How I Never Used My NUS Business Degree and How You Can Too

How I Never Used My NUS Business Degree and How You Can Too

I graduated from NUS Business 2 years ago and have never used my degree since. This isn’t a university bashing article, or a plea to quit school. It’s me sharing the biggest things I learnt in the last 4 years, and the eventual conclusion is staggeringly simple. To be fair, not getting a degree, is not going to apply to everyone. I’ve never been employed before… and I kinda decided halfway to not complete my Honours year. In summary, I graduated a 3 year course in more than 3.5 years and with…

Up close with iPayMy

Up close with iPayMy

iPaymy for Business is a secure platform that allows SMEs to pay for salaries, invoices and corporate taxes, using their credit cards. By providing interest-free payments with no delays, a suite of online tools for payment and expenses management, as well as personalised financial customer service, iPaymy for Business creates a full-stack ecosystem to support and guide SMEs in managing their working capital. The team has recently secured a seed funding of $1M USD led by Venture Capital firms BEENEXT and Digital Garage Incubation. Today, we will understand more about…

How military leadership training shaped us as entrepreneurs

How military leadership training shaped us as entrepreneurs

To every male Singaporean citizens and second generation PRs, National Service is a rite of passage of boys becoming men. Singaporean males around the ages of 18 to 19 are generally conscripted for a two-year stint, and are deployed to various uniform services. When asking a conscript on how the experience of National Service was, answers range from ‘an experiential learning’ to ‘it’s just a waste of time’, with a heavy inclination to the latter. So how does National Service, in particular military leadership training in Officer Cadet School (OCS), aid an entrepreneur in…

Do entrepreneurs with family make good entrepreneurs?

Do entrepreneurs with family make good entrepreneurs?

Three years ago, during a start-up event, I distinctively remembered a young upstart Brian Wong, founder of Kiip, mentioned that start-ups should not hire people who have kids. Wong explained that people with kids will not be able to commit full-time to the business, as compared to those who have no family commitments. I wasn’t there at the event, but having a short lunch talk with John Fearon, another panelist, who gave me his two cents worth. He has a family to watch over and what motivates him is his family and…

Why planning your exit strategy is so important

Why planning your exit strategy is so important

By Christopher Quek I often pose this question to startups who come to our advisory sessions, “What is your exit plan for the company in 3 years?”. In response, there are often blank faces. Some reply with this question, “Why should we exit in 3 years? We will be working on it and making lots of money with our business!” or “We like what we are doing and we are going to retire with this business”. In the past, I as an entrepreneur wouldn’t be concerned with an exit strategy as I…

Your IP questions answered by legal director of Singapore’s Intellectual Property Office

Your IP questions answered by legal director of Singapore’s Intellectual Property Office

For many startup founders, getting day-to-day operations going—product development, marketing, fundraising, and hiring—consumes most of their time. The last thing they need is another issue to think about. But when team members leave your startup and take valuable IP (intellectual property) along with them, it might be prudent to pause and consider the issues of IP. In this article, I collated a list of questions from the Tech in Asia Community about IP and asked Trina Ha, director of the legal department of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), for…