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Episode 5 - Steven Goh @Mig.me

This week we are joined by Steven Goh the founder and CEO of mig, a global digital media company that is probably best known for it's chat application migme. On the show we cover Steven's early career in banking, his thoughts on fund raising, Taylor Swift's online presence, and the Singapore startup environment.

Show Notes:

  • Tell us the story about how you got into entrepreneurship?
  • When did you start your first business?
  • How did you juggle coding and management?
  • At what point in the growth of mig did you decided to raise money in Silicon Valley?
  • When making the move to Singapore, what was the core product value at that time?
  • What was the company culture at the time of the move?
  • What are the personality differences between the valley and the MNC hires you made in Singapore?
  • Knowing what you know today, what is your advice for fund raising?
  • Where regionally is the best to raise money?
  • What's your day to day like?
  • What market excites you the most for mig?
  • How are you monetising mig right now?
  • Have you played around with the recent video live streaming platforms e.g. Meerkat, Periscope, etc.?

Episode 2 - Pieter Walraven @Pie

Our second episode stars Pieter Walraven of the chat for work application Pie. Pieter and I discuss his background in the casual gaming sector and his absolute focus on UX/UI for the consumer. Avid followers of Product Hunt will recognise him as an active hunter from Asia 

This podcast is sponsored byThe Working Capitol (Singapore’s premier Co-Working Space for Knowledge Workers) . We produced and recorded Startup Frontiers at The Working Capitol. Every guest on the show is impressed with the space and facilities.  This is not just office space, they are building a community here.  If you are looking to start your team or relocate, put The Working Capitol on your list. www.theworkingcapitol.com   

Selected Links From The Episode

Show Notes

  • How did Pie come to life? - 2:10
  • Experience in chat - 3:37
  • Pie vs the competition - 4:38
  • Must have experience for the user, "A-ha!" moment - 6:11
  • User on-boarding "tiny stuff that has a huge impact" - 8:25
  • Tools for measuring user interaction - 9:40
  • Targeting knowledge workers - 10:35
  • Never having an empty screen - 11:53
  • Singapore's entrepreneurial spirit - 15:25
  • Recruiting great talent in Singapore - 16:15
  • Pieter's day to day focus - 18:05
  • No meetings! (except monday) - 19:05
  • Hiring for tech passion and cultural fit - 20:55
  • Tools for marketing, CRM and sales - 21:27
  • Data versus vision for driving product development - 23:55
  • 'Feature creep' and keeping it simple for target audience - 26:25
  • Choosing investors & managing the relationship - 27:40

People and Companies Mentioned

Credits:

Producer - Michael Walters

Big thank you to my producer Michael Walters for feedback and sound editing.

Episode 1 - Darius Cheung @ 99.co

I am very excited to launch Digital Frontiers as one of the few if not only podcast focused on digital innovation in Southeast Asia. The purpose of this podcast is to share conversations that founders often have in the ecosystem that are more tactical and give deeper context to the execution of a startup or project.

There is no better guest to feature in the first episode than Darius Cheung. Darius is a veteran of the Singapore startup scene with a few exists, most notable Tencube to McAfee in 2010.  Darius and I cover a lot of topics including: recruiting, culture, sales, and the Singapore startup ecosystem.

This podcast is sponsored by: The Working Capitol (Singapore’s premier Co-Working Space for Knowledge Workers) . We produced and recorded Startup Frontiers at The Working Capitol. Every guest on the show is impressed with the space and facilities.  This is not just office space, they are building a community here.  If you are looking to start your team or relocate, put The Working Capitol on your list. www.theworkingcapitol.com   

Selected Links From The Episode

Show Notes

  • "Sales Cures All" - 2:20
  • Culture Issues? - 3:20
  • How Darius turned around Tencube (Distribution vs. Enterprise accounts)  - 5:06
  • Consistent growth and direction outweighs the lofty goal - 6:15
  • Key to survival - timing and persistence - 7:15
  • Lessons from tencube and Billpin when starting 99.co - 7:35
  • 50% of the battle for good culture is recruiting right people - 8:15
  • Other 50% to culture success - 8:45
  • Startup Ecosystem - critical networking events - 10:20
  • What does the startup ecosystem need?- 12:12
  • What stage is 99.co focusing on now for growth? - 15:50
  • User Acquisition Strategies - 17:30
  • What growth strategies work specifically in Singapore? - 18:13
  • Content strategy? - 19:17
  • The challenges of raising funds. Where would you start? - 22:00
  • Private investors - 23:50
  • Real Estate Tech Scene - 26:00
  • Methodologies and Frameworks - How to balance them -28:15
  • What keeps you up at night? - 29:00
  • Rapid Fire Questions - 31:30

People and Companies Mentioned

Credits:

Producer: Michael Walters

Big thank you to my producer Michael Walters for feedback and sound editing.