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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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Former Head of Singapore Tatler reveals his lessons about the super-rich. Part 1

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.

How I Raised $55M For Sustainability Startup By Stanford MBA, Ex-McKinsey

Poyan Rajamand | October 12, 2018 close
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Hear how a Stanford MBA grad built his career at Unilever and Mckinsey, then ditched the corporate path to become an entrepreneur on a crusade to help the environment with a very unique business model. A business model where he would pay all the costs to install his technology and only be paid based on the money his clients would save on their energy bill. No upfront payment and he would carry all the risk. Introducing Poyan, the Co-Founder of Barghest Building Performance (BBP), he’s not only raised a series B but earned his company awards and partnerships with the Singapore Government.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

An Entrepreneur Stands Up To Sexism and Misogyny. Tickle’s Krystal Choo Part 1

Krystal Choo | December 9, 2018 close
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On today’s episode, hear why an entrepreneur believes getting up after a devastating loss is a narrative that’s more important than getting the prize itself. She’s a female entrepreneur, she’s fighting her inner demons, she’s fighting sexism and misogyny online, it’s Krystal Choo. Here’s why we’re telling this story. Just how badly are female entrepreneurs treated in our community? Do you think that a person’s appearance plays a factor in their success? How do you overcome a devastating loss like failure or bullying?

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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