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Take the guesswork out of your life’s goals. Discover how leaders overcame the same struggles you’re facing to make the companies and movements they built into a success. Learn from their wins, mistakes and their advice for free.

Your host, Chris Chong, was an unlikely millionaire at the age of 21 when his startup was acquired by Groupon for USD$24M. Previously a journalist and venture capitalist, he wants to tell stories about the ‘real cost’ of what it takes to be successful.

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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.

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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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    Hey, Change The World You Live In
    Chris Chong

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