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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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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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

Truths About Entrepreneurship You’re Better Off Knowing From the Start. Part 1

Chris Chong | November 5, 2018 close
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I’m going to share a series about what entrepreneurship means to me and how I think it can change your life for the better, or for the worse.

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.

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.

Episode 0: Welcome to Ramen To Riches

Chris Chong | October 9, 2018 close
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This is Ramen to riches, where we break down what it means for entrepreneurs, idealists and trendsetters to have made it in our little corner of the world. We’re going to put on some air con and cool down on the get-rich-quick stories that our media likes to spread, and really talk more about the other side of success that few talk about. We’re going to dive into the bumps and valleys that unsettled even the best among us. About the times where the worst situations forced some of the most successful people living in Asia to question who they were, and what their purpose was.

Truths About Entrepreneurship You’re Better Off Knowing From the Start. Part 2

Chris Chong | November 12, 2018 close
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This next episode will be about how you need to be resourceful and adaptable if you are trying to fit in a new environment. With entrepreneurship, your environment is constantly changing. Not only is your internal environment changing, your mind and your ideas, but your inner circle or startup is changing including the opinions of those closest to you like your friends or family, and then your external environment and outside players are also changing rapidly, like your allies and competitors. Obviously, you should take care of yourself first, your sanity, then your inner circle, and then your externals like partners or enemies. Also, the time I became a male host at a bar.

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

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