Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Glory of Entrepreneurship

I grew up in a family where entrepreneurship is shunned and something to be ashamed of. My elder brothers flung their exams and were forced to apprentice with various contractors, and started their businesses when opportunity so dictates. And for many years they eked out a living that bothers...

Doing Business in a VUCA World

If you think the world has gone upside down, rest assured you are not alone. The world has indeed changed in many ways since a short decade ago. It is a lot more uncertain and much more complex. The world’s leading consultants, who are masters in coming with acronyms,...
Uber Technologies Inc. has released its first diversity report, showing that women and non-white employees are underrepresented at the ride-services company – just as they are at many other technology firms. Uber released the information after a series of revelations about its culture and business tactics that have incited...

Who’s Calling the Shot?

Tony Soprana, in the hit television series ‘The Sopranos’ famously said, “I'm the motherfuckin' fuckin' one who calls the shots!”. While I don’t condone the vulgarity, it’s a sign of our times that very few of our leaders are able to say the same. There used to be a time...
As a young man, my dad was a hawker, and his specialty was char-kuey teow, the ubiquitous dish that was a hawker stable. He built a reputation for his generosity and impeccable customer service. Often, he would ask customers if the portion was sufficient, and since most of his...
By Lam Fong Kiew & Edwin Leow, Head of Tax and Tax Director respectively of Nexia TS, Singapore's leading home-grown full service audit and professional accounting services firm.    Targeted, inclusive and transforming in nature – this in essence sums up Budget 2016 which was delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat...
Brokerage Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW.N) has launched a service that combines its automated investment management technology with human advisors, as financial institutions race to offer digital financial advice. The service, called Schwab Intelligent Advisory, provides clients with a financial and investment plan, unlimited access to a human advisor via phone...

The Meat of the Matter

Meat contains protein, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, B and D. These are critical nutrients that cannot be obtained in sufficient quantities from vegetables alone. Increased consumption of these nutrients results in better muscle growth, better skin, and better blood circulation among other benefits. Consumption of meat by pregnant women...
By Lilian Teo, CFO and Toniya Sundaram, Blockchain Developer of oCap Management Pte Ltd One interesting result from the recent Small Business Credit Survey 2019 shows that the share of applicants who sought loans, credit lines or cash advances from online lenders has grown remarkedly since 2016 from 19% to...
By Karen Reddington Karen Reddington is the President of FedEx Express, Asia Pacific Division. The biggest trend in logistics right now is arguably not artificial intelligence, blockchain or even visibility, It’s personalisation – which is ushering in a new era of delivery once only accessible to big global companies and...
By Julienne Loh Around the world, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the mainstay of nearly every economy. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is no different. SMEs here comprise 95 percent of all businesses, employ half the workforce, and account for as much as 50 percent of the GDP of wealthy nations...
Humans and machines are steadily growing more and more alike and the tourism industry is one area where so-called chatbots are springing up to improve customer communication. While it's unlikely that any of us will be romantically involved with these primitive digital travel agents, you may soon prefer them...

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