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Jeremy Choi, CEO and Co-Founder of WPUP

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Jeremy Choi has several enterprises. His focus as an entrepreneur is on the impact he leaves behind in the world. His latest venture is WPUP, a website business.

What’s your story?
I was born into a typical Asian family where my parents wanted me to be a doctor, lawyer or an engineer. I tried that path and just couldn’t find passion in it.  I applied for jobs and no one would hire me, so out of necessity, I decided to start and build companies. Since then, I’ve never looked back.  At first it was all about making money, now it’s about what kind of impact I can leave behind in the world.
So now, I am the CEO and Co-Founder of WPUP, Co-Founder of Athlete Activation System and the Co-Founder of Dyma.

What excites you most about your industry?
The world of websites is exponentially increasing and people with WordPress websites are growing even faster.  WordPress owns over 60% of the content management system market share and powers more than 25% of the world’s website.  That’s billions of sites.  It excites me because while the market is enormous, the important thing is that what we’re doing is going to make a huge impact for business owners around the world to get the peace of mind they don’t know it exists yet.

What’s your connection to Asia?
I still have lots of family in Hong Kong.  On my mum’s side, my family is all from Hong Kong. On my dad’s side, they are from Shanghai.  On my mother and father-in law’s sides, they are all from Hong Kong. Needless to say, I’ve learned to speak Cantonese, but I am learning Mandarin through my daughter (she’s in Mandarin school).

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Tokyo. I find that Japanese people really take pride in the work they do.  The culture there is simply amazing.  Plus, I love to eat sushi!

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
It’s golf advice but it applies to business: “Keep your head down.” I like this because, as an entrepreneur I sometimes get distracted by the next shiny coin.  What has made me most productive in a day that instrumentally moves the company forward are the days that I put my head down, e-mails off, social media off and just plow through what’s the most important thing I can do for my company.

Who inspires you?
Kids inspire me. They make me want to build a sustainable business where all my team members can live like kids.  Free to do whatever they want, freedom to be curious and explore, freedom to speak, shout, sing without a care in the world. Sleep and take naps when exhausted and play all day. Stay active, be courageous, be kind and be caring. Somehow, as we grow up, we lose our way and I want to bring it back.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
Most companies have similar problems in their businesses.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have picked different Lotto Max numbers.  Kidding. But really, nothing. I firmly believe everything that has happened was a path and a journey to make me who I am today.  I tend to want to focus on looking forward to being someone who has made an impact on other people’s lives. A life worth living.

How do you unwind?
I spend time with my wife, kids, I play golf and I practice gratitude.  Life is short, so be grateful of every little thing around you, from materialistic things to the nature of the environment.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Is Hawaii an Asian destination because it’s probably 50%+ Japanese! If not, then Korea or Japan have been fun experiences.  If you want to live like a king without much money, you can try Vietnam or Cambodia.  But if I had all the money in the world, I would probably stay and enjoy Japan.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Traction

Shameless plug for your business:
WPUP helps small business owners sleep without ever having to worry about their website again.  We do this by proactively managing, securing, monitoring and supporting their WordPress website.
“WPUP enables us to be able to focus on our patient’s care without having to worry about maintaining our website and fixing potential problems. The team is terrific and responds quickly. We are extremely pleased with everything they have done and continue to do for our organization.” – Dr. Jason Fung, Intensive Dietary Management, WPUP Client Since November 2015.

How can people connect with you?
You can go to: https://wpup.co or visit my personal blog at: jeremychoi.com

Twitter handle?
@mrjeremychoi
@wpupinc

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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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:
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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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