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…

How to successfully build connections in the startup world

How to successfully build connections in the startup world

I remember years back, when a good friend from university was desperately looking for a high level finance job. She asked me to introduce her to my contact, Uncle E, who was a high-level senior in a local bank. He was an old family friend and I willingly did the introduction, since I knew that my friend was qualified. But I failed to ask whether she sincerely wanted the job. Due to our long-time friendship, Uncle E took the time to personally interview her and gave her a job with great career prospects. To…

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…