Cloud Computing’s Future In Malaysia

The past few years, there’s been a strong buzz on “Cloud Computing”. You find many local businesses now offering “Cloud” services and applications. In America, virtually every technological product out there...
Mobile E-commerce Industry in Asia

Advancing Asia’s E-commerce Industry into 2017

Asia's e-commerce industry has been nothing short of explosive over recent years. Total e-commerce retail sales in Asia are expected to hit more than US$1,000 billion by the end of 2016,...

21 Entrepreneurs Share Why You Should Launch A Startup In Asia

Are you an entrepreneur? Or secretly building your startup and soon to be the next entrepreneur? When considering where to startup, you might want to consider Silicon Valley. Building a new startup in Silicon Valley...

Leadership Barriers that Women Face In Asia

Taking advantage of recent economic growth and rising incomes, women in Asia have made enormous strides in labour participation rates. However, in the formal economy, women remain significantly underrepresented at the...

Do Entrepreneurs Earn More Than Other Jobs?

It’s widely believed that entrepreneurs earn more than salaried workers. However, until recently the research did not seem to back this up. In fact, the findings of several studies in 1989...

The Egg Asiancy Is Trying To Solve Infertility in Asia

Today, visiting us at The Asian Entrepreneur is Wei Zhang, who founded The Egg Asiancy a startup dedicated to the noble cause of solving infertility in Asia. Wei Zhang, how did...

This Japanese Startup Is Manufacturing Blood

Ever since Nobel Prize laureate Karl Landsteiner discovered the A, B and O blood types in 1900, doctors and hospitals have relied on donations to ensure they have enough blood on...

Why Startup Financing Is So Difficult

Okay, let's get serious and talk private equity. The process of realising and growing a business venture inevitably raises the important question of how to finance it. This consideration is a...

How Do Online Businesses Really Make Money?

Having worked in the Internet industry for the last 10 years, I’m still amazed that so few people understand how online businesses generate revenue. To be clear, the online businesses to...

I Left My Corporate Banking Job To Become An Entrepreneur

Throughout my 15 ­year career, I was a banker who dreamed big, made a decent living and loved living the corporate life. I was also someone who always thought of making...

In Singapore, Customer Service will Separate Winners from Losers

Asia is rapidly evolving its Financial Services industry to reflect the local customer behaviours and operating infrastructures. Given the growth of new technologies and communications, mobile being the most powerful, there...

What It Takes To Transform An Entire Industry

These days, the pace of technology development has companies grasping for clues about how to transform their businesses to keep ahead of the competition. We know that technology enables innovation, but...

The 5 Stages of Every Venture Capital Deal

I have been active in the Boston startup community for many years now, as regular readers of these pages know. While in attendance at various startup community events in the Boston...

Starting A Trucking Business in Asia

Asia having a legitimate part of it harboring a natural port and being one of the main hubs of receiving an exodus of imports and exports obviously needs a well-developed infrastructure...

Emma Simpson, Founder of CheaperAccountant

Emma Simpson is a passionate business woman and the founder of CheaperAccountant.co.uk. Small businesses are very much close to Emma's heart and she  firmly believes that such companies play a vital...

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...

Startup Advice for Asian Entrepreneurs

Why Some People Almost Always Hire the Right Person?

One of the biggest challenges confronting managers hiring for any position, is that out of work candidates have plenty of time to prepare for...

5 Important Characteristics You Need To Sustain Your Startup

Most entrepreneurs will say that passion is at the very core of sustaining every new business. And although we couldn’t agree more that passion,...

5 Common Foods Preventing You From Success

I must admit, writing anything related to nutrition these days can be a real conundrum since everyone seems to either get stuck in a dogma, demonise foods without valid reason, or some can go as far as going on heavily restricted diets (usually cutting out a certain food group) just because Joe from next door is trying it or some celebrity is endorsing the product after the red carpet extravagance.  In a perfect scenario, we would all farm our animals, grow our  fruits and vegetables (as part of our daily exercise routine) whilst absorbing a healthy dose of Vitamin D from the natural sun rays, and drink water from the wells. However, it's quite obvious for most of us, we are not even close to living that kind of lifestyle (anymore).     Success is a subjective notion but in order to gain substantial self development and growth, you have to operate at your full potential by nourishing your body with the right foods (and nutrients).     Just remember...    "The toxic is in the dose"  1) Vegetable Oil    Who would of thought something with the word 'vegetable' can be so  misconceived?    Although generally advertised as 'healthy' since research (LINK) has shown blood cholesterol levels lowers (short term FYI), problems like increase in inflammation and oxidative stress in the body outweigh the smaller benefits,  especially when it could potentially lead to heart diseases.    'Hydrogenated' and 'Refined' oils would have gone through many stages of  processing with potentially added ingredients our body is not made to  ingest.     What to do?    Generally it's hard to avoid completely, since most places we eat out will use some sort of vegetable oil. Don't panic. You can always use better natural fat alternatives like coconut oil, olive oil, grass fed butter and  dripping for cooking.     2) Magarine    Eating 'fat' alone doesn't instantly make you ‘fat’, when looking in a grand scheme of things. Although, in terms of calories, it's twice as high compared to protein and carbohydrates. Saying that, fat is an essential nutrient that helps to support our metabolism, hormone production, brain function, the absorption of nutrients and many more.     When all've been said and done, it's the type of fats (LINK) you eat and the quantity that counts.     Margarine is not food. Period. It's heavily refined and processed like vegetable oil.    What to do?    Eat real butter. It's delicious. Even better if it's grass fed.       3) Low fat or fat free    When fat is removed from it's original food, the taste is never as appetising. Generally not for any good reasons as well but a marketing gimmick to confuse people hoping to make better choices - since fat is deemed evil for the last few decades. Unfortunately in order to compensate, excess amount of sugar is usually added as an replacement.     What to do?    Eat fats. Animal fat, eggs (inc. yolk), oily fish, nuts, oils, nut butters are all great sources as part of a healthy diet.      4) Fruit Juices    Ah, another one often perceived as healthy since it can be part of our '5 a day'. Although still may contain some of the vitamins and antioxidants (non concentrated), it lacks in fiber...and again, possibly loaded with sugar. (LINK)  Note: Sugar alone is not bad, excess amount is.     Don't forget, drinking juices is one of the easiest ways to increase in your  caloric intake without realising (similar to alcohol).     What to do?    Eat whole fruits. You'll up your fiber intake, have better satiety levels, and keeping all the essentials. There's a better chance you'll be just as satisfied (if not more) when taking the time to peal an orange, eat the pieces one by one and cherish the natural sweetness, compared to downing a cup of juice in a few seconds which has an equivalent to around 5 oranges or more.      5) Low carb junk    The low carb movement is becoming more popular, and doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon.    Whether you require higher or lower carb intake, it's all relative and should be individualised to your needs (metabolic health, activity levels, body fat % etc).     Walk into your local supermarket, and you'll likely find a ‘low carb’ section with foods that’s made from highly refined ingredients and doesn't do any good to our body even though it's supposedly better for us.     What to do?    If you enjoy eating lower carbohydrates at your own preference, you can’t go much wrong sticking mainly with fruits and vegetables. 

Paul Graham’s 8 Things To Do Before Starting Up

Paul Graham is the co-founder of Y-Combinator, the most renowned seed acelerator in the world. Via his work he has been exposed to countless...

How to Balance a Family, Your Job and Your Stresses

It can be difficult for adults to have to take care of their families and manage their careers. This can cause a lot of...