Category Archives: Startups

Shit Happens : When your tech co-founder leaves suddenly ..

Before I proceed, it’s critical that I put forward a disclaimer – this post was written solely to inform and educate entrepreneurs about the implications of having a tech co-founder leave the company. Any resemblance to real persons (living or dead) is purely coincidental. I don’t want anyone to start thinking this is about them. ☺ In this story, there are two friends – A and B. A is a… Read Article →

“Sell” is NOT a four-letter word

Many, if not all startup founders, tend to assume that their products will sell by itself. They believe that what they’re creating is the next best thing and readily assume that users/customers (or paying users) will be lining up for it. Just build it and they will come ? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing the enthusiasm and/or confidence of the startup founder but I want to point out that reality is… Read Article →

Is Timing Everything ?

Mobile Commerce, Smartphone, Mobile Wallets – terms that we are rather familiar with today but would have sounded “alien” 14 years ago, back in the year 2001 ! I recently stumbled upon an article I wrote for Singapore’s Straits Times  on 19 June 2001 and was taken aback at how I managed to “nail so many parts of the mobile ecosystem that are just really starting to come to fruition now” (as a… Read Article →

Startup’s “EGOsystem”

Been to a startup event or gathering lately ? Did you notice that there seems to always be a “rah-rah” feel,  a dash of bragging, lots of fun, “rockstars” and that what I call “the-everything-is-awesome” atmosphere at these startup events ? It gives the impression that everyone is doing great, growing and working on their “next big thing”. Startups have recently become the most “in” thing and when mainstream media starts writing about the successes it somehow… Read Article →