who later became the founder of Angry Birds. The break into marketing, founding a property company, a telecom company. How the switch between different Industries is an essentials part of peoples lives. His life in Japan in the 1990s, returning to the UK and determined to start business even with no connections in entrepreneurship. The big break to start his own business, a phone number in the newspaper and making 120 calls a day selling Financial Services The lessons learned from working in a tough environment Are you joining a cult? Overcoming the disheartening response from the people around him. Silence and the quest for self-improvement. The type of person that ended up in Japan in the 1990s Why Graham idolised Japan and a graduate in AI 20 years too early, so go teach English in Japan just as the bubble bursts 2 years in Japan Returning to the UK after two years in the late 90s as the UK economy picks up. The rumours of people walking out of university and picking up good jobs in the city. Unable to get that job in the city so taking the job selling Finance in the city as a stepping stone The first business building computers with his best mate and a marketing strategy based on what he’d learned in finance making hundreds of calls a day. Building Computers the business fails after a year and his friends returns to a job Graham left with the debt but determined to go as an entrepreneur with the debt paid off 10 years later. The second business 1997-98 organizing meet-ups in pubs on the internet, meeting people on ICQ. Reasons why around 2000 people started getting interested. How confusion led to conferences appearances in the USA and opportunities with CNBC on the topic of Mobile and WAP commanding fees of $10–$15,00 to speak on a conference panels and then the following. The effect of the Dot Com crises. The third business the firs and only at the time to research “mobile phone usage with young people” Rejection by Nokia but accepted by Disney, MTV, Intel, European Union, United Nations and the published UN report “Children and Mobile Phones”. (https://www.unicef.org/adolescence/files/SOWC_2011_Main_Report_EN_02092011.pdf). The reasons why this business was a success why he got out with as much cash as possible, where he put the cash and selling the business to his partner and then sitting down with his wife and explaining what he wanted to do next. A father selling ancient Japanese Scrolls around the world and why his wife understood the entrepreneurial world. 2012 semi-retirement so let’s travel the world. First stop New Zealand, then Fiji, Hawaii, California, Florida, Cypress and back to London. Flew out the next day without even telling his mother to the Canary Islands. Eventually settling in Lanzarote with blue skies, white houses, palm trees and a passion for Iron Man was ignited. How his non Spanish speaking wife enrolled their son in a none English speaking local Spanish school. 2 years in Lanzarote, iron Man and slow Internet connection next stop Japan, Island of Okinawa. Wanted to get his son to learn Japanese. 49 minutes The difficulties of living on the Island of Okinawa, which led to a quick exit to Mainland Japan On to Kugune makaigan and the bronze budda, and the surfing capital of Japan near Mount Fuji for two years. Leading back into the world of entrepreneurship by doing favours and keeping busy. Brief dabble in the podcast world with Founder FM, which later evolved into ATP and the need to go to where the action was as there were few startups, Now in a financially self-sufficient state the first thought in his mind was semi-retirement to Thailand, Phuket before he was turned-off this. The next thought was the idea of Singapore, which he put to his family, which would require full commitment. The questions of what makes him happy, the struggle and doing something or the life in? The link between the excitement of making a full commitment that involves financial risk, burning bridges, risk, not trundling along, with the pain of Iron man. Taking on a leadership role in pulling together podcasters in Asia. The drive that comes out of proving the doubters and the voices telling you it can’t be done wrong The pain of the teenage years creating the fighter and the motivator of producing of amazing things. Graham’s vision for ATP in five years being the MTV of the startup ecosystem in the same way it changed the music industry for black music artists such as Michael Jackson and hip-hop. The aim to bring amazing stories of people that are not recognised. How to convince entrepreneurs to become self-promoters and reach out to VC’s and investors through story. His belief that pitch contests are the wrong way to get entrepreneurs to tell the world what they do. Give the unheard entrepreneur a voice How do entrepreneurs startup, hire and connect with fellow podcast hosts. Links The post EIA 049 Give the Unheard Entrepreneur a Voice appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
39 minutes | 2 years ago
EIA 048 Feed Camp 2018 Part 2
John Cheng, Aaron Wong and Wynne Peh are three participants of Feed Camp 2018 and we find out the background to their participation The issue and what if a solution is not found stated by John from Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory. “… even in FEED Camp 2018 which is really about feeding, you know a very big 9 billion population in 2050, where if we don’t come up solution right now, when we reach that stage, you know, food as a resource can be seen as a tool for war.” Innovative ideas based on waste from Aaron Wong from SinFooTech “ Because I mean what we’re trying to do is that we’re taking a waste by-product and turning them into Innovative consumer products that never been seen before and they have a fair bit of commercial value as well…” And top secrets under development from Wynne Peh also with Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory “We have right now before the new office and the new labs comes up in Q1 next year. So I think we were doing good with kombucha but it’s all secret right now. We can’t reveal too much of it.” This conversation was part 2 of a four part series published on the AsiaTech Podcast platform where I am also a guest host. So now without further delay lets begin. As well as: John: States his role as director of Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory a very traditional family business modernising and the creation of Innovate360 Aaron: States the benefit of SinFooTech being part of the Innovate 360 initiative to develop new startups that develop new foods. Aaron: The creation of a new Soya alcoholic named Sachi from soya waste. John: scouting for individuals and startups to join the Innovate360 program during the FEED Camp 2018 Wynne: states her role supporting John and Innovate360 as they move into uncharted territories in Singapores food industry Wynne: Innovate360 and the creation Singapores first incubator facilities focused on food in order to produce a more sustainable food ecosystem, is the focus of FEED Camp 2018 John: The uncharted territory that Feed Camp 2018 will explore John : adds his grand father starting the Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory’s history in 1947 making Chinese candies and preserved fruits, trading their own raw materials in the 1990s to now being one of the bigger players in Asia in sugar, rice and flour John: Along with automation and maintaining the traditional sugar based products John: The Jewels was initiative started in the last 2 years ago that transformed a very traditional rock into something young and trendy John: How he was called from a career in the banking industry back to the family business where he found himself as a young manager having to modernise the business John: The challenges of changing processes, building trust with the employees in order to move the company in a new direction with his brothers John: Entering the business with a vision to put in place systems, raise productivity, attract younger talent, talk about succession, and grow the business Aaron: The gratitude towards John in passing on his fantastic experience as a mentor and partner to help develop SinFooTech as a startup in the food industry Aaron: his journey from a brief corporate background in the aviation industry before joining SinFooTech was only a matter of time as his parents were entrepreneurs Aaron: Why food entrepreneurship should not be overlooked Aaron: Overcoming the biases associated with using waste to produce new forms of food, which are nutritious and tasty. Aaron: Producing alcoholic beverages from waste soya Aaron: Going from producing food in the laboratory to factory production with the help of Innovate360 John: How he through Innovate360 will use the new factory facilities to be the foundation of taking new foods from the laboratory to commercial production as a one-stop-shop solution for startups who are looking to scale-up. John: The depth of the food startup industry in Singapore, which includes six startups at Innovate 360 since May this year and recognition as an incubator in Singapore that can support startups with funding from the government grants through Innovate360. John: Innovate360 working with startups in nutrition (Eatobe) and clean meat (Shiok Meats). Wynne: Hinting at things to come with the startup involved with Kombucha (Kombynation), John: Building a sustainable food innovation ecosystem for startups with the partners PlatformE, FocusTechVenture as well as Temasek Poly Wynne: The role she occupies, which is to find people, startups and organisations that want to get involved with innovation in the food industry and the completion posed from the hype around FinTech, banking, finance etc John: Remembering that the core is food and while crypto is all the rage at the moment you can’t eat Tech Aaron: How he and SinfooTech became involved with Innovate360 ecosystem created by the government agency Enterprise Singapore (ESG) John: Innovate360 as an Accredited Mentor Partner, AMP that can access startup applications for a certain grants for startups that might be more scalable have better market response. The role of Enterprise Singapore (ES) John: Strange or surprising sources of foods that require previous preconceptions to be ignored John: Involvement in vertical farms John: The need for FEED Camp 2018 being the projected 9 billion population in 2050, and the potential for war John: The talk about sustainability and the need for preserving what we have right now, making it more efficient, vertical farming, urban farming, to ensure that there is enough food John: Developments needed in automation in farming to ensure future generations have enough food John: One of the primary motivations being the scarcity in Singapore of land that requires lots of food has to be imported and the potential threat to the food supply chain and the priority being placed on initiative like the FEED Camp 2018, which is about looking at the future John: The dates the FEED Camp 2018 takes place 8th to 10th November John: The first of its kind food boot camp that it’s planned to inspire people, wannabe entrepreneurs and companies to look at food issues and take the first steps to find solutions Aaron: ultimately food and Maslow’s hierarchy is obviously at the base FEED Camp 2018 is a fantastic opportunity for corporates for startups, for SMEs to come together, bounce ideas off each other to tackle the issue of food shortages as well as food security Wynne: meet people with a passion for food firstly and second new ideas that we can help them to incubate or to grow further into business actually that is sustainable John: FEED Camp 2018 is an opportunity to disrupt, ideate and develop. A participant or entrepreneur can consider develop a business in the food industry John: The opportunity for corporates to see how they can innovate and disrupt their own businesses. Bring about change and hopefully do something that can impact positively future generations. The existence of the opportunity to include entrepreneurs with no background in food to participate at the FEED Camp 2018 Links https://www.platforme.asia/ https://www.tp.edu.sg/ http://www.innovate360.sg http://www.focustechventures.com https://www.shiokmeats.com https://www.kombynation.com http://www.sinfootech.com/ https://www.eatobe.com The post EIA 048 Feed Camp 2018 Part 2 appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
37 minutes | 2 years ago
EIA 047 The Passionate Coach Training Leaders
Glenn van Zutphen Glenn van Zutphen is the founder of VanMedia Group a company he founded over twelve years ago and based on his knowledge of over twenty-five years as an international journalist. The mission he chose is to guide thought leaders to significantly shape their organisation and industry by creating and communicating provocative & memorable messages across digital and traditional channels for news media interviews, conferences, and TED Talks. Now due to the rise of social media and the rise of social selling the need for entrepreneurs to get to grips with what is happening is on the rise. Literally anybody can buy these days with just a few hundred dollars, maybe a little bit more depending on the type of gear you get, and then put together a podcast like this or any kind of a news story and upload it whether it’s on your own website or on Stitcher or on any number of podcast hosting sites. In comparison in the past being an entrepreneur or business executive was a lot simpler and easier. Now the ability to communicate credibly both personally and professionally is exponentially increasing as social selling becomes more demanding. Generally speaking, executives don’t like to see themselves on TV, or hear themselves on the radio, or they don’t really like this idea of exposing themselves externally to whatever… whatever audience it is. So from that perspective there was a bit of hesitation on most peoples… you know the reaction. In this conversation, which was recorded at the 1880 Members Club in Singapore we get a brief insight into the thoughts of one of the top media professional in Asia. As well as: Glenn van Zutphen’s journey from a graduate in media studies in the USA to Singapore: Why and how the self confessed news junky at heart decided to step away from daily journalism and build a business of his own: How much do you need to put together a podcast or news story and upload it to a website: Which is more important interviewing skills or being curious?: Why the process of developing a podcast requires understanding the need to figure out first, what is the voice of the podcast: The requirements to become a credible source: Understanding that fake news has taken on a new importance: Facing the challenges of leaving a stable job to create a media company and taking a long hard look and asking the hard personal questions: Running a business successfully takes longer than the 6 months it takes to getting started: Using the network to reach out and let everyone know what you are in business: Who has the budget to give you business large companies or SMEs Training to overcome the fear of appearing in front of a camera and understanding why executives should do it: The complete novice to strong communicator in 8 hours: Why should an executive should have hands-on with Social Selling: The arrival of the Smart Asian Leaders communicating globally in their own style: Communication style: one size doesn’t fit all: Personal reflections on what makes journalism and passing on the skills enjoyable: The first step in the personal coaching process: What needs to be achieved, how many, what are the issues?: The age we live in and the communication noise, watch, read, listen and using your voice to become clear, concise, confident, hopefully even captivating: A personal experience of not managing information overload well: A solution to managing rabbit hole of information overload: Relaxing with the family and disconnecting from the digital world: Links: Glenn van Zutphen on LinkedIn The post EIA 047 The Passionate Coach Training Leaders appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
EIA 046 Feed Camp 2018 Part 1
Virginia Cha and Patricia Lim Virginia Cha and Petrina Lim discuss Feed Camp 2018. Virginia Cha, professor-in-residence at Platform E and Petrina Lim, Head for the Centre for Applied Nutrition at Temasek Polytechnic. Feed Camp 2018 is an initiative orgainsed at PlatformE in which Virginia and Petrina are key participants. The issue as thought out by Virginia. “Wondering out loud, you know we’re going to be something like 9.7 billion people on this earth very soon in the next 20-30 years…” And technical guidance from Patrina “So that’s targeting the food manufacturing sector, also the food service sectors as well, and trying to encourage this environment of healthier eating for the people…” This conversation is part 1 of a four part series published on the AsiaTech Podcast platform where I am now a guest host. As well as: A look at innovation and entrepreneurship in the food industry. Feed camp 2018 the first step to make Singapore the food start-up. The need for a paradigm shift in food production in the way food is delivered, made, and the way waste is dealt with. Virginia Cha’s role as the former entrepreneur professor in residence at Platform E we’ll help to create a framework to stimulate innovative thinking for prototypes and products at Feed Camp 2018 Patrina Lim’s role is as the technical expert and sees her role as being a nutritionist and food scientist from the Temasek Polytechnic is to develop meals and food manufacture systems that will provide healthy eating for Singaporeans hobby of eating The different types of collaboration international and domestic. The benefits Feed Camp 2018 will bring to create an ecosystem at Platform E. The Feed Camp / Boot Camp held on a Thursday night, Friday night and all day Saturday to bring new concepts of food and the experience. What Hershey recent acquisition of pirate brands means to the food industry. Feed camp 2018 idea for conceptual prototypes and people in the food science space meet the needs of an increase of vegetarians in Asia by 140% and the interest in China. Patrina’s passion as a nutritionist and food scientist to see the creation new food from inception to the shelf to satisfy the future needs of people and solve the major food issues. Patrina’s participation in a recent conference on food with industry partners manufacturers, restaurateurs that examined potential new food sources. Who is involved in making new plant-protein based foods tasty and where demand is coming from and the effects on the food industry. Who’s mind needs to be changed and the challenges Local examples of Singaporean startups that are leading the way. The NDA that stops the mention of the major food company that will attend to find out what are the innovations and experience what is happening. Patrina’s experience of working with large companies verses startups, where each excels and are there any preferences. Find out the importance that Platform E and Singapore places on food innovation and the plans for April 2019. The qualifications that Singapore; the abundance of F&B outlets, described as foodie nation and a trusted brand. How a future motivated Singapore involved in the food production with Government support with provide new initiatives in food. Involved in the Feed Camp 2018 ecosystem are PlatformE, Temasek Polytechnic, Innovation360 and FocusTech Ventures Links to the FEED Camp 2018 joint initiative by Platform E, Temasek Polytechnic, Innovate360 and Focustech Ventures. The post EIA 046 Feed Camp 2018 Part 1 appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
27 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 045 The Urgent Need for Clean Drinking Water
Jeroen van Overbeek Jeroen van Overbeek is the founder of Social Impakt a social impact enterprise. Previously he spent over twenty years working in manufacturing in Europe and Asia. He then decided he wanted to change track and switch to making a social impact. The mission he chose was to bring clean water to South East Asia specifically Bali in Indonesia. Now, due to natural disasters in the area he finds that as a social entrepreneur the need for his product has increased drastically along with an expansion of volumes and the area where his product is needed “A problem which is 3, 4 times the magnitude of the Bali issue, because there’s about half a million people, close to half a million who have no roof right now and that will last for a while, They are reconstructing now.” Being an entrepreneur in normal times is difficult enough but in an environment where nature is unforgiving the stresses are greater. “Try to get more sleep. You trying to get as fit as you can in the conditions. Just give you and example, because of the Lombok earthquake I scaled my business 30 times in the period of two weeks.” In this conversation we get a brief insight into the world of the social entrepreneur at the sharp edge where nature is unforgiving. As well as: The journey to Bali to become a social entrepreneur starting from a career and experience in general management in manufacturing, food, pharma, selling products B2B internationally leading to a final role handling 3.5 million and overseeing a thousand people. The formation of reasons behind the change in wanting to start a business based on his experience, knowledge and a desire to return to Asia and work on something with a social value The first ventures which were starting two companies in 2013, one a peer to peer lending micro-finance social enterprise and the other supplying clean water to rural communities The emotions and challenges of going from corporate to social impact from a regular salary to no salary and the challenge of living off savings with the goal of reducing the mortality rate of children by providing clean water. And so to Indonesia where finding the right, safe, affordable product with local production facilities that provide an effective clean water solution to the people of Indonesia was important. The benefits of attending the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland with 1500 hundred other social entrepreneurs enabling Jeroen to make connections, exchange ideas, and gain happiness with the knowledge that the social impact community is doing good work all over the world. Witnessing corporates and social enterprises working together to expand the social impact ecosystem though procurement through a diverse community of delegates from all over the world interested in developing the social enterprise ecosystem. Including innovative initiatives at getting marginalised people and ex-prisoners back into the workforce. The event helped to overcome the loneliness of being a social impact entrepreneur that specifically offered the opportunity for future cooperation and collaborations with like minded entrepreneurs working on clean water provision in the future. Facing the practical reality of frequent recent disasters in the region. The first being the eruption of Mount Agung, which saw his company supply 1200 units in a three month period, the second the Lombok earthquake in August and then the third and most recent Tsunami in Sulawesi. Working-out the cost of supplying the product during a disaster with balancing being a for profit company with social entrepreneur that tackles environmental social problems of access to clean water which require that company costs are covered. Compounded by a personal responsibility to reduce margins further and to supply with the help of donations. Sourcing donations from private people, organisations, friends, family and crowd funding pages. At this stage selling the filters for four and a half years a typical day before the disasters consisted of the proof of concept phase by making sure the product could be accepted, used and paid for by people living in Karangasem one of the poorest remote areas in Bali. This was achieved with a local colleague for two years by meeting with the heads of the villages, the woman of the villages and others and others to introduce and sell the product. The process of education of the local population about what the product is, how it works, and to trust it is safe and was achieved by meeting with the influencers, which included Hindu religious leaders and eventually provided income for a local network of 30-35 women resellers. The expansion into southern Bali, which had a greater population in towns and cities for example Denpasar and Ubud and the effect of recent disaster on Jeroen and the business leading to the need to set up a new team of 5 volunteers, a new storage in Mataram in Lombok with volunteers. And realising that the operations and storage was the main challenge taking about one week. Mention of a planned visit to Lombok to check on what’s going on in the camps, monitor the filters and how they are being used. Learning that the success of the operation is built on setting up a system that provides who wants, who can, who has paid for the filters, who can pick it up, where the filters are going and tracking where they are. Understanding the cost of being a one man operation on a physical and personal level comes in the form of your own life, time but this a choice that is consciously made and requires the discipline to try to get more sleep, keep as fit as you can in spite of the conditions. While a the same time meeting the incredible feat to scale the business thirty times in a period of two weeks. The toll on physical health that it takes as well as the required effort to get sleep also requires not to work too hard and also to keep the weekend free and to continue personal physical activities like running and a passion for dancing. The benefits of having a good supplier located manufacturing the filters in Bandung , West Java which is a city about 2 hours East of Jakarta and transported overland by truck to either Bali or Lombok The ease in the ramping up of production was enabled by Nazava, a ten year old company’s experience of previous disasters. Nazava met the challenge of drastically increased demand in a matter of days and produced a pleasure that working with the supplier that is ready to support and meet the demand for the product when disaster strikes. Local government or Government support is vital when disasters strike and while Jeroen and Social Impakt carry out work with the support of public and private donations government help coming in the form infrastructure by getting water to the camps is critical step. In the case of the most recent disaster in Sulawesi Jeroen and Social Impakt may be working with the Health Department and are currently looking at options to provide a valuable service. Links Email: Jeroen van Overbeek Linkedin Jeroen van Overbeek The post EIA 045 The Urgent Need for Clean Drinking Water appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
44 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 044 Kick Starting the Night Garden into Existence
Jo Anne Sukumaran Jo Anne Sukumaran initially wanted to be a cellist and auditioned for the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) at age 12. However this lead to her receiving a full bassoon scholarship and being tutored by Zhang Jin Min. After reading a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Literature Jo Anne followed her passion as a professional musician. And now like many entrepreneurs she is taking the plunge and looking to raise funds to take her career in a new direction. “It’s a bit hard to say when inspiration strikes. It’s not everyday that it comes. So when it comes I try to make a voice memo of the idea.” She talks about the challenges “So long in this game and you still talking about privacy.” and the expectations that others have As well as: The unpredictability of when inspiration comes. The challenges of combining entrepreneurship and being a musician The journey to become a musician and significant events along the way, The role the movie the Music Garden played and Yo Yo Ma Music, Finale of Saint-Saens Sonata for Bassoon and Piano Research into raising funds and the government restrictions as a classical musician, which led to Kick Starter and the alternative Patreon Life as a teenage musician in the Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore and moving on to adult orchestras and ensembles Playing internationally with the Asian Wind Consort in Jeju, Korea playing for the Korean The difference between rehearsing for a festival and orchestra Auditioning internationally and self-financing The stresses of being a classical musician The effect of the quality of the reed The Grandfather Theme for bassoon from Peter and the Wolf, by Sergei Prokofiev. The inspiration that led to the bassoon, an instrument that she had never heard of Reasons for personalising musical instruments and giving them names Choosing and the cost of buying a bassoon Borrowing the buying her first bassoon which was a Püchner and the current a Moosmann and the cost Maintaining a bassoon The benefits to mental health that her music can bring The recommendation from a mentor to do Vipassana Meditation and how it help her set goals and overcome the negativity surrounding her The lifestyle that stops her from fitting in and difficult situations that being a woman may place her The inspiration for the album Being able to relax in nature and its connection with creativity Using Bjork techniques to help find inspiration through nature, and the unpredictability of finding inspiration Composers whose work will be used for original improvisation, Camille Saint-Saëns, Alexandre Tansman, Charles Koechlin, Robert Rønnes Music, Excerpt from Saint-Saens Sonata for Bassoon and piano (last movement) Favourite place to play concert hall, Concertgebouw The National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJO), Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands and finally Save the Bassoon closing concert Parents prefer their children to play violins The personal relationship and taking care of a bassoon Jo Anne’s podcast “Legends of the Reed” and the benefits of sharing online Performing in the future and making the decision to play solo and in Chamber music ensembles and opportunities in the future Self Management and own business development Major challenge from detractors and critics The changes in revenue model for music The snapshot of life that the album will bring The future role of the album and its use as as a calling card Being scoffed at for the path she is taking Being encouraged and career advice from a famous bassoonist, Bram van Sambeek, who gave her the confidence to follow her new path as an independent bassoonist Advice from Bernhard Kerres of Hello Stage leading to the five year plan Jo Anne’s ambition to emulate the cellist, Yo Yo Ma Taking up the challenge to start her crowd sourcing campaign from scratch Over coming shyness and making the leap of faith The Newsletter and the start of the podcast, which grew of the blog following in the footsteps of French horn player, Sarah Willis’ “Horn Hangouts” Links Home page of Jo Anne Sukumaran Welcome to the Night Garden Kick Starter campaing Inspired by Bach’s Cello Suites 1 & 2 : The Music Garden & The Sound of the Carceri The post EIA 044 Kick Starting the Night Garden into Existence appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 043 The Mentee Journey Begins
Muriel Boutin-Becuwe, was an entrepreneur I met a few months after I arrived in Singapore in October, 2016, you can listen to our conversation in episode EIA 032 where she discussed her start-up, which was focused on environmental sustainability and social impact. Recently Muriel has become involved with a not-for-profit organisation The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG). In this episode Muriel will describe what YPG offers young people. You will also hear from six participants just starting out on the YPG mentorship programme. So now without further delay let’s begin. Links The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG) EIA 032 The Challenge with Muriel Boutin-Becuwe The post EIA 043 The Mentee Journey Begins appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
46 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 042 Career Mental Health Love from Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur
Craig DeLarge is a digital healthcare executive in the Pharma Industry. In a career that spans over thirty years. His focus has developed into challenging leadership roles that have advanced digital health outcomes globally. From his base in the USA specific projects included digital mental health, digital healthcare strategy development education & advisory and change leadership strategy consulting & coaching. He knows what it takes to make an organisation change when it faces a crises. “It’s Just that in my experience what I found generally people will agree with you about an opportunity but they will act on a crisis.” Three years ago he moved to Singapore to support clients & stakeholders navigate the emerging digital healthcare ecosystem and develop the capacity to lead in ambiguous change scenarios. He describes himself as an intrepreneur. This is our first meeting. Our conversation takes place just a few days before his return to the USA, in his bare bones apartment. A reflection on move which is about to see him start a Master of Public Health in Global Mental Health, a family reunion, and the next phase of Craigs passion project and the change from Intrepreneur to Entrepreneur “The Digital Mental Health Project”. “…the point in life where your most susceptible to becoming mentally unwell, between about 18 and 25, I hope the university that he goes to, has a whole suite of support systems, technologies, data algorithms, notifications to the family, and an absence of stigma.” During our conversation Craig reveals the motivations behind his career choices and how he sees the potential benefits that digital technology can bring to the field of mental health. As well as: His origins as a regional hybrid from the southern United States before moving to north-east and Philadelphia. His initial career choice and the reason for switch to the Pharma industry. His memory of going to his VP who advised him that his career choice was going to ruin his career. The role love and novelty in his career replaced burning out. The nature of the digital cycle of adoption in the Pharma industry and how this led to him become a serial intrapreneur. The last three years in Singapore working as the head of the digital accelerator for for Takeda Pharmaceutical. Similarities and differences between the roles of intrapreneur and entrepreneur. The forces working against the intrapreneur in an organisation and the reasons. Well know failures that did not capitalise on their own R&D innovations. The point when an organisation recognises a crises, before during and after. The thing that makes an organisation successful is also the thing that can make it fail. Solutions that reduce the possibility of organisations from failing. So why don’t most companies do that. The 3M model is well known. I know about it. Why organisations conserve of energy. and the connection to complacency and then crises Employees that see a crisis coming and what should you do. The Fortune 500 today is not the same as a decade ago. How the switch to a career based on love of being a designer.began with an MBA at University of Westminister to connect the intrapreneur, and innovator within to design management. How “nudge” is helping healthcare is get human beings to take better care of their health. The sabbatical that led to linking being an entrepreneur in the pharma industry to his mental health advocacy for the creation of the Digital Mental Health Project. Future benefits that digital technology will bring to improve mental health. How in the future mobile digital devices can move from damaging mental health to improving it. The move from intrapreneur to entrepreneur, the nervousness, the advantages and disadvantages of each The loneliness of being an entrepreneur and advice on how to maintain mental health How Silicon Valley is recognising the negative mental toll that the pressure, and the loneliness and the drivenness of tech entrepreneurship is having on its workers. The symptoms to look out for with your own mental health and what mistaken beliefs exist when the psyche breaks and the stigma surrounding it. Strategies on improving and protecting mental health How to overcome the stigma surrounding mental health issues and Craigs hope for the support, in the future, that will be available at university and for 18 and 25 year olds, which is the point in life. When to start taking care of your mental health and who to start with and the challenge. The importance to remember, the advantages we have today in society are because somebody in the past stepped out of line and began to challenge the status quo and how we can create the same for someone in the future. Finally he tells us about his family and the number one motivation for leaving Singapore and how it fits into the plan. Links On Linkedin Craig DeLarge The Digital Health Project The post EIA 042 Career Mental Health Love from Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
33 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 041 Liming at the Lime House
Chris Morris is a Relationship manager & Entrepreneur his previous career roles have been with NHS Trusts and Department of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs in the UK. This was before setting up a new life in Singapore where he initially supported his wife’s career before finding a role in Change Management and then as an independent consultant. Now, he splits his time between being a Regional Relationship manager and his real passion as an Entrepreneur with his restaurant the Lime House in the heart of Singapore. “I took on the lease for Lime House I didn’t have a chef. So I actually took on the lease, because a lot of people think I am a restaurateur and I am not. I don’t cook at all. My wife is a very good cook not me. But I like to entertain and so I see myself very much as a founder anyway, so I took the lease on and I thought oh shit you know we’ve got to find a, we need to find a chef from somewhere. So actually got a plane flew to London, on the way to London I googled top Caribbean chefs in the UK. I landed I interviewed three of them, two of them thought I was just crazy Caribbean guy from Singapore and didn’t want to engage.” During our conversation Chris reveals the motivations behind his founding of the Lime House, difficulties, career changes, family and his positive purposeful attitude he creates for the future. As well as: The only Caribbean establishment in Singapore Arrived in Singapore as a trailing spouse in 2008 Background as Management consultant Start of the job business transformation practice as a consultant for five years The reason for the row Then became a entrepreneur Passion of the Caribbean led to him creating a Caribbean footprint in Singapore f or his children and the Caribbean diaspora The opportunity for a positive Caribbean experience in Singapore Its all about the food and ambience The size of the ground floor restaurant, second floor bar and third floor event space. The Trinidadian and Tobago meaning for the word “Lime” and its origins A history and cultural lesson of rum and the largest rum collection in Singapore at 168 The journey of growing up in the Caribbean, moving to London and then to Singapore, Corporate to Cultural Entrepreneur Specialism from IT to change programs in organisational culture in government agencies. However mentor and locked his passion to mix food culture. Overcoming opening a restaurant with no cooking skills. The top Caribbean restaurant chef in London solving the cooking issue for a crazy Caribbean Guy Using passion, belief and culture to achieve success The years of pain to produce success The dark lonely moments of being an entrepreneur and the don’t do it message from the naysayers, Singaporean success Fridays and Saturdays full Singaporeans creating authentic Caribbean food Localised in the food. The connection between the food in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia The competitiveness of the Singaporean restaurant market, fine dining the failure then the chance meeting Creating a grab and go experience in Singapore that failed and then moving it halfway around the world to London using the lessons learned in Singapore Three minutes to walk out with a meal learned in Singapore. A new fusion food experience. The entrepreneurs need for the support of family but it helps when they eat the food Creativity is in the family fashion design father, set designer sister, artist brother and the link to Central St. Martins Chris’ excitement of changing perceptions of the Caribbean diaspora The most difficult task for the entrepreneur is always dealing with failure The painful road of luck When did you realise you have to close How an entrepreneur knows when to stop Being comfortable talking about failure and playing it safe and the role exposure plays to opportunity, capital and expertise through mentors Caribbean business groups in the UK and the importance of mentorship both Singapore and London. The location of home Singapore or London Finally making time for relaxation Links Chris@limehouse.asia The post EIA 041 Liming at the Lime House appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
30 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 040 User Experience: It’s More than Just Looks
Wilson Chew Wilson Chew is a User Experience designer with a varied background that revolves around the power of the story. He is also a Co-Founder and Content Strategist of REASSEMBLE, a start-up, which came into existence in March 2018. In previous roles Wilson has worked as a digital marketer and charity fundraising coordinator, Where he made use of stories to influence and change behaviours of the target audience. Now he approaches stories from a different angle when helping entrepreneurs and SMEs to develop their user application interfaces. He believes every user has a story, built from their needs, frustrations, behaviours and ways of thinking. His job is to create digital designs that cater to users’ stories and resonate with them. “I think that when people hear that we’re a user experience design agency They think we’re just there to, again we’re just there to make things look really nice. Which we can do, but then we tell them that we’re not hear to make things look nice…” During our conversation Wilson reveals the fundamentals of User Experience Design, its purpose and the benefits it brings when carried out correctly. So now without further delay As well as: Explaining the role a user experience designer plays is the development of a product The architects of the computer interface From nice to The role Don Norman plays in the UX design world The movie app as a case study, film and snacks The role that “User Needs” play in the design Don Norman and the door knob, link to the digital and physical world and the Hawaiian missile alert Where UX Design is managed well and considered normal and where knowledge and enthusiasm fail due to the drive to make things pretty and nice. The difficulties to be overcome to get UX Design to be accepted by entrepreneurs. The percentage of work that can be saved by coders The difference is rising costs to errors in the design, coding and post launch phases How to reduce 75% disappointment for app purchasers Should you release a minimum viable product and the pushback it is receiving? Degree in international relations to Digital marketing in London to an Anti-slavery charity then back to singapore with a Children’s Charity. From marketing to user research and finally UX Design Teaching Is coding ability necessary and is it an advantage or disadvantage in UX design The biggest challenge in UX design and persuasion The research that goes into the construction of the wire frame. The role that Contextual Enquire, User Interviews, Usability Testing play Off the peg apps and solutions leading to how do we know that it is good The benefits of Quantitive data and UX Design which is looking at the Why. How to UX design can help reduce the bounce rate for peg apps and Template Shops such as Shopify Links https://www.linkedin.com/in/wilsonhjchew/ The post EIA 040 User Experience: It’s More than Just Looks appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
22 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 039 Comfortable, Affordable and Eco-Friendly Electric Vehicles
Christie Fernandez Christie Fernandez is an Entrepreneur on a mission to create a positive impact in clean transportation & energy in the emerging markets of the ASEAN region, Indian subcontinent, Africa & South America. Christie is the Founder of Sooorya EV, which is headquartered in Singapore and is focused on providing affordable, comfortable & eco-friendly transportation. What’s unique is that Sooorya is redefining how automobiles are designed, manufactured and sold, with a strong focus on sustainability, profitability and societal impact. At first Christie tried this with his idea. “It’s kind of stuck with me. I tried giving it away but it didn’t happen” During our conversation, Christie reveals his motivations behind the idea of creating his startup, his vision of how it can help farmers in rural communities by harvesting solar energy, and how he tried to give it away. As well as: The goal of last mile connectivity Affordable, comfortable and eco friendly transportation The regions of the world where this technology is needed. How the countryside can produce a sustainable source of electrical energy using swappable batteries Energy production as a handicraft opportunity for farmers to earn additional income. The contrast with the big automobile manufactures that focus on speed, range and fast charging and the need in rural communities for low cost affordable transportation The business model mix of large and small. The The uniqueness of his idea and what is required for the cost to come down. Incorporating the IKEA business model Frugal Engineering and how the Incorporating the Apple manufacturing business model and transferring ideas from the mobile phone industry Changing the car industry Moving around the Asian Region and the reason for choosing Singapore a a base for operation and HQ Legal protection and holding on to your IP. personal impression of Singapore The timetable to production of an affordable car launch and location His background in IT, Marketing and the factors that encouraged the switch to the auto industry The influence conversations with colleagues from the farming communities of India and he can help to expand the take-up of electric cars and his vision of the future. His reluctance to be seen as the Elon Musk of the affordable electric car Links https://www.linkedin.com/in/christiefernandez/ The post EIA 039 Comfortable, Affordable and Eco-Friendly Electric Vehicles appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
19 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 038 Connect Over Coffee to Develop Your Business
Gary Guwe Gary Guwe is one of the cofounders of the Business Development Society of Singapore. In the previous podcast, EIA 037, I had conversations his fellow cofounder Gunes Altungunes, and a couple of attendees. At the time Gary Guwe was out of the country and Gunes suggested that I return at a later event and speak with Gary. However, in this cast Gary and I don’t actually converse but we have a brief Fly-on-wall experience of the event organised by Gary and Gunes and titled Connections Over Coffee – Monthly Casual Networking, which is held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month . Gary plays a key role by running the event in a relaxed manner, encourages entrepreneurs to give a two minute introduction of themselves and the company they represent and gives his own advice. After Gary opens we move on to Joshua Chua (an experienced Sales Excellence Coach), Hussain Sayeed (In the third week of his startup), Arthi Ramakrishnan, (a recent arrival to Singapore from India) and finally, he ropes me in unexpectedly to present myself and the fact that I’m volunteering my services by recording the event. Also mentioned Gary Guwe The Chinese New Year celebration The mission of BDS and its role in building business relationships. The BDS origins in 2015 and its current number of members The reasons behind the sharing sessions and the link to Free Publicity How Gary Guwe turned himself from an introverted and shy business person to a headhunted target and the co-founder of the BDS. What’s on offer from the BDS to SME’s Joshua Chua His promise for your jump in sales The free 90 minute consultation with tweaks Back to Gary and advice for speakers to share their origin stories Hussain Sayeed His origin story with BT and HP Reasons for attending the BDS meetup The promise of a safe pair of technology hands in his third week as an entrepreneur Cisco, the Cloud are not always the answer for SMEs Back to Gary and more advice Arthi Ramakrishnan An Indian Corporate Solution provider Skills Development in Information Technology, Telecommunication and Soft-Skills The company origin story Arthi’s time in Singapore Back to Gary and more advice Neville J. McKenzie The importance of getting your message across How can AsiaBizStories help you Self help advice with public speaking with everyone has one of these Finally back to Gary with some love to me. The post EIA 038 Connect Over Coffee to Develop Your Business appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
28 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 037 Entrepreneur Events: The Organiser, The Experienced and The Newbie
Güneş AltunGüneş, Chris Dawson and Norrapat Shih (L-R top to bottom) Güneş AltunGüneş, Chris Dawson and Norrapat Shih are three attendees that attended a recent event in Singapore. Güneş AltunGüneş is a Director of Marketing, Chris Dawson is a Director of Business Development and Norrapat Shih is a Research Fellow at National University of Singapore. The event was organised by the Business Development Society of Singapore. The first conversation is with Güneş AltunGüneş, who is a cofounder and organising member of the Business Development Society of Singapore reveals about herself and some of the background and motivations behind the Business Development Society organising an event called OTOT. “So whatever comes in its goes back to the marketing, operations and so it’s like a circle we’re trying to build like a self-sustaining community.” In the second conversation Chris Dawson reveals something typical of many entrepreneurs that they work with multiple organisation. In his case Bam, who he represented at the event and Nimbus Design Consultants, a company he works with run by wife. “She’s the brains, she’s the designer, she knows where she wants the company to go.” Third and final conversation Norrapat Shih reveals his background as a research scientist at the National University of Singapore and the route he is taking to become an entrepreneur in the field of medical science “So basically a lot of people in my lab we catch snakes different venomous animals, ticks leeches” This entrepreneur event like many is attended by individuals with varied backgrounds and experiences. So now without further delay let’s begin. As well as: Güneş Why the business development society call the events OTOT. Other entrepreneur events such as connections of coffee, COC. Reasons for choosing Singapore. Organisation structure of the business development society. Profit or non-profit organisation. The reason for creating the business development society. Why the founder whose idea what’s to create the business development society, isn’t present. Chris The reason why Chris left his native USA for Singapore. His role in the company and the service it provides. Reasons for attending the event. His office location in a co-working space. Platforms and different types of events organisers Norrapat Commercial drug research from venomous animals in Singapore. Moving from research to a start-up in the pharmaceutical Industry. How his research could help heart-attack patients going through percutaneous coronary intervention. The cost of creating a new pharmaceutical drug. Venture capitalists fears. Patent ownerships and licenses The hope of grants from the Singapore government to create a start up. Taking your specialist knowledge and finding app and software developers The road from Thailand, Canada, a failed start-up and finally to Singapore. The attitude of scientists to research and commercial Products. How to teach yourself Chinese. Podcast Updated 2018 01 26 Links Güneş AltunGüneş on Linkedin Chris Dawson on Linkedin Norrapat Shih on Linkedin Business Development Society Website Bam Website Nimbus Website The post EIA 037 Entrepreneur Events: The Organiser, The Experienced and The Newbie appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
24 minutes | 3 years ago
EIA 036 Supplier and Client Fighting for the Seller Part II
FocusDigit Team Shubham Barat, Anushka Singh, Anchal Gupta and Vipul Srivastava are four of the staff members that work with Abhinav Sharma the CEO and Tanisha Chawla the COO, of the startup FocusDigit. An eCommerce platform that provides sellers with end-to-end solution to reach their customers online across multiple channels. In the previous podcast “Supplier and Client Fighting for the Seller” (EIA 035) Abhinav and Tanisha discussed FocusDigit and if you haven’t listed we suggest you do. All six live and work in Dehli, India and represent the growing number of entrepreneurs that are building companies successfully out of India to challenge on the world stage. During the first part of this podcast we get insights from Shubham, Anoshka, Anchal and Vipul four members of the execution team. In the second part we continue where we left off in EIA 035 with Abhinav and Tanisha revealing more of what is driving their success. Following on from Tannish’s the revelation that Abhinav’s kept and from who in the first 6 months, in EIA 035, Abhinav reveals Tanisha’s secret passion, which she is finding difficult to indulge in due to her commitment to the startup. “Adding to her persona she plays…” The dynamic and humorous relationship between Abhinav and Tanisha is still apparent. As well as: Shubham Barat, Anushka Singh, Anchal Gupta and Vipul Srivastava describe their roles and some of the task required in FocusDigit. What employees look for in a company Abhinav reveals another source of income. International and local coworking spaces in Delhi. Abhinav and Tanisha reveal weaknesses and what they do or plan to do about them. Employee expectations from management The competition, execution and the business environment and Blue Ocean. FocusDigit’s approach to meetings with customers. Advice to those following in the Startup arena. Links Website Abhinav Sharma on Linkedin Tanisha Chawla on Linkedin The post EIA 036 Supplier and Client Fighting for the Seller Part II appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
30 minutes | 4 years ago
EIA 035 Supplier and Client Fighting for the Seller
Abhinav Sharma & Tanisha Chawla Abhinav Sharma is the CEO and Tanisha Chawla is the COO, entrepreneurs of the startup FocusDigit. An eCommerce platform that provides sellers with end-to-end solution to reach their customers online across multiple channels. Abhinav and Tanisha live and work in Delhi, India and represent the growing number of entrepreneurs that are building companies successfully out of India to challenge on the world stage. During the conversation Abhinav and Tanisha reveal what makes them a successful team, based on their knowledge and experience with a touch of humour. Tannish also reveals the secret that Abhinav’s kept and to who in the first 6 months of the company, “Six months later he actually broke the news to her.” In the podcast Abhinav reveals Tanisha’s secret passion, which she is finding difficult to indulge in due to her commitment to the startup. Abhinav and Tanisha also kindly allowed me to talk briefly to other members of the company, which is why the podcast is over two episodes (EIA 035 and EIA 036). As well as: Abhinav Describes his entrepreneurial journey that started when he was still a student to earn money. His early failure because of his lack of maturity. The start of his passion for retail industry. Tanisha’s conventional educational path before breaking away and turning a hobby into a business and realising it was not what she wanted to do. Her father’s entrepreneurial influence and working in the family business. How supplier and client came together to help build the business. What occurs on the bad days. The source of the difficulties they face. Spending zero on marketing and still grow the business. Being operationally profitable in a year and a half. Starting in a basement. Where to recruit and what to look for and the key qualities in a startup employee. An Indian’s approach to working internationally with colleagues. The problems faced and working to the rules of my company. The support of family, single mother’s influence, secrets, and an entrepreneur as a father role model. The madness of being an entrepreneur and the shift from the old rat-race to the new. As we are in India we have a cricket anecdote to discuss failure along with a Hindi saying for the road to profitability. The entrepreneurial game of short-term gain vs sustainable long-term business. Links Website Abhinav Sharma on Linkedin Tanisha Chawla on Linkedin The post EIA 035 Supplier and Client Fighting for the Seller appeared first on AsiaBizStories - Entrepreneurs in Action.
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