Category Archives: Interviews

ConcreteJungle #47 : Individium

Aaron created a periodic table that defines the many individualistic nature of fellow Malaysians; all beautifully presented on high quality fashion ware. He shares his origin story of starting Individium and gives his little insight on which characteristics best define Malaysians.

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ConcreteJungle #46 : Malaysia Military Tag

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From a young age, Tan Liang Tek’s been encouraged and groomed to do what comes natural, to try and to fail. He grew up trying all sorts of small and trivial businesses, that gave him the confidence and knowledge to start his current venture, making and selling military dog tags. We got to sit in with him to learn more about his early adventures and his plans for the future.

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ConcreteJungle #45 : The Nest

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The Nest is an awesome new co-working space/start-up hub in Damansara Heights. It’s also the home to the Mother Goose Venture Developers. They are a group of 25 crazy entrepreneurs from all over the world who have gathered in KL to build companies. Adam Hirsch shares his story of starting The Nest in Kuala Lumpur, away from home… Canada.

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MYHERO Founders Provides Startup Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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 App Set to Make Public Reporting of Crime Digitally Easy
MYHERO App Set to Make Public Reporting of Crime Digitally Easy

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?

a) The journey of entrepreneurship is always harder than the initial expectations. Be clear of the “why” you want to start a business. Don’t do it just for the money or the glory. Because chances are you will fail. Sometimes, it’s better to start a business two years later in which you can spend the first two years cultivating the skills, industry awareness, and ultimately the mental strength you need to succeed in this space.

b) I love this particular quote by Mark Cuban “Work like there is someone working 24 hours to take it away from you” This implies beside working hard, you have to develop the inner games that works for you to continuously frame and motivate yourself to stay focus on your goals.

c) Lastly, I would say get support from people who really understand the nature of entrepreneurship, especially the sacrifices you have to make build your business and products. It will be a lonely road and you will be away from your loved ones than before.

MYHERO's Co-Founder Chan Wei Chi
MYHERO’s Co-Founder Chan Wei Chi
  • 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?

Educate the public more on how technology and information plays an important role at changing our lives for the better. This will assist us to help our target market to be more receptive to our solutions.

 

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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.

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.

 

ConcreteJungle #44 : The Centre for Asian Photographers

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The Centre for Asian Photographers is a community centre for all things photography ranging from sales of cameras and gears to events, training forums, good coffee, and a whole lot more. We met with its founder – George Wong – to find out more about the origin story and inspiration behind the centre’s formation.

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Top Tips of Building Followers and Customers Online by Dino Media’s 3 Million Community Following

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.

myHero.Asia app for public safety made waves in Asia as one of the most downloaded apps in its product category
myHero.Asia app for public safety made waves in Asia as one of the most downloaded apps in its product category

Getting to know about The Strategies behind the Success of the Startup

  • Marketing is King! How did you publicize your business? How did you get people to notice you and not your competitors?

We focus on building genuine relationships with our audience. We started out actively engaging our audience on Facebook. We make sure we build a great community of people who enjoy consuming entertainment, lifestyle, and viral content. That is probably why till date, we have quite a loyal following despite being very new in the digital publishing space.

  • They say, Talents is what make or break the business. For yourself, how did you get your talents and what did you do to make them remain working for you?

 

Dino Media Engages Young Changemakers to Build a Formidable Startup in Asia
Dino Media Engages Young Changemakers to Build a Formidable Startup in Asia

Specifically for Coffeeticks & Tantannews, we practise a very lean approach. Most of our writers are freelance writers which we recruited them through referrals and social media. Our team is not big so everyone is like family. The management team always keep the content team accoountable with the daily performance of the sites and motivate them to reach the ultimate vision. We want to make a difference and that is exciting for our team.

  • If you could name 3 Main Criteria that have made You and Your Business successful, what are those 3 Main Criteria?

a) Lean

b) Rapid Problem Solving

c) Innovative

  • Businesses need to Innovate in order to stay Competitive in the marketplace – How have you innovated your company to be competitive until today?

We are constantly innovating our publishing sites. We rely heavily on measurable data. We track how visitors landed on our site, which speicific time has the most traffic, and so on. For example, we also measure how certain web elements on the site drive more clicks. We have also great emphasis on good user experience and pleasant user interface design.

  • Global economic uncertainties Kill Businesses – In your mind, how did you weather this challenge for your business?

That’s part of the every entrepreneurial pursuit we would say. For us mindset is important, we prefer to see the glass half-full rather than half-empty when it comes to uncertainties because in the process of finding more clarity, we could potentially discover strategies and tactics that no one has ever thought of. We would call that innovation.

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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.

 

ConcreteJungle #43 : Pop By Jaya One

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On today’s episode, I got to meet with Charles Wong of Tetap Tiara to talk about the new concept of a retail hotel; POP. And how POP will play a critical role in establishing Malaysia’s maker industry. If you are a maker or aspiring entrepreneur looking to start a trading company but haven’t the faintest clue how to pull off a retail store without the hassles of one… let me just say that you won’t want to miss this interview.

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