Experience

Could The Coronavirus Be The Start Of A Business Revolution?

The lockdown imposed to avoid the spread of COVID-19 should make us think about our interface with the world, and the opportunities to redefine them when these measures end. For the vast...

Learning about Asia’s FinTech Boom

After reading Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built with a friend, we decided to get together for a discussion with the old #StartupCoffeeKL group to go over some of our learnings. For me, the biggest...

How Useful are Long-Term Career Plans?

There are two main types of mistakes one can make with career plans: having an overly rigid and specific plan, and having no long-term plans at all. We see both issues in...

Warren Buffett Was Right: Machine Managed Investment Better Than Humans

A recent Bloomberg report reveals that low-cost automated index funds are poised to overtake active asset management in the United States by 2021, disrupting a decades-old system. As a result, many professionals who make...

Why Can’t Traditional Banks Adapt to the Internet

Over time, and helped by the fact that in our household, day-to-day finances are handled by my wife, I no longer have any contact with the traditional banks: weeks or months can go by...

The Failure of Google+: What We Should Learn

Pitched internally as an answer to the competitive threat posed by Facebook, project “Emerald Sea” eventually became Google+. I remember Joseph Smarr and Chris Messina writing back in 2011 something to the effect that ‘sharing...

How to Spot Technology Trends & Make Them Happen

“The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.” Pat MacDonald How do we visualize the present to create the future? One way to predict the future is to create it collaboratively guided by Supertrends and...

What Makes an Effective Leader?

As people have pursued an understanding of what makes an effective leader, their attention has often moved to the key personal traits those leaders exhibit. The idea is that identifying those common traits will...

Not All Glitters for the Diamond Industry: An Inside Look

Mention of the word diamond elicits images of wealth, an excess of it, besides the obvious beauty of the item itself thus the diamond trade could be dismissed as out of the normal reach...

The Online Advertising Industry is a Huge Bubble about to Burst

An article in The Correspondent, “The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising”, discusses an oft-commented problem on this page: the valuation of advertising, the business that supports most internet content...