Tag: entrepreneurship

Poke The Box (Seth Godin): A Book Review

January 26th, 2012   •   no comments   

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

With a secondary title like that, you can bet that Poke the BoxSeth Godin’s first title under The Domino Project – is going to be all provocative and punchy. And boy, the renowned marketing cum motivational blogger sure doesn’t disappoint in that department.
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The Thank You Economy: A Book Review

December 7th, 2011   •   2 comments   

Written by straight-talking serial entrepreneur and founder of Winelibrary.com Gary Vaynerchuk, The Thank You Economy presents a no-holds-barred approach to how businesses can leverage on the power of social media. Packed with case studies from online retail darling Zappos, burger joint AJ Bombers, burrito selling Boloco, Dr Irena Vaksman (a tweeting dentist!) to the Joie de Vivre Hotels, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller is written in his characteristic heart-on-the-sleeve and conversational manner. 

For an idea of what this means, check out the video featuring Gary below:

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Hallmarks of Successful Entrepreneurs (A Local Perspective)

November 8th, 2011   •   no comments   

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Are there qualities common to entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs? (Courtesy of Digital Trends)

As the world continues to moan over the demise of Apple head honcho Steve Jobs, numerous articles have been written about his entrepreneurial legacy.

These cover the length and breadth of his astounding career as one of the century’s greatest CEOs.
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Have a “Beery” Good Time with Fine Brews in Chinatown

October 23rd, 2011   •   1 comment   

Fancy a Hobgoblin, Kopparberg pear cider, or Pauvel Kwak with chicken rice or fish ball noodles? How about a lychee flavoured Taiwanese “Xiao Mei Mei” beer to wash down a steaming plate of fish head?

Now you can with The Good Beer Company, Singapore’s first (and only) specialty and craft beer stall in a hawker centre. Opened by Daniel Goh of Young Upstarts fame, its a realisation of a long-time dream come true.

The Good Beer Company

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The 5 Skills of Great Innovators

October 13th, 2011   •   no comments   


Steve Jobs (bless him) associated calligraphy with beautiful fonts in the Macintosh (source)

Ever wondered how disruptive innovators like Steve Jobs (Apple), Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com) and A.G. Lafley (P&G) behave?  What are the traits of these great entrepreneurs and business leaders?

According to INSEAD Professor Hal Gregersen (who co-authored the book “The Innovator’s DNA” with Jeffrey Dyer and Clayton M. Christensen), they have what are called the five discovery skills as follows:

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Book Review: Small is the New Big

September 15th, 2011   •   no comments   

Are you feeling the entrepreneurial (or intrapreneurial) itch lately? If so, Small is the New Big may be the right up your alley.

With 184 “riffs, rants, and remarkable business ideas”, Small is the New Big by uber marketing blogger Seth Godin is a collection of management mantras for entrepreneurs. Written in his usual snappy style, the book isn’t organised into sequential chapters. Instead, entries are written in an alphabetical manner without following any particular logic.
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The Ultimate Start Up Entrepreneur

August 17th, 2011   •   1 comment   

Martell Ultimate Start Up Space

After months of hard canvassing and pitching in a two stage competition, the winner of the Martell V.S.O.P. The Ultimate Start-up Space competition was announced last night. Mr Jeremy Nguee of the business idea “Preparazzi”, was selected by a panel of judges out of 10 finalists.

Martell Ultimate Start Up Space
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Thinking versus Tinkering

May 4th, 2010   •   1 comment   


Don’t suffer from analysis paralysis like Buridan’s ass (source of image)

Wish to embark on an exciting new business venture? Or to launch a brand new project?

How should you begin your entrepreneurial journey – study and ponder over what you need to do, or just roll it out bit by bit and see what comes your way?
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Capitalising on Celebrations

February 16th, 2010   •   1 comment   


Courtesy of eTour Singapore

Festive holidays have always brought much cheer to those in the retail and service businesses, especially seasonal ones like Christmas, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya Puasa. Considered peak periods for those in the consumer and lifestyle industries, festive holidays are peppered with numerous promotions and special deals by shops in order to trigger purchases both impromptu and planned.

Many retail outlets are dressed to the nines during these occasions, decked in splendid eye-catching and attention-grabbing hues.

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The Art of the (internal) Start-up

February 6th, 2010   •   3 comments   


Courtesy of A Fresh Start (up)

As some of you may know, I am in the midst of switching portfolios in my organisation and heading to the National Art Gallery, Singapore to lead the corporate services function. Unlike my previous role at the National Heritage Board, this one covers a broader spectrum of responsibilities – from HR, Finance, Admin, Strategic Planning, Policy, Marketing & Communications, to IT. You can say that it stretches from conceptualisation, development, funding, and staffing to communication, reporting and implementation.

Due to the start-up nature of the institution (which just celebrated its first birthday), many things need to be put in place. It has certainly been an exhilarating couple of weeks thus far, and I look forward to more excitement ahead.
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