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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 Forbes journalist and venture capitalist, he wants to tell stories about the ‘real cost’ of what it takes to be successful.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 […]

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    01. Not Today, Covid in Malaysia
    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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    Not Today, COVID-19

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