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War Stories From Those Who Made It Against The Odds


Hear real-life advice from entrepreneurs and leaders who’ve reached high, done it, and had egg on their face to prove it. “Ramen To Riches” presents a new podcast episode each week with lessons that will edge you closer to your success.

Our stories are local, featuring Asia’s best entrepreneurs, idealists and trendsetters, and how they overcame struggles to build brands, movements and companies that impact your daily life. Failure and success go hand in hand, you cannot have one without the other.

From the moments of sheer melt-your-heart ecstasy to those mornings where you want to curl your sleep-deprived body under a blanket, being an entrepreneur is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. This podcast is dedicated to telling it how it is. No sugar coating, no nonsense. This is how it is. And it’s all been created for you.

But what – apart from the obvious – do you need to do to get there? What happens along the way? And what the hell do you do when it all breaks down?

Fear not. We’ve got your back, by providing real-life experiences from real-life people. Not text book theory, not predictable stuff you can find anywhere, but reality – funny, heartbreaking and practical reality.

Why the name, “Ramen To Riches”? Apart from being an Asian play on the phrase “rags to riches”, in startup folklore, there exists a threshold when a startup becomes “ramen profitable”. First coined by Paul Graham (Y-Combinator) in one of his famous essays, it means that you are profitable, but make only enough to afford instant ramen and cover the basic living expenses of the founders. It’s a good sign, but it doesn’t mean your idea has gone gang-busters yet. The next step would be product-market fit, then riches.

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Step 2: In the bottom right-hand corner of the app, click the search icon. Then, type in “Ramen To Riches”. Once you find “Ramen To Riches”, click on its logo.

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Strange things happen when you take a year off

Chris Chong | January 20, 2019 close
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I think one of the biggest questions people ask themselves any number of years into their career, so this could be anyone who’s been out of school, working for a while now, they will have days where they ask themselves, should I take a year off to explore something else besides my career?

Sexual Assault: What It’s Like To Be On Trial. Part 2

Sebastian | January 13, 2019 close
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In 2018, you would have felt the far reaching effects of the metoo movement. It’s an important year for women who finally had the chance to speak up about past crimes committed against them. Today we’ll hear what it’s like being a man on trial for sexual assault charges in Australia, a crime which, if found guilty, could mean up to 14 years in prison, and a future on the verge of collapse.

Sexual Assault: What It’s Like To Be On Trial. Part 1

Sebastian | January 6, 2019 close
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If you were a man in 2018, you would have felt the far-reaching effects of the #metoo movement. Women’s concerns about sexual misconduct in the workplace, usually a man taking advantage of his position for his own most basic needs and gratification, finally spilt out into the mainstream media and into the courts. It’s an important year to remember where thousands of women finally had the chance to speak up about past crimes committed against them.

It was a sobering year for men. As a man, I was shaken up to hear a few of my guy friends and acquaintances also got caught up in sexual misconduct and assault accusations, which is what today’s episode is about.  Today we’ll hear what it’s like being a man on trial for sexual assault charges in Australia, a crime which, if found guilty, could mean up to 14 years in prison, and a future on the verge of collapse.

2018 End Of Year Highs And Lows

Chris Chong | December 30, 2018 close
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Hey it’s the end of 2018 and I just wanted to thank you for listening to the podcast, you’ve been the reason why I record this podcast and I’d really like to hear your thoughts about what you think about the quality of the interviews and the content.

I just wanted to let you know that the podcast has been receiving good reviews, mostly from my parents, but I’ve been getting some great feedback through Linkedin. Next year, I plan to invite influential entrepreneurs, trendsetters and idealists in Singapore to interview and I hope that I can add a positive contribution to Singapore’s media landscape. Conversations that will hopefully add a unique point of view to topics that we care about. My goal is to turn my podcast into a TV show in 2019.

I thought that I’d share some of the key takeaways that I have taken away from a very important year in my life and my recent trip to Wonderfruit in Thailand.



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    01. Strange things happen when you take a year off
    Strange things happen when you take a year off

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    02. Has the startup sense of community eroded?
    Christopher Chong

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    03. GLOBAL HEAD QUITS CORPORATE JOB FOR STARTUP DREAM
    Damien from Peoplewave

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    04. HOW I RAISED $55M FOR SUSTAINABILITY STARTUP BY STANFORD MBA, EX-MCKINSEY
    Poyan from BBP

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    05. INSEAD MBA’S STARTUP CHANGES HOW WE ORDER FOOD
    Tim from Waittr

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    Strange things happen when you take a year off
    Chris Chong

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