An effort founded in early 2008 with the belief that resources and information related towards Entrepreneurship and Business for SMEs in Malaysia should be shared and made accessible to all Malaysian internet users. After having provided community-sourced information for the past 5 years, it is time to say good bye to Entrepreneurs.my.
The run was fun and memorable as its founder, Daniel Cerventus would put it, as Entrepreneurs.my had transcended from being merely a news portal for entrepreneurs, towards becoming a mover of the community in Malaysia.
Across 2008 to 2012, Entrepreneurs.my was recognized for its efforts to stimulate the growth of entrepreneurship in Malaysia via its championing of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) events in Malaysia, to organizing several Barcamps and Start-Up Camps, to putting together Hackertons and Facebook Developers’ Garages, to ultimately the larger technopreneurship inspired event – Open Web Asia in 2010.
A little unknown history resides in Entrepreneurs.my, as its success inspired the spin-off of offspring – Youth Entrepreneurs Malaysia (YEM), with the sole purpose of promoting entrepreneurship and becoming another community-sourced resource portal for ‘Everything Related to Youth Entrepreneurship.’
YEM came into the picture in 2009 and was prominent in its role as the GEW Youth Catalyst with roles formed by its core team founders to organize activities across universities and schools in Malaysia that promoted Entrepreneurship and Business.
By the end of 2011, Entrepreneurs.my was catering entrepreneurship-related news to over 20,000 subscribers and readers on a monthly basis. Seeing how the numbers were growing, Entrepreneurs.my’s started to receive advertising inquiries and investments from 3rd parties, which prompted the entire management to rethink their way forward.
A few key facts stood out to the knowledge of Entrepreneurs.my;
- Despite 70% of the traffic to Entrepreneurs.my came from Malaysian-based readers, there was a growing traffic from neighbouring countries like Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam who frequented the website
- There was a growing demand from readers, demanding more ‘Business-related’ stories and news in comparison to Entrepreneurship
- The crowd who frequent Entrepreneurs.my was changing, as SME entrepreneurs became our ‘Fixed Readers’ but the portal was well received by young corporate executives, students, lecturers and academics and Government agency executives, who were looking to uncover more about the Entrepreneurship scene in Malaysia
It was then put into plans that for 2012, a new Managing Editor would be hired for the community to ensure the continuation of Entrepreneurs.my while the founders made headways into making preparations for a ‘Possible Migration’ for Entrepreneurs.my.
The Fateful Day
It was March 2012, when Entrepreneurs.my officially clocked in its 30,000 readers and was growing. During that time, the resource portal grew in prominence, with these notable achievements;
- Becoming the ‘Most Searched’ entrepreneurship-related website in Malaysia
- Starting to feature contributors from young entrepreneurship, to industry practioners to renowned entrepreneurs
- Starting to run Campaigns and Advertorials placed by Sponsors
- Secured several large clients from the world’s largest brands
- Entering the overseas market with interest of readers coming from the United States, Japan and the Middle East
By December 2012, the portal was attracting on average of close to 40,000 readers per month, where the numbers for visitors from outside of Malaysia, was growing.
It was during this time that the management took a serious stance to intensify migration efforts and to gain the commitments of new partners overseas to pursue a larger dream!
Good Bye Entrepreneurs.my
As part of the efforts to spread Malaysian Entrepreneurship to a regional level, the management took a strong decision to migrate Entrepreneurs.my, the portal which has been serving more than 30,000 readers per month with entrepreneurship information and announcements to a new website .
The New Portal that will Redefine What is UP in Asia
A website that will still see the original content of Entrepreneurs.my being served, but at the same time, readers would get a chance to uncover more about Entrepreneurship in Asia!
– We would like thank all of our partners and readers for supporting us all these years! –
We would like to dedicate this Shout-Out List to our Awesome Partners who have made Entrepreneurs.my’s 5 Year Presence Most Meaningful!
- MSC Malaysia
- Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) via Warisan Global
- Google (Both Malaysia and overseas)
- Yahoo (Both South East Asia office in Singapore and overseas)
- Echelon South East Asia
- This Week in Asia
- Social Innovation Camp Asia
- Paypal South East Asia
- WordPress Asia
- Dropbox USA
- JFPS Group
- Marcus Evans Group
- Microsoft (Malaysia office)
- Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)
- Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
- Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
- Ministry of Finance (MOF)
- Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
- Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS)
- MAD Incubator
- Plug & Play Centre in Midvalley
- Technopreneurs Association Malaysia (TeAM)
- MiRC – MCA Entrepreneurs and Incubation Centre
And many many more! Thank you as well to our Contributors and Experts who have invested their time to share knowledge with our readers!
Last but not least, to our 30,000 strong frequent readers, which without your continued support and sharing of our content, we would not be here today!
Thank you all!
NOTE(!): Entrepreneurs.my will still be ACTIVE and LIVE in our efforts to provide Entrepreneurship news and tools to entrepreneurs. We have just migrated to NextUp.Asia but our URL is still working, so please come back and visit us!
Entrepreneurs.my signing off. :)
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