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Top 24 Entrepreneurial Lessons that Joel Neoh, the Award Winning Entrepreneur have Learned in 2014!

Joel Neoh, the Award Winning Entrepreneur & the GROUPON Head of Asia Pacific wrote a note on his reflected Lessons! “Top 24 Entrepreneurial Lessons that he has learned in 2014”!

#1: It’s not important where you come from, but where you’re going.

#2: Not who you are, but what you do that defines you.

#3: People will always say “you can’t”. You just smile and say “watch me”.

#4: People that Joel Neoh most enjoy working with: dream big + get shit done + know how to have fun.

#5: Instead of limiting our challenges, challenge our limits.

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Amy Cuddy, who was listed #1 in Time Magazine’s list of “Game Changers”, …innovators and problem-solvers that are inspiring change in America”

#6: The most dangerous poison against further success is the prolonged feeling of achievement. The antidote is to reflect and think, every night, what can be done better tomorrow.

#7: Simplified summary on investing. There are only 4 things that really count when making an investment: 1) A business you understand 2) Favorable long term economics 3) Able and trustworthy management 4) Sensible valuation That’s investment, everything else is speculation.

#8: Be a genius. Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see.

#9: 10 habits of the most successful people in the world: Set goals, focus, value time, spend less, work hard, continue learning, group with like-minded, persistent, calculated risk, generosity.

#10: Success is achieved from striving for perfection. Happiness is achieved from embracing the imperfections.

#11: Do the hardest things first. Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

#12: When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.

#13: We may not achieve everything we dream, but we will not achieve anything unless we dream.

#14: No one looks back on their life and remember the nights they got plenty of sleep. #‎workhard #‎partyhard

#15: Success comes from having the heart to dream big and the fortitude to see it through.

At Harvard Business School with one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs of our time, Africa's youngest billionaire: Ashish J. Thakkar.
At Harvard Business School with one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs of our time, Africa’s youngest billionaire: Ashish J. Thakkar.

#16: Two kinds of company cultures in this world: cultures where what you do matters, and cultures where all that matters is who you are. Accept only the former, the latter sucks.

#17: WHAT is right is always more important than WHO is right. Outcome not ego.

#18: It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to. Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Select only things to steal that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.

#19: Management is doing things right, while Leadership is doing the right things. Doing the right things is more important than doing things right.

#20: Ambition fires up the strong and threatens the weak. We need to be more ambitious.

#21: Two types of people at work: 1) Can do. 2) Can’t do. Unless your profession needs you to be (2), no reason why you shouldn’t be (1).

#22: Rule #1: Have the courage to dream, and the guts to do it. Rule #2: If all else fails go back to Rule #1.

#23: The most valuable commodity in the world is information; the most valuable tool in the world is communication; the most valuable mental trait in the world is positivity.

#24: Focus on your customers. Serve your employees. Learn from your competitors.

Groupon Malaysia Team 2014
Groupon Malaysia Team 2014

Source: https://www.facebook.com/notes/joel-neoh/top-24-entrepreneurial-lessons-ive-learned-in-2014/10152563025189177

For more Joel Neoh’s Life lesson: http://www.nextupasia.com/30-life-lessons-from-joel-neoh/

10 Leadership lessons by CEO of Bursa Malaysia

In collaboration with Bursa Malaysia, members of the Young Corporate Malaysians were specially invited to a Buka Puasa with Dato Tajuddin Atan, CEO of Bursa Malaysia, on Wednesday the 16th of July 2014. Below are 10 Leadership lessons at the Bursa Listing Gallery.
1. Acquire and develop knowledge and skills in your chosen skills. Understand how systems, structures and standard operating procedures of work.

Lesson: once you have chosen specific field, practice what Malcom Gladwell popularized as the 10,000-hour rule. Spending enough time on a specific skill will get you somewhere.

2. Be the expert. Mediocre doesn’t make the cut to success. Regardless of colour creed and gender, you need to be the best.

Lesson: Robert Greene is his book entitled Mastery shared about how there are universal ingredients and traits in the part to mastery. A major part of it is becoming an expert in something.

3. There is no shortcut to success. In one organisation, how may CEOs can there be? there can only be one. You have to work hard.

Lesson: Dato’ Tajuddin was clear that he had to work hard and at time even slept at office to get a piece of work done. There is no shortcut and he was CEO of 5 organisations because of his grit and determination.
4. Analyse your circumstances and environment. He made a career decision to stay when he bosses left. This opened up opportunities for him.

Lesson: There is power in understanding your environment. During the good times when the market was up, a lot of people in the treasury team decide to venture on their own but Dato’ Tajuddin decided to stay on and it was one of the best career decisions he has made.
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5. Continue to reinvent yourself. Make calculated move and size the moment. “Download” – read books, meet people and learn!

Lesson: The Lean Start Up movement shared about the idea of pivot. You can apply to yourself and work on improving by learning and to see how to develop a better you.

6. Perseverance and single-minded focus in meeting your objective. Plan, execute and follow through. Don’t leave things to chance.

Lesson: As former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill once said, ‘Never, Never, Never Give Up.’ Success comes once you have that laser focus and execute on it. You can control where you are heading.

7. Pressure is part and parcel of the game. Learn to manage and deal with it. Learn to pick yourself up.

Lesson: Pressure allows you to work at peak performance. Dato’ Tajuddin shared about how competition leads to efficiency, He encourages the young working adults to leverage of pressure to get better at what they do.

8. Brain Power “70:30” to “30:70” (from structured vs unstructured). You start to use more brainpower as you climb the career ladder. So you think you are smart? Think again because everybody is smart!

Lesson: As you climb the ranks in the corporate ladder, you move from a technical person (from structured thinking) to a management person (to less structured thinking), don’t forget to remember that a transition like that is crucial lest you don’t grow in your career.

9. Mentoring and networking. Do it personally and professionally. Believe you me, it is exceedingly important.

Lesson: Connect with people, in this borderless platform you can connect with literally anyone with internet access. Here are Top 12 Star Entrepreneurs that You should Connect with for Business Success.

10. It’s all about timing. Opportunity presents itself, and when it does, think and use the skill sets that you have acquired to make a good decision.

Lesson: Opportunities knock a few times in your life, Dato’ Tajuddin received an opportunity to work in New York at 27 years old and he landed just in time for Black Monday (when stock markets around the world crashed) in 1987. That was a milestone in his life experiencing the ups and downs but he was glad to have taken up opportunities, which presented itself.

Dato’ Tajuddin summed it with the quote, “Cogito Ergo Sum” ~ René Descartes (I think therefore I am). Everyone is capable of being who they are, the key to success is to know where you want to head and set sail!

Jason Lee is an International Graduate, Standard Chartered Bank graduate programme. As a Gen Y in corporate world, he believes that there is an abundance of opportunities to be entrepreneurial wherever we operate. Connect with him @jasonleecj on Twitter.

Are Businesses Ready for Mobile Consumers?

Are businesses ready for mobile consumers?

Today, I see the amount of time and money people are spending on mobile devices growing rapidly and yet many businesses don’t have a strategy optimized for a mobile world. In many cases large incumbent organizations or industries are well behind in the adoption of an untethered life. Leaving me with a puzzled conclusion, at what cost? Could we see more businesses stubble like Borders as they fail to move with the cultural, behavioral and contextual needs of the untethered consumer?

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In a survey be eMarketer, which tallied responses from just over a thousand US adult smartphone owners, found so intriguing yet impactful insights:

– Mobile presences lead to mobile purchases. This sounds like a no-brainer: Shoppers are more likely to buy a product or service if your engagement strategy is optimized for mobile. Three quarters said they are more likely to return to a site in the future if the experience on mobile is good. Fairly simple ideas, that very few can execute well.

– If your site isn’t optimized for mobile, shoppers will go elsewhere.  If they can’t find what they’re looking for on your site, they’d sooner seek out a competitor’s mobile-friendly experience instead of switching to a PC to revisit yours. This staggering trend is common in so many industries. I’m often left dumb founded by the output of companies that have almost limitless resources, yet haven’t brought themselves to understand that mobile customers aren’t the same as desktop customers.

– A bad mobile experience can damage a company’s brand. A bad mobile experience can create bad feelings about your company. Nearly half of participants in the survey said they feel frustrated and annoyed when they happen across a site that’s not mobile-friendly, and that it makes them feel like a company doesn’t care about their business. More than half said a poor mobile experience makes them less likely to engage with a company in the future. In a world where contextual experiences matter, this is huge. Once a larger majority of the world’s population is untethered, you don’t want to be the brand that carries baggage of bad brand experiences.

So I bring us back to the question I get everyday, how are mobile technologies changing our lifestyle, our everyday life? How have they impacted our culture, our behaviors and our expectations of brands? And what does all this mean for an organization hoping to survive in the modern era?

If you’ve been in business for more than ten years, then it’s highly likely you’ve never considered mobile a vital part of how you do business, and that includes those organizations that already have mobile applications, and entire mobile teams. But its’ the younger companies that continue to flex their technology savvy muscles, showing the remainder of the business world that mobile should be the central part to strategy.

I wrote my latest book Mobile Ready with the simple aim of helping business leaders shift their mindset into the mobile era. Placing them for stronger success and engagement in a world that has dropped its relationship with physicality.

Business Advice from the Founders of Dino Media as one of Asia’s Fastest Growing Startups

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy. NextUpAsia.com chats with one of the founding members of one of the fastest growing startups in Asia about the Art of Building a company to serve millions of content hungry consumers online.

Dino Media focuses on creating innovative and engaging media platforms for online consumers
Dino Media focuses on creating innovative and engaging media platforms for online consumers

 Getting to know about The Wisdom behind The Start-Up

  • What would be your 3 main advices that you would offer to entrepreneurs who want to start up today?

    Get your priority straight. Identity the top 5 most important things for you business to work and put them as priorities. Great website design can wait, namecards can wait, good project management tools can wait … you get the idea. Instead, focus on things like market validation or sales.

  • c) Conquer the vertical space, then only grow horizontally.

    If you have a wish list, what would you want Governments or the Private Sectors to do, to assist businesses like yours? Just any wish and why?

    One of the fastest growing startups in digital media platforms in Asia makes its mark through Dino Media
    One of the fastest growing startups in digital media platforms in Asia makes its mark through Dino Media
  • Any last remarks to close your ‘The Start-Up Entrepreneur Speaks’ series for now?

    If you are thinking to start a business – be humble and start NOW!

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About Dino Media:

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy.

About the Founders:

We are a group of young and capable team who are hustling to entertain the world with stories and news we find engaging. We strive to never stop innovating the way you read news and we hope we could ultimately build a news portal that would channel you with personalized news that really matter.

 

CoinGecko Helps Traders Evaluate Cryptocurrency Strength

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have heard about bitcoin and its huge increase in price in 2013. If you still don’t know what bitcoin is, watch this video:

 


 

The cryptocurrency world is a very interesting one and a lot of development is happening in this space. Top Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Marc Andreesen sees a lot of similarities with Bitcoin in 2014 to personal computers in 1975 and the Internet in 1993.

 

Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency in the market and since it is open-source, its codes and ideas have been copied to launch numerous other cryptocurrencies. There used to be only a few alternative coins (aka altcoins) in the market but now there are hundreds of different cryptocurrencies.

 

Some cryptocurrencies serve an entirely new function such as Namecoin, which aims to be a distributed domain management system while others such as Litecoin and Peercoin introduced new ideas to the cryptocurrency world with scrypt hashing algorithm and Proof-of-Stake minting respectively.

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There are altcoins that are launched purely for fun such as Dogecoin while there are coins launched after celebrities such as CoinyeCoin, a coin inspired by Kanye West but has since been sued by Kanye for copyright violations.

 

For many people in the cryptocurrency scene, altcoin trading is very much like forex trading with candlesticks, graphs and charts ruling the day. Many people seek to use technical analysis in predicting price movements while others try to use fundamental analysis to gauge market demand for a particular coin.

 

Market demand is usually gauged by determining the altcoin’s social media statistics and trading volume across major exchanges. Coins with more Twitter followers and trading volume can be said to have garnered more interest from the community and probably more demand. Measuring the social media statistics for each coin in the market however can be a time consuming job.

 

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CoinGecko aims to solve this problem by measuring all these variables so that a user can get all the information required by visiting one single website. The Beta version was launched on 8th April 2014 and helps traders quantitatively and holistically determine the potential of cryptocurrencies by looking at various metrics beyond market capitalisation.

 

CoinGecko collects thousands of data points everyday on social media statistics, developer activity, trading volume, price and also market capitalisation data. These data are fed into a proprietary algorithm to obtain a GeckoScore that helps give a quick snapshot of the different altcoins.

 
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That being said, cryptocurrency trading is a very volatile game and should only be played with money you are willing to lose. It is still very early days but it is an industry which has a lot of potential and growing very rapidly.

 

One year ago, one could easily read all the news articles and follow all development. These days there are so many articles about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies that one probably should subscribe to a weekly cryptocurrency newsletter such as Altcoin Weekly to keep up to date instead. If Marc Andreesen is spot on about his Bitcoin predictions (and he usually is), then bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general have a very bright future ahead.

Why Visual Design Is Important For Your Social Media Marketing. Case study: Nescafe

It has been said that a picture speaks a thousand words. In the context of social media marketing and today’s world of massive data overload, truer words have never been spoken.

Visual content drives engagement. In fact, just one month after the introduction of Facebook timeline for brands, visual content – photos and videos – saw a 65% increase in engagement.

So take a moment, and think about your current visual presence on your social media channels.

How strong is it? Is it relating to your audience? Are you utilising your social media channels as effectively as you possibly can? If someone were to share content from your page, would a user recognise it immediately as yours? What can you do to improve it?

90% of all information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text.

These are key factors that you have to be consistently taking into account when developing and maintaining an online social media brand.

There is a key component in branding that every successful company/brand replicates in all their efforts – and that is that in order to be successful, you have to be memorable. According to Zach Kitschke, the Head of Communications at Canva, having a strong visual presence and brand will help you connect with your audience, and thus will assist in effectively conveying your brand’s personality and message.

A great example to look at is Nescafe.

Good branding doesn’t have to be complicated. The key to succeeding in it is to find the right voice for your brand’s personality and build your visual presence around that.

For Nescafe, they use their signature red coffee mug in all their visual branding. They do not shy away from being creative and use their red coffee mug in creating new visual narratives for audiences to engage with.

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A spectacular example of Nescafe’s dedication to their visual presence is their recent Really Friends? campaign which ran on Facebook. Nescafé wanted to rejuvenate its audience and experiment that carried out a simple test: having a coffee with as many communication by demonstrating the social power of coffee in a fun way. Nescafe ran an Facebook friends as possible, as we would with our real friends. We all have hundreds of friends on Facebook. But how many of them do we really know? They asked Arnaud, an average 37-year-old guy with 1,200 Facebook friends to meet as many of them as possible over a two-months period and surprise them with two cups of Nescafe coffee and film their reactions.

As can be seen from the video, the campaign was a hit and according to the Facebook Studio Awards became a central chat point about the virtual friendship topic. Nescafe created a platform and competition that allowed fans of the brand to further engage with the topic and win an experience just like Arnaud. Using Facebook and visual branding, Nescafe was able to turn its aging coffee brand into symbol of friendship – refreshing old ones and creating new ones.

40% of people will respond better to visual information than plain text – so don’t fight to be read, be creative so that you are seen.

In the end, any social media brand needs to remember that the key to developing a successful social media presence is building an honest and engaging relationship with your audience. You can increase that relationship by promoting familiarity through branding – so that your community recognises you wherever you are.

 

Fastest Growing Asia Digital Media Company Dino Media Takes Netizens by Storm

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy. NextUpAsia.com chats with one of the founding members of one of the fastest growing startups in Asia about the Art of Building a company to serve millions of content hungry consumers online.

Dino Media has captured over 3 million readers online just within less than a year of its founding
Dino Media has captured over 3 million readers online just within less than a year of its founding

(a)   Getting to know The Start-Up Entrepreneur

 

Aaron Teng is one of the founding members of Dino Media's Digital Publishing Arm
Aaron Teng is one of the founding members of Dino Media’s Digital Publishing Arm
  • Tell us more about yourself – Who are you, what do you do, what are your qualifications (If any) and what have made you into the successful entrepreneur that you are today?

I’m Aaron Teng, my team and myself are part of the founding members of Dino Media’s Digital Publishing Arm. We build and grow news portals as well as various social media channels. Our team are from diverse backgrounds from graphic design to editing and all of them are equipped with great passion for technology and information. We wouldn’t accomplished what we got today without them.

  •  Why did you get started on this path towards building your own business?

We want to build our own business in digital publishing because on top of having control of the flow of information, we genuinely want to entertain our audience with great engaging content. That would be our primary motivation that is still driving us forward.

  • Was there any inspiration or anyone who inspired you to pursue your dream to become an entrepreneur today?

Naturally, in the modern digital publishing industry, we would put Khailee Ng from SAYS as one of the people who greatly influence what we do. Our team’s dream is not short of ambition and we want to make Malaysia proud.

  • In your experience, what are the 3 Winning Traits that Entrepreneurs should possess when they start their business?

a) Adapatable  b) Determination c) Visionary

 

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About Dino Media:

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy.

About the Founders:

We are a group of young and capable team who are hustling to entertain the world with stories and news we find engaging. We strive to never stop innovating the way you read news and we hope we could ultimately build a news portal that would channel you with personalized news that really matter.

 

GRADUAN® Apprentice: Do you have what it takes to be Mentored by Top CEOs?

GRADUAN® ASPIRE CAREER & POSTGRADUATE FAIR IS BACK!

DATE: 17 and 18 May 2014
VENUE: KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE MALAYSIA (Hall 5&6)

CAREER AND NETWORKING FAIR

Malaysia’s premiere career and networking fair with more than 100 of Malaysia’s leading organisations (Maybank, Celcom Axiata, Shell, Petronas, and many more!) and institutions who have signed up to engage with graduates and talents at GRADUAN® ASPIRE.

Aside from learning more about the organisations you’re interested in, you can drop your CV at the booths or meet up with HR personnel to express your interests and impress them at the same time! Those interested in pursuing their post-graduate studies will find a wealth of information via the many university booths at the fair.

GRADUAN ASPIRE CAREER & POSTGRADUATE Fair 17-18 May 2014
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GRADUAN® APPRENTICE: “WHAT’S NEXT?” CHALLENGE

GRADUAN® APPRENTICE CHALLENGE involves teams in a final elimination round where they have to deliver a rousing pitch to CEO judges on how they can take their business forward.

It will take a lot to impress the CEO judges, who will be grilling the teams on their ideas.
Winners will be handpicked by each CEO for their opportunity to be mentored and to gain valuable industry insight. Take part now! More details at graduan.com/aspire

WHO ARE THE CEO JUDGES?
Do you have what it takes to impress these tough guns?
Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar, CEO of Prasarana
Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia
Joel Neoh, CEO of Groupon
David Teoh, CEO of Metrowealth International Group
Dzameer Dzukifli, CEO of Teach for Malaysia

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What are you Waiting For?!?! TAKE PART NOW!! VIST GRADUAN.COM/ASPIRE FOR MORE DETAILS!