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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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Recent Episodes

Thanks for listening to Season 1. We’ll be back October 2019

Chris Chong | August 1, 2019 close
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Thank you for listening to Season 1, our very first season. It was a big learning experience trying to produce podcast episodes and I hope to learn more when we start making Season 2. We’ll be interviewing more entrepreneurs on how they made it against the odds. Expect a new […]

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.



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

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