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Genevieve Seah, Singer & Musician

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Music has carried Genevieve Seah through the ups and downs of life and is now her career.

What’s your story?
I am a student by day and singer by night. Currently a jazz vocal performance major at LaSalle College of the Arts. Started piano when I was 5, but ended up disliking the strict and mundane lessons, so I ventured out into pop on my own. The radio was my best friend and I’d always try to figure out how to play current songs on the piano by ear. Also ventured into dance through my teenage years, but later went on to being a professional singer at 18 and have been singing ever since. Music has carried me through the ups and downs in my life and is an outlet for me to express myself in this crazy world that we live in. As long as my music and voice has had the privilege of touching one heart and changed one person’s life, I would be grateful.

What excites you most about your industry?
People and conversation. There is never a mundane day in this industry. Every day presents new possibilities and experiences. I love that I am able to meet different people everyday, talk about their life stories and be able to connect with them as I sing. Working with such passionate people who are so passionate about music really keeps you inspired and motivated to reach for new heights. As a performer, you never know what someone at your performance is going through, and your songs may touch them and bring them comfort during their toughest times. I have been fortunate to have people come up to me and tell me that my singing has brought them emotional relief and that I should continue doing what I do.

What’s your connection to Asia?
My connection to Asia is definitely Singapore and my Peranakan Chinese roots. Growing up in Singapore, the cosmopolitan and multi-racial city has led me to have an open mind with regards to social interactions and understanding people and the different cultures available on this little island.

Genevieve Seah sings

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore. As cliched as this might sound, I still feel that I am able to go about my work with maximum productivity and unwind in this very city. It definitely helps that it never takes more than 40 minutes to get from destination to destination. All of my contacts and resources are within reach when I am working here.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
I have been fortunate to have received loads of advice from different people at different stages of my life. In school my teacher told me to “keep at the right thing.” Whenever I’m stressed or worried, my parents would remind me to pray and that God would always save the day and make everything okay. I had a friend who told me when I was struggling with fitting in with friends, “why do you try so hard to fit in, when you’re born to stand out?” This is just some of the advice I’ve received that has stuck with me and made me who I am. But to date, if I had to choose the best advice, it would be that you should never sacrifice three things: your family, your heart and your dignity.

Who inspires you?
Many people. From the obvious like my mother and father who worked tirelessly to raise my two siblings and myself up, to my other half who dares to fight for his dreams and passion. His name is Feng Lee and he is one of the bravest, biggest hearted humans I have ever met. I find it rare these days to find someone who automatically assumes the best in everyone he meets and comes across. As a child he scored straight A’s and had offers to study Psychology and Computer Engineering, but chose the unconventional path of music instead. Today, he is a Berklee College of Music graduate and is working as a music producer and a guitarist to some of today’s leading acts including The Sam Willows and Nathan Hartono. His humble, patient and nurturing soul makes him someone who is easy to talk to whenever you need advice on music, or life.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
JAZZ. For the past 5 years, my genre of music has very much been focused on pop and rock. Last year, I decided to pursue a degree specialising in Jazz music and everything I am learning is so new, insightful and refreshing.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I am a believer of having no regrets and that everything happens for a reason. I am, however, a pretty timid person. So maybe, if I could have my time again, I would probably want to be less timid of things.

How do you unwind?
I like to stay home. Sit around with a pot of hot tea and watch the world go by. And netflix. Thank you to whoever created Netflix.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Pai! Its somewhere in Thailand, up in the mountains. I recently went there for a few days and although small and quaint, the sunrise, cool air, friendly people and beautiful scenery is an ideal destination for relaxation.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Tuesdays with Morrie. I know it’s not a business-related book but hey, it talks about some of the things that matter like courage and wisdom, which I think will come in handy at some point in life, for sure.

Shameless plug for your business:
If you need a singer for your corporate events or wedding functions, you can look for me @genseahmusic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I will bring along my team of A-list musicians and give you the best party you have ever experienced!

How can people connect with you?
You can write on my wall or leave me a direct message on my Facebook page and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I love hearing from people and being able to help them the best way I can. Also Instagram. I’m almost always reachable on Instagram so write away to @genseahmusic!

Twitter handle?
@genseahmusic

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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Marek Danyluk, CEO of Space Ventures

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Marek Danyluk has a talent for assessing the competencies of management teams for other businesses and pulling together exceptional teams for his own businesses!

What’s your story?
I am the CEO of a venture capital business, Space Ventures, which invests in seed and pre-series A businesses. I also own and run Space Executive, a recruitment business focused on senior to executive hires across sales, marketing, finance, legal and change.

My career started as a trainee underwriter in the Lloyds market but quickly moved into recruitment where I set-up my first business in 2002. The business grew to around 100 people. I moved to Asia in 2009 as a board member of a multinational recruitment business with the mandate to help them scale their Asian entities, which helped contribute to their sale this year, in 2017.

My main talent is assessing the competencies of management teams as well as building high performing recruitment boutiques and putting together exceptional management teams for my own businesses.

What excites you most about your industry?
Building the business is very much about attracting the best talent and being able to build a culture which people find invigorating and unique. It’s an exciting proposition to be able to define a culture in that regard and salespeople are a fun bunch, so when you get it right it’s tremendous.

From a VC point of view there is just so much happening. South East Asia is a melting pot of innovation so the ideas and quality of people you have exposure to, is truly phenomenal. The exposure in the VC has taken me away from a career in recruitment. Doing something completely different has given me a new level of focus.

What’s your connection to Asia?
Whilst I came here with work, both my boys were born in Singapore and to them this very much is home. That said, my father in law spent many years in the East so coming and settling here was met with a good degree of support and familiarity.


Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Possibly Hong Kong. It’s the closest I’ve been to working in London. Whilst there are massive Asian influences people will work with you on the basis you are good at what you do and work hard. I find that approach very honest and straightforward.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Always treat people well on the way up!”

Who inspires you?
I like reading about people who have excelled in business such as Jack Ma, James Kahn, Phil Knight, Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk, all have great stories to tell and they are all inspirational. No-one has inspired me more than my parents and they are well aware as to why…

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Pretty much any technology innovation blows me away.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Whilst it is important not to have regrets I do continually wake up thinking I’m still doing my A’ Levels. So, I’d have probably tried a little harder in 6th form.

How do you unwind?
I like the odd glass of red wine and watching sport

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Japan skiing. I love skiing and Japanese food and it’s a time when I can really enjoy time with the wife and kids. I recently tried the Margaret River which was divine, although not technically Asia.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Barbarians at the Gate

Shameless plug for your business:
Space Executive is the fastest growing recruitment business in Singapore focused on the mid to senior market across legal, compliance, finance, sales and marketing and change and transformation. Multi-award winning with exceptional growth plans into Hong Kong and London this year, and the US, Japan and Europe by the end of 2022. We are building a truly global brand.

Space Ventures is interested in any businesses that require capital or management and financial guidance or any or all of the above. We have, to date, invested in on-line training, food and beverages, peer to peer lending platforms, credit scoring as well as other tech and fintech start-ups. We are always interested in hearing about potential deals.

How can people connect with you?
[email protected]

Twitter handle?
@Spaceexecutive

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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Malcolm Tan, Founder of Gravitas Holdings

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Malcolm Tan is an ICO/ITO and Cryptocurrency advisor. He sees this new era as similar to when the internet launched.

What’s your story?
I’m a lawyer entrepreneur who owns multiple businesses, and who is now stepping into the Initial Coin Offering/Initial Token Offering/Cryptocurrency space to be a thought leader, writer (How to ICO/ITO in Singapore – A Regulatory and Compliance Viewpoint on Initial Coin Offering and Initial Token Offering in Singapore), and advisor through Gravitas Holdings – an ICO Advisory company. We are also running our own ICO campaign called AEXON, and advising 2 other ICO’s on their projects.

What excites you most about your industry?
It is the start of a whole new paradigm, and it is like being at the start of the internet era all over again. We have a chance to influence and shape the industry over the next decade and beyond and lead the paradigm shift.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I’m Singaporean and most of my business revolves around the ASEAN region. Our new ICO advisory company specialises in Singaporean ICO’s and we are now building partnerships around the region as well. One of the core business offerings of our AEXON ICO/ITO is to open up co-working spaces around the region, with a target to open 25 outlets, and perhaps more thereafter.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore, since it is my hometown and most of my business contacts originate from or are located in Singapore. It is also a very open and easy place to do business.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Be careful of your clients – sometimes they can be your worst enemies. This is very true and you have to always be careful about whom you deal with. The closest people are the ones that you trust and sometimes they have other agendas or simply don’t tell you the truth or whole story and that can easily put one in a very disadvantageous position.

Who inspires you?
Leonardo Da Vinci as a polymath and genius and leader in many fields, and in today’s world, Elon Musk for being a polymath and risk taker and energetic business leader.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Early stage bitcoin investors would have made 1,000,000 times profit if they had held onto their bitcoins from the start to today – in the short space of 7 years.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Seek out good partnerships and networks from day one, and use the power of the group to grow and do things together, instead of being bogged down by operations and going it alone from start.

How do you unwind?
I hardly have any time for relaxation right now. I used to have very intense hobbies, chess when I was younger, bridge, bowling, some online real time strategy games and poker. All mentally stimulating games and requiring focus – I did all these at competitive levels and participated in national and international tournaments, winning multiple trophies, medals and awards in most of these fields.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Phuket – nature, resort life, beaches, good food and a vibrant crowd.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Richard Kiyosaki

Shameless plug for your business:
Gravitas Holdings (Pte) Limited is the premier ICO Advisory company and we can do a full service for entrepreneurs, including legal and compliance, smart contracts and token creation, marketing and PR, and business advisory and white paper writing/planning.

How can people connect with you?
Write emails to [email protected], or [email protected]

Twitter handle?
@malcolmABM

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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