bernardleong.com Archives - 27 March 2015, Friday

  • Written a new post: "Why I want to reach #Flow again"

    Why I want to reach Flow again

    bernardleong.com 04 Feb '15, 4am

    For myself, I have only reached flow once when I was studying in Cambridge. I was solving a chain of difficult problems in quantum field theory, string theory and black holes. The overdrive and relentless pursuit to focus took me weeks to solve them. In fact, it was so challenging tha...

  • The Future Media Barons of the World

    The Future Media Barons of the World

    bernardleong.com 25 Jan '15, 11pm

    The inspiration of this post arises from watching the series “The Newsroom ” written by Aaron Sorkin. I remain very much a fan from the days of “The West Wing” till today. In the last two episodes, Sorkin condensed the conundrum of the traditional newsroom steeped in journalistic inte...

  • Contact

    bernardleong.com 02 Jan '15, 12pm

    You can always contact me through various channels but my recommendation is that you get an introduction thru someone who I have worked (either through my workplace or projects I am involved with) with or known through the Southeast Asia entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • A new post I have written for the start of 2015: Startups Dilemmas in Asia: Bad Revenues & Pivot

    Startups Dilemmas in Asia: Bad Revenues & Pivot

    bernardleong.com 02 Jan '15, 1am

    Can the bad revenues sustain about 50% of the burn rate of the company while you work on the pivot? : The reason for this is that you buy yourself some time with the runway you have got. Depending on the situation, I advise differently. If the company has a lot of runway, then I will ...

  • ICYMI: My reflections for 2014 and what I am looking forward to in #2015:

    Goodbye 2014, Welcome 2015

    bernardleong.com 31 Dec '14, 8am

    Share & Comment Facebook 0 Twitter 1 Google+ 1 LinkedIn 6 Before I even know it, 2014 is finally over. I have also passed an important milestone of my life: turning 40. It just means that the search for the next in one million has just begun. Reflecting over a fast paced year, I am on...

  • New Questions on Mobile: An Asian Perspective

    bernardleong.com 30 Dec '14, 9am

    When it comes to messaging apps, Silicon Valley will look to Asia for inspiration and not the other way round. My bet is on Facebook cloning WeChat (owned by Tencent) by enhancing Whatsapp in the coming year. Currently, the revenue model for Facebook is totally predicated on advertisi...

  • Perspectives on Venture Capital in Asia by @bleongcw is a great read

    Perspectives on Venture Capital in Asia

    bernardleong.com 06 Dec '14, 3pm

    Building a company valued at least US$100M (or exit either by sale or taking it public) or running a public company of at least US$1B market capitalisation. The reason to impose this condition is that I am equipped with the ability to manage a company in a massive scale. On that scale...

  • [New Post] Thoughts on Podcasting from an Asian podcaster's perspective:

    Thoughts on Podcasting

    bernardleong.com 05 Dec '14, 1am

    Contrast this to podcasting where as of today, there is no tool which can make your podcast look better as compared to Instagram which can make your images look better with filters. As a podcaster, I like to have a tool which I can do with one click that can help me to make the audio ...

  • My new post "Digital Disruption in Traditional Companies":

    Digital Disruption in Traditional Companies

    bernardleong.com 17 Nov '14, 3pm

    Most people see the threat of digital businesses too late. First they are perceived to be too small when they first started. They typically target the niche market that is adjacent to the traditional market. With high quality customer service and easy access, they generate network eff...

  • A Possible Solution to the Taxi problem in Singapore

    bernardleong.com 06 Nov '14, 1am

    The reason is because the taxi drivers have beaten the system. First of all, the taxi drivers gave excuses for not fetching some people because the distance is too far. For example, a taxi driver finds no incentive to drive someone up from the city to Jurong because he would have diff...

  • [Recap] Reflections of my life upon reaching 40:

    One in a Million @ 40s

    bernardleong.com 13 Oct '14, 4pm

    The one in a million event in my 20s is to achieve my dream as a theoretical physicist in the university of choice. The best part of the story is that I made it happen, despite the odds. A lot of people can say that it’s obvious. Behind the scenes in making that happen, I went through...

  • [Recap] Where you want to be depends on you

    Where you want to be depends on you

    bernardleong.com 22 Aug '14, 12am

    Having a family also made me think as well where my children will get maximum opportunities for their lives. For some particularly the expats, it may be in Singapore because they enjoyed the low taxes and great careers, but for others, I prefer to be in the US because I share the prin...

  • Unbundling of Native Mobile Apps (and how it impacts Asian companies)

    bernardleong.com 18 Jun '14, 5am

    Customer experience and usage on mobility has changed: Given the short timespan a customer has on a mobile application, the focus for the mobile app is centred on moving the user towards a simple workflow such that the transaction between the user and the mobile app is completed. In s...

  • The Trouble with Two Sided Marketplaces

    bernardleong.com 20 May '14, 2am

    So, why should you turn a two-sided into one sided marketplace? The answer is focus. You have limited resources and time to run your company. Let me use an example of a successful two sided marketplace that worked on the principle I have stated. If you think about it, Groupon, AirBnB ...

  • The Trouble with Two Sided Marketplaces

    bernardleong.com 02 May '14, 2am

    So, why should you turn a two-sided into one sided marketplace? The answer is focus. You have limited resources and time to run your company. Let me use an example of a successful two sided marketplace that worked on the principle I have stated. If you think about it, Groupon, AirBnB ...

  • [New Post] BL Newsletter #1: My First Words (& hopefully the twitter card pops up).

    BL Newsletter #1: My First Words

    bernardleong.com 27 Apr '14, 1am

    Why do I want to start a mailing list? The intention has been simple. Over the past year, I am focused in building my site: bernardleong.com into a brand. Since building other known brands such as SGEntrepreneurs.com (which was eventually acquired by Tech In Asia) and Singapore Angle,...

  • Advice to Startups Targeting Small & Medium Enterprises in Southeast Asia

    bernardleong.com 21 Apr '14, 10am

    There is a danger for any startup to find product and market fit at the early stages of inception. Most startup founders often reached for the market that is easily accessible to them given the lack of networks and industry experience. One segment which I often see startups stumble is...

  • The Single Founder Dilemma

    bernardleong.com 07 Apr '14, 12am

    You have a very clear vision: The startup you want to build have a very clear vision. In addition, you truly believe that you can fulfil that vision and build the business from startup to a real company with sustainable revenues. You understand the industry and focus on how you can ma...

  • On Hiring & My Moneyball method for Startups & Corporates Part 1

    bernardleong.com 31 Mar '14, 2am

    The biggest problem for any startups and corporations hiring in Southeast Asia is hiring. One major issue which every founder or industry leader faced is the lack of information on candidates. One can blame it on culture that Asians are not vocal in calling out incompetent people. The...

  • [Recap] The Birthday Problem - If someone bet in a room of 60 that he can find someone with the same birthdate.

    The Birthday Problem

    bernardleong.com 29 Mar '14, 12pm

    If you realize by now, the more people present in the bar, the more likely that you can find someone with the same birthday with you (excluding the year of course). It sounds counter-intuitive, but the solution is true. I thought that since there are about 50 over social-political blo...

  • Advice to Startups Targeting Small & Medium Enterprises in Southeast Asia

    bernardleong.com 24 Mar '14, 12am

    There is a danger for any startup to find product and market fit at the early stages of inception. Most startup founders often reached for the market that is easily accessible to them given the lack of networks and industry experience. One segment which I often see startups stumble is...

  • [New Post] A Mathematical Solution to Eddington's Controversy Problem

    A Mathematical Solution to Eddington's Controversy Problem

    bernardleong.com 22 Mar '14, 12pm

    Sometime back, while reading Fazlollah M. Reza’s “An Introduction to Information Theory “, I revisited a solution that I have sketched out years back on the Eddington’s controvery problem . This problem is interesting to me because it exemplifies the type of confusion that existed in ...

  • [New Post] My #finedining review on La Villa, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Review on Fine Dining in La Villa @ Ho Chi Minh City by

    bernardleong.com 22 Mar '14, 12pm

    For the evening, we headed out on a cab from the Sheraton Hotel Saigon to La Villa. It took about half an hour and the journey was pretty smooth. We came to the location and entered into what I thought was an old French mansion along a quiet street. Of course, along the path into the ...

  • [New Post] If you want to grow a company, you must master the Rockefeller Habits

    If you want to grow a company, master the Rockefeller Habits - B

    bernardleong.com 25 Feb '14, 12am

    I wished that I knew about the book “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits ” by Verne Harnish when I was working on my startup a few years back. There are definitely things that we should not have done during that time. Jamie Lee, the co-founder of Lunch Actually and now Prizle (which I am...

  • On Mentoring in Startups & Corporates

    bernardleong.com 23 Feb '14, 5pm

    For any intern I have mentored, I actually plan what they would do in my startup or the work environment that I am in. I would relate my experience in Chalkboard because I have trained not just one but at least five successful interns (and I won’t name them). I typically start them wi...

  • My review of the famous Ristorante Da Valentino @ GrandStand, Turf City #Singapore #finedining

    Ristorante Da Valentino

    bernardleong.com 15 Feb '14, 9am

    If you are seriously looking for an Italian restaurant with great service in Singapore, Ristorante Da Valentino stood out to be probably the top on the list. It was started by Chef Valentino and his family in July 2005 with humble roots in a shop house along Rifle Range road. Subseque...

  • Are Southeast Asia technology companies under-valued? via @bleongcw

    Are Southeast Asia technology companies under-valued?

    bernardleong.com 02 Feb '14, 10pm

    The Rocket Internet investors put a high valuation on Southeast Asia markets: If you cut out the chunks of investment from the investors of Rocket Internet: Russian billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, Swedish investment firm Kinnevik, and J.P. Morgan, you discover that the amount of invest...

  • First Encounters with Google Glass: What I learned about developing apps on the glass

    First Encounters with Google Glass: What I learned about developing apps on the glass

    bernardleong.com 29 Jan '14, 8pm

    Do not develop Glass apps that will inundate or overwhelm your user with information or data : If you watched the recent TED talk entitled“Why Google Glass” by Sergey Brin or talked to the Google Glass engineers during the I/O conference, one core principle on developing apps on the g...

  • Alkaff Mansion Ristorante - A #finedining location which holds a special place in my heart:

    Alkaff Mansion Ristorante

    bernardleong.com 29 Jan '14, 2pm

    Alkaff Mansion holds a special place in my heart even for the fine dining experience. Located on Telok Blangah Hill next to Mount Faber in Singapore, the mansion has been an icon to those who lived nearby. For me, my home was next to Telok Blangah Hill and I have seen the mansion in i...

  • My personal reflection on the year 2013 & my priorities ahead for 2014:

    Goodbye 2013, Welcome 2014

    bernardleong.com 31 Dec '13, 8am

    On my family, Eleanor has recovered well from the two major surgeries and reached her first year. From now on, we have to manage her condition all the way to her adult life. The person who she should be thankful for is my wife, Yuying, as she has sacrificed a year of what may lead her...