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Making A TV Show Part 2

Chris Chong | April 29, 2019 close
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Due To A Surge In Traffic, For An Easier Experience, Listen On Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or Podbean. Thanks for joining me for Season 1, this is our Season 1 finale episode. Join us in the coming months for the start of Season 2 (to be announced). We […]

Making A TV Show Part 1

Chris Chong | April 15, 2019 close
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Due To A Surge In Traffic, For An Easier Experience, Listen On Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or Podbean. Hey, we’re making a TV show about entrepreneurs in Singapore! Or at least we’re trying our best. I’ve partnered up with a Singaporean producer, Ser En Low, to make a […]

How to Take Your Startup From Ramen to Riches – Interview by Alex Leung

Alex Leung | April 8, 2019 close
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Chris Chong was just 21 years old when he sold his first startup Beeconomic to Groupon, achieving the entrepreneur’s goal of a million dollar exit.

Making Millions From Memes: Karl Mak, Co-Founder of SGAG, MGAG and PGAG. Part 2/2

Karl Mak | April 1, 2019 close
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Welcome back to part 2 of this 2 part series, if you haven’t checked out the first part, then I recommend listening to it first, where we explore the early days of Karl Mak’s journey building SGAG with his co-founder, Adrian. In this part, we discuss building relationships with clients, his future plans for SGAG and the Hepmil Group, and his experience raising SGD$1.3 million in pre-series A funding through angel investors.

Introducing Karl Mak, the very intelligent, measured, co-founder of Hepmil Group, best known as the holding company in Singapore of SGAG and other entities, whose content is now seen by over 10 million millennials across the region weekly.

Making Millions From Memes: Karl Mak, Co-Founder of SGAG, MGAG and PGAG. Part 1/2

Karl Mak | March 25, 2019 close
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Introducing Karl Mak, the very intelligent, measured, co-founder of Hepmil Group, best known as the holding company in Singapore of SGAG and other entities, whose content is now seen by over 10 million millennials across the region weekly.He talks about how important data and metrics are in order to discover strategies to create viral content, creating a proper content strategy for something as eclectic as comedy, and working with conservative clients to create buzz around issues that Singaporeans can relate to, even convincing their clients- big household brands- to make fun of themselves along the way in a pursuit to connect with millennials.He starts off by telling us about his startup, that essentially started off as a joke between two friends.After raising SGD$1.3 million in pre-series A funding through angel investors, I ask him whether he was literally scrolling through his phone to show investors his most popular recent memes.

Hey, Change The World You Live In

Chris Chong | March 18, 2019 close
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At the end of the day, that’s the point about life. It’s whatever you want it to be. It’s whatever lens you choose to see it through. Being average is so contagious it should be labelled by the medical industry as a communicable disease. That means it’s as easy as catching a cold. When you see someone else frown, those muscles around your mouth, they just start to naturally drop into a frown.

How To Build A Top Digital Media Company: TheSmartLocal Founder Bryan Choo

Bryan Choo | March 4, 2019 close
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Imagine you’re 18 years old, and in your spare time, you hang out with your friends at an internet cafe to play computer games religiously. That’s the childhood that most of the kids from my generation grew up in. We’d spend hours in an internet cafe. But I was never the best at computer games. In fact, I was crushed in nearly every game, even my favourite game, Starcraft. But imagine being the kid who was so good he’d go on to represent your country in computer games. That was Bryan Choo, the founder of TheSmartLocal, one of the biggest local digital media companies in Singapore.Listen to how a computer game geek used his skills and strategy as a national champion to then build a culture and lifestyle website that now gets 3-4 m page views per month, a Facebook page with 360k followers, and a Youtube page with 230k subscribers. It took him 7 years, but Bryan now develops viral content for millennials on a daily basis, and if you’re under 35 or Youtube is the first page you go to on the internet, it’s likely you’ve seen a video that one of his over a hundred staff have created. He also talks about taking on traditional media giants SPH and Mediacorp, and how he got his first big break.

Groupon to Hard Times: The Darkness Of Early Success. Part 2

Chris Chong | February 24, 2019 close
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My brother and I had a startup that had just been bought out by Groupon, the world’s biggest daily deal website, for an estimated $24 million according to the Straits Times. We made it on the front page of the national newspaper, I was busy representing Groupon on breakfast TV shows and on Channel NewsAsia, while my brother was busy moving our new offices to Harbourfront Centre. Enjoy part 2 of a 2 part series, don’t forget to listen to part 1 first.

How We Built A $24M Startup: Beeconomic To Groupon. Part 1

Chris Chong | February 17, 2019 close
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At 20, I took a break from my law degree to co-found my first startup, Beeconomic, which was fully acquired after 6 months by Groupon.

As Groupon Singapore co-founder, we created over 200 jobs and made history by helping Groupon become “the fastest growing company ever” (-Forbes and CNBC). After Groupon, I worked on a startup that failed, which taught me important lessons along the way.

After finishing my law degree, I joined a “Top 5” law firm in Australia as a legal intern that led to an offer in their M&A advisory practice.

I then joined Hong Kong’s oldest English newspaper, the South China Morning Post, as social media editor focusing on content and marketing. After achieving strong digital growth, Jack Ma’s Alibaba acquired the newspaper. After the paper was successfully sold, I left to pursue my passion for cooking.

After culinary school, I moved to Singapore to advise a $100M Japanese VC as a full-time advisor. A highlight is our $1M investment into a fast-growing, millennial-focused news platform.

I have served as a consultant to 60+ startups and I also volunteer as a mentor at an incubator. My goal now is to pay-it-forward by sharing knowledge through my semi-autobiographical podcast.

The F Word: Failure, Can We Talk About It? Part 1 Feat. Elisha Tan from TechLadies and Facebook

Elisha Tan | February 10, 2019 close
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Let’s both be real for a second, let’s talk about failure, small failure, big failure, surprising failure, embarrassing failure. It’s scary, just the sound of the word failure gives me goosebumps, I’ve been through it.

Whether you’re scared about the word itself, or you relish in talking about it as much as you can at parties and networking events until your friends say “enough, we get it, you failed”, then you’ll love today’s episode. Elisha Tan is like us, two people, a success and a failure. One Elisha is the founder of TechLadies, a volunteer platform that teaches ladies how to code, and Developer Programs Manager for Facebook APAC, the other is someone who spent four years on a startup before closing it down, repairing herself only to get fired from her new job for not being a culture fit after just 6 months.

She’s inspirational, in the way she describes her feelings of pain, sorrow and the realisation that it was going to be a bumpy road if she wanted to reach her lofty aspirations. It’s a feeling we all have when we know that our precious goals might be trampled by reality. I’ve failed and I ain’t afraid to say it, uhhuhh.

But you have to keep in mind, while you listen to this story, that it was her resilient mentality that has now landed her dream job at Facebook, where she essentially got to turn her side-hustle, into a full-time job at one of the best employers in the world. She took a break from her free catered meals at Facebook to chat with me about how she crawled out of the failure hole, and the character she gained from being lost in the wilderness for 5 years, which she lends to now landing her at her dream job. Take a listen as she first opens up about the challenges of being a founder with no technical experience.

Now, she’s a Developer Programs Manager for Facebook APAC – developer communities across Asia to reach 40,000 developers in the region, upskilling and helping developers with employment and startup opportunities.

How To Tell My Asian Mum I Love Her

Chris Chong | February 3, 2019 close
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So once upon a time I only worried about what my day’s schedule was, everyday, I thought about my career goals and how much I could save for that next trip to Bali, but one day, my mom got sick and I heard about it through a text, and because of that, I realized how much I love my mom and that I could lose the one person in the world who brought me into this very world. This very conversation I’m having with you is because of her. Because of that, I want the best medical attention for my parents and I want you to give the same to yours.

LinkedIN’s King Chris Mohawk Reed: How To Build A Power Profile. Part 2

Chris Mohawk Reed | January 27, 2019 close
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On today’s episode, a young marketer from the UK moves to Singapore and then builds one of the biggest personal brands on LinkedIn. Chris Mohawk Reed has been named an Official LinkedIn Power Profile for every year since 2012 and has one of the world’s most viewed LinkedIn profiles with 55,000 followers.

LinkedIN’s King Chris Mohawk Reed: How To Build A Power Profile. Part 1

Chris Mohawk Reed | January 27, 2019 close
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On today’s episode, a young marketer from the UK moves to Singapore and then builds one of the biggest personal brands on LinkedIn. Chris Mohawk Reed has been named an Official LinkedIn Power Profile for every year since 2012 and has one of the world’s most viewed LinkedIn profiles with 55,000 followers.

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.

Former Head of Singapore Tatler reveals his lessons about the super-rich. Part 2

Gilbert Cheah | December 23, 2018 close
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On today’s episode, hear the biggest lessons from one of Singapore’s purveyors of high society values. For over a decade he held the controls of the pages detailing the who’s who in the richest country in Southeast Asia, as leader of the high society magazine, Singapore Tatler.

Former Head of Singapore Tatler reveals his lessons about the super-rich. Part 1

Gilbert Cheah | December 23, 2018 close
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On today’s episode, hear the biggest lessons from one of Singapore’s purveyors of high society values. For over a decade he held the controls of the pages detailing the who’s who in the richest country in Southeast Asia, as leader of the high society magazine, Singapore Tatler.

Crazy Rich Asians Wedding Edition

Chris Chong | December 23, 2018 close
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Hey thanks for listening to today’s episode, I was just kind of caught gushing about Asian weddings, and I know that this isn’t really in the shows prerogative to talk about non business stuff, but I thought I’d open up a bit and talk about “cultured” things, hope you enjoyed this.

How To Crush Negative Emotions Without Using Food, Cigarettes, Or Alcohol. Part 2

Chris Chong | December 16, 2018 close
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Hi, welcome to part 2 of a series on how to crush negative emotions without using food, drugs, cigarettes or alcohol and I’ve been on every bender conceivable. So put down the shot glass, put out the cigarette, and slowly put down the chicken drumstick. Try a healthier alternative instead.

How To Crush Negative Emotions Without Using Food, Cigarettes, Or Alcohol. Part 1

Chris Chong | December 16, 2018 close
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Thanks for listening to part one, where we were able to break down why negative emotions exist and how you can change the way you think about them, in part 2 to this series I’m going to explore ways that you can replace food, cigarettes or alcohol with healthier alternatives that will set you up for a life of success, it will make you feel and look more beautiful.

An Entrepreneur Stands Up To Sexism and Misogyny. Part 2

Krystal Choo | December 9, 2018 close
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On today’s episode, hear why an entrepreneur believes getting up after a devastating loss is a narrative that’s more important than getting the prize itself. She’s a female entrepreneur, she’s fighting her inner demons, she’s fighting sexism and misogyny online, it’s Krystal Choo. Here’s why we’re telling this story. Just how badly are female entrepreneurs treated in our community? Do you think that a person’s appearance plays a factor in their success? How do you overcome a devastating loss like failure or bullying?

An Entrepreneur Stands Up To Sexism and Misogyny. Part 1

Krystal Choo | December 9, 2018 close
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On today’s episode, hear why an entrepreneur believes getting up after a devastating loss is a narrative that’s more important than getting the prize itself. She’s a female entrepreneur, she’s fighting her inner demons, she’s fighting sexism and misogyny online, it’s Krystal Choo. Here’s why we’re telling this story. Just how badly are female entrepreneurs treated in our community? Do you think that a person’s appearance plays a factor in their success? How do you overcome a devastating loss like failure or bullying?

Hypocrisy In Misconduct Claims

Chris Chong | December 3, 2018
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In the wake of recent allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, people are bravely coming forward to share their own stories with the hashtag #MeToo.

I was spooked upon reading news that sexual misconduct claims were planted against special counsel Robert Mueller, the man who is investigating President Trump in the United States. It made me realise that sexual misconduct can be used as a chess piece in a political game. And it’s not new, and it’s not unheard of it, but it is happening more and more.

Brutally Funny Truths You Should Know About Dating an Entrepreneur

Ayla Kremb | November 19, 2018 close
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Hey I hope that you enjoyed this episode on the brutally funny truths that you should know about dating an entrepreneur. Stay tuned for next week’s episode where we go into part two about the role that Tinder has played on how entrepreneurs date. I’ll be making podcasts in series so that you can check them out in different parts.

Co-hosted with Ayla Kremb: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aylakremb/

Truths About Entrepreneurship You’re Better Off Knowing From the Start. Part 2

Chris Chong | November 12, 2018 close
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This next episode will be about how you need to be resourceful and adaptable if you are trying to fit in a new environment. With entrepreneurship, your environment is constantly changing. Not only is your internal environment changing, your mind and your ideas, but your inner circle or startup is changing including the opinions of those closest to you like your friends or family, and then your external environment and outside players are also changing rapidly, like your allies and competitors. Obviously, you should take care of yourself first, your sanity, then your inner circle, and then your externals like partners or enemies. Also, the time I became a male host at a bar.

Truths About Entrepreneurship You’re Better Off Knowing From the Start. Part 1

Chris Chong | November 5, 2018 close
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I’m going to share a series about what entrepreneurship means to me and how I think it can change your life for the better, or for the worse.

Has The Startup Sense Of Community Eroded? Part 2

Chris Chong | October 19, 2018 close
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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.

Has The Startup Sense Of Community Eroded?

Chris Chong | October 17, 2018 close
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Welcome to today’s podcast in Singapore. I have to admit sometimes, and if you’re an entrepreneur, you know what I mean. I just feel so alone and isolated, even in the startup community.

INSEAD MBA’s Startup Changes How We Order Food

Tim Wekezer | October 16, 2018 close
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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.

How I Raised $55M For Sustainability Startup By Stanford MBA, Ex-McKinsey

Poyan Rajamand | October 12, 2018 close
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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.

Global Head Quits Corporate Job For Startup Dream

Damien Cummings | October 10, 2018 close
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Damien Cummings is one of Asia Pacific’s most recognised digital transformation leaders, having led digital or marketing departments at companies like Ogilvy, Samsung and Standard Chartered Bank. He’s now the CEO of Peoplewave, his startup that aims to help HR departments through their innovative software. He raised a seed round of $1.2 million, which is an impressive amount for a seed round, but behind his success, he’s had to fight huge personal battles.

Episode 0: Welcome to Ramen To Riches

Chris Chong | October 9, 2018 close
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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.

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    01. How We Built A $24M Startup: Beeconomic To Groupon
    Christopher Chong

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    02. Groupon to Hard Times: The Darkness Of Early Success

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    03. The F Word: Failure, Can We Talk About It? Part 1 Feat. Elisha Tan from TechLadies and Facebook
    Elisha Tan

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

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

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

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    Making A TV Show Part 2
    Chris Chong

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