make money first, rest comes later

And I also learn. I learn how it feels when you take money from customers. I learn how to charge for my work. How my 6 months hard-working in programming, havent give me any cent yet, while a few minutes of service, can give me a real dollar.

via Milo Kong!.

Milo Kong – a simple “no brainer” business that makes money.

no matter what kind of business/startups you are starting, you need a solid revenue model. With it, you can start to scale and truly appreciate the feedback you are getting. without one, you will be wasting your time because “remember” you are running a business still.

Productivity and Innovation Credit Workshop At Plug-In@Blk71

Businesses are able to enjoy 400% tax breaks or 60% cash payout for investments in innovation and productivity improvements under the PIC scheme.

Productivity and Innovation Credit Workshop | Plug-In@Blk71.

Startups are all about the Execution, but I also strongly believe in managing a good cashflow so I’m very careful with Intraix spending, always keeping burn rate in check and when there is a scheme to save money, I will always jump on it.

PIC is a scheme announced to help SME (including startups) to get back 60% of their spending. In other words, if you buy a MacBook Air for your employee, you will pay the full sum but you can submit a claim through PIC and you will get back 60% of the spending. “How awesome is that!“(certainly helps in my cashflow) but the application process is somewhat confusing and when I ask my some of fellow startup friends, they do not even know of these initiatives.

This Friday, Plug-In@Blk71 is holding a PIC workshop. This is an awesome opportunity for me to whack them with questions. For those who are frustrated in the application process like me, this is the time to get back your 60% cash spending.

p/s yes, MacBook is consider as a productivity tool

Should startups work together?

As you read this post, Intraix will launching our mobile app at the ECo Day Out 2013 @ South West. This an annual event by South West CDC to highlight and educate the community on environmental issues like energy conservation and the 4Rs. For the past month, we have been preparing for the launch and I really learn a lot […]

WordPress.com and its distributed workforce

“I would say going into the office every day is a productivity loss,” Mullenweg says. “Most offices are fairly soul-crushing environments. I think part of the reason is that they’re… via Matt Mullenweg: Distributed Workforces are All About Results. I first learn about wordpress begin a distributed company from Philip at my first wordpress meetup. He shared […]

How do you fight a price war?

How do you fight a price war? – At Bikeroger, we run and avoid it at all cost. This is because we know that it’s going to be a lose-lose situation for both retailers. Unless, you are huge capital or have a cost advantage against your competitor. For example, Walmart is one who practiced low […]

ThinkUp: Social Media Insights Platform

ThinkUp: Social Media Insights Platform

if you are a blogger,
if you are someone who like taking control of your posting on social media,
if you like getting attention on the web.

Thinkup is for you. It allows you to retrive your social media data and gives you the analytics on what’s hot and what’s not. Best of all, it’s free.

I just discovered it today :D

Passion. The one thing that drives entrepreneurs.

Passion. The one thing that drives entrepreneurs.

I mean how crazy can we get right? Right after graduation instead of following the usual route of finding a job, we went straight into starting a business. Thinking that we can change the world. And during the journey, while your fellow classmates are earning just enough to cover their student loans, you barely have enough to cover your meals.

Everyday, when you reach home, you parents will be asking when are you going to start bring money back to support the family.

When your friends get their first paycheck, they celebrate with big purchases or even big dinning treats. They ask you along but you say no “thank you” I’m busy. But in fact, you just do not have that disposable income for it.

And when you get a seed fund, you friends ask you out for celebration and you still say no “thank you” I’m busy. Why, because you are responsible, you are workaholic and you want to ship out your product fast.

All above and many more are what real #startuplife is about. This is Singapore not Silicon Valley. If Passion is not the thing that drives us, I do not know what else is.

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Well Done:) peckying for the poster!!!

 

Plug-in@Blk71 is more than FREE pizzas.

Last november, I posted about the hottest place for Startups in Singapore and that’s Plug-in@Blk71. When we first moved into Blk71, it was just a hot-desking space to me, in another words “a free space” where we do not have to pay rent. A space where we can get super-fast internet that many are downloading their ass […]

Switching Cost For Mobile Reading Applications

I love reading articles online and I use Readability (now) to help me saved the contents that I can read later. I chose readability over instapaper and Read It Later (now pocket) because it’s totally FREE.

Here is an article from lifehacker that compares the 3 services. A very interesting and useful article if you are trying to find out which service suits you.

Instapaper and RIL (used to) charge for their mobile application. Although they are much more integrated with 3rd party apps as compared to readability but this problem is easily solved by using IFTTT.

Readability have a clean, good for reading interface :) definitely the app for reading text articles. Now RIL is now renamed Pocket and it’s free. I tried Pocket and I think there might be a chance that Pocket replace Readability

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readability certainly the mobile app for reading. big clean clear fonts. you can see how much articles I have on it 261 :D

Pocket offers a slightly (in my opinion) poorer UI by it allows us to store/search for videos and images. This feature certainly attracts me.

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Thumbnails make the home page pretty interesting.

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One of my favorite feature.

Both applications are free now on mobile. I wonder if Instapaper would be free soon for it’s mobile app.

A few interesting questions came up as I blog about this post.

  1. If you are using Readability would you change to Pocket that offers more multimedia features?
  2. How is the switching cost like for you towards mobile reading applications?
  3. How do you think applications like Readability, Pocket or Instapaper can increase their users switching cost?

Would love to hear from you people :D