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Can You Guess What They’re Selling?

Spotted this in Melbourne's city centre along Flinders Street. Yup, their signboard says it all... It's a fun pun on the name of Nobel Prize-winning...

This Caught My Eye…

Sometimes you come across great out-of-home (OOH) media that makes you do a double-take, just like this one: I saw this in Melbourne along Brunswick...

Controversial Products – Would These Offend You?

If you are a believer, would these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts* offend you? Or do they amuse you? In either case, you're likely to talk about it. Products with...

How NOT To Name Your Product

  Spotted in a supermarket - two products with naming irregularities: 1. Sounds pathetic and pitiful, the poor thing.   2. Do you really want to use the...

Customer Service Is An Attitude, Not A Process

I laughed when I read this story in the Straits Times. Oh, I thought OCBC Bank scored a public relations coup, for sure. The gesture to make...

Which Will You Choose?

A regular, easy job in a small company. Pays somewhat comfortably but riddled with frustrations from frequent R&D and product delays. Little, if any,...

2008 Calendar of Events For The Opportunistic Entrepreneur

  January Singapore's Changi Airport opens its third major terminal, T3, on 10th January to much fanfare. More hordes of happy tourists will descend to our...

You Only Live Once

  I read with sadness that Violet Lim, an entrepreneur I met once some time ago, had succumbed to cancer. She's the feisty 55 year-old lady...

When Trying Your Best Is Not Good Enough

  My brother-in-law was stuck in the excess baggage claim counter at Changi Airport while two staff - who had no idea what they were...

Opting Out of Opt-Out Schemes

  I was shocked when I received my M1 phone bill this month. The amount somehow ballooned to three figures and it was only after scrutinising the...

New Year’s Resolution: Support Local

    Go buy a local book at Books Actually instead of Borders. You'll feel good about yourself.     I've learnt a lot since I started my blog...

Some Predictions for 2008 (Part II)

  Image courtesy of www.chezjoel.com   Here're the rest of my predictions, which revolves around the Singapore entrepreneurial scene, for 2008:   3. Less Full-Time, But More Hobbyist, Entrepreneurs Blame it on our recent...

Some Predictions for 2008 (Part I)

      OK I'm no futurologist or prophet, but I think there's going to be some upcoming trends (and some that are current but will continue)...

Prima Deli Gets No Favours From Local Press

  Not only does Prima Deli continues to remain shut throughout this lucrative festive season as it cleans up over the salmonella poisoning incident, the...

Rich In Name, Poor In Morality

If we thought David Chew and Looi San Cheng were entrepreneurs behaving badly, check out these sickos from New York (in the New York...

Three Strikes – And You’re Out?

  Here's another customer service rant.  You can choose to not read it if you don't want. ^^ My wife and I not quite-so-recently ordered a...

A New Kind of Scam?

  Recently I received an email I thought would make me rich. It was from a domain registration company - claiming to be authorised by the...

Free Samples Can Boost Sales

  I recently visited San Francisco and was astounded by the American retail culture.  It was simply amazing how vendors were so open in letting you taste and experience their...

Uncommon Wisdom On A Ketchup Bottle

    Spotted on a Heinz ketchup bottle: Henry John Heinz, who founded Heinz in 1876, said: "To do a common thing, uncommonly well, brings success." I think...

Cheapening Your Brand – Or Is It?

      Spotted in a deli cum general goods store in Sausalito, San Francisco: wine branded and labelled "Cheap White Wine" and "Cheap Red Wine". In a...

Can the Singapore Education System Produce Entrepreneurs?

  Singapore's Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean (and ex-Minister for Education) made a speech at the recent Entrepreneur of the Year Awards held on 11...

When Professional Becomes Personal

  It's true and I found it out the hard way - that Singaporeans don't take kindly to criticism, however well-intended. One of my colleagues, who...

Despise Not The Humble

    Local soybean products seller Mr Bean is in the running to become Singapore's Entrepreneur of the Year 2007.  Its co founders Mr Kang Puay...

Helping You Do It Better

    I chuckled at the latest TV ad promoting... ahem... sexual performance cream Andro (for men), manufactured by local Singapore startup Lynk Biotechnologies.  It's nice to...

What’s the Story, Morning Glory?

I attended the official opening of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival organised by the Book Development Council of Singapore last Friday, and came away...

Dishes To Make You Happy and Comfortable!

Strange English notwithstanding, the Japanese company that makes these stainless steel dishes do have their focus on the right thing. If you can't read...

Not All Product Innovation Should Be A Technological One

  Can I ask iris why our buses are falling apart? Between peeling floorboards and deteriorating interiors, travelling on some SBS Transit buses is getting increasingly uncomfortable. ...

Learning To Let Go

My CEO, who is also a director in a venture capital firm, made an interesting comment recently.  He said that the reason why most...

The Smallest Things Can Kill Your Business

It's amazing how the smallest, totally unexpected thing can lead to a minor catastrophe like the one we almost experienced today. Things were humming along...

The Cheetah And The Crocodile

It was my first day at the new workplace yesterday, and my boss invited me to lunch with some other members of the management...