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What grabs VCs attention for investment?

  After receiving initial seed or friends and family funding to build your offering and gain initial customers, you are ready to attract your next round of venture investment.  US investors, which account for nearly 70% of the total global venture capital, may be very attractive to you. However, they receive thousands of business cases and hear hundreds of pitches each week. If you have the opportunity to pitch to or meet a VC in the US, it is critical that your presentation demonstrat...
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Think like a designer, act like a visionary

  From growing up as a boy who would sketch endlessly in his exercise books to a young adult visualising where all the furniture would go in his first property while traveling into town on the underground, I’ve always been interested and fascinated by the world of design. I’m that sort of guy that raves about MUJI products, carefully considers the composition of an image before taking a photo, and appreciates the amount of thought that went into making the universally popular Changi Airport...
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Do I lead or manage?

“Are Managers Always Leaders?” being a manager is often a part of the Leader’s role but the Leader’s role goes far beyond the role of the manager. In a high performing organization, both roles are critical but it is important to distinguish the difference between those chartered to manage and the organization’s leaders. Some of the guidelines include: Leaders: Set clear goals, provide clear directions, support people as they need it, delegate and empower followers, give feedback on performance, ...
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Recipe for success

  I have always found those who are committed to growing and developing themselves as inspirational. It’s a beautiful thing to want this, yet so few of us take the time to ask ourselves the question of “How do I want to grow and develop myself.” And even when we do, many fail to follow through with the sort of action required to make a meaningful difference. Without taking the necessary action, our best intentions remain exactly that: intentions! When preparing for a workshop I recently ran...
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The secret of exponential growth

I recently watched a video of Malaysian-born entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani giving a talk about his journey of developing Mindvalley to what it is today. It’s an incredible story. And one of the things he said, which really stuck with me, was that ‘epic things begin with small, humble steps.’ Whether that’s learning a new skill, starting your own business, developing your side projects or even crafting a route into a job that you truly love… nothing will take shape until you begin taking small, ba...
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What kind of a leader are you?

Autocratic Leader: An autocratic leader (boss-centered) is one who tends to centralize authority and derives power from position, control of rewards and coercion. The autocratic leadership style is considered the classical approach where much power and decision making authority remains with the manager. Employees are neither consulted nor allowed to give any input but are expected to obey instructions without any explanations. This type of leadership is used in situations where the task is relat...
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Why and how I thrived with no cell phone for (6) months

  “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide For (6) months, I gave up my cell phone. It was just something I felt I had to do. When I decided to give up my phone, I began documenting my transition and how the world around me would react to my new lifestyle. The first 2-3 weeks were very hard. I couldn’t check social media, business emails, or have mobile record of who was trying to reach me throughout the day. Even though each d...
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Stuck? Here’s why going slow will help you move faster

In a generation where speed is given incredible emphasis or importance, in fact, the end goal of every process, it is of no wonder why we feel pressured for time, and so, rush things out – at all times. But: If we are too hasty and are always in a hurry, it is more likely that we get stuck. We commit errors and thus lose the chance to actually grasp the long-term opportunity that awaits us. Amidst distressing circumstances, we somehow forget the fact that it is actually faster if we learn to slo...
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Your greatest investment

When I was growing up, the general attitude towards money was that you could either spend or save whatever came your way. And although I was the sort of person who would save a lot more than what I had spent (thanks in part to my Chinese upbringing!), I began to realise that there was a limit to how much I could grow those savings. That limit being controlled by the interest rates the banks were offering across their product range. It was at this point when I discovered that there was actually a...
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How bold are your ambitions?

One of the most important aspects of leadership is to be clear on what you want to achieve on behalf of the organization. What visions do you have, how bold are your ambitions? The level of your vision, goals, and ambitions will determine just how bold and influential you are viewed as a leader. Rarely will an organization seek higher ambitions than the ones you, as the leader, communicate on a regular basis . It is important that you take this task to heart, act with courage and set the bar hig...
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