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Hello Mentor is a show where we have raw conversations with successful individuals from various industries as they share their stories with all their ups and downs, along with practical advice, to help you succeed in your career.

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Hello Mentor is a show where we have raw conversations with successful individuals from various industries as they share their stories with all their ups and downs, along with practical advice, to help you succeed in your career.

    EP 34 | Advent Phang - Behind The Scenes of a Tech Startup

    EP 34 | Advent Phang - Behind The Scenes of a Tech Startup

    “Being in a startup is tough. People that want to join a startup might think you will free up your time and achieve financial freedom, but there is actually a lot of grind behind the scenes.” --- Advent Phang


     


    In this podcast episode, Advent shares personal stories of his entrepreneurial journey with HealthMetrics. He talks about the differences between being a CTO in a tech startup and a corporate company. Advent shares the challenges faced and lessons learned when building a tech startup. 


    To check HealthMetrics as mentioned in the podcast, here is the link: 


    https://healthmetrics.com/


     


    Advent Phang is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at HealthMetrics, the award-winning corporate healthcare solution. Advent has more than 14 years of experience as a software solutions architect for gaming, oil and gas, travel and insurance industry. Among his previous accolades include emerging as world champion with his team at the prestigious global AngelHack competition in San Francisco, USA. With all his experiences and achievements, Advent is committed to revolutionising and improving HealthMetrics’ services that comprise technology advancement and data security in providing the best solution to the clients.


     


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    • 49 min
    EP 33 | Melvin Chee - Behind The Brands: Pocket Angel, Thousand Miles, Bottoms Lab and more!

    EP 33 | Melvin Chee - Behind The Brands: Pocket Angel, Thousand Miles, Bottoms Lab and more!

    “I grew up in a small town in Perak with barely internet access throughout my life because my parents were really strict with the internet. When I went to Melbourne, I was like ‘wow, people actually transact online and I’ve never thought about e-commerce or online business.’”  --- Melvin Chee


     


    In this podcast episode, Melvin shares personal stories of his entrepreneurial journey since 2014 back in Melbourne. He talks about how and why he started RPG back then in Melbourne and why he returned to Malaysia. He shares the biggest lesson learned over the years while building RPG and advice to young entrepreneurs who want to start a business. 


     


    To check out RPG as mentioned in the podcast, here is the link: 


    https://www.rpg.ventures/


     


    Melvin is the founder and CEO of RPG Commerce. RPG was established in 2017 in Melbourne, Australia with a clear mission: to build the largest number of DTC (direct-to-consumer) e-Commerce brands under its portfolio.


     


    RPG Commerce has created brands like Eubi, Thousand Miles, Bottoms Lab, Comfort Republic, Montigo, Pocket Angel and more.


     


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP 32 | Andrew Yap - Crazy Low Prices from Big Bad Wolf Books & BookXcess

    EP 32 | Andrew Yap - Crazy Low Prices from Big Bad Wolf Books & BookXcess

    “One day, a book distributor from overseas approached us and said ‘Hey, we have some books to clear’. We tried selling all the books for RM8 and it just went crazy.”  --- Andrew Yap 


     


    In this podcast episode, Andrew shares personal stories of how he started his entrepreneurial journey at 14 years old. Andrew talks about the Big Bad Wolf book sale and how he managed to sell books at such affordable prices. He shares the biggest challenges during the pandemic and how it has forced his company to grow stronger. He shares advice to people who want to start a reading habit as well as the future plans for Bookxcess and Big Bad Wolf.


     


    To check out Book Excess and Big Bad Wolf as mentioned in the podcast, here are the links: 


    https://www.bookxcessonline.com/


    https://bigbadwolfbooks.com/


     


    As a self-made businessman, Andrew Yap, Managing Director of BookXcess, has built an alternative book empire from the ground up. For Andrew, accumulating profits is a distant goal to his personal desire to sell books at affordable prices, inculcate an enthusiasm for reading, especially among children, and raise the country's literacy level. 


    Yap is an ambitious risk-taker with a sharp eye for business, while his wife and partner, Jacqueline Ng, is the by-the-book, level-headed, strait-laced administrator. Together, the husband-and-wife team have made it their aim to make books more affordable and accessible to people worldwide.


    Due to his love for cars, Yap started off operating a petrol kiosk and car workshop and was sourcing for car magazines when he chanced upon an opportunity to sell remainder books (brand new, overprinted books unsold by publishers) in a 500 sq ft bookstore in 2006, known as BookXcess.


    Since then, BookXcess has grown by leaps and bounds, making a name for itself for providing English books across a variety of genres at 50% - 80% off regular prices. BookXcess opened its first outlet in Amcorp Mall in 2007 and has retail outlets at the Starling and Fahrenheit88. BookXcess has also been the organiser of the signature Big Bad Wolf Book Sale since 2009. Known as the World’s Biggest Book Sale, the event runs for 24 hours for up to 11 days, offering millions of books at unbeatable prices. 


     


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    • 1 hr 35 min
    EP 31 | Edmund Tan - The Inside Scoop of Inside Scoop

    EP 31 | Edmund Tan - The Inside Scoop of Inside Scoop

    “I always knew that I wanted to start my own business at some point in time and I worked in corporate finance for about 10 years. In my eighth or ninth year, I was already itching to get out to try something on my own.”  --- Edmund Tan


     


    In this podcast episode, Edmund shares behind the scenes of Inside Scoop and how he started the company with his wife, Shiew Li. He speaks about challenges faced during MCO and they coped with the pandemic. He talks about the process of introducing a new ice cream flavor. Lastly, he gives advice to people from corporate backgrounds that are interested to be an entrepreneur.


     


    To check out Inside Scoop as mentioned in the podcast, here are the links: 


    https://insidescoop.com.my/


    https://www.instagram.com/myinsidescoop/


     


    Edmund Tan and his wife, Shiew Li are founders of Inside Scoop, the local artisanal ice cream brand. Edmund and Shiew Li were both working in the corporate world, Edmund was an investment banker while Shiew Li was an actuary. They noticed a gap in the market and decided to turn their passion for food into a business idea in 2013, which is now known as Inside Scoop.


    Inside Scoop is well-known for their ice creams that incorporate distinctly Malaysian flavors such as cempedak, durian, and teh tarik. Their other popular offerings are buttermilk waffles and cakes. In this episode of our podcast, we have invited Edmund to learn more about the brand. 


     


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    • 42 min
    EP 30 | Adlina Nadirah - On Building a Homegrown Cosmetics Brand in Malaysia: Velvet Vanity

    EP 30 | Adlina Nadirah - On Building a Homegrown Cosmetics Brand in Malaysia: Velvet Vanity

    “I had a lot of free time during my last semester in University, so I decided to take orders for beauty products from overseas to Malaysia.”  --- Adlina Nadirah


     


    In this podcast episode, Adlina shares the story of why and how “Velvet Vanity” started. She talks about the advantages of being an indie cosmetics brand competing with the more established companies. She shares challenges unique to operating in the Malaysian beauty market and how she overcame the challenges. She talks about her future plans and her newest scarf line, Plush. 


     


    To check out Velvet Vanity Cosmetics and Plush as mentioned in the podcast, here are the links: 


    https://www.velvetvanitycosmetics.com/


    https://www.instagram.com/plushscarves/


     


    Adlina Nadirah (@adlinanadirah) is an architecture graduate and she is currently the founder and managing director of Velvet Vanity Cosmetics, a homegrown makeup brand established in 2016. Adlina has almost 5 years of experience running a beauty brand on e-commerce and she is passionate in branding, creativity as well as social media content.


     


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    • 58 min
    EP 29 | Goh Ai Ching - On Building An All-In-One Visual Communication Tool: Piktochart

    EP 29 | Goh Ai Ching - On Building An All-In-One Visual Communication Tool: Piktochart

    “I got very sick and I was bedridden for 3 months. I was wondering ‘what on earth am I doing with my life? I’m so young to go through this.’” --- Goh Ai Ching


     


    In this podcast episode, Ai Ching shares stories of how and why she started Piktochart. She talks about her working experience in corporate companies and how these experiences have changed her. She shares lessons learned over the years while building Piktochart and gives advice on building effective communication as well as useful interview advice. 


     


    To check out Piktochart as mentioned in the podcast, here is the link: 


    https://piktochart.com/


     


    Ai Ching Goh started her professional career with a degree in Experimental Psychology and a media position at P&G. She quickly discovered her entrepreneurial spirit, and transitioned to a startup mindset. Ai Ching co-founded a web app, which turned into Piktochart, a visual communications tool that makes it easy to condense and consume information.


    As a startup that operates from Penang, but serves over 18 million users globally, Ai Ching has taken an unconventional approach to growth. She goes against the grain of what the startup world teaches passionate entrepreneurs in areas including talent management, culture ”pruning" and bootstrapping.


     


    If you enjoy the podcast, do leave us feedback on Apple Podcasts/ iTunes! It will help us understand our listeners better and help convince high profile guests to join us on the show.


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    • 1 hr 30 min

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