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Doc Dalton, Founder of America’s Simple Man

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Doc Dalton, the America’s Simple Man could best be described as the illegitimate eccentric Love Child of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson if they could have a baby together. Doc, who won the battle over depression and suicide has received salvation, and today he looks at the world and approaches it in a different perspective. He considers himself delightful on the outside with a side dish of humor and pain on the inside with a heart that truly cares for others.

The idea behind ‘the America’s Simple Man’ is where common sense and simplicity equals success in everyday life. To Doc Dalton, the title reminds him always to maintain his sanity and to keep life and everything around it as simple as possible. He believes that the world is already complicated and it is beyond control most of the times. And if one could find a way to bring life and all activities to the simplest form, it’s Doc himself who does that even in his poetry that is so different, yet brings him peace of mind as shown below in the last 4 lines of his most his recent poem. ‘A Shot of Cuervo and some Jesus to go.’ Doc wrote:

“I’ve Prayed like Hell, to the Heavens up above

To ask for his mercy and even more, for his love

I’m tattered and torn, don’t know how much more I can go

Hey, bartender, I’ll take a shot of Cuervo, and some Jesus to go.”

Doc’s idea and views about life stem from his personal challenges. He has been a victim of depression which controlled and drove him to some dark places no one can ever understand even if they claim so, and was hospitalized twice. He met the beautiful side of life when a doctor suggested poetry. Though at first, he thought it was a crazy idea, when he was locked up, inspirations started flowing in, to his greatest surprise, and this ultimately led to the other side of the world he never knew.

Doc believes that 95% of his poems were divinely inspired and he still enjoys an uninterrupted divine flow of inspirations till this day. He has published some of his excellent works in a national poetry magazine and other media, and people still ask for his permission to use his poems for different occasions. Doc Dalton has also written two ‘Spiritual’ books; yet to be released which explain some of the events that transpired in his life. He has full certainty that poetry gave him salvation from depression.

The ‘America’s Simple Man’ is blessed with a beautiful wife, a loving and caring daughter, an awesome granddaughter, and a great son-in-law. He is also blessed with great friends, some of which only exist in his head and stay forever loyal to him. Doc has a personal relationship with Jesus. He was recently ordained, and he’s totally committed to Christ.

The eccentric ‘America’s Simple Man’ has hosted a few shows, two of which were ‘Outlaws 4 Christ Radio’ and ‘Outlaws and the Blues.’ The show had a wide coverage and received numerous commendations from individuals who liked the show. The ‘Outlaws 4 Christ Radio’ will be on air again in 2017 after five years of being off the airwaves. There is a plan for another type of cable show in the pipeline.

Doc Dalton hopes to keep maintaining a simple life while appreciating the simple things the world has to offer. He aspires to write more poetry and other books, and also to be a guest on the Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday’s show so that he can impact others with his personal life experience. States Doc, it’s your goals and dreams, there for free so make them as big as you want to and Oprah’s, my goal for many reasons.

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What do you do?

I try my best to bring peace and relaxation to people? It doesn’t matter if it’s business, if it everyday life, it doesn’t matter if it is faith and it could be as simple as having a conversation with someone. Everything needs to start from a point of calm and peace.

When I speak to people about joining me as part of my income team, they need to first know that here cannot and will not be any drama with in our talk or everyday operation.

What led you to your career? 

It started from becoming ill. My world was in total turmoil. I suffered and still do from depression and it crippled me to the point I was nonoperational. I was also diagnosed with a disease called Sarcodosis. At one point with this sickness I couldn’t walk, my eye sight was affected, my balance was affected and my joints were painful and I was just barely getting through my days. I learned shortly afterwards that one of the side effects of Sacodosis is depression which only made it worst.

Through a long period of rehab and therapy I learned that there were countless others who had the same problems I had or maybe even worse. It was then that I decided to change everything within my life around and create a simple path to success, not only for myself, but for others as well. A type of positive journey for all to follow.

 What led you to your business? 

Research. I made my own requirements of what I needed and what I wanted a company to have for me to be associated with them. It was almost as if I were interviewing them to work for me. Some of my requirements were things such as, “leadership, company structure, being debt free and have a positive standing with the BBB. Compensation plan, reputation of paying on time all the time. Potential Cost and potential pay out. Long term goals and last, products.

Note about products: They are important as far as fitting in to my concept but the truth is, I never join a company for products, WHY? Because products don’t pay bills, Income does.

How have you been developing your business?

It came down to branding myself. For years, I was in the field of pro wrestling and everything revolved the branding of your so-called character. The same applied here. I hosted several radio shows, I am an author and have two books being released in 2017. These books are Spiritual in nature and the first one is called: “It’s A God Thing” and the second book is called, “That’s the Beauty of it All” and I have a total of 4 more books coming out through 2018. I am also a poet and have been published nationally. In addition to this I come from a totally different place being very Spiritual. So branding myself within these boundaries of what I just explained, people know from the start that I am a calm and I am about peace and I am about creating a simple journey in life and bring that simplicity straight to my income team and straight to everyone’s success. This is how, America’s Simple Man, Doc Dalton came to be.

I always say, the following: Never be greedy, but always be consistent and I also say, this is Where Common Sense and Simplicity Equal Success.

 Did you encounter any particular difficulties in the beginning? 

Yes. Like all adventures there are bumps in the road. You think in your mind that it is important for people to believe in you and your concept and your way of thinking. The truth is, you really need to believe in yourself because at that point everything else will fall in place.

If your branding is intact, then people tend to see exactly what you want them to see. So the biggest hurdle you need to get over is the one of people not only believing you, but realizing that you have no desire to cheat them or hurt them in anyway. If they realize that is you did that, you would only hurt yourself in the long run, at that point people start to let their guard down. I truly believe, people are geared to fail and not believe. So the end result is to make the believers in you.

What is your long term plan?

This Team that is being formed needs to be different. It needs to reach out to people all on its own. It’s a great thought about developing an income, but the thought of developing hope is even bigger. If you can give people hope, you can give them the world.

We have what I call a Think Tank. This is where members of the team together develop ideas for marketing, Press/Pr, newspapers, magazines, radio, television and so much more to get our word out there and our journey as well.

 I talked about branding myself, it is now time to brand a team and after that, brand more teams and keep this going to a much greater level. Teams all over, helping people all over and possibly taking a small percentage and helping charitable organizations along the way.

 The journey never stops and neither does the giving of hope and the assistance to others.

 Could you share some industry insights with us? 

There really isn’t any for me. But if I had to give an answer I would say,

  1. Believe in yourself.
  2. Have faith in yourself.
  3. Always be 100% honest all the time, not only to yourself, but to others as well.
  4. Give the gift of hope to people by being the one who inspires them.
  5. Pray like Hell to the Heavens up above for guidance and love.

A little Prayer always goes a long way.

Any lessons learnt about business?

Be accountable to yourself and to others is a big lesson. Don’t listen to others who say it can’t be done because there is a very good chance they never tried anything themselves. If they did, the more than likely failed at it because they didn’t keep it simple, they didn’t believe in themselves and they didn’t have hope.

 Trust you gut, not someone’s words. Remember, a bad experience is also a learning experience.

Any tips for success you could share with our readers?? 

YES, ALL THE ABOVE.

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Clairine Runtung, Investment Manager of Convergence Ventures

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Early-stage venture capitalist, Clairine Runtung, shares her story and passion for helping build Indonesia’s technology ecosystem. In her role, she helps local entrepreneurs looking to grow their business, while also finding time to coach and mentor young women in venture capital through an organisation she co-founded in early 2017.

What’s your story?
Having lived in 4 different cities within 3 different countries throughout my career working in finance, I had always been drawn to not only numbers but also diversity, people and their stories. When an opportunity came about for me to join a tech VC firm in Jakarta, I jumped at the chance, after working for a number of years in a boutique investment consulting firm, a global asset management firm and a non-profit foundation.

I currently lead the investment team at Convergence Ventures, an Indonesia-based early-stage venture capital fund. My work includes sourcing deals, conducting due diligence, reviewing legal documents and most importantly, working with my colleagues in Investment, HR and Business Development teams to support our founders. My job requires relentless intellectual curiosity, analytical and communication skills, and ultimately passion to help the shaping and building of Indonesia’s tech ecosystem.

Early in 2017, I co-founded a Young Women in VC (renamed SheVC Indonesia in September 2017, as part of the global Pan-Asian SheVC network), focused on networking, mentoring and building a community for junior to mid-level female VCs. Our local membership grew to over 20 people within 6 months, and I personally mentored 3 young women just joining the industry. Aside from tech VC, I am also involved in being a Council for Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa, a non-profit organization focusing on youth and education, as well as being a mentor and a judge to a number of local tech startup events and competition. Beginning September, I will be attending Yale School of Management to pursue a 2-year MBA program.

What excites you most about your industry?
The never-ending learning, rapid progress, and people attempting to solve real problems through technology. I cannot wait to see what will unfold within tech-VC space in Indonesia in the next 5-10 years. My team and I think we are following China’s growth trajectory though to get there we need major support from the Government and foreign investors.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. I worked for 2.5 years in Singapore. I was educated in the United States and lived there but I am still very much deeply-rooted in Asia. After grad school, I plan on moving back to Asia for sure.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Jakarta and Singapore for two extremely different reasons.
Jakarta, because the city’s urban challenge actually shapes you to become a resilient hustler. Not to mention the fact that the city has a dynamic tech VC landscape that’s rapidly evolving year by year.
Singapore, because I take pleasure in how efficient, effective and structured the city state is!

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“The only way out is through”
“Leave your mark, build a legacy, no matter how tiny you think it is.”

Who inspires you?
My dad and everyone around me who was not born with silver spoons in their mouth.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
It’s amazing how your body can truly adjust to the power of your mind. I have recently increased the frequency of my Intermittent Fasting routine, from only once a week to twice a week. Essentially, twice in a week I’d fast between 22-24 hours. Though skeptical and challenging at first, after a month, I rarely feel hungry/starving on those two scheduled fasting days. Interestingly, I also feel the most productive at work on days that I am fasting.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Nothing. If there is anything I’d like to tell myself over and over again, is to never regret and to look only forward.

How do you unwind?
Take a hot shower, drink a cup of tea and read a book (I alternate between fiction and non-fiction) or watch videos (I also alternate between entertaining and educating videos). On some days, you can find me winding down over a nice dinner with friends or family.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Bali, Jogjakarta and Manado. All cities are in Indonesia.
Bali for its beaches, sunshine and the feeling of being surrounded by carefree people. Jogjakarta for its Javanese cultural and heritage. Manado because it’s where my dad was born and where my grandparents live. In my opinion, each city has something different to offer that contributes to my way of relaxing.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Golden Passport – Duff McDonald

Shameless plug for your business:
Instagram Story and straight up telling friends, acquaintances and even strangers about how awesome the work that I do is.

How can people connect with you?
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clairineruntung/
Personal email: [email protected]

Twitter handle?
@clairineruntung though I have been inactive for years. I am much more active on LinkedIn these days. Find me on IG @clairineruntung as well.

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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Rishabh Singhvi & Varun Saraf, Co-Founders of Why Q

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Surprised by the lack of delivery services available for local Singaporean hawker stall foods, Rishabh and Varun started their own delivery service.

What’s your story?
Varun and I moved to Singapore in 2008 and soon turned into foodies. After completing our studies at SMU, we worked in corporate offices in the Singapore CBD for 4 years. Here, we faced the problem of long queues and found it hard to find feasible delivery options on a day to day basis. We made it our goal to help others like us, so they don’t face the same problem of finding affordable yet tasty options to eat their daily meal. The name asks all those queuing up at food courts and hawker centres a simple question – Why Queue … when we can bring Singapore’s favorite hawker food to you?

What excites you most about your industry?
The Hawker culture is the most exciting and intriguing part of the food industry in Singapore. It is deep-rooted in the local Singapore culture. There is rich variety of cuisines available under one roof, food is delicious and very affordable. We were very surprised how this part of the food industry was completely ignored by other food deliveries.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and brought up in India and have been staying in Singapore for the past 10 years.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
The ease of running a start-up and the professionalism makes Singapore my favourite city for business. It has the most business-friendly regulations, low start-up costs and takes only a week to register and get your business going.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” – Jeff Bezos

Who inspires you?
Hawker Uncle and Aunties are our Hawker Heroes. Most of the stalls are family-run businesses. The dedication and hard-work that they put in is commendable. They come to the hawker centre at 3am to start preparing food for the day and leave only in the evening after cleaning and washing everything.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
We are leaning so much about our hawker partners through our #HawkersOfSG series, inspired by #HumansOfNewYork. For example, one of our hawker partners was into advertising (until the 2008 recession started, after which he started one of the most popular hawker stalls in the country) while the other used to sell and ride Harley Davidson bikes (and now sells black pepper rice bowls). Their stories and how they turned into our Hawker Heroes continues to inspire us and blow us away.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I think I haven’t reached that stage in life yet where I look back and want to do things differently.

How do you unwind?
Watching and playing football 🙂

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Bali, definitely. One of the most beautiful and chill places.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Shameless plug for your business:
Cheapest and largest Hawker Food delivery in Singapore.

How can people connect with you?
On whatsapp at 90268776 or email at [email protected]

Twitter handle?
We’re on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/whyqsg/ and Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/whyqsg/

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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