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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.

Don’t like reading or watching a screen for a long time? With the “Ramen To Riches“ podcast, you can listen while you walk, gym, work or shop. We edit down our podcasts so you get the most valuable information without the fluff.

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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.

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.

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. 

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 […]

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 and well-spoken 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.

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. 

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.

Former Head of Singapore Tatler reveals his lessons about the super-rich. Part 2

Gilbert Cheah | December 23, 2018 close
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On today’s episode, hear the biggest lessons from one of Singapore’s purveyors of high society values. For over a decade he held the controls of the pages detailing the who’s who in the richest country in Southeast Asia, as leader of the high society magazine, Singapore Tatler.

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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