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Monday August 4, 2008

Net is Ng’s playground

GOOGLE his name and you will find lots of information on this young information technology (IT) entrepreneur.

Ng Khai Lee's resume, work, education background and never-ending list of awards and accolades are some of the information you can easily obtain on the Internet. You will also learn that he co-founded and writes on the TheCicak.com.

Founded in June 2005 with a friend, TheCicak.com publishes commentaries by youths and students on socio-political issues and popular culture in Malaysia. It also aims to engage them in intelligent discussions and the democratic process.

Apart from TheCicak.com, Ng is also involved in other Internet-related business ventures.

Ng Khai Lee

“Over the past two years, I have worked with MindValley, a team of entrepreneurs and programmers from 16 countries. I have also helped developed BlinkList.com, SocialRank.com,” he told StarBiz in an interview.

Ng has since handed over TheCicak.com to a team of writers and activists, but he still keeps tab on the site. His other brainchild, Project Bazooka, an initiative to assist local musicians, has also been entrusted to capable hands.

Ng has won the KLue Blue Chilli Award 2007 for his work with TheCicak.com. He was also the first Malaysian representative to win the 2006 HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award.

The 24-year old former Taylor's Business School student founded Bunchout.com with the team at MindValley and won The World's Most Democratic Workplace 2008.

Bunchout.com is a group networking engine that enables people with various interests and passions to meet, hang out and build businesses worldwide. It is currently based in the United States, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

“Internet is my playground. I design Internet businesses,” Ng said, when asked why his business ventures revolve around the Internet.

Ng, who is a constant chatterbox, also excelled in academics. He can talk all day long and still full of energy.

He said he was grateful that his college (Taylor's) was very understanding and allowed him to change courses and subjects from time to time. Ng said his university days had prepared him for the business ventures he was involved in today.

“My education gave me the mental learning tools and ideas I needed to excel in what I do,” said the valedictorian of his class at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ng is also the type who cannot sit still. At any one point, he’d be drumming his fingers, or shifting positions, a clear sign of a man who loves being on the go. He is always busy doing one thing or another.

Ng, who professed to be able to speak excellent English, decent Mandarin and “enough Malay”, loves destroying things so he can create something new.

“I have a lot of mini projects here and there with different people. This is how I incubate small ideas. It keeps me excited about life,” Ng said, adding that he was currently working on a few Internet-related projects.

“For relaxation, I lie around and daydream. I make music and watch video on the Internet. When I meet up with friends, we go dancing or just chill out and talk about the future,” he said.

For this young entrepreneur who knows his way well around this technology-centred world, the sky is the limit.

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