Featuring personal business stories of entrepreneurs, from early stage start-ups, all the way to billionaire octogenarians in Malaysia and abroad, Open for Business is a valuable resource of shared experiences for the SME industry. The occasional business coach makes an appearance for a different perspective on business concerns.
The Law of Crunchy Crickets
Kevin Wu might have found success with his alternative meat brand, Ento, but that hasn’t stopped him from dabbling in a couple of other ventures. The Forbes’ 30 Under 30 awardee has entered the furniture business and also runs a law firm called Kevin Wu & Associates. We speak to Kevin about diversifying his plans, marketing crispy crickets for consumption, and finding success despite the pandemic.
6 Days To Startup
What does it take to build a successful online learning platform? One that engages, allows for learning at your own pace, and encourages better communication between parents, teachers and the students themselves? And how do you do this in 6 days, under lockdown, and then enrol 25,000 students within a year? Aery Goh, Founder and CEO of end-to-end online tuition hub Translife Education gives us lessons on staying lean, understanding your customer, and how to get a startup running in under a week.
Co-Working Space For Beauticians
The skin care market in Malaysia is expected to reach $1.28 Billion by 2027. However, the beauty industry like many other industries was severely impacted during the pandemic. We speak to Yap Yann Fang, Founder and Director of Beauty & Co on why she decided on starting her brand, how she markets her services and what the pandemic taught her as an entrepreneur.
The Status of Stripe
After almost two years in Malaysia, how is Stripe working with local businesses to help build the economic infrastructure of the internet? We catch up with APAC Business Lead, Noah Pepper, about Stripe’s learnings from working with local businesses like Flower Chimp, FashionValet and Storehub to grow and scale despite the challenges caused by COVID-19 and the Movement Control Order.
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Cheese
One of the best parts of going somewhere new is tasting something new, so what if you could be culinarily transported to the likes of Germany, Norway, and even Indonesia through the wonderful world of cheese? Dexter Lim, co-founder of D’Artisan Cheese, discusses his leap into entrepreneurship from property investment, the wide and kooky variety of products he offers, and what sets his cheese apart from the grocery store staples.
Insuring Our Four-Legged Friends
Pet insurance isn’t popular here in Malaysia, yet many people with dogs or cats in the family often find themselves burdened with expensive vet bills. Oyen, Malaysia’s first digital pet insurance, plans to close that gap in the market with affordable insurance that covers a wide range of pet-related medical issues. We speak to Kevin Hoong, CEO of Oyen, about creating awareness for pet insurance locally, foreseeing competition, and expanding the brand in the coming months.