To start, I predicted the result of the Punggol East by-election wrongly as my guess is 51% for the ruling party and 48% for Workers Party with the 1% split for the minnows. Of course, with no polling data available, the way I came to the prediction was to look at the historical datapoints we have in the past. Most of the people including myself (and I am no pundit but a private citizen) would have made the following assumptions and come to the prediction that the ruling party, People’s Action Party (PAP) is the likely winner to the by-election. [Read more...]
Adapted from David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, the Wachowskis (The Matrix Trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) have brought six inter-connected tales spanning across a fictional history of Mankind into the big screen. Even the story behind how the directors convinced Mitchell to take the book to screen has been a long and enduring journey.
2012 represented a year of change in my life, from closing down one chapter of my life in the startup world to starting up a family. I am thankful to the support and friendship from many who have shown me during those tough days this year. Yet, life is about moving forward and not looking backward despite that new problems and challenges present themselves at me from time to time. [Read more...]
Recently, I was invited by startup incubator JFDI.Asia to deliver a talk entitled “That Thing You (Forget to) Do” (inspired loosely from Tom Hanks’ movie “That Thing You Do”) on best practices of product development, management and marketing. In the last part, we focus on product management and how start-up teams should generate, organize and analyze data that comes with the rollout of the beta product (see part two). [Read more...]
Recently, I was invited by the incubator JFDI.Asia to deliver a talk entitled “That Thing You (Forget to) Do” (inspired loosely from Tom Hanks’ movie “That Thing You Do”) on best practices of product development, management & marketing. Following up from part one, this article focuses on two fundamental aspects of product marketing: distribution and public relations. [Read more...]
Recently, I was invited by the incubator JFDI.Asia to deliver a talk entitled “That Thing You (Forget to) Do” (inspired loosely from Tom Hanks’ movie “That Thing You Do”) on best practices of product development, management & marketing. In this article, I will focus on product development and what lessons & best practices I have drawn from my own experiences.
Presented on 7 Nov 2012 in the Singapore Computer Society, the talk focus on the priorities, challenges and paradigms where a product manager should decide if their digital product should go mobile or web first. In consideration, we discussed the native vs web app model, the device fragmentation introduced by different mobile devices (smartphone, tablets, laptops and desktops) and development platforms. The talk also introduces the lean startup model and responsive web design to the audience. [Read more...]
Is there any method in Rocket Internet’s madness? A few months ago, I made a point that winter has landed in Southeast Asia with the fast and furious expansion of Rocket Internet from the infamous Samwer brothers. In the process, I also concluded that while they may be bad for innovation but they would demonstrate good examples of execution and speed to the rest of the technology ecosystem within the region. While monitoring their revolving door executives quitting within 3-6 months, employees complaining about their ways and their startups shutting down like Home24 within a short period of time, we are beginning to ask, “Is it really going to work or fall apart?” [Read more...]
Everyone including my wife often asks me why I eat so quickly during my meals. It is a habit that came about when I was studying in university. The truth of the matter is that I felt that there is so little time left for so much things out there which I want to do. As time goes by, I feel more reluctant to lose an ounce of time to anything mundane. To me, a meal is a mundane task that is time wasting. Unless i really want to enjoy a meal in a fine dining restaurant, I will hope that the time for mundane tasks wasted can be compensated elsewhere. Intrinsically, this little habit has implications to how I am driven to move forward and not back. [Read more...]
Written by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson, the central theme of the book “Why Nations Fail” is to explain the huge differences in incomes and standards of living that split the rich countries of the world from the poor, and put forward a perspective based on how institutions created from politics can evolve the way towards progress or fail depending on their nature of being inclusive and extractive. The book also sought to debunk known theories such as the geography hypothesis advocated by the ecologist and evolutionary biologist, Jared Diamond, the culture hypothesis and finally the ignorance hypothesis proposed by the economists. There are interesting insights extracted from this book that any interested reader of politics and economics will enjoy and how they can be applied in context on Singapore in the present day. [Read more...]
My wife and I have discussed and debated on the question when we do our family planning on many occasions. Both of us have different views, given our backgrounds. While thinking deep and hard about the question over the month before I started work coupled with great conversations I have with various friends, I have distilled down to three principles that have given me the kind of culture I like to instill in my children in the future, regardless of where they will be schooled. [Read more...]
Ever since the news of Chalkboard’s shutdown came, I am appreciative and thankful to many people (and even former competitors) who have dropped me a note and came forward to provide their support and help towards where my next steps would be. I enjoyed those conversations and shared with them the lessons learnt from Chalkboard. As for my next steps, I have joined as a Technology Manager, Most of Worlds Business Unit, Vistaprint starting from July 2012. My role is focused on building and managing an engineering team to develop products in the emerging market. Although Vistaprint is a multi-national corporation, the role I am undertaking has an entrepreneurial component that resembles a start-up. For me, it’s a brave new world and I look forward to learn and develop myself for future challenges ahead.