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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.

MYHERO Online Users’ Driven Marketing Attract 20,000 Users In Months to Try Public Safety App

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 about The Strategies behind the Startup’s Success

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

So far, we perform very minimal marketing activities as we have been putting our resources into the research & development side of our projects. Any current traction we have is mostly came from organic growth. However pretty soon we will be going to be more aggressive at marketing esepcially through digital campaigns, influencers marketing, roadshows, and strategic partnerships.

  • 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?

In Dino Media, the main Group behind MYHERO is full of talents because we attracted them with our crazy ambition and that’s excitement to them. Because, sometimes we forget that other than money, there are others incentives in play for people to join your mission, to name a few – purpose, growth, autonomy and ultimately more freedom to express their skills and talents. As the pioneers, we have to keep motivating & empowering the team continuously to stay align for our vision to be reached.

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

a) Ambition b) Iterative  c) Grit

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

We have this burning belief that we are capable to disrupt any industry for the better. We are doing that by:

  • Pushing past conventional wisdom by thinking outside the box and sometimes without the box
  • Understanding innovation has to be done iteratively for the long run.

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

We think that uncertainties can be seen as an advantage to us. It gives us a greater opportunity to try new ideas which might have been regarded as conventional.

 

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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.

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.

 

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.

 

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 Entrepreneur behind the Creative Email Platform Mailbird

Mailbird is a creative email platform that brings productivity back into your life on the most widely used operating system today, Windows. Email today has become very insecure, a major stress in the workplace and slow with the innovative process that adjusts to how we work and communicate online today. NextUpAsia.com chats with the CEO and Co-Founder, Andrea Loubier about how she started this revolutionary business online.

Mailbird sets to make managing emails for companies and busy people easy
Mailbird sets to make managing emails for companies and busy people easy

With key productivity hacks and differentiators like multi-account support for both IMAP and POP3 accounts, multi-language support to make Mailbird more globally available, data driven email management with the Wingman productivity booster and a community driven initiative to solve the many unique problems with email.

(a)    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 Andrea Loubier and I am the CEO of Mailbird. I have 7+ years in business development, project management and marketing. I love spicy food, building things from nothing and am addicted to travel. Thanks to the great community at Startup Getaway in Bali, I’ve learned so much and made great connections and lifetime friends that have both motivated and challenged me in my entrepreneurial journey. I believe that people around the world need better tools to help them get more done every day, and that Mailbird is the email platform to make that happen.

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

I’ve always had a strong passion for entrepreneurship. The idea of starting a new business or creating a real solution to a problem faced by billions of people worldwide is exciting to me. Technology is the inevitable means to deliver solutions to everyday problems we experience today. I want to be an influencer in helping people communicate better online and to become more productive. I love to learn by doing. I believe you learn a lot through failure, and feel that it is important to observe future outcomes for your business through mistakes made. It’s the best way to learn.

Andrea Loubier Entrepreneur behind Mailbird
Andrea Loubier Entrepreneur behind Mailbird
  • Was there any inspiration or anyone who inspired you to pursue your dream to become an entrepreneur today?

Women in tech inspire me. My current favorite is Marissa Mayer, one of the original Google developers and Yahoo’s newest CEO. Others include Sarah Lacy, Leah Culver, Jessica Mah and Hermione Way.

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

Relentless drive for discovering and learning. Motivation to really make an impact. And Passion for what you are pursuing.

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About Mailbird: 

Mailbird is a creative email platform that brings productivity back into your life on the most widely used operating system today, Windows. Email today has become very insecure, a major stress in the workplace and slow with the innovative process that adjusts to how we work and communicate online today. With key productivity hacks and differentiators like multi-account support for both IMAP and POP3 accounts, multi-language support to make Mailbird more globally available, data driven email management with the Wingman productivity booster and a community driven initiative to solve the many unique problems with email.

About The Entrepreneur: 

Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Mailbird, an email tech startup based in Bali that focuses on email security and productivity hacks on the most creative platform for email innovation ever. She is half American and half Filipino, thrives on diversity as a social connector, particularly for women in Asia that are leading influencers and founders of tech companies. With 7+ years of marketing, project and community management under her belt, she is a firm believer in the strength of women in the world of tech, in the fast-evolving startup ecosystem emerging across Asia

Getting to know about The Start-Up! Player Holdings Pte Ltd! Sports Events Planning and Management, Sports Merchandising, and Sports Leadership Training.

Getting to know about The Start-Up

Wylie Wee, the Co-Founder of Player Holdings Pte Ltd! Sports Events Planning and Management, Sports Merchandising, and Sports Leadership Training.

Part 2!!

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?

is a sports centric company with a mission of using sports as a universal playing field, to create a bridge of connection between people and to empower individuals to be positive change makers. Our holdings company conducts businesses through 3 main subsidiaries namely, Player Events, Sports Market and Player Academy.

PLAYER EVENTS is a sports events management company offering a full spectrum of events planning and management services to the sporting community and corporate companies. We run Multi-Sports Carnivals, Learn-to-Play Sports Programs and Team Building Events through Sports.

SPORTS MARKET is a subsidiary business supplying Sporting Goods, Training Equipment, Player Gear and Apparel Printing Services. At Sports Market, we provide the items and gear you need, For Your Game.
PLAYER ACADEMY is a training business specializing in Sports Leadership, Captainship Training, Character Building through Sports and Team Motivation Training.

player holdings2. 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?

I went into this business mainly because Sports is a powerful tool to bring about a positive social change in areas of social integration, youth resilience and character building. The sporting industry in Singapore is booming in all areas of market segments including event planning services, marketing, merchandising and even content distribution. The sports market is one with lucrative business potential and attractive opportunities, especially with the establishment of Singapore’s up and coming Sports Hub and the launch of Vision 2030 joint project, led by the Singapore Sports Council and the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.

3. Please share with us, when you established your organization during its early days – How did you fund it? Any tips on raising the funds? Any tips on convincing investors?

When my partners and I first started PLAYER, we fund our startup based on personal savings and family support.

4. Where do you see your business growing into, for the next 5 to 10 years?
We hope to grow into a company that holds 3 stand alone subsidiary companies run by respective management teams. Our vision is to be the partner of choice for Sports Leadership and Team Motivation Training in South East Asia.

player holdings5. What is your vision for the industry that you are in? Do you see a trend coming up that your business can capitalize?

Sports took on new importance in the recent years with stepping up efforts by the Singapore government to promote and encourage sports participation in the local community. The sports system has been constantly revised and new recommendations have been set into place to boost the sporting industry. In fact, Singapore’s Vision 2030 and the 21st Century Education Framework are highly aligned with national priorities to develop resilient people and united communities.

Our business is highly aligned with the growing trend towards character development with a niche in using sports as a means to do so.

Find out more about Player Holdings: http://www.sportsmarket.com.sg/

Click here to Find out about “The Start-up Entrepreneur Part 1, Wylie Wee, the Co-Founder of Player Holdings!”

To be continued… The Start-up Entrepreneur Part 3

 

Traveloka.com Raises Series A – Investment from Global Founders Capital

Traveloka.com Raises Series A – Investment from Global Founders Capital

Jakarta, 10 September 2013 – Traveloka.com, a Jakarta-based flight booking website, has announced that it has raised a Series A round from Global Founders Capital, VC arm of Rocket Internet’s Samwer brothers, a first in Asia for the newly setup venture capital fund. This marks 2013 as an exciting and eventful year for the fast-growing startup that pioneers transformation of Indonesia’s online travel industry.

Traveloka.com

Ever since its official launch in September 2012, the website has experienced a stellar growth in revenue and number of users. Only a month after the launch, Traveloka.com has served over 400.000 flight searches for users from more than 200 different cities. Today the website serves the same amount every couple days and boasts one of the largest flight booking volume in the whole country.
Global Founders Capital was started by the Rocket Internet’s Samwer brothers, builders of some of the most successful internet companies in Europe and emerging Markets such as Zalando, Zalora or Lazada and Fabian Siegel who amongst others built global online food ordering giant Delivery Hero.
Traveloka.com has achieved firm growth and showed solid technical and industry know- how to attract support from Global Founders Capital. With the funding and global expertise backing, the Indonesian e-commerce company is fueled to boost its first-rate services. The funding is to be used to expedite growth, accommodate more talents and add new services such as hotels and packages.
Currently, Traveloka.com ranks as Indonesia’s No. 1 Flight Search and Booking Service (outside official airline websites) according to the leading Internet analytics company comScore. The accomplishment actually serves the company’s enduring vision to make travel simpler and more compelling for Indonesians.

Traveloka.com
The entire service is tailored to meet the needs of price-sensitive Indonesian market while at the same time help them plan their travel in a much better way. “We don’t only provide best flight deals”, said Ferry Unardi, Managing Director of Traveloka.com. He continued, “The combination of our simple, instructive and compelling transactional interface is none to be found elsewhere. In the booking process, users learn to plan their travel smarter and hence more effective.”
Traveloka.com was first launched as a meta-search and continually upgrades its comprehensive services, now including direct booking, to better meet the demands and expectations of travelers and the local travel industry.
Traveloka.com

About Traveloka.com
Traveloka.com is a leading Indonesian flight booking website with a mission to make travel simpler and more compelling. The Jakarta-based online flight booking was founded by Indonesian engineers with years of experience working for reputable tech companies in Silicon Valley, US. Traveloka.com previously raised its early stage investment from East Ventures.