500 Subscriber Give Away!!!

Hey guys I am doing a give away on my channel when I hit 500 Subscribers. I will be giving away two custom made crochet pocket squares, these are the dapper pocket squares you always see me with when I am at speaking engagements or at conferences. They are made by Knit by Jib, and if you win you can pick the color patter and texture that you want.

The Power of Persistence

Persistence can be a powerful tool towards achieving your success and goals. Constantly working towards something, chipping away at it until you overcome all the obstacles in your way. This is very much part of the mindset of successful business people and entrepreneurs. So go embrace that grind and build your future.

The Foundation of Greatness

A lot of people talk about greatness, about the greatest of all time, the G.O.A.T. and so on. But what a lot of people never talk about is all the work it took for people the achieve that level of greatness. Before someone was great, they had to get good. They had to put in the work, embrace the grind, and lay the foundation they would build their greatness on.

If you aspire to greatness, if you want to reach that pinnacle of success you need to put in the work now to build that foundation you can built it on top of. No one is born the greatest at something, they have to put in the work to get to that point.

Start by identifying what it is you want to be great at and then get good at it. Once you are good then, and only then can you start making strides towards greatness.

Echelon 2016 – The Largest Startup Event in Southeast Asia

The Talk

Getting your finger on the pulse of what the tech startup scene in a single city can be difficult, a whole country a bit more so, but getting a feel for how the startup ecosystem is doing across a whole region is damn difficult. Last week I was at e27s Echelon event in Singapore to moderate a fireside chat with the CEO of Yamaha Ventures, Hiroshi Saijou, where we talked about the future of transportation and smart cities, and that future looks particularly bright.

The Floor

After our chat concluded I took to the exhibit floor to see what startups in the region had were offering up. While I was expecting the vast majority of the startups to be based in Singapore I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of companies who made the trek to the Lion City. There were startups from all over Asia, many from outside Southeast Asia and some from Europe, a few from Australia, though I don’t know if I should count that as part of Asia or not, I know technically they are APAC but also feel so far removed from the region, I digress.

I have attended a lot of similar events this year, but none that had this reach, so it was interesting to see similar trends I had noticed at more country specific events in Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia scaling across the region.

Because the show is so big it is hard to say there is a single space the market is gravitating towards. There is obviously a big push on mobile and I was happy to see a great deal of smart city and smart living companies there. Connectivity of things to drive us towards improving life is a big focus of mine.

Telling A Story

One tech that really stood out to me was some of the things being one with VR, and not the quality of the hardware but the way some companies were using it to tell stories. After I gave my talk on the first morning I meet with young entrepreneur, Ashima Thomas the CEO at Warrior9 and she let me experience the trailer for her companies new VR based Sci-Fi series.

I won’t geek out too much about it, but I will just say it was amazing, the transitions and use of virtual space and perception really did help the story come to life and take on a dimension that was unique.

Final Thoughts

Overall the tech on the exhibition floor was impressive, but not as impressive as the innovation and creativity I saw from the entrepreneurs and the passion that came with it. I walked away from the event pleased and excited by the direction companies are going in. I have little doubt that we are rapidly moving closer to a more connected life, one that will simplify and optimize our daily tasks, giving us back more time to use as we wish.

If you want to compare this to my thoughts on the startup ecosystem in Thailand check out my blog here.

IoT Event in Bangkok

Last week i attended the IoT Business Platform event in Bangkok. This was my second year attending. Last year I was a keynote at the event and this year with one of the startups I am involved with.

I was very happy to see that over the past 12 months the quality of IoT startups both located in the region and those looking to do business here has improved greatly.

Check out my vlog for more details

What to know about Thailand

Thailand is an amazing country to visit, the Thai people are friendly, the country is beautiful and has a rich culture and history. But, before you visit you should consider these 5 things. Enjoy the vlog

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Embrace the Grind

Not long ago, a friend asked me for some advice regarding how to go about getting the most from working for a large company. My advice was simple, embrace the grind, which is a term that, as far as I know, comes from wrestling. The idea is that you have to put in the work on the mat to be successful, the same is true in the business world and the tech world. You need to put in the time, learn as much as you can and constantly be working on improving your knowledge and skills. The more work you put in the better you become, so embrace the grind.

Don’t Give Up

Recently, my Friend Tejas and I took to Bangkok for the day with the goal of shooting some hyper lapse footage of several landmarks around the city. To our dismay we were shut down at our top two location choices and had to come up with another plan. It was our ability to think creatively and be flexible that allowed us to at least come away with some type of successful footage.

I think the moral of the story for us that day was don’t give up and be creative to reach your goals. A few small obstacles should not keep you from success.