How Xiaomi Strategizes for the Future

Xiaomi has disrupted the smartphone business with a new business model. Digital disruption of business models is forcing many leaders to create new visions of change into their business strategies. A recent Wired...

Being an Entrepreneur in China

China may seem like a dream opportunity for an entrepreneur, and in many ways it is.  But things work differently in China and many new businesses don’t quite hit the mark. For...

4 New Trends of the Emerging Economy

Humanity and technology continue to co-evolve at an ever increasing pace, leaving traditional institutions (and mindsets) calcified and out of date. A new paradigm is emerging, where everything is increasingly connected and...

Pokemon GO: A New Model For Education

Ok, I have a confession. Last Thursday, I became yet another Pokémon Go-related statistic when I fell into a hole while walking around my neighborhood. I began playing the new GPS-enabled, augmented...

Current Startup Trend: Sharing Economy

To borrow lyrics from Swedish supergroup ABBA, it is a Friday night, the lights are low and I am looking out for a place to go. In about 10 minutes Brett...

Is Venture Capital worth it?

Venture capital has facilitated the growth of many companies including Apple, Google and Facebook. But do most startups succeed after they obtain venture capital? In this post, we answer three component...

Ouchi’s Theory Z

Theory Z is a name applied to three distinct psychological theories. One was developed by Abraham H. Maslow in his paper Theory Z and the other is Dr. William Ouchi's so-called...

Pokemon GO & the Future of Nintendo

With Pokemon-mania sweeping the planet, Nintendo’s nascent shift into mobile gaming has proved a massive hit, vindicating the Japanese videogame giant’s decision to unshackle itself from a long-standing consoles-only policy. Since its...

Entrepreneurial Lessons I Learnt From a 10 Year Modelling Career

As a 10-year veteran of the industry, I am thankful for the opportunities that modeling has afforded me. It helped me pay my way through college and post-graduate degrees. I met...

The Success of the K-Pop Industry

K-pop. It's now a word that has spread around the globe. It is an industry that jumped to a worth of over billions of dollars in less than a few decades....

Born for Business: The Marwari People

Rajasthan state is located in the northwestern part of India and the name means as the ‘land of the kings.’ It is one of the popular travelers’ destinations that fall under...

The Story of How My Startup Dealt With Investment

About 12 months ago I was all about seeking investment. We had decided that the only way forward for our startup, The Perch Project, was to secure cash investment. That became...

The Perception of Success

Success is easy to describe isn’t it? It’s a simple word with a straightforward meaning. Only it’s not. Not to me, not anymore. If you are at the beginning of, currently...

Asia is Innovating

This is the Asian Century. The region is changing faster than arguably anywhere at any time in history, and innovation is at the heart of this transformation. In our new monthly...

P2P and the Future of Finance

P2P is now an utterance that commonly haunts and regularly hangs by the mouths of both pin-stripe suited financiers at Wall Street as well as hoodied entrepreneurs at Silicon Valley when...

Pokemon Go is Making Us Change

Pokemon Go has been hyped for a while and despite some issues with the servers, it’s a huge hit. Some are already heralding it as the most addicting app in years....

How Businesses Explore Emerging Markets

Over the past few years, emerging and frontier markets have been considered synonymous with (untapped) opportunities and (long term) prosperity, rightly so, as these markets have experienced more rapid economic growth...

How Bitcoins Can Help Asia

The remittance industry continues to grow at a rapid pace each year. The much cited data by the World Bank (mainly because there is a lack of available data aggregators) points...

Women, the Key to Economic Growth in Asia

In the next 50 years, most economic growth worldwide will take place outside the G7 countries. But that’s only half the story. Who are the people who will be the driving...

Fintech and Financial Inclusion in Asia

Due to innovations in financial technology and changes in the enabling environment, the number of financially excluded adults across Asia and the Pacific has dropped to about 1 billion. Increased access to...

Things To Know Before Joining A Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Company

I have long intended to write about MLMs from an insider's point of view but I've always been put it off until recently, when I can clearly see a "market bubble"...

Asia is Rethinking It’s Work Culture

According to Andrew Chung there are several reasons for Asian businesses to adopt a flexible work strategy. First of all, the 2016 Greater China Employee Intentions report by Michael Page suggests that half of respondents are...

20 Challenges that Family Businesses Face

Every business organization has a unique set of challenges and problems.  The family business is no different.  Many of these problems exist in corporate business environments, but can be exaggerated in...

Why is Word of Mouth So Trusted in Asia?

Research indicates that people across Asia trust ‘earned’ forms of marketing and communications more than in other parts of the world, notably personal recommendations, online reviews and mainstream media articles. Why? Culture. Asian societies continue to...

Godzilla – An Icon of World Peace?

World War II can be considered one of the most influential moments in Japan’s history. Ever since Japan surrendered and a new constitution was written, with Article 9 saying that the...

The Importance of Social Media for Startups

The cornerstone of every successful startup and the launch of the company is actually a great and carefully thought out social media strategy. We can’t escape the fact that social media...

Pros & Cons of Competing in International Markets

As Kia’s experience illustrates, fueled by globalization, international business has become a huge segment of the world’s overall economic activity. Amazingly, current projections suggest that, within a few years, the total...

10 Indian Startup Success Stories That Will Inspire You

They had an idea in mind. They left their cushy jobs. They worked hard. They created history. India is witnessing a brand new generation of startups, making their presence felt not just...

4 Reasons You Should Believe the FinTech Hype in Asia

Over the past year, the fintech industry has transformed from a hypothetical hotspot to an actual one. Fintech’s obituary has been written many times, but it’s thriving. In 2012, the sector was...

Does Your Business Partner Have These Important Qualities?

As co-founder of three companies, many young entrepreneurs have asked me how I select the individuals I go into business with. The following criteria are common traits amongst my current business partners, and...

Startup Advice for Asian Entrepreneurs

Feeling Unlucky? Heres How You Can Change It

Guess you are at a stage in your life where you feel like things aren't going as smoothly. Maybe, you even feel like you've...

To Feng Shui or Not to Feng Shui?

With the abject rise in the popularity of Feng Shui, the majority of followers fall into the group of Believers, Sceptics and the In-Betweeners....

8 Top Tips for Startups

So what measures can you put in place to avoid being a negative statistic, giving your business a better chance of doing more than...

What I Learnt From Quitting My Job and Starting A Company

I’ve been earning to give as a software developer for the past several years, and it started to become clear that I could make...

The World’s Top 20 Startup Scenes

These are the places to be, if you are a die-hard entrepreneur looking to set out and scale.