Archive for April, 2009


Posted in regular updates on April 29, 2009 by hwang

Zygote: Designing to Sell

Singaporean Entrepreneurs: Brilliant German Marketing

Singaporean Entrepreneurs: Liking what you do vs. Doing what you Like

Wild Illusions: 4 big opportunities for radical innovation in media


apart from the few above, i also found alot of good stuff on here!

there’s a lot of stuff to go through
so i just picked out some of the more interesting ones (to me, at least) to put here…


Entrepreneur Corner: 5 best Stanford tutorials in management

Entrepreneur Corner: We teach entrepreneurship like every vertical market has the same set of rules See Your Business with Fresh Eyes Recession-proof Franchises

NY Times Business: The Sales Profession: Attention Must Still Be Paid Why Do You Win? Finding Your Next Gig In Your Garage

Start-Up Toolkit: Top 5 Tips for How to Promote Your Company to a Reporter

startupnation: 7 Secrets to Compelling Content

Bootstrapping Blog: Why Should I Buy?

Bootstrapping Blog: More Kick A$$ Guerrilla Marketing Promotions Part 1 How Sound is Your Business Plan? Picking a Logo: Some Mistakes to Avoid

trizle: Why You Suck at Business Success

trizle: How Business Strategy Sucks You Up

Lifestyle Design: Marketing Tips – Always Remember

Associated Content: Ten Donald Trump Business Tips for Entrepreneurs

Associated Content: How to Make a Fan Page for Your Business on Facebook



Posted in regular updates on April 28, 2009 by hwang

some very recent posts, as well as a lot of rather dated (but still relevant!) posts from various blogs


Seth’s Blog: Making Commercials for the Web

Expeditus Media: Tips to Create a Great Blog


On Startups: Startup Lessons From The Underpants Gnomes: PROFIT!

On Startups: Thoughts on the Economics of Giving It Away


Young Upstarts: Relationship 101 for Startups: Guanxi Matters

Young Upstarts: Do Yourself a Favor, Startups, and Get Yourself Media-Ready

Young Upstarts: Where Should I Locate My Fashion Pushcart Business?

Young Upstarts: Shoestring Marketing: Tips For Pushcart Entrepreneurs


Open Forum: The Art of Generating Buzz

Open Forum: The Art of the Tutorial


OkDork: Startup Tips: Getting to that first 10,000

OkDork: Startup Tips: How I grew a waiting list of 20,000+ at


The Unchartered Waters: Some Advices on Entrepreneurship 



Posted in regular updates on April 27, 2009 by hwang

If you have watched the “Art of the Start” video below in the first post, one of the points the speaker brought up is (i forgot the exact words) “Just Start.”

It means you stop planning and planning and actually go and do something.

i think most of us can relate to this: it’s fun to sit down and dream up of business models and business strategies and how are you going to makret your stuff to the world, but the most important thing is you need to have a product or service offering first – and the hard part is investing the time and energy to get it there.

this is partly the reason why i call this blog “READING about STARTING.” It’s kind of an oxymoron, isn’t it? We can plan a lot, we can read a lot on how to do things right, but in the end we need to get our butts off and actually do something.


so for those who actually went and did something, or those who will do something soon, this blog will provide some readings to keep you better informed about starting up.

. When in Doubt, Just Start
this advice is also very applicable to budding entrepreneurs, in a sense. Of course, if you’re a startup, it’s important for you to do some due diligence and homework to make sure you don’t do something stupid; but the point is, don’t be paralysed by analysis. Just start first and things will work out as they go along.

Seth’s Blog: I need more Time   

On Startups: Startup Conversations With Myself: What Should I Work On?

Sg EntrepreneursWhy and how do you write an Executive Summary?

The Innovative Marketer: 10 Great Marketing Podcasts you Should Not Miss


This is from a freelancer website, but i think the advice on the site will be very useful for one man operations

FreelanceSwitch: How to Craft Your Personal Business Model


and finally…
well… i figured this is (or should be) important
a boring entrepreneur is… after all… pretty boring, right?

HELLO, my name is BLOG!: 30 Ways to Become the Most Interesting Person You Know



Posted in regular updates on April 26, 2009 by hwang

a bit of titbits from everywhere, but more focused on Singapore…

Project:Senso forum: How to index your website in google within 2 days


a few posts from the same author:

Wild Illusions: 5 reasons why you should start a blog before doing a startup

Wild Illusions: 10 Random Mobile Start-up Ideas 

Wild Illusions: Why I used Twitter for market research on startups

Wild Illusions: 4 issues with Singapore Startups


SgEntrepreneurs: Does Your Business Pass the PIS$ Test?

The Art of Non-Conformity: 279 DAYS TO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS


something’s wrong with the font colours… damnit


Posted in regular updates on April 25, 2009 by hwang

i don’t know about you but i like to read Seth Godin’s blogs for very insightful ideas about how effective marketing should be like.

this might be a bit dated, but his post about how we utilise slack time is very relevant. we’re still in an economic recession, most of my friends still hadn’t gotten a job. do we stay at home and read comics everyday, or do we actually do something useful?

Seth’s Blog: Slack

Also from Seth’s Blog: This is Broken


speaking of trying to find jobs, you should really try to use the new social networking tool LinkedIn. i’m still experimenting with it myself, but so far it looks like a good place to at least post an online resume and establish… a professional image of yourself online (in contrast to the probably more casual image of yourself on facebook)

Guy Kawasaki (the person in the video in the previous post) posted an article on his blog about how to use LinkedIn. In these rather troubled times I’m guessing everything helps.

How to Change the World: Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn


another article which might be a bit dated but i find useful is this one on how websites make money. most of us – especially those without a lot of capital – would have considered starting a business via a website. here’s a list of how to generate some income off it

DailyBlogTips: 28 Ways to Make Money with Your Website


other useful posts: Top 10 Reasons to Start a Business in a Recession Why Startups should ALWAYS Compromise when Hiring


these are very practical tips startups can use right away: Startup Marketing: Tactical Tips From The Trenches

Small Business Marketing Guide: Branding 101: How to Name Your Company or Product

Small Business Marketing Guide: Branding 101: How to Write a Positioning Statement


25.04.2009 – the first post

Posted in announcements, regular updates on April 25, 2009 by hwang

i’m a fan of reading blogs in general, and i also like to read a lot on stories on how people set up their businesses and the tales and tips they have to share – probably because i’m trying to do this myself.


i got this idea from, a site which gathers a lot well thought-out blog posts and articles about politics and life in general about my home country and posts them in a spot on a daily basis.

this blog will be similar in a sense; i’ll find articles and blog posts on entrepreneurship on a regular basis – but they won’t be ‘the latest headlines’ – if i find an interesting article that’s dated a few years back, i’ll still post it. i foresee sometimes in the future i might have repeat postings, if i do this regularly enough.


just to post a video to kick start things: Guy Kawasaki’s
Art of the Start 

think it’ll be very appropriate
(refresh the page if the video doesn’t show up properly)