Startup Advisories

It’s not the pitch or the plan, it’s you

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When asked “What is first thing that you consider before making an investment in a tech startup?”, many seed investors, including myself, give the cliché line “It is the entrepreneur.”, but it is unfortunately the truth. It is a privilege to talk to over 450 startups in 1-1 free advisories at AGA and hearing another 100 or […]

Startup Advisories

Marketing lessons from the durian trade

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Ahh.. durian… the lovely King of Fruits, according to South East Asians. Here in Singapore, durians are the rage. Mostly imported from neighbouring Malaysia, it has become a cultural activity to eat and buy a durian anywhere from US$5 to as expensive as US$30. This year, there was a bumper harvest and coupled with the Ramadan […]

Startup Advisories

Are you transforming and impacting your community?

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In all the sexy glitz and glamour of the tech entrepreneur industry, we have seen many entrepreneurs building up their start-ups to be the next big unicorn exit. After all, ye who succeeds in building lots of traction and high revenue growth are truly one to be invested in, respected and glorified. No doubt on […]

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Do entrepreneurs with family make good entrepreneurs?

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Three years ago, during a start-up event, I distinctively remembered a young upstart Brian Wong, founder of Kiip, mentioned that start-ups should not hire people who have kids. Wong explained that people with kids will not be able to commit full-time to the business, as compared to those who have no family commitments. I wasn’t there […]

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8 types of angel investors in Singapore you should avoid

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It is quite interesting to hear all the different stories of the many types of angel investors from the many startups that I advise. Some investors are nice but some are seriously devils in disguise, out to ruin potential startups of their promising future. Forbes had written an article, “Seven Investors to Avoid” in 2009 […]