Startup Culture: It’s Foolish Not to Know What You’re Getting Into

CEO and co-founder of popular luggage startup Away stepped down amid controversy over her questionable management style. The exposé by Verge detailing Steph Korey's angry Slack messages to managers ruffled feathers across the organization - how dare a founder demand excellence from her CX team to support upset customers during peak season and how dare leadership fire six individuals who published discriminatory and racist comments on Slack. How… Continue reading Startup Culture: It’s Foolish Not to Know What You’re Getting Into

Kapor Capital Makes VC 1.0 Eat Their Words

Investment firm Kapor Capital released its impact report in May of this year with hopes to shake awake traditional VCs operating by the dogma, "fast growth at all costs".The Task at Hand: 'At all costs' has led to gross negligence (see Facebook, Doordash, Uber, etc.), and the birth of ventures like Juicero (RIP) and The Melt($10M for grilled cheese sandwiches???). The Solution Proposed: Kapor… Continue reading Kapor Capital Makes VC 1.0 Eat Their Words

Meeting the Masters: Charity or Social Enterprise? The Definition Matters

Dialogue has been condensed and edited for clarity.  Are social enterprises thriving in Singapore? The short answer is no, and boils down to a disagreement over its definition.  I discovered this in a packed room a couple of Saturdays ago at a Meet the Masters panel held at SCAPE Singapore.   Four social entrepreneurs tackling various… Continue reading Meeting the Masters: Charity or Social Enterprise? The Definition Matters

Indonesia Welcomes an IKEA Competitor to the Market

The showroom is quiet. Fanie Fikri, Head of Marketing at Fabelio, one of Indonesia’s up and coming startups, isn’t worried, the usual mall traffic is out to lunch. “Our experience centers contribute a healthy 15% of our total revenue.” He’s referring to the number of customers who have “signed in” to any of the company’s… Continue reading Indonesia Welcomes an IKEA Competitor to the Market

2019: A year of figuring out (and getting) what I want

I didn't make any New Year's resolutions. Why not? Because it's easy to put together a tidy list of agreeable goals, but then surprise birthday parties happen (say no to cake???), your favourite yoga studio shuts down (hello disrupted downward dog) and new targets at work mean longer hours and takeaway (sorry kitchen, maybe next… Continue reading 2019: A year of figuring out (and getting) what I want