“Bootstrapping is a way to do something about the problems you have without letting someone else give you the permission to do them” – Tom Preston-Werner, co-founder of Github
After six years of bootstrapping at Villa Finder, I entirely agree with this quote. Starting a company solely with your own dime has its merits and some setbacks.
What is productivity?
Entrepreneurs are possibly one of the most productive people in Singapore because when you’re an entrepreneur, time = money.
No one is going to pay you overtime hours, and the faster and more effective you get routine tasks done, the more time you can spend on your next business venture or developing a new business idea.
Anyone who knows Conrad Alvin Lim would very likely tell you that his story is an inspiring one.
To those unaware of his story, that may sound like a frivolous statement. But once you gain an understanding of what Conrad had gone through, you’d see that he’s the real deal.
Having succumbed to bankruptcy in the year 2000, Conrad got discharged from bankruptcy seven years later, and today he holds a number of accomplishments to his name–including being a full-time online trader and investor, a trading and investment mentor, a successful entrepreneur, as well as a best-selling author.
Startup ventures are always exciting because they often bring together young, energetic minds and fresh ideas.
However, there are numerous challenges to establishing a new business that would appear daunting even when you have a great business idea. Often the biggest among them is financing your startup.
Funding a new business venture is not easy in any country due to the number of uncertainties involved.
Steve.sg, a Singapore-based artificial intelligence (AI) startup has launched a “hyper-personalized” jobs marketplace to solve global job woes, starting with Singapore.
The marketplace connects people to jobs through a personalised and inspiring way by leveraging machine learning and financial market dynamics.
The marketplace is designed as a jobs coach for job seekers and jobs assistant for businesses, tapping into today’s appetite for instantaneous personalised feedback.
Setting up a business in Singapore is easy in comparison to many South-East Asia countries.
From sourcing office premises to start-up banking accounts, you will be spoilt for choices.
However, which banks provides the best banking support for your new business? Understandably running a start-up is a time and money intensive endeavour.
Having been involved in tech recruitment, I know how challenging it is to find software people in Singapore.
For every one of them, they probably have a dozens opportunities lined up for them.
So I really paid attention when I learned about Elisa.
There isn’t many ladies in development work, less so for one who is an expert in data science.
Vaisagh Viswanathan is the co-founder and CTO at impress.ai.
With impress.ai they aim to make hiring fairer by using the right data points to deliver a ten fold increase in productivity and efficiency while ensuring that candidates have a better application experience in the process.
Before becoming a full time entrepreneur, he worked as a researcher in the field of complex systems after doing a PhD in computer science at Nanyang Technological University.
Steve is CEO and Co-Founder of InsurTech start up, Inzsure, based from Singapore.
Inzsure uses a digital platform to put corporate customers back in command of the insurance purchase decision.
Blockchain-based technology based on smart contracts rooted in ethereum allow secure, supercharged, procurement and claim settlement transactions with minimal friction, zero delay and at no cost to the corporate insured.
Gary is an experienced entrepreneur and marketer, involved in the startup of several successful companies across a broad spectrum of industries.
He co-founded Gaming How, a retail and events company that grew to 20+ employees, leading it to 100% year on year revenue growth, and which received the Spirit of Enterprise Award 2013.