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Ivy Low, Director of WhiteAngel Caregivers Consultancy

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What’s your story?
Like any nurses, I love to poke into the lives of vulnerable people. Not because we are bullies but for the fact this group of folks needs the most support , love and attention. I started being immersed in the Nursing industry about 14 years old ago and never looked back. Today , I am the founder of WhiteAngel Caregivers Consultancy Pte Ltd set up to help caregivers manage patient care at home, a place I believe care can be better than any institution.

What excites you most about your industry?
Healthcare is a need in everyone’s life. As age catches up, diseases creep into our life and we need healthcare support as much as we need food. And because it is inevitable, this will not be a sunsetting business. And the best part of it is being able to make money while helping and caring at the same time.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I am born Asian , lived in Singapore all my life. I grow up eating, living and breathing the Asean way..

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Definitely Singapore. Our government support here for entrepreneurs is amazing. From small medium business to multi- national companies, it is one of the easiest countries to start a business. In Singapore almost everyone knows someone who is or had been self employed before. In my family, from my grandfather to my father, they used to run their own company. I supposed that was part of the reason why I am an entrepreneur now.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice I had ever received came from my personal experience as a child, though teenagehood and into adulthood. The same lesson I learnt and apply up to this day. At 10 years old, I learnt to live with my brother alone. In my teens, I started to work early while studying so that I need not take money from my dad. So my journey went on and through these years, the one advice that I remind myself all the time is ‘never to rely on someone else for anything but to be independent and self sufficient.’ Without this reminder, I would not have been able to go through the toughest years I had.

Who inspires you?
Definitely Mr Lee Kuan Yew. He is not only a prime minister,a politician, a great leader but also a very successful entrepreneur who turned a third world country in South East Asia into a first world country known across the globe in a short 40 years. I admire his courage to do the impossible, his determination to carry out his promises and his wisdom in bridging our nation through allied ties.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Successful people could be one of the laziest people on earth. At a recent comedy night, Russell Peter, a very famous stand up comedian confessed how much he hated waking up early for work so he worked on looking for a job that allow him to laze most of the time and earn good money at the same time. And indeed if you have paid to watch him, you would be amazed how an ordinary man could bring a revenue of millions in just 3 sessions of a 2 hours show

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Absolutely not! I love every moment now and never regretted one moment of my life. At one point I did wonder how would life be if I had studied better and landed myself in the law firm or as a doctor but quickly I know that if I had done so, I would never be able to experience all that I did and would never

How do you unwind?
The best thing I get on a daily basis is my dose of caffeine. After a hard day at work, all I wished for is ‘Kopi Si’ also known as coffee with milk & sugar. Music plays an important role in helping me stay calm too. I remember some days when things gets rough, I would either hit the loud music to shake out my mood or tune into classical or gospel songs to help me soothe my spirits. Who can live without music?

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Thailand beach. Firstly, Thais are great people and I always feel safe in their country. Secondly, they have beautifully relaxing villa that are really affordable and complete. Last but not least, good food. Alright, I am salivating already.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Good To Great by Jim Collins. There are so much research put into writing this book that is too good to be missed. Ever wondered how some small companies made it big overnight while other big organisations flopped in the hands of an employee? Be awed by this book of management strategies.

Shameless plug for your business:
WhiteAngel Caregivers Consultancy has helped over 1,000 families managed with the homecoming of a patient through caregivers’ training and home facilities built up. Established in 2010, WhiteAngel won the inaugural Young Entrepreneur Award in Singapore and have been featured various times for her social cause and rising business.

How can people connect with you?
Write to me at [email protected]
Hotline 6100 1701

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

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Callum 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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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’.

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William Chin, Founder of Mummy’s Market

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William Chin set up Mummy’s Market. Mummy’s Market is the uncontested platform connecting parents and retailers in Singapore.

What’s your story?
After National Service, I enjoyed a rousing start to my corporate career with successful stints at events and conventions companies such as IQPC, Hannover Fairs Australia and Lighthouse Independent Media in management roles, building my experience in conventions, trade fairs and events.

However, I hit a particularly bad streak of unemployment after that, facing difficulty finding jobs because according to recruiters, I was overqualified, yet too young. In fact, at one point I was struggling so badly with my family loans that I was sharing bowls of ramen with my girlfriend for our meals, to save costs.

My financial pressures eventually culminated in my forced venture into entrepreneurship where I had to strike out my own path with a brief stint in Expomal. However, this turned out to be my next break that fuelled my current success. It was there I built up Smartkids (another wildly successful baby and child fair) before it was bought out by a bigger company. Inspired by SmartKids, I started Mummy’s Market and eventually Baby’s Market, outperforming established names in the business to take its current place as market leader.

What excites you most about your industry?
Mummy’s Market is the industry leader in baby, kids, maternity and household with 80% market share and our clients – coupled with branding, advertising and exhibiting on Mummy’s Market platforms, we are seeing a 30-60% company growth year on year despite the downturn in the economy. With attendance of over 100k consumers per fair and serving 70-80% of pregnant mums, our actual business is in data, data collection and processing from consumer fairs.

I am excited about how big data analytics from Mummy’s Market can be applied at every stage of the retail process such as data segmentation – for retailers now when mums are giving birth to sending relevant content over. This will transform and innovate the industry of baby fairs and Mummy’s Market, with the huge amount of data we process from our fairs yearly, is the forerunner in this disruption. With this, we have transformed the DNA of how digital business has always been done. Global online marketplaces are burning cash quickly to achieve big data analytics, but not us.

Another testament to Mummy’s Market’s popularity is that huge marketplaces have been trying to pass off as Mummy’s Market. It shows that we are heading in the right direction and the most exciting part is, we are only at 10% of where we want to be – a platform where $1 billion gross market value products are transacted annually around Asia in a niche market.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I was born and bred in Singapore, and intend to stay in Singapore to build the Mummy’s Market brand.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore – if one can strategically become a leader in a small market like Singapore, its grounds to show that one’s business has an opportunity to grow further in larger countries.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“It is easy to become number 1 because the others can just copy and tweak to overtake you.
It is more difficult to STAY number 1, because you have no one to copy. You have to innovate.”

Who inspires you?
Steve Jobs – he transformed the digital age. Without the invention of smartphones, mobile computing and mobile advertising would never have grown. He changed the way businesses and consumers communicate. Without the introduction of iPhones, mobile applications would have never existed the way we are using them today.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
You no longer have to lick stamps to make it sticky.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Nothing. I love my life and my family. And I love the platform Mummy’s Market has created to help businesses grow.

How do you unwind?
I play with my little 1 year old baby girl.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Taiwan – cool weather with beautiful mountains and lake scenery.

Everyone in business should read this book:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

Shameless plug for your business:
Mummy’s Market has established its reputation as not just Singapore’s but Southeast Asia’s largest baby fair:

  • Nearly S$100 million gross merchandise volume transacted on Mummy’s Market platforms annually
  • 800,000 visitors at its fairs yearly
  • 80% of all of Singapore’s baby product distributors in one convention
  • 15-20% year on year increase in sales volume at every baby fair since its inception

Apart from market dominance, Mummy’s Market also has the largest database of parents and the number 1 platform for MNCs and SMEs to reach out to this audience. From exhibitions, magazines, seminars to digital campaigns and roadshows. Mummy’s Market is the uncontested platform connecting parents and retailers in Singapore.

How can people connect with you?
[email protected]
https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-chin-23910a9/

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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