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When the fun ends…

When the Fun ends and Work begins..

1. Business Idea – Check
2. Fancy name and logo – Check
3. Desirable mix of misfits – Check
4. Website and social media pages created – Check

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Now that we have all the fun things off our list of things-to-do, let’s get to the part that most of us fret. The actual running of the business.

Let’s face it, this is the tough part. This is the part that none of us startup founders have any control over. So now what? You are standing at the door of the plane with the knowledge you think you have to build a parachute and out the plane you go!

Being a founder/ CEO is tough work. The path is usually long, dark and lonely- littered with pitfalls, unknowns, highs and lows and occasionally puppies (at least in my case). I pen this article to you as an individual and not someone who is promoting a brand, service or business. If you are already on the plane without a parachute, you might understand some of the things I am sharing here. But if you are sitting on the runway waiting to take flight, this article may help you to decide if you should get on the plane.

Here you go;

1. A startup is a business!

This is numero uno in everything you do! It’s not a pet project, a hobby, favor, excuse or anything else you think it is. You have to respect your startup as a business entity. A business needs to pay its bills. To pay its bills it needs to make money. It’s very similar to being employed – It’s a trade of your hours in an office for a stipend every month. The difference in running your own startup is that you are your own income potential. We often get trapped in the ‘bigger picture’ that we forsake the day to day running of the business. I call this the ‘founders syndrome’. In short, a founder that has his eyes on the ‘flip’ usually flops!

2. Prepare to be broke

No really, this isn’t funny at all. Unless you have an inheritance, trust fund or some serious backer with you, be prepared to go broke. Be prepared to utilize your savings, credit cards and every line of credit you have! This will be the toughest part of the startup journey. 99% of startups fail because of cash flow issues. Manage your funds well. Being broke in the startup phase is normal but if it becomes a recurring issue maybe it’s time to get off the boat.

3. Talent

Never hire family, friends or anyone for compassionate reasons. Talent acquisition is crucial for any startup. Hire right. You initial hires will define your company culture. Office culture runs your business! Never ever substitute culture for hires.

4. Believe in your Mission

As a startup founder, it’s easy to get distracted. Believe in your mission and your goals. Ensure that all you do, plan and execute is in alignment with your mission. No one else decides where and how the business is going except for you. I cannot stress this enough! You have to believe in your purpose to impact change in the industry that you are in. Stay steadfast but not stubborn. Remember the story about the elephant and the 5 men?

5. Persevere

Things won’t always work out the way it’s supposed to. Patience and perseverance is key to sustainability. Keep going! The will to succeed is greater than anything imaginable. As Steve Jobs once said, “ The only thing that defines a successful entrepreneur from the rest is pure perseverance.”

To conclude, not all of us will make it to our desired destination. The journey though will teach us things we never knew or thought were even remotely plausible. The road will be tough, painful at times, but yet we hold hope that we will make it, and it is in this hope that we share that I will continue to share my experience in this journey we call entrepreneurship, so that hopefully we grow as a community and not as individuals.

RV

 

Digital ‘Nomading’ ? – Think Bali!

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The Digital Nomads journey is not often filled with pina coladas and beautiful sunsets in scenic locations around the world. Not many of us witness the daily struggles a digital nomad goes through.

Let me start by sharing my experience with the rest of you as I embark on this journey. Let me kid you not, this journey looked rather intimidating when I chose Bali, but I have not looked back since.

Moving to beautiful Bali is a dream. For many that’s all that it is nothing more. However for the rare breed of us who dared to take the leap of faith, Bali is truly an amazing place where the line between work and play is drawn in the sand. (No pun intended)

Bali is truly beautiful. It’s by far one of the prettiest places that I have been afforded the chance to live in. From the beautiful mountains, perfectly aligned padifields right up to the picturesque view of the many mountains that conveniently fall into many a backgrounds of snapshots taken by tourists and travelers.

Here’s why I think Bali should be on every digital nomads travel plans!

1. Network

One of the key takeaways from Bali as a Digital Nomad is the opportunity to network with fellow like minded digital nomads too! Almost 50% of the people I met are in the digital arena as well. This can at times seem daunting but the potential of collaboration is truly unique compared to many other cities in South East Asia. I have also noticed that digital nomads in Bali are slightly more open to discussing  their ideas and projects compared to many othe cities. It must be the island vibe.

2. Co- Working Facilities

Having lived here for almost 2 years, I have to say, Bali has treated me very kind with the work life balance that I crave. There are multitude of Co-Working spaces in Bali and they numbers are growing! When I first came out to Bali, there were 2 notable ones! Today there are at 7 prominent ones and the pick up rates for these facilities are booming!

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Credits : HuBud Bali

3. Infrastructure

Infrastructure is also rapidly improving. What you used to be the bane for most of us a couple of years ago – Internet Connectivity and Speed -is no longer an issue. Fiber optic internet connection has entered Bali and even mobile data plans come with 4G options today. Laptop and phone repair shops are located at almost every turn.

4. Cost of Living

Les face it not many of us are raking in the amount of money that top IT company execs are. With the modest cost of living in Bali, it’s a highly attractive place for us nomads to live a comfortable life without have to penny pinch.

5. Society

When I mentioned earlier about the beauty of Bali, I meant it in every sense of the word. The local Balinese people are the most loving and warmest people you will find. Always ready to help if needed. As a digital nomad, it’s also imperative that we respect the rules and customs of this beautiful island. The local Balineses are traditionally Hindus. The beauty of observing some of the ceremonies and visiting the temples on the island is truly breathtaking. At the same time, never forget that you “get what you give.”

UPACARA MELASTI DI PANTAI JIMBARAN

UPACARA MELASTI DI PANTAI JIMBARAN

 

To conclude, Bali is truly a sight for not just your senses but also to build that business, work on a long overdue project or even just conjuring ideas for your next startup. I have many friends who have grown successful startups from Bali. Some are highly successful corporations today and others are comfortable running their small business.

So when you think of your next pit stop – think Bali! I think the beach is calling! Later.

 

Rukesh

Chief Nomad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, And Other Stars Read Mean Tweets About Themselves On ‘Kimmel’

Simply hilarious

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Jimmy Kimmel aired the latest edition of his always entertaining and ever-popular “Mean Tweets” segment — in which celebrities read the awful things people are saying about them on Twitter — during last night’s show. Seemingly every corner of Hollywood, from the uber talented, up-and-coming female sect (Emma Stone, Mindy Kaling) to longtime stars with Oceans franchise credits (Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia), was represented — and mercilessly lambasted.

Watch as David Blaine is forced to read a spot-on description of his face, Matthew McConaughey receives a confusingly juvenile burn that nearly stops the McConaissance dead in its tracks, and Sofia Vergara counters the vulgar assessment in the screenshot above with a spicy hot comeback.

Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Causeway Exchange 2014

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Celebrating five years of CEX with 10 days of originals works by
inspirational artists from both sides of the causeway. Come and let your senses feast on the
exceptional, the extraordinary, and the exhilarating. Some of Malaysia’s best entertainers, artists
and writers are set to take Singapore by storm from 13 – 22 June as part of CausewayEXchange
(CEX) arts festival.

CausewayEXchange (CEX) created in 2010 is a joint arts and culture initiative between
Singapore and Malaysia that aims to serve as the premier exchange platform between the arts
and creative communities of Singapore and Malaysia. The festival aims to foster greater
collaborations among young and well-established artists from both countries. Held annually, the
festival celebrates the arts not only by showcasing performances and masterpieces but also by
giving practitioners and audiences a chance to participate in educational workshops conducted
by professionals. Since the first festival held in 2010, CEX has successfully commissioned,
collaborated and supported more than 150 projects ranging from visual arts to performing arts
to mixed media.

For its fifth edition , the multi-disciplinary arts festival aims to increase support towards the
arts from the public, bridge communities, and expand its audience base. Art exhibitions, staged
productions, comedy shows and interactive programmes are lined up throughout this 10-day
celebration for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The festival continues to facilitate greater
opportunities and awareness for cultural exchange programmes for both countries through
artistic, social and lifestyle activities.

CEX is represented this year by Malaysian writers, painters, comedians, musicians, and theatre
practioners. With wushu, edgy stand-up comedy, theatre performances, visual arts shows,
music and films, there will be something for everyone.

For more details visit:
http://www.facebook.com/CausewayEXchange
Details of the line-up, performance schedule, artists bios, photos and CEX backgrounder: http://causewayexchange.com/

Manchester United and David Moyes Part ways

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A statement on the club’s official website read: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club.

“The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.”

As most expected- Manchester United arguably England’s most successful football club – has parted way with its beleaguered manager David Moyes. It comes as a relieve to many and a shock to a few namely – Phil Neville, Steve Round and Fellaini.

In my opinion its good riddance Moyes- I thank you for making me the butt of the football banter this season at the local bar. I thank you for breaking all new records for the club. It’s been a while since we broke 8 records a season. Thank you for the countless tweets that had me cringing – Most importantly, I thank you for this banner:

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But the only real sadness I feel from your departure will be that you will be the last real connection we will have to Sir Alex Ferguson.

No drama- adios fella. Here’s wishing you the best.

 

 

 

 

SugarHillGroup Presents: Gimme Shelter ft. JB (France)

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There’s ladies night on Wednesdays, then there’s GIMME SHELTER – an old school funk, soul, disco, rare grooves and boogie night with French maestro and musical host Jean-Baptiste on the decks.
GIMME SHELTER feat. JB (FR)
Wed 02 Apr
22 mosque st. | Chinatown…
8pm – late

Rang Barsay 2014…The Biggest Beach Party of the Season : Celebrating the Festival of Colors ‘Holi’!

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Saturday 15 th March 2014
Great bolly music, dancing, colors, booze, water, sand, sea, sun and Sentosa!

Rang Barsay 2014 is the biggest beach party of the season not to be missed.
DJ Milan
Dholi King Bhavesh
Water Hose
Paan
Thandai
Colours
Water Guns Fancy and colourful!
VARIOUS FUN FILLED ACTIVITIES
FOOD & DRINKS AVAILABLE AT VENUE
Party this Holi at Azzura Beach Club..!

Book your tickets online at https://vindus.ticketbud.com/rangbarsay2014
or call 90221210 for bulk bookings and enquiries.