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Why Does Jimmy Wales Remind Me of Steve Jobs?

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(image courtesy of Lim Kok Wee)

I had the opportunity to meet founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales in a closed-door invite-only session organized by NUS Enterprise, and supported by The Digital Movement (of which I am a member). Jimmy Wales was in town for the first time to speak at the Global Brand Forum.

daniel, seb and shamantha

From left- myself, Sebastien and Shamantha. (image courtesy of Lim Kok Wee)

I helped out at the registration counter with fellow TDM members Sebastien from startup Interexpat, and sociology undergrad Shamantha, where we gave out name tags to almost 200 participants (many of them local technopreneurs).

It was an interesting session where Jimmy Wales shared his experience as an entrepreneur and how he started Wikipedia. Unfortunately no recording of the proceedings was allowed, but Bernard Leong gives a great account on the session here.


A look at the audience. In the foreground is Elim Chew, founder of 77th Street.


Not sure if it’s me, but I found Jimmy’s manner quite similar to Steve Jobs of Apple. Perhaps it’s his rather brilliant oratorical skills – he was a fabulous speaker who articulated his points very well and was rather good at dealing with potentially awkward questions such as when he deflected Bernard‘s question about the competition from Google’s Knol.

Or maybe it was just his black top.


Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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