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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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Singaporean PR Raised $55 Million With The Most Innovative Way Of Making Revenue

Poyan Rajamand | July 21, 2020 close
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Thanks for listening to one of our most popular episodes, click the Play button! In this episode, hear how an Iranian-born Swede, now a Singaporean PR, achieved the near-impossible by raising $55 million dollars for his startup that aims to make buildings more energy-efficient, using technology to save clients money […]

S2E6: Why A Famous Digital Marketer Quit His Top Corporate Career For Startup Dream

Damien Cummings | June 15, 2020 close
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Thanks for listening to one of our most popular episodes, click the Play button! What would you do with your career if you were the head of your department at one of the world’s best companies? Would you stay or would you go? Would you embark on a risky startup […]

S2E5 Who We Are: COVID-19 and George Floyd Update

Chris Chong | June 8, 2020 close
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Thanks for listening, click the Play button! Hey, welcome back to season 2 of ramen to riches. It took me a long time to really think through what is going on right now in the world. If you’ve been following the news, it’s clear the world is in a state […]

S2E4: INSEAD Grad’s Startup Changes Food Ordering

Tim Wekezer | May 15, 2020 close
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Thanks for listening to one of our most popular episodes from Season 1, click the Play button! Ten years ago, ordering food was pretty much a hassle…it was like how you remember it when you were a kid, if you wanted delivery, you’d have to call hours ahead, and only […]

S2E3: How Coronavirus Has Changed Asian Culture

Chris Chong | April 10, 2020 close
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Hey, welcome back to season 2 of ramen to riches, I hope that you’re doing alright, with what’s happening now with COVID19, these are hard times, not only to record the podcast, but in every way. This feels like an episode of Black Mirror. Societies, economies and families are on the verge of crumbling. Actually all of 2020 has been pretty bad so far.

How A Startup Raised USD$2.9M After 4 Years of Struggling. Part 2

Aston Chia | March 29, 2020 close
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After 4 long years of struggling to build a product that customers actually needed and bought, Aston and his co-founder Zen from Overdrive Singapore slowly raised US 2.9Million but achieved the dream Government-backed investor, and you’ll find out how they did that in this episode. 

S2E2: Why This Startup Tracks 30,000 Sensors Across Singapore. Part 1

Aston Chia | March 15, 2020 close
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Founded in 2015 by technologists Aston Chia and Zen Chin, Overdrive’s customer portfolio include Sentosa, Nanyang Technological University, Fedex, Ascendas, the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore, and Volkswagen and Mazda in Malaysia via its local IoT partner. They’ve just raised US 2.9Million, find out how in this episode with Aston. Overdrive operates an IOT platform that automates data sensing of various types of assets within a business ecosystem, from vehicles and machinery, to goods and people. It leverages on a “mash-up” of different connectivity technologies and curated 3rd party devices, that is configured to optimally deliver business objectives such as real-time tracking and monitoring, exception alerting and command centre visualization.

On this episode, you’ll hear why he built a startup that tracks sensors all around Singapore. How many sensors does he track? 30,000. What does he track? Stuff, where thousands of kids, vehicles, machinery, you name it, are located in real-time, he can track anything. Is that creepy? Maybe a little, we talk about it, and how a humble, technically oriented guy developed himself into a salesman and because of that, has been able to charm investors, raising a very nice US 2.9 million dollars. The biggest message you’ll get in this episode- If he can do it, then so can you. 

S2E1: Monologue, on persistence and courage

Chris Chong | March 1, 2020 close
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At the end of season 1, which took 6 months to record and ended with 22 episodes, I just had nothing left to say after that, and that’s why I took a break before making season 2. It’s like when you’re at work, and you have a really good meeting, that feeling after, you’ve said everything you needed to say and also taken in a lot. Here’s what I learnt.

Hosting My First TV Show

Chris Chong | November 15, 2019 close
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Hi there listeners, First of all, my apologies for my radio silence over the last 6 months. Season 1 of the podcast ended with many great interviews with talented Entrepreneurs in Singapore covering a range of professional and personal topics, leaving me with many valuable introspections. In a way, it […]

Thanks for listening to Season 1. We’ll be back January 2020.

Chris Chong | August 1, 2019 close
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Thank you for listening to Season 1, our very first season at Ramen To Riches! We started Season 1 on October 22, 2018. Here are some of the stats: 28 Episodes 22,000 Visitors, who have had 37,000 Sessions On The Website Alone (not counting other channels, like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, […]

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.

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    01. Who We Are- COVID-19 and George Floyd Update - 8:6:20, 3.45 pm
    Christopher Chong

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    02. How We Built A $24M Startup: Beeconomic To Groupon
    Aston Chia from Overdrive

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    03. S2E1: Monologue, on persistence and courage

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    Singaporean PR Raised $55 Million With The Most Innovative Way Of Making Revenue
    Poyan Rajamand

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