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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.