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The Inspiration Behind Social Media Platform Startup for Public Safety Developed by MYHERO

MYHERO is a startup building a gamified social network specifically designed for people to report & consume purposeful and relevant information according to their physical location. Founded less than a year ago, the startup is close to release its version 1 really soon. NextUpAsia.com takes a look into the making of the revolutionary app which will ensure that public reporting of crime and natural disasters can now be easily done by netizens around the globe, while rewarding them for their responsible ethics to come together and keep their cities and neighbourhoods safe with MYHERO.

MYHERO Rewards Online Users for being more Responsible about Public Safety
MYHERO Rewards Online Users for being more Responsible about Public Safety

 

Getting to know The Start-Up Entrepreneur

  • 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?

My name is Wei Chi, my team and myself are part of the founding members of the MYHERO project.  We were from diverse background with a great passion for technology and business. This has became our primary motivation to kickstart MYHERO.

 

MYHERO's Co-Founder Chan Wei Chi
MYHERO’s Co-Founder Chan Wei Chi
  • Why did you get started on this path towards building your own business?

I always disagree to the notion that every fresh graduate have to follow the conventional path to work for a company, and gradually climbing the corporate ladder.

Although I acknowledge there is valid points at employement but personally, I would rather work my hardest to build my own dream right from the beginning rather than working hard to build dreams of others.

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

Our company’s angel investor – Sean Teoh is definitely the immediate inspiration to me as we work very closely together. He is incredibly successful with his F&B businesses and various investments. I genuinely think people like Sean will be the kind of individuals that would make Malaysia a serious global player.

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

a) Proactiveness b) Persevarence c) Humilty

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About MYHERO:

MYHERO is a startup building a gamified social network specifically designed for people to report & consume purposeful and relevant information according to their physical location. Founded less than a year ago, the startup is close to release its version 1 really soon.

About the Founding Team of MYHERO:

The pioneering team at MYHERO always on the edge of pushing the status quo in design and technology. We are never satisfied and we are laser focus at building a technogical solution without losing the touch of human interaction. We have strong beliefs that our product is able to bring out the hero of our users.

The Start-Up Entrepreneur Series: HealthWorks inspire you to be a healthier and happier you! Part 2!

Rue-Hann Lim, the Co-Founder of www.healthworks.my. She is on a mission to inspire fellow Malaysians to make better choices for their health and wellness.

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Getting to know about The Start-Up

1. Tell us more about Your Company – What have you built? What is your product or service to your customers? What is your track-record so far?
HealthWorks.my is Malaysia’s online health hub. Our mission is to build the largest health community in Malaysia and inspire Malaysians to make better choices for their health, fitness & happiness. It will serve as Malaysia’s one-stop-health-hub for education, shopping and community.
Driven by the purpose of providing localised health information and making healthy living easier for people, our approach is multi-fold:
1) Education through expert advice and interesting localised health content
2) eCommerce with health-related products & services
3) a thriving community of health enthusiasts.
Ending our first month, we’re quite amazed that during the first 10 days after the launch of our website, we had over 10,000 unique visitors. This shows that Malaysians are indeed interested to know more about health.

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2. Why did you decide to go into this business? Is it because it is a lucrative market? Is it a Blue Ocean which your talents and expertise through your business can provide?
We couldn’t find a user friendly interesting health site that serves multiple purposes in Malaysia. For urban young people like us especially – we tend to neglect the importance of health when we’re busy with work and social life (not forgetting lying on our bed scrolling on social media networks). We’re busy people who want to know “what to do now”, “how to do it”, “where to get it”. On the other hand, we have great local healthcare professionals that are yearning to reach out to people too.
With this gap not being filled, I see a need to provide an online one-stop health hub for younger Malaysians where they can find practical, enjoyable health information, purchase health-related products/services and get into action, and find suitable community to embrace this active healthy living lifestyle together! It’s that one place which empowers you to take action and live healthy.

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(right) Rue, (left) Jolene, the content strategist of healthworks.my

4. Where do you see your business growing into, for the next 5 to 10 years?
There are many opportunities in the area of Health. In the short term I see HealthWorks.my to become the first place Malaysians go whenever they want to find health information, buy health-related products, or connect to other health communities or services.
In the longer term, I am looking forward to work with hospitals, clinics, beauty parlors, gyms, health insurance companies and various healthcare providers to streamline a person’s healthcare experience in Malaysia. It will be awesome if one day we can build a Health Village in Malaysia!

5. What is your vision for the industry that you are in? Do you see a trend coming up that your business can capitalize?
There are two trends on the rise in Malaysia. One is the trend of going mobile (even baby boomers are on mobiles now!) Second is the increased consumer awareness for preventive healthcare which leads to the rise of self-directed consumers. Gone are the days where consumers wait for the doctor to give them answers. Now, we have more people using the internet to get health information to help them make a decision throughout their health journey. They consult the internet before and after visiting a healthcare professional. What they got from the internet, helps facilitate their discussion with healthcare professionals. I see an opportunity for us here in Malaysia to tap on technology and help the community to get what they are looking for. In simpler words, facilitate their journey of living a healthy active lifestyle.

 

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Find out more about HealthWorks: www.healthworks.my & Follow them on Facebook!!

To be continued… The Start-up Entrepreneur Part 3

The Start-Up Entrepreneur Series: HealthWorks inspire you to be a healthier and happier you!

Rue-Hann Lim, the Co-Founder of www.healthworks.my. She is on a mission to inspire fellow Malaysians to make better choices for their health and wellness.

Health Works

Getting to know about The Start-Up

1. Tell us more about yourself – Who are you, what do you do, what are your qualifications (If any) and what have 

Rue-Hann Lim

made you into the successful entrepreneur that you are today?
I’m Rue and I love purposeful ideas, helping people to be better in life and also all things fun! I’m running a health start-up called HealthWorks.my. Our mission is to build the largest health community in Malaysia and inspire Malaysians to make better choices for their health, fitness & happiness. It will serve as Malaysia’s one-stop-health-hub for education, shopping and community.
I graduated with a first class honors in Nutrition & Community Health degree. Worked at a health-communication company and took on projects from global brands. I then spent 3 years kick-starting Groupon Malaysia’s Operations team and was part of the leadership team.
As we are fairly new, I wouldn’t consider myself as a successful entrepreneur, yet. What made me the person I am today are the experiences and hardships that God took me through.

2. Why did you get started on this path towards building your own business?
I wanted to build something purposeful that can help Malaysians. I’ve learnt a lot about people & process management during my experience in Groupon MY. So I want to take these learnings to a different level of playing field. I also want to build a company that has great culture, and provide awesome work experience for its people. Together we can make a positive difference greater!

HealthWorks

3. Was there any inspiration or anyone who inspired you to pursue your dream to become an entrepreneur today?
Many people inspired me in different ways. From big names like Richard Branson, Gurbaksh Chahal, to someone closer to home – my leader Joel Neoh and Chen Chow. But these people are the ones that inspired me most: my mother, my pastor, the hairdresser I visit, the family that runs a western restaurant at my neighbourhood, and the tailor who alters my dresses. They have such perseverance to run a mission or a business for decades, and focused on their service quality for the community around them. So I decided to take this step, get out of my comfort zone and start something that can benefit others!

4. In your experience, what are the 3 Winning Traits that Entrepreneurs should possess when they start their business?
I’d like to see this as the Entrepreneurial spirit – which you can find in people who might not have their own businesses but are doing epic stuff in their company too! In the past 4 years, I’ve learned that these 3 traits are vital:
1) Be purpose driven. Knowing why you are doing something drives you forward, even when all else fails. It helps you communicate clearly to stakeholders, leaders, team members, clients, even friends!
2) Be a teachable explorer. Be curious. Ask questions. Imagine stuff. Talk to people. Read a lot. Explore. Dream. Discover.
3) Have grit. Having the grit to persevere on is vital because there are too many temptations asking you to give up – like that Korean drama chase.

 

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Find out more about HealthWorks: www.healthworks.my & Follow them on Facebook!!

To be continued… The Start-up Entrepreneur Part 2

 

Top 12 Creators type Entrepreneurs that You should be Connected with…

Here’s my Top 12 Recommended Creators to connect with. Earlier this year I posted my Top 12 recommended Supporters (http://bit.ly/bWDvRd)  and Top 12 Stars (http://on.fb.me/c2SfUm). These are extraordinary entrepreneurs from around the world that I have had the wonderful honour of connecting with. Continue reading Top 12 Creators type Entrepreneurs that You should be Connected with…

3 Questions Flippa Answer on Trading Websites, Domains, Apps

So you’ve seen lots of buzz around making big bucks on selling and buying domains & websites, but there are still uncertain grounds on how we can really make that happen. Well, a quick and simple interview with Flippa reveals more.

1) Use Flippa to Quit Your Job and Be Your Own Boss

A common question we get at Flippa is ‘how to make money online?’ Well I’ve got some good news – it’s pretty easy! We’ve found a lot of people sell a website they’ve built but no longer have the time or passion to run. Don’t let it go to waste by passing it onto a new, energized owner and make some cash along the way. Buyers on Flippa are looking for online small businesses and websites they could grow, make money off and hopefully quit their job in the process.

Flippa is unique in that digital property bought and sold on our platform runs the gamut of pricing points. Someone might sell a website that is little more than an idea or concept for $200 one minute, the next a premium domain sells for $250,000.


2) How Buyers on Flippa Make Money

Buyers make money on Flippa in the following ways: they purchase an online small business, a passive income website or invest in a premium domain. The online small business is something we love as many buyers grow and expand these and it becomes their main source of income, by using services like Google Adsense, etc. Buyers who are looking for an online small business are from all walks of life, from college students to retirees.

The passive income is perfect for a buyer looking for some extra income. This could allow you to quit a second job, focus on your studies or pay for a great vacation.

Investing in a premium domain might not make you any money in the short run, as it grows in value you can sell it again to an interested party. The domain community is vibrant, exciting and always on the move.


3) How Sellers on Flippa Make Money

We often see two kinds of sellers on Flippa, people looking to make a sale quickly and people who have no idea they are sitting on a digital gold mine. The former is often someone fairly confident on the web, but they need money for a new project or something else. The latter is someone who may have lost interest in their website or online business. But instead of letting it go to waste, they can give it it a second lease on life by selling it on Flippa.

Sellers on Flippa can tap into a unique marketplace that’s not found anywhere else on the web. Sellers can use Flippa with confidence as our established marketplace system means we have an industry leading product. For example you can view buyers feedback and history on Flippa before accepting them as a bidder. This means you only deal with interested buyers and not tyre kickers and time wasters.

Wrapping Up

Flippa is such an exciting place, we love watching websites and business bought on Flippa grow on to be something great. Especially Enabling people to quit their job and be their own boss, or even just help people get some extra cash in their pocket. Now, go and see what’s selling on Flippa now to whet your appetite!

This article is contributed by Tim Cooke. A the digital marketer and content manager at Flippa. Tim has studied politics, journalism, Australian history and Indonesian at Monash University. Tim has a strong interest in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. You can follow Tim on Twitter (@tim_cooke)

Nomination for Echelon 2014 Extended to 14 Feb 2014

For interested Malaysian startups, E27 have extended the dateline of  nomination to 14th of Feb.

Echelon 2014 is Asia’s premiere technology and business event that celebrates Asia’s brightest technology and digital innovations, promising startup companies and change- makers in the region’s fast growing technology industry.

Echelon has been running since 2010 and is an annual conference held in Singapore. The event attracts a global repertoire of technology innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, regulatory bodies and c-suite executives who are creating the next wave of innovation in Asia.

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How Echelon 2014 is run

Phase 1: Call for Submissions (e27.co/echelon/startups) Extended till 14 February 2014, 11:59 PM (+8 GMT)

Startups are invited to submit their product ideas and all entries will be reviewed by an internal panel of judges. Startups will be contacted by 21 February 2014 if they have been selected to pitch at the Satellites.

Phase 2: Satellite Pitching (e27.co/echelon/satellites) From 10 March 2014 – 09 April 2014

Shortlisted startups from the submission round will pitch at one of the 12 Satellites across Asia. Key investors and community leaders make up the judging panel and will select startups to exhibit at Echelon 2014’s Startup Marketplace or pitch at Echelon 2014’s Launchpad

Phase 3: Exhibition, Pitching and Conference at Echelon 2014

4 – 5 June 2014, MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO, Singapore

50 startups will be selected from the Satellites and invited to exhibit at the Echelon 2014 Startup Marketplace and 10 will be selected to pitch at the Echelon 2014 Launchpad. The judging panel consists of regional investors and venture capital funds and will select one Most Promising Startup of Echelon 2014.

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This year will also see the return of a larger exhibition area for cutting-edge technology companies across Asia. Echelon 2014 will also be hosting some of the region’s sharpest minds to share their vision on technology and it’s impact on business and innovation in Asia. Previous luminaries include Dave McClure (500 Startups), Razmig Hovaghimian (Viki), Sahil Lavingia (Pinterest) and Brian Wong (Kiip).

5 Steps to make 2014 your best year yet

Here’s a 20 minutes exercise that can transform the way you step in to the new year. 

This exercise isn’t about your actions (like a New Year Resolution) or your business (like a business plan) or on yourself (like a personal plan). It is about the year itself: 2014 

Remember 1984? It was George Orwell’s book about an oppressed future ruled by a “Big Brother”. We’re now 30 years in the future. It’s 2014. If this was a book, and you are the one who gets to write it, what will 2014 be remembered for? 

This exercise puts you in the drivers seat, with 5 Questions that create the synopsis on the back cover of the book, 2014. Take a sheet of paper, and write out your answer to the following 5 questions. 

The quality of your questions determine the quality of your quest. 

If 2014 was an epic quest, where you get to invent the adventure, what are your answers to the following five questions?


1. Why? Why is 2014 a mission worth making? 

Why are you most excited about the coming year and the big mission you will be starting or accomplishing? Why will others be equally excited to join you? 

2. What? What are the chapters in the journey? 

What are the main challenges and adventures in the year ahead? What are the journeys to embark on and the obstacles to overcome? 

3. Who? Who are the main characters in the story? 

Who are your fellow adventurers, who are already with you or who will join the mission? Who will your mission benefit, and who will enjoy the results of your success? 

4. When? When do the key moments take place? 

When are the key scenes in the story? When new journeys begin, when obstacles are overcome and when old chapters end? 

5. How? How will the book be written? 

Will it be written as an adventure, a hero’s journey, a love story? Will it be written as a comedy, a soap opera or a horror story? You get to choose the genre! 

Give it a go and see what comes up. We are often so focused at the content of what we want to do, have or be, we miss the context of the story in which we live out our lives. Set the story first, and much of the rest often takes care of itself. 

I’ve included below my own answers to these five questions, both as an example and to share what I’m most excited about in the year ahead. 

Remember, 2014 will be a historic year whether we are a part of it or not. We weren’t a part of 1914, but it made history 100 years ago as the beginning of the 1st World War. We are a part of 2014, and so each have a say as to what it is remembered for 100 years from now. 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” 
~ Abraham Lincoln

Top 10 New Year Resolutions

As you know here, we don’t believe in flaky resolutions but set goals with hard datelines that are measurable. You can read about how to set goals in our previous post. Here are the top 10 resolutions made and broken by people every year.

 

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Hope you have a better luck keeping to your goals in 2014.