Of Failures and New Beginnings

I started the year 2019 with the goal of launching yet another startup. I thought to myself: I’ve worked in several successful startups and I’ve read a lot of books about starting one. It’s about time to give it another shot. Five months down the road, I find myself in Singapore instead with a new job and yet another failed dream.

December last year, I was brimming with optimism. Thinking to myself, how hard could it be? This idea had … Continue reading →

Peaks, Valleys, and Troughs

The landlord was kicking us out. Our lease had expired and our small startup company needed to hit the road soon. He was nice enough to let us keep the 200-square-meter office space for a couple more weeks but we had to vacate whichever things we still had in the adjacent warehouse. Inspired by how lean our operations were, he probably thought he could apply the same principles and expand their home improvement business, raking in more profit selling sanitary Continue reading →

The Pioneer’s Dilemma

To leave the chasm behind, to cross it and not fall back into it, involves a transformation in the enterprise that few individuals can span. It is the move from being pioneers to becoming settlers. — Geoffrey Moore

I’m a startup junkie. I’ve learned to appreciate uncertainty and thrive in disarray, figuring things out without being hindered by bureaucracy. However, once the startup crosses the chasm and settles into something that resembles an enterprise-level company, I get cold feet.

These … Continue reading →

The Culture Hype

Almost anything passes as definition of culture these days — more so in tech startups.

So, what’s the culture like in your company?

Oh, we have espresso machines, unlimited candy, free lunches, a couple of masseuse on standby — you name it! We embrace working remotely, enjoy unlimited vacations, and are entitled to 8-hours of sleep every night.

Oh, man. How I wish.

Silicon Valley has everyone talking a great deal about culture but do we really know what we’re … Continue reading →

But You’ve Got To Love Failure!

I love building things.

Notice how I said “building?” I don’t consider myself creative, I’m not an innovator and I’m nowhere near being a visionary. But I LOVE building things.

4 years ago, me, my brother, and a friend of ours thought of an idea. We were fed up with how bad traffic was in Metro. We thought, what if we could build a service that encourages ride-sharing, or more commonly known as carpooling.

We scoured the web for local … Continue reading →

Don’t Work For A Startup

Two years ago, I was unemployed, delusional, drowning in debt, and drunk every single night in front of the computer after days and days of endless coding (and, well, drinking). I was trying to build something visionary, something that would catapult me into stardom, something that would let me cash in millions. None of these things happened. As Daniel Kahneman discussed in Thinking, Fast and Slow, it was a clear case of affective forecasting.

Fast forward two years, here … Continue reading →

The Nitty Gritty of a Startup

When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you..

Amazon.com, Facebook, and Twitter. I guess it’s safe to say that all of these were once startups—garage mockups. Although boldly used these days, everything had to start from something.

I have a passion for startups. I wouldn’t say I’ve had it forever but after joining one (and a few book recommendations by mentors) I’ve slowly built a huge appreciation and excitement for it. … Continue reading →