A-Smart in Focus

A-Smart in Focus

A-Smart in Focus (2017-08-21) close: S$0.695 Mean Target price: No research houses covering A-Smart. No consensus estimates is available 1. Sector: Print Management 2. Core business structure: Time-sensitive financial printing, conceptualisation, design, copywriting, translation, typesetting, colour proofing, printing, post-press packaging, global distribution and delivery. 3. Segment that generates the highest revenue: Print media 4. Countries that the business operates: China and Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia 5. Challenges: Operating deficit of S$1.4 million experienced by their dissociated firms and accompanying loss incurred by them. 6. Strengths: The group restructured their overall…

It’s not the pitch or the plan, it’s you

It’s not the pitch or the plan, it’s you

By Christopher Quek When asked “What is first thing that you consider before making an investment in a tech startup?”, many seed investors, including myself, give the cliché line “It is the entrepreneur.”, but it is unfortunately the truth. It is a privilege to talk to over 450 startups in 1-1 free advisories at AGA and hearing another 100 or so who sought seed funding with Tri5 Ventures. But honestly, I sometimes dread hearing the same old drone of pitching by entrepreneurs with the same verticals, similar ideas, and go-to-market plans. Don’t get…

Sins of Investing – Gluttony (Part 6)

Sins of Investing – Gluttony (Part 6)

Having covered Sin 5: Wrath in the previous article, I will be covering on Gluttony in today’s article. Sin 6: Gluttony – Living for today Lets face it, we all give in to instant gratification from time to time. How often are we able to delay gratification for the sake of the longer term? Perhaps putting off the many creature comforts / luxuries when we are younger so as to be able to save and invest that amount for the longer term. While it may seem little, but accumulated, it could mean quite a…

Understanding strategies in Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Understanding strategies in Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Many I am sure are familiar with Sun Zi’s Art of War, but knowing the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (RTK) is actually another great era of excellent military strategies and negotiations that we can all learn from. It is a very deep long novel set in one of historical China’s turbulent times at the end of the Han dynasty (280 AD). RTK has been galvanised into PC and console games by Koei and television drama series produced. Many are also familiar with the famous “Red Cliff” movie. At that time, China had many warring parties, of…

Sins of Investing – Wrath (Part 5)

Sins of Investing – Wrath (Part 5)

Having covered Sin 4: Envy in the previous article, I will be covering on Wrath in today’s article. Sin 5: Wrath – Failure to solve the root problem It is normal to get angry, however, getting too angry may result anger to cloud our judgement and causing us to make impulsive decisions that we may later regret. As a proponent of stoicism, we should always evaluate every situation calmly and rationalise things in a logical manner. Ask yourself, during this recent bear market, where all the stock prices have been falling, what is your…

Which local bank has the best banking support for startups?

Which local bank has the best banking support for startups?

Setting up a business in Singapore is easy in comparison to many South-East Asia countries.   From sourcing office premises to start-up banking accounts, you will be spoilt for choices. However, which banks provides the best banking support for your new business? Understandably running a start-up is a time and money intensive endeavour. The three local banks (DBS, OCBC, UOB) now keenly recognize the banking needs of bootstrapped startups, especially the need for low cost fees and digital banking services. Let’s look at the three popular local banks’ level of…