Many Young Entrepreneurs Are Simply Too Naive

With the spotlight on new never seen before inventions, first of its kind products, and ground breaking ideas. There is a sense of optimism and enthusiasm that everyone can be the...

The Current State of The Advertising Industry in India

The global advertisement growth rate is around 4.5%, while the expansion rate in India this year was around 12%: Source Deciphering the above figures gives us the opportunity to understand the potential of...

How Mobile Apps Will Change ECommerce

2016 has seen remarkable changes in how people view online shopping as a whole. In 2015, physical stores were full of people swarming to grab the lowest Black Friday deals, but...

The Secrets of Social Entrepreneurship in China

One of the biggest surprises I’ve had recently was seeing the importance of social entrepreneurship in China. In a country that is often described as combining the worst of the capitalist...

Riding the Asian E-Commerce Wave

In October 1999, Goldman Sachs invested $3.3 million in an unknown Chinese Internet startup operating out of its founder’s apartment. Shortly after came the dotcom bust in 2000, but the startup...

It has been 3 Years for DrinkEntrepreneurs K.L.

  Initially launched in Paris, DrinkEntrepreneurs has since gone global, with events organized in 40 cities such as Shanghai, London, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and our very own Kuala Lumpur. As...

Conscious Business Leadership: Alexandra Amouyel, Executive Director at SOLVE

(This is one in a series of articles and interviews about conscious business leadership, which is about leaders creating and promoting workplaces of understanding, honesty, and compassion, for the betterment of...

Bridging Microfinance & SME Finance in South Asia

With financial inclusion finding a place in the international policy agenda, many developing countries are facilitating the development of their microfinance sectors. However, not enough attention has been paid to carving...

The Digital Romance Economy

Love. Sex. Romance – are and always have been key in the adoption and use of new media technologies. Pornography and dating sites are the most frequented internet sites across the...

There are no Women Entrepreneurs, there are just Women who become Entrepreneurs.

There are no Women Entrepreneurs There are just Women who become Entrepreneurs. Here are their top 7 traits:- 1. They see a male dominated society or industry and they don’t bat an eyelash. From a...

Tranched Investments Are Bad For You

I've heard a few people talking recently about taking larger sums of money - lets say $3m - from an equity investor where the investor is proposing to tranche the investment...

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s Decision Making Framework

Masayoshi Son says he first came up with this framework when he was 26 years old. And the 30 years of success is the proof of the validity of it. He continues...

Yakuza, The Biggest Private Equity Firm in Japan?

Japan's powerful yakuza organised crime syndicates are mounting a widespread assault on the country's financial markets that may have left hundreds of listed companies riddled with mob connections. In a surprisingly stark...

How Profitable Are Coworking Spaces

Coworking spaces work on different business principles from other companies. Most of them don’t hide their prices, nor do they lock people into long contracts. The collaborative atmosphere so valued in...

The Philosophy of Success

When we think of success, the first thing that comes to mind is an individual achieving something great. But how is that achievement measured? Well there is no answer to that...

Staying Relevant with your Business

We live in a knowledge economy, an economy where we aim to stay relevant by leveraging the the internet of things and the internet of everything to answer our every question as...

The Business Model of NESPRESSO

Nespresso is a machine-and-pod coffee concept for making espresso, developed by the food multinational Nestlé. By fitting an aluminium coffee pod into the machine, perfect espresso can be made at the push...

Why Korea Will Become The Next Silicon Valley

South Korea will become the next Silicon Valley. In four chronological layers that span several decades of development, Korea has fostered six key variables that feed off each other to create this...

Most Startups Fail, How Will Yours Be Different?

The large majority of startups fail, several sources say 9 out of 10, but this proportion only includes those that have reached the stage where they could be noticed and included...

The Millennial Problem

There’s a belief, at least around Silicon Valley, that the so-called Millennials (those born somewhere between the years 1980 and 2000) just simply aren’t engaged at work. Source: Vimeo This isn’t limited to...

Women on Top in Tech – Lisa Kuhn Phillips, VP at Allied Payment Network...

(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.) Here is...

China’s New Agro-Investment: Future of Sustainability?

A major opportunity exists in China’s recently announced massive farm investment: it could shift the country’s agricultural systems toward more sustainable agricultural development. To meet future food security, poverty reduction, and...

The Philosopher Kings of Silicon Valley

In startup land, getting out of the building and moving fast are prerequisites for finding a repeatable and scalable business model before the money runs out. Philosophy — oft maligned as...

The Amazing Surprises of Living in a Japanese Home

The time-tested ways to get a quick exposure to a new country are to go grocery shopping and, if you are lucky enough, be invited to stay with a local. For example, a...

The Ethics of Innovation

A Chinese-Korean joint venture plans to build the world’s largest cloning factory in Tianjin, eventually producing 1million head of cloned cattle a year, as well as dogs and even endangered species....

The 8 Eccentric Habits of Geniuses

There’s a fascinating link between geniuses and eccentric behavior. Einstein picked cigarette butts off the street and used the tobacco for his pipe; Benjamin Franklin sat naked in front of a...

Lessons from Outsourcing to India, China and the Philippines

I've had this post in one form or another of draft for several years now. I hesitated to complete it, in part because at the best of times cultural observations can...

7 Fundamental Business Models

The Business Model Archetypes are seven fundamental business  “personalities” upon which any business model can be developed.  By providing the context of all available models, it becomes easier to see how...

Why Yahoo Failed & What We Can Learn

The end of Yahoo was pretty much inevitable the day they said they could no longer compete with Google (back in the early 2000s). What can we learn from Yahoo's downfall? Features...

Entrepreneurship is a game of Poker

It would be a mistake to think of the returns to entrepreneurship as predictably stemming from just showing up and taking a spin at the wheel of startup roulette. Instead, entrepreneurship...

Startup Advice for Asian Entrepreneurs

Successful Entrepreneurial Characteristics Checklist

Market conditions are rarely optimal, competition is rarely incompetent, funding is rarely sufficient, but that is why business owners have so much impact. Entrepreneurs...

How to Stop Feeling Lost In Your Career

Sometimes you get lost in life and you forget what you’re about and where you’re heading. It’s nice to have a guide to go back...

7 Tips To Create A Startup Without Initial Investment

Stop wasting time looking for investors and focus on your customers. Surely one of the tips you’ve heard more if you want to create...

Selling Your Software In China

I think a lot of people in the software business are wondering whether China will soon become a significant market for software and/or a...

The common notion of ‘startup success’, isn’t even close to it!

If you have been reading up digital news frequently, you already know what’s the most hep topic of conversations today — startups. Call it need of the...