You are a startup, then what?

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Whether you are going to join a company as an employee or build a company, you are a startup in your own way. Everyone typically asks me, "Why are you an entrepreneur?", "Why do you move from research to business?", "How do you manage failure if things do not work out?" and "What have you learned from your startups and investments?". To make this talk simple, I share a few lessons particular managing failure in my own journey till now, and some lessons in working with people within the Southeast Asia entrepreneurial ecosystem. The talk is delivered on 19 Nov 2013 for RIE event @ Nanyang Polytechnic.

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You are a startup, then what?

  1. 1. You are a startup, then what? Bernard Leong @bleongcw http://www.bernardleong.com 1
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  3. 3. Keep it Simple & Sweet 2
  4. 4. Keep it Simple & Sweet Why are you an entrepreneur? 2
  5. 5. Keep it Simple & Sweet Why are you an entrepreneur? Why have you moved from here to there? 2
  6. 6. Keep it Simple & Sweet Why are you an entrepreneur? Why have you moved from here to there? How do you manage failure if things do not work out? 2
  7. 7. Keep it Simple & Sweet Why are you an entrepreneur? Why have you moved from here to there? How do you manage failure if things do not work out? What have you learned from your startups & investments? 2
  8. 8. Why are you an entrepreneur (or a startup)? 3
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  10. 10. “All humans beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self employed ... finding our food, feeding ourselves.” - Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 4
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  12. 12. Solving a problem & making a difference for one person at a time. 5
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  14. 14. I want my job to be something I love and want to do everyday but it means that you have to decide your own fate & not what your family wants you to do. 6
  15. 15. Why do you move from here to there? 7
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  17. 17. Having a Plan A to B to C ... Z. 8
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  19. 19. A lot of innovation came about by taking the insight from one discipline and shift it to solve another problem from another discipline. 9
  20. 20. How did you manage failure when things do not work out? 10
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  22. 22. Fail honorably & you owe no one anything ... 11
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  24. 24. Don’t be afraid of admitting failure. 12
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  26. 26. Learn from your mistakes. 13
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  28. 28. Something has changed in Singapore: Entrepreneurs & Investors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem actually reached out to help. 14
  29. 29. What did you learn from your start-ups & investments? 15
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  31. 31. I don’t care about the idea, I value the team, their culture & execution. 16
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  33. 33. Join the right people and be part of the Pay It Forward Culture 17
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  35. 35. Don’t employ people but build people or work with people who are better than you. 18
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  37. 37. The power of good habits: maintain a personal log, a network fund & be disciplined with a “do” & “do-not” list. 19
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  39. 39. I have a cheque waiting for an entrepreneur who has proven to me the 1st time that his entire team can deliver. 20
  40. 40. Books to Read 21
  41. 41. Books to Read One more thing ... 21
  42. 42. Books to Read One more thing ... Good luck to you all for the future ... 21

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