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Andrea Loubier, CEO of Mailbird

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Andrea Loubier

Andrea Loubier set up Mailbird – the beautiful and simple way to unify all your inboxes from email, messengers and productivity apps into one modern app.

What’s your story?
I started my professional career in a market research firm straight after college. I was working with huge multi-million dollar clients. After 6 years I left and joined a software company that was growing fast. From there I decided I wanted to build my own company in technology and I also wanted to do it while travelling. I wanted to gain international business experience in Asia. So through introduction of mutual contacts, I met my two co-founders and we went on a mission to unify information management with email.

What excites you most about your industry?
The potential for growth with technology that millions of people across the globe are already using. Even more exciting for our line of business in email, productivity and unifying information management as the number of apps and communication channels an average person uses continues to increase. I’m excited about helping people improve their ability to manage information and communication with ease through unification features.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m half American and half Filipino. I’ve grown up half of my life in Southeast Asia, in Thailand and Indonesia. After living in the U.S. for 13 years, in a small midwest town I felt strongly that there were more opportunities with entrepreneurship and technology because of Asia’s fast growing economy and globalization at work. Asia has become more of an international melting pot for me than the U.S. so I’m excited to be in this region, exploring business opportunities and growing my professional network more than I ever could in the U.S.

Andrea Loubier

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
So far it’s been Singapore. It’s a great trading hub that brings in the most diverse networks of businesses and services to the world. It connects much of the rest of the world to Asia. Where most parts of Southeast Asia are still developing, Singapore sets a great example for infrastructure, technology and high quality standards. Singapore is where you go if you are operating a business from Southeast Asia and need to connect with key partners, decision makers and investors as well as other like-minded entrepreneurs.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Persistence and the ability to build powerful relationships is what separates a business that will succeed over one that will cease to develop and grow.

Who inspires you?
Hermione Way, Richard Branson and Marissa Mayer

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Only 25% of leadership roles globally are occupied by women. It’s shockingly low considering it’s 2017. With this perspective, I’m even more dedicated than ever to supporting and influencing women to pursue leadership roles and to not be afraid to choose to be the creator, the innovator and the leader.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have pursued a job at Facebook or Google in the early days, bought shares, put in a good 6 years in between both companies and taken everything I learned and leveraged all the connections I’ve made to start a few different tech company with a great wealth of experience and knowledge under my belt. At the same time, you learn more when you just go for something. Fail, figure it out, get back up and do it again and try something different.

How do you unwind?
I like to do yoga, surf, exercise, travel and enjoy company with great friends that allow you to be fully you, no matter what the situation.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I would say Bali, Indonesia but because I’ve been there many years and even started and bootstrapped Mailbird there. I don’t associate it with a place necessarily for pure relaxation. It’s a place I lived and worked my ass off to build a killer email tech startup. However anywhere you are I think it’s important to find balance of work and play and time for yourself. Now I’d say El Nido in Palawan in the Philippines. I’m half Filipino and when I went there I actually did a digital detox, lots of nature and ultimate relaxation.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. It’s about the journey and the struggle that inspires the path to entrepreneurship, the good and the bad.

Shameless plug for your business:
Mailbird is the beautiful and simple way to unify all your inboxes from email, messengers and productivity apps into one modern app.

Mailbird

How can people connect with you?
Email: (First and foremost, because it’s what I do best) [email protected]
Twitter: @Aloubier
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrea.loubier1
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-loubier-87026b18/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114758744783053664539

Twitter handle?
@Aloubier

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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Trung Nguyen, Founder & Managing Director of Advertising Vietnam

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Having initial success with his first start up in the ad industry, Trung Nguyen went on to start other ventures in the ad world in Vietnam. He now has the largest agency community in Vietnam.

What’s your story?
Three years ago I got my first job in the advertising industry. I worked for a local agency in town, and I fell in love with the creative industry. In June 2015, I founded Agency Life Community in Vietnam. It quickly became the most engaging community in the ad industry. The main content focuses on entertainment. After six months we had over 30,000 organic followers, now we have 120,000 followers.

Because the industry had been good to me, I decided I had to something for the industry to help the industry be better. So, I opened http://AdvertisingVietnam.com – a creative industry ad site which keeps advertising informative, creative and inspiring.

After more than a year in the ads industry in Vietnam, I figured the industry needed a better solution for the recruitment of good staff. Given I own the largest advertising community platform, why don’t I utilise Agency Life to help connect talent with ad agencies. So, I founded job site, AdJob.Asia in January 2017.

What excites you most about your industry?
The ad industry is a creative one with very passionate people who are always challenging themselves. The exciting part for creatives, in the morning they might be working on a baby brand and in the afternoon they are answering a beer brief. There is so much diversity. Every day is the new journey.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I am Vietnamese.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Thailand. The Thais are the kings of the creative industry in SEA. Thai ads are very smart and creative.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Do what you love.

Who inspires you?
My friend, mentor and partner Mr Nghi Nguyen, founder of BrandsVietnam.com. We started our businesses at a similar time. He doesn’t see us as a competitor but rather, he believes that we share the same passion and we are working to provide better knowledge for the ad community.
Mr Nghi also guided me a lot when I first opened the business. I am inspired by his vision to make our marketing industry better.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Our business is a startup company and as a founder I do everything from operations, business development, planning and strategy. However, this is not the good way grow our business. You have to share the workload – find a co-founder or hire a great employee to help share the workload. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Quit my full time job sooner.
During the first year of running my business, I was still working as an ad manager for an agency. However I lacked focus at work due to the overload of work and it affected the company I used to work for. I strongly recommend people who have an idea to start their own business, quit their job early on and focus 100% on it from the get go!

How do you unwind?
Play with my cat.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I love to travel throughout all of Asia. I enjoy new places and meeting new people.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Carpenter: A story about the greatest success strategies of all.

Shameless plug for your business:
AdvertisingVietnam.com is a site where you can quickly update yourself on the advertising news in Vietnam. We have 15,000 unique monthly readers who are professional people in the advertising and communications industries.

The Agency Life, https://www.facebook.com/agencylife is largest agency community in Vietnam. This is the right place for ad agencies to share their creative work.

AdJob.Asia now has more than 160 agencies in Vietnam who use our services. We are a leading recruitment service for the advertising industry in Vietnam.

How can people connect with you?
You can connect with me:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trungnx26
Email: [email protected]
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trungnx26/

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

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Joelle Ung, Founder of Treasure Unity

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Joelle’s entrepreneurial journey has been an interesting one, leading her to the world of network marketing, enabling her to help other entrepreneurs succeed.

What’s your story?
The sense of wanting to make an impact, of needing to add value to ‘something,’ be it focused on business or peoples’ lives, has led me, through many failures, to where I am now, the food and beverage manufacturing industry. My entrepreneurial journey began as a wedding planner. Then, having tasted initial success, my desire to find meaningful business mentors brought me to the world of network marketing.
Having benefited from the teachings of my mentor, plus the time I spent growing up as the daughter of a great father, I realised that the urge to ‘pay it forward,’ by mentoring future entrepreneurs and helping my colleagues, other entrepreneurs to succeed, had become a personal mission.
The Honest Living Program, owned by my current company, Treasure Unity, is a realisation of that dream. The program opens up learning opportunities for women under duress, underprivileged women and single mothers. It provides a platform from which I am able to teach, imparting people skills and the art of presentation through the day-to-day program. It is absolutely free.

What excites you most about your industry?
To be able to keep adding values to others. On stage or off, it doesn’t matter. I enjoy every call I receive, every appointment that is set up, every individual I have met, and have yet to meet. There is only one agenda, and that is to add value to the person I am speaking to.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Having lived in Singapore and Malaysia for the past 39 years, my heart is impacting the people in Asia.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Because of the people who live there, and because there are no barriers to communication for me.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Don’t make any decision out of confusion, disappointment or anger. Decisions should always be made with a restful heart.

Who inspires you?
Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
My husband is an ‘overcomer’ who had a near fatal stroke 18 years ago. He lost the ability to practice his dream career as a medical doctor, yet he chose to be a prisoner of hope rather than be a prisoner within his body, and he has never indulged in self-pity.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Lately, I have learned to be still when an opponent strikes at me. It works! You do not need to immediately rebut an opponent. He, or she, will most probably be waiting for a reaction. When they don’t get one, when you remain still and unmoved, you become unpredictable. They do not know your next move.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have sought advice from more wise counsellors before making major decisions, especially if finance or investments were involved.

How do you unwind?
Sometimes I like to take a short getaway or, on a daily basis, I read bible verses that I find uplifting.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Penang. It is close to home and you can get a premium service at an affordable cost. Also, I can pack light, and it is easy to find anything and everything there.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Like a Virgin, by Richard Branson

Shameless plug for your business:
Become an irresistible woman with substance! We will bring out your natural leadership skills through the Honest Living Program.

How can people connect with you?
They can connect with me by email [email protected], through WhatsApp 92300071, or they can call me on my mobile.

Twitter handle?
My twitter account is inactive. @ungjoelle @treasureunity

This interview is part of the ‘Callum Connect’ series of more than 500 interviews

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder of The Marketing Group PLC. He is the author two best selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’ and ‘Agglomerate’.

Connect with Callum here:
twitter.com/laingcallum
linkedin.com/in/callumlaing
Download free copies of his books here: www.callumlaing.com

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