The catchphrase “Fake it till you make it” has become a common refrain among entrepreneurs who have yet to make their first million bucks. It describes an attitude of thinking you’re a champion even though you’re not, and making your company seem bigger and more successful than it really is.
The hope is that this power-posing will create measurable impact and real returns.
Hoiio, a Singapore-based mobile communications startup, has a new product that promises to do just that: Make your business seem larger than it is. It’s new webapp, Main Line, lets you easily set up an auto-attendant — a luxury usually reserved for larger companies — at a low monthly subscription rate. Read more
Mobikon, a Singapore and India-based startup that offers a suite of services for businesses to make customer feedback, engagement, and analysis more efficient, announced last week that it has closed US$1.7M in Series A investments led by Singapore-based Jungle Ventures.
This round is supported by a group of angel investors, including Ravi Mantha, member of the Board of Trustees at The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). Read more
Will users cheat on Insync?
Technophiles have generally greeted the launch of Google Drive with cheer.
That’s no surprise: It has 5GB of free space, which is more than double the size of what Dropbox offers, but less then Microsoft’s Skydrive (see handy comparison). It is also integrated with Google’s power search functionality.
Eventually, it will have deep integration with Google Apps and Google’s whole range of services, resulting in less friction for user adoption.
Most crucial of all is Google Drive’s ability to automatically sync files with your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. All you need to do is install the app, which is already available on Android, PC, Mac, and coming to the iOS. It functions similarly to Dropbox.
This puts Insync in an awkward position. Read more
Since its inception in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been providing cost-effective, robust and scalable technology infrastructure in-the-cloud to hundreds of thousands of companies across all sizes. Many successful companies have grown from startups to now large global businesses such as Dropbox, FourSquare, Groupon and Spotify. To support the growing startup movement in Asia Pacific, AWS is launching a dedicated program that aims to provide mentoring and training on lean cloud concepts and technology. At this premier event, Amazon has invited key international speakers and thought leaders who will share their knowledge on how to leverage the AWS Cloud to successfully innovate, accelerate time to market and build a “lean startup”.
Whether you are a startup, incubator, VC, or an aspiring entrepreneur at the early stage or already scaling out your venture, the event will provide you with the opportunity to find out how startups can use AWS to power a lean lifecycle when running, scaling, and iterating on your products while learning more about the “Lean Startup” approach! Read more
From his blog: Simone Brunozzi is a truly passionate technologist. After being an entrepreneur, a professor, a CTO, and after writing two technical books and two novels, he joined Amazon.com in March 2008 in the role of Amazon Web Services Technology Evangelist for Europe, to raise awareness about Cloud Computing and help developers build applications.
In January 2010 he relocated to Singapore, becoming the first AWS Technology Evangelist for the APAC region. In 2010 he received the “2010 Cloud Evangelist of the Year” award. Read more
These days, news about hackers have been making the rounds in the media. No website, not even smallish ones, are immune from their mischief. Take for example Singapore Cars Online, a website dealing with used cars, which was recently violated by a group of Malaysian hackers who called themselves M43L Tro0pers.
The hackers were pissed off that the Malaysian soccer team were defeated by their Singapore rivals. So they left a hate message for Singapore fans. Fortunately for the website owners, their database was left intact. But not all hackers are that benign. Read more
The fifth annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) Start-Up Challenge has begun. The competition is seeking for the most innovative and creative startups that meets a need in the marketplace and has good potential for long-term success and scalability. The startups will also be judged on their implementation of AWS services (see contest website). Read more
Deep dive into the world of Cloud Computing with Microsoft this 27th April as they bring you across a series of topics ranging from Web Applications on Cloud, Implementation & Security as well as Cloud Computing Architecture. Seize this golden opportunity to speak to Alex Chan, one of the leading minds in Cloud Computing, and let him shed some light on your burning questions about the Cloud. Read more