This is Ramen to riches, where we break down what it means for entrepreneurs, idealists and trendsetters to have made it in our little corner of the world. We’re going to put on some air con and cool down on the get-rich-quick stories that our media likes to spread, and really talk more about the other side of success that few talk about. We’re going to dive into the bumps and valleys that unsettled even the best among us. About the times where the worst situations forced some of the most successful people living in Asia to question who they were, and what their purpose was.
The modern world is isolating, but you can make an effort to fix that in your own particular area. When I moved to Singapore to start Groupon, we knew we’d want the help and support of anyone as we embarked on this scary new entrepreneurship journey. We went door to door on the street, leaving a note asking for contact info. We continually emailed everyone and used this to keep informed of everyone’s information. It’s was like facebook, before Facebook could allow you to become socially lazy. You do have to make an effort, but if you’re feeling lonely, get to know your neighbour, don’t make yourself a stranger and you’ll feel safe knowing that your neighbour has your back.
Hear how a Stanford MBA grad built his career at Unilever and Mckinsey, then ditched the corporate path to become an entrepreneur on a crusade to help the environment with a very unique business model. A business model where he would pay all the costs to install his technology and only be paid based on the money his clients would save on their energy bill. No upfront payment and he would carry all the risk. Introducing Poyan, the Co-Founder of Barghest Building Performance (BBP), he’s not only raised a series B but earned his company awards and partnerships with the Singapore Government.
Introducing Tim, the Founder of Waitrr, he’s raised over a million dollars with his app that lets you order and pay with your mobile phone to removing one of the more annoying processes when you go to a restaurant. If you’re considering an MBA to further your career, or want to start a marketplace or an app in the restaurant industry, this podcast episode is for you.