Recent and archived articles by Cheryl Yeoh
To build a successful ecosystem, you need to first identify the end goal. Then, piece together all the components and players that will play a fundamental role in making that goal happen.
The inaugural MaGIC Accelerator Program, which drew Asean-focused startups and social enterprises from 12 countries, stressed three factors: mentors and curriculum, tracking milestones and — at Demo Day — introduction of potential investors.
With the old way of doing business being increasingly disrupted by technology and new business models, what will happen to the established firms that grew big in the 20th century?
Founders of startups must be clear on their exit strategy — the point at which it’s profitable to cash out. If they don’t intend to exit, then it’s best to bypass venture capitalists and look to bank loans.
Is there a difference between an ‘entrepreneur’ and a ‘business owner’? Does it matter? Perhaps and maybe not. Let’s see.
To excel in anything you do, you need to have the passion and confidence for it. Where do you stand in these areas?
To sell your company or product to prospective investors, employees or customers, you need to be able to make a brief and concise pitch, an investor presentation deck and push your founder story.
Knowing how you’re acquiring customers, the costs of acquiring them, what channels are effective, whether customers are returning – these are among the figures you must track if your business is to successfully attract investors.
Many Malaysian startups still hold a locally-focused mindset. They need to go out, widen their contacts and benchmark themselves against the region’s best entrepreneurs.
A year older, a year wiser. Anniversaries are a time to reflect on how to better oneself as a leader.