Whatever goes up must come down

Among all the haze commotion last week it seems this important piece of news went largely unnoticed. Apparently the latest forecasts show that pay increases and bonuses are set to fall for the rest of the year. My instinctive response to this was, “It’s not fair! After all our hard work!” I mean, how else […]

Social enterprises – the future of entrepreneurship

Social enterprises are increasingly being mentioned in articles discussing innovative business models. But what exactly are they? How do they work? And what is their purpose/usefulness for Singapore? There doesn’t seem to be one unique definition out there, but basically they’re a somewhat modern type of business: they straddle the fence between the conventional private […]

Socialising businesses in Singapore

Unless you were living under a rock these past couple of weeks, you will have heard of the heart-warming story of coffee shops and customers joining forces to bring free coffees to the needy. The practice, commonly known as Pay It Forward, is very simple: people buying a cup of coffee can choose to pay […]

From rags to riches: Singapore’s success stories

Singapore is home to many millionaires, but it has also been the backdrop of many inspiring rags-to-riches stories! Sure, we’ve all heard of the fabulous accomplishments of some of the most famous self-made men; the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Li Ka-shing. But how much do we really know about our own home-grown […]

Rooting for Singapore’s microenterprises

What do brands like Ya Kun and Charles and Keith have in common? Nothing, you may say. But trace the origins of how these companies first started and you’ll realise that both began as a two-man operation! That’s right, both started out as microenterprises (MEs) and went on to become household brands known both in […]

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Celebrating all women

Today is International Women’s Day, the day you may hear this phrase everywhere: “behind every successful man, there is a woman”. As many people know, this is not just a catchy slogan. It’s actually a reality! There are a number of powerful women; from Hillary Clinton in foreign politics to Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer […]

Defining Ourselves

Conversations With Soul

“In 10 years, this will be a metropolis. Never fear.” – with this vision, a country was mobilized into action and all pursued a common goal. Today, after 47 years of wandering the capitalist deserts, crawling from one GDP number to the next, this young metropolis appears lost, weary and thirsting for a new dream. […]