You know how they say it is never too late or too early to start a business? Well last month, I attended an entrepreneur forum/networking session called The Peak by Startup Street. Most entrepreneur would know that Startup Street is an organisation that aims to cultivate the growth of entrepreneurship in Malaysia. The forum featured Joon Chan, Christopher Tock, Maxine Lee and Hugh Koh.
Since I was in high school, I had this dream of opening up my own clothing store. Especially since that period of time exploded with the birth of online shopping. However, I didn't know what to do or what I should expect. Fast forwarded a few years later, I started my business with selling accessories and bags online. However, that did last long as I did it just to get quick cash and did not think much of how I could have made it to a long term business. I wish back when I first started my business at 19, there was someone I could have asked for advice or learn from. This is how Startup Street comes in.
As I mentioned above, Startup Street aims to be a guide and empower aspiring entrepreneurs on how to start their business. They also aim to help connect the students who are passionate in entrepreneurship with prominent entrepreneurs to have first hand gasp of hearing how others succeeded in their business.
Christipher Tock, the co-founder and director of SocialGrooves.com was the first speaker of the night. He shared his struggle of beginning his business and how he manage to become Datuk Lee Chong Wei official social media marketer.
Next up was Hugh Koh, co-founder of Pestle Mortar Clothing. He shared his experience with how he first began Pestle Mortar Clothing (PMC). FYI I'm a hugh fan of PMC! Love their collection design and their unique marketing strategies on the different social media platform. Have you check out their A/W 14 Collection yet? Its the BOMB. Click here and watch the video. Love the videography of PMC!
Joon Chan, the regional managing director of Easy Taxi SEA was next up. He shared his ups and downs with Easy Taxi. Honestly I never heard of a successful entrepreneur that made it without going through a lot of trials and hardship.
Last speaker of the night was Maxine Lee from Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP). She is an associate of MAP and manages in planning along with guiding the funded teams from MAP in their daily activities. Aside from that, she also organised MAP Velocity Feeder Programs, which allows aspiring and veteran entrepreneur to network together.
Followed up after the forum was networking with everyone which is co-hosted by Startup Street partners, Drinkentrepreneurs. I met many interesting people from app developer to insurance agents and even spotted Arnold from Hitz.fm there.
To my surprise, after the networking session, everyone headed to PLAY at The Roof to end the night. I guess it's true what what they say, "You work hard, You play hard too"
For more info: Startup Street Facebook Page
Have a smashing productive week!