Cindy Gallop phptographed by Kevin Abosch

Cindy Gallop of We Make Love Not Porn

We recently caught up with Cindy Gallop of ifwerantheworld.com and makelovenotporn.com to talk about the opportunity for entrepreneurs in Malaysia.

1. You are based in New York but how come you are giving a talk about “Be all you can be” in Penang?
Penang is my home these days. I grew up in Brunei, where my parents worked; when they retired, they settled in Penang. My father is English, my mother is Malaysian Chinese. My mother’s family is from Alor Star in Kedah, and my mother also has family in Penang. I return to Penang once or twice every year. I am making this trip because I was invited to speak at the PromaxAsia conference in Singapore 5-6 December, and I seized the opportunity to also make a trip back to Penang at the same time.
2. What are you thoughts about Malaysia and its entrepreneurs? What will be their challenges for them in a highly globalized world.
I think there is huge opportunity for Malaysian entrepreneurs. But that is exactly the topic I will be talking about at TEDxGurneyDrive on Sunday 9 December, so I don’t want to pre-empt my talk by giving it all away now!
3.  “I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business”was taken from your wikipedia page do you still subscribe to this philosophy and how so?
 That is the light-hearted soundbite with which I sum up my business and consulting approach. I like to work with clients and brands who want to change the game in their particular sector. You come to me for work that is radical, innovative, groundbreaking, transformative. I don’t do ‘status quo’. Right now everything is breaking down, particularly in the wake of the global financial meltdown. Old world order business practices are no longer working; old world order business models are being destroyed. To succeed in the new world order, you have to radically reinvent everything about your business – blow it up and start again. I am straightforward about the kind of work I do, because that is what attracts companies and people who want that kind of approach. I’m a great believer in ‘Be your own filter’. Make it clear who you are and what you stand for, and you will attract like-minded people and opprtunities accordingly.
4. Finally, if you ran Malaysia, what will you do?
If I ran Malaysia, I would do what I know is already a focus – encourage the positioning of Malaysia as a singular technology and entrepreneurial hub to help drive the economy, employment and growth. There are many things about Malaysia – its diversity of races and cultures, its ability to learn from other parts of Asia and the rest of the world that are doing this, then leverage its situation and resources to accelerate past them – that position Malaysia uniquely to drive innovation and business-building, and I will be talking about those on Sunday.
Cindy will be speaking at TEDxGurneyDrive this 9th Dec in Penang. For more info visit http://tedxgurneydrive.com/