Years come and go, holidays appear and disappear.
Much too fast, we fast forward and race out of our past.
What’s a little Christmas cheer on this 25th of December?
Linger a bit, let the holiday sit,
Thank the world for what you’ve got.
Partners, customers, family and friends,
Anchored you are in all our thoughts.
May this holidays bring you all that you need,
And nary what you want,
For we may sometimes be blind to all that is dear.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and to a Great New Year.
Image courtesy of milena mihaylova.
2009 has been an incredible year for the startup scene in Singapore. Despite the challenges of the painful global economic downturn, we’ve witnessed many of you grow from strength to strength and bringing much needed cheer and excitement to our community. Read more
We would like to give a shout out to IKEA to thank them for featuring us as one of the business resources to check out for Singapore.
A new beginning. That’s what this 4th State of Our Site is about. The beautiful picture above signifies how I see SGEntrepreneurs (SGE) – as a seedling with much more room to sprout and bloom. Yes, we are 4 years old, but we are also very young in many other ways. Read more
Back in early February, SmartLoans told SGE that they would be launching its site up to the public within two weeks but only just recently kept that promise. This is April. Did this delay harm or help them? When entrepreneurs make known publicly of a release deadline, do you think they should keep to it? In this example, were you eagerly waiting for the launch of SmartLoans and was disappointed? Or did this wait enhance your excitement? We’re curious. Let us know! Read more
If you haven’t already guessed it, my appointment as Chief Editor of Malaysia Entrepreneurs was meant to be an April Fool’s joke. If my supposed free holiday and apartment weren’t big enough hints for you, I don’t know what else can be. (That’s why you should read the full post!) Read more
Major Announcement: Gwendolyn Tan, the current chief editor of Singapore Entrepreneurs (SGE) is slated to become the new chief editor of Malaysia Entrepreneurs (MYE). A few weeks of serious and intense negotiations over Skype were made between both managers, BL and Daniel Cerventus. There were also several last minute urgent flights that both Gwen and BL had taken to KL to meet with the team of MYE.
The appointment is slated to start in 1 May 2009 with Gwen to be a joint chief editor of both SGE and MYE with her spending at least 4 days in Kuala Lumpur this weekend. This would be the first extended trip on her end that would give her enough time to bond with the MYE team. They intend to take her on a sight-seeing tour around KL and bring her on an all-expenses paid diving holiday around Malaysia’s many wonderful islands as a welcome gift.
On the appointment, BL believes that it is a good step to the future, paving the way to a possible merger of the two online portals by the end of the year. He believes that the combined merger of SGE and MYE will allow them to take out the whole Southeast Asia market. They have ear-marked the end of July 2009 to begin discussions of this potential merger.
Originally reluctant to this joint editor deal, it took him some time to concede that it is better off than losing Gwen as a full time editor in SGE. He hopes that Gwen’s appointment in MYE will show an example that Singaporeans should stop complaining about foreign talent in Singapore and instead, focus their attention on becoming foreign talent in other countries. He joked, “If they cannot become foreign talent, they should at least try being entrepreneurs. Given the choice of failure and trying, I think that Singaporeans should learn to create new wealth for themselves.”
His counterpart, the current manager of MYE, Daniel Cerventus hails the appointment of Gwen as the chief editor, “We are looking for fresh new ideas to take us forward. SGE has established itself as the top online destination for entrepreneurship in Singapore. We did think about appointing an editor within MYE, but we thought that it is good to replicate its success in Malaysia.”
The appointment will be for 3 years but no further details can be revealed. On the appointment, Gwen thinks it’s a great step forward for entrepreneurship in both Singapore and Malaysia. Also she appreciates the welcome gifts, but insists that the free apartment is unnecessary (though the holiday was a nice gesture).
Update: This was for our April Fool’s 2009.
Malaysian Entrepreneurs, Malaysian Entrepreneurs New Chief Editor
Photo courtesy of g-hat.
With Valentine’s day in just a few days time. We have a new poll up!
Will you consider using a dating agency?
Only if it is free.
Over my dead body.
UPDATE: A total of 33 votes were cast and each response garnered 33% of the vote. Yes, an equal distribution. What does this mean?
That if you were in the dating industry, 33% of the population will always elude you.
If you don’t charge for your dating services, you will have available a market of 66% instead of 33%.
Photo credit: krisdecurtis
SGEntrepreneurs is happy to announce that we have signed on with Microsoft to be a Network Partner in their BizSpark™ programme. We are the first blog in APAC to have this privilege! From here forth, we join a global initiative aimed at helping startups by subsidizing their costs of development software for technology startups over a three year period. Read more