12 Awesome Seth Godin Quotes that Inspire

Many people think I’m fearless but most of the time I’m petrified.  Scared of sounding stupid, of criticism, of failure. Like publishing the first article I wrote on Medium. Or fundraising to build schools with Pencils of Promise. And for most part, I believe that’s endemic in our culture.  It’s safe to play it safe.  Conform to what society defines as…

The 8 Secrets to Canva’s Sucess

I discovered Canva in early 2015. I fell in love with the web-based graphic design tool.   (See my first ever LinkedIn post!) Canva was started by  Melanie Perkins in Australia in  July 2012.  Born out of her frustration with existing graphic design tools, she dreamed about making graphic design easy for everyone.  She also wanted to…

No Time to Read? Watch Videos Instead!

Most Entrepreneurs Read Voraciously Warren Buffett says he spends about 70% of his time reading. Tim Ferriss says he does not know any entrepreneur that does not read. On the other extreme, Maria Popova, reveals that she reads a whopping 15 books a week, saves between 10-100 snippets of text and quotes and writes three long blog posts a day!…

Over $750K of Founder Freebies and Deals Discovered!

Over $750K of Founder Freebies and Deals Discovered! BUT which are deals and which are duds? I recently discovered two sites that offers freebies, deals and discounts to founders and startups. FS6.com and FoundersKit.co FS6.com is a UK based portal for founders and startups where founders can apply to accelerators, pitch investment funds, post/apply for jobs,…

MixMax – Turbo Charge your Email Productivity

Turbo Charge your Email Productivity For those who use Gmail or Google Apps for Work, you’re in for a treat.  Mixmax will not only beautify your Gmail, it will turbo charge your email productivity, bringing enterprise functionality and time-saving automation features straight to your Inbox: Track email open and click rates UNLIMITED,  FREE, FOREVER Track open rates by…

Why You Should Write Your own IFTTT Recipes

Why you should write your own IFTTT Recipes There is a lot of what I call Seriously Sloppy Automation #SSA going on — much of which can be found on IFTTT. For example, IFTTT formulas using hashtags to build Twitter lists with ridiculously glamorous names like “Email Marketing Leader” for anyone that uses the hashtag #emailmarketing or…

8 Unexpected Lessons I Learnt about Fundraising

8 Unexpected Lessons I Learnt about Fundraising Some of you may know that I have been fundraising to build a school in Laos with Pencils of Promise (apologies to those I have been hassling over the last few weeks), but it’s done!  Between 8-Oct-15 to 26-Nov-15, US$25,050 was raised from 80 super generous friends in 46…

The Value of a Tweet: $174 per Donor

A Mid Campaign Tweet by Tweep analysis of the Value of a Tweet First Posted on Medium: The Value of a Tweet: $174 per Donor — Medium I’ve been fundraising to build a school in Laos with Pencils of Promise. If you breakdown the sources of donations that I received, Twitter is was the other social…

VCs vs Entrepreneurs, which cohort tend to earn more? | SaaStr

By: Jason M. Lemkin The “average” VC probably makes a $500k salary (some less, some far more). VCs don’t earn much carry – (this surprised me a little, as the bulk of PE investors’ compensation is carry) Answer: A top founder can make a lot more than even the best of VCs A pretty good VC…

Let’s Make Magic: A Story of Singapore’s Growth

Over the last 50 years Singapore’s growth can only be described as monumental. In the 1960s, we had the same GDP as Nigeria. Today, Singapore has the 3rd highest GDP per capita in the world, overtaking the G10 nations and the other East Asian Tigers.

Twitter – How to Host your Twitter Archive on Github Pages

Host your Twitter Archive on Github Did you know that you can download your entire Twitter Archive? If you go to Settings and scroll down to the bottom, you’ll see the option to Request for Your Twitter Archive. Martin Hawksey (“By day Chief Innovation, Community and Technology Officer at ALT, by night a Google Developer…

How to Discover Secret Canva Design Templates! #Hack!

Did you know about Secret Canva Design Templates? Canva, my favourite design tool, often partners with third parties to create “Giveaway” templates.  For example, I recently discovered this one with Hubspot, which you can see on  Hubspot’s public Canva page. Remixable Designs See the first Template Giveaway for Facebook Ads? If you click on the template, you’ll…

Statistics are like Bikinis

What they Reveal is Suggestive but What they Conceal is Vital Social Media Examiner posted a podcast with Ian Cleary of RazorSocial on How to Use Twitter Analytics which made me think of the analysis I did when I was fundraising for the my first school with Pencils of Promise. And so I decided to…

Where do Bain Partners go after they leave Bain?

I was recently asked on Quora where Bain Partners go to after they leave Bain. In order to give data-driven answer, I went to the Bain alumni database.. and scrapped, I mean, counted the number of partners who’ve left. So at the risk of being banned from using the database again… here are some interesting…

How to get a Free domain + More! (for Students)

Namecheap offers free domains for students   NameCheap is offering free branded .me third level domains (TLD) to current students from UK, US, Canadian and Australian Universities as part of their education’s initiative to get students online.  As of 22 Apr 2016, there were 2,102 eligible Universities, including 1,931 US universities, 133 Canadian Universities, 24 UK universities and 14 Australian Universities. (If your university…

Ready to become a Power Google Sheets User? 

Become a power Google Sheets user with these Zapier guides: Google Sheets 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Online Spreadsheets From VisiCalc to Google Sheets: An Intro to the Best Spreadsheet Apps Write Faster with Spreadsheets: 10 Shortcuts for Composing Outlines, Research, HTML Tables and More Spreadsheet CRM: How to Create a Customizable CRM with Google…

Digital Disruption in Consulting

Digital Disruption in Consulting As they say, digital forces move fast and digital disruption happens before you even notice it. When I read KPCB’s Design in Tech in 2015 , one the things that caught my eye was Accenture’s acquisition of design company Fford. At that time, I thought something might be up. But as they…

My Top 10 Crowdfunding Tips

(A response to a request on Quora by someone who wanted to crowdfund his brother’s education of $50,000)

Reflections: On Religion, Con Artists and how Tragedy can restore Human Dignity

On Religion, Con Artists and how Tragedy can restore Human Dignity “Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool.” – Voltaire Maria Porpova’s fascinating and thought provoking review of  “The Confidence Game” by Maria Kornikova sheds light on  psychology behind how con artists work (storytelling in reality manipulation, the paradox of truth, the paradox of trust,…

Google Sheets and Google Slides New API

Google Sheets and Google Slides New API Haven’t been as excited about something as I am about the new slides API!  No more powerpoint!!! Auto-updating slides! Sign up for early access.

Hacking Lifehacker’s “How I Work” Series – FREE DOWNLOAD!

A Searchable Index of Lifehacker.com’s “How I Work” and “Behind the App” Interviews with Shared Count data I’ve always been a big fan of Lifehacker’s “How I Work” series, especially the earlier ones. But one thing that has been on my wish list is a searchable index of all the “How I Work” interviews as I have…

CSS Secrets from a CSS Guru

 A CSS Guru Reveals a Big CSS Secret Of late, I have been fascinated with mouse-sensitive animation. See this one called Particle JS that I forked onto Codepen. Another version is this a pen that does not require any Javascript. This animation is triggered using CSS transitions only, Adapted from HongKiat.com CSS3 Transition is a great addition to CSS3 that allows  transitional changing effects to CSS…

Hacking Premium Twitter Tools

This Hack is worth more than $1,188 (Originally posted on Medium on 14 December 2015, updated on 3 May 2016) Almost every professional content marketer I know pays for a certain tool to see what content gets shared, who the influencers are etc. Sure I’ve tried it out, it’s a fantastic tool —but the PRO version…

A Useful List of Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts can 10X your productivity! Here are links to the must know keyboard shortcuts for the most popular apps!  Like the link? Hold CTRL or CMD and drag it to your bookmark bar to add it! (Remove unnecessary words to save space and add more to your bookmark bar!) Chrome Shortcut Keys Google Doc Google…

More Productivity Tips (this time from 33 Experts)

My Top 33 “How I Work” Interviews While I love the Lifehacker series, there isn’t a single indexable place where you can find all the “How I Work” interviews.  Just think about it… the interview series has been going on since end 2012 and they interview someone every single week. That’s over 150 interview! Lucky for…

ENDED: World’s Largest Study on Critical Thinking

Last Chance to Participate in World’s Largest Study on Critical Thinking 25 April: Update from Macat Over 21, 000 participants have registered, exceeding their initial target. The study will close on the 29th April for the initial cut of data. Organisations who wish to participate beyond this date will be accommodated if they are committing to 100 or more participants…

The Mystery of Favicons, SOLVED!

Learning to Make Favicons Part of my mission to learn graphic design and web design is to create my own icons and logos for the websites I make (for fun). One thing has been puzzling me for days — why my favorite favicon generator (Dan’s Tool’s, which generates all the icons you’ll ever need, for Web, Android,…

REPOST: Seth’s Blog

Repost: A Reminder Reposting a blog post – a reminder to all job seekers, students in particular, not to ignore the massive opportunity to differentiate yourself via digital. No Direction Home There are millions of college seniors beginning their job search in earnest. And many of them are using the skills they’ve been rewarded for…

My Problem with Heuristics and Singapore Math

Seth Godin published a blog post recently “For those unwilling to think deeply”, which made me think about the problem with Singapore Math and heuristics. “You can just use the tool without understanding it, copy the leader without realizing where she’s going, follow instructions without questioning them.” Why? “More likely, you don’t want to expend the…

World’s Largest Study in Critical Thinking

World’s Largest study in Critical Thinking UK education technology startup Macat, in collaboration with Cambridge University are conducting the world’s largest ever study on Critical Thinking in education and the workforce. While the research is being done by the Cambridge School of Education, the survey is being funded and administered by Macat, a UK edtech…

Food for Thought – The Ethical Implications of Too Much Tuition

Making Caring Common: Tuition and Ethics Harvard’s Making Caring Common – a part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education – recently made a dramatic call to all college admissions officers to look for active contribution to community and to reduce the pressures of excessive over-achievement.  Almost 90 colleges including all of the Ivy League Universities have…

Different Types of G

Different Fonts have Different Types of G I did a sample of Gs for my other Twitter and Facebook account: the Gifted Singaporean.

How To: Keep Your Standards High

How to Keep your Standards High for Dribbble The post that got put into the best bucket in Dribbble is one that I posted 7 months ago on Instagram. This was made for my best friend Natalie because she’s always perfectly groomed and wearing 4 inch heels. Pretty sure Coco Chanel said it but what counts…

Making Gifs

Making Gifs for Twitter I started making Gifs when I realised that they were becoming popular on Twitter.  In particular, Dustin Stout , one of the early Tweeps that I engaged with would always reply with a Gif. So one of the very first Gifs I made was this one that I sent to him! @dustntv…

If money is all that matters, forget Harvard, do a STEM degree instead

“Forget Harvard: Here’s Where To Go To College If You Want A High-Paying Job” In an article was published in Co.Exist (Fast Company) on 4 May 2015, Senior Editor Ariel Schwartz cited a study from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program that ranks two- and four-year colleges based on economic outcomes for graduates.

Re-educating for Creativity: Ken Robinson’s TED talk

Quotes from Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk about how schools kill creativity   “Creativity is as important to Education as literacy.” “If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.” “We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make.”

Shift Happens – Did You Know?

(Source: Shift Happens – Did You Know? – Changes in global populations and technology – video) Shift Happens Did you know / Shift Happens is a project by Karl Fisch, a high school teacher who created an extremely popular presentation in 2007. “25% of the population in China with the highest IQs is greater than the population…

Happy New Year 2016 Gif

This was the GIF that I sent out over the New Years. Only 3 Apps used to make this one. Notegraphy: The Happy New Year with slashes of colour was made in Notegraphy.  This setting is one of my favourites, and I have used it for a quote on Creativity before. Over: The greeting below it…

2x Impact Day pop-up site!

2x Impact Facebook Open Graph Image The importance of having the correct dedicated Facebook Open Graph Image and text  was something that I picked up when making my first fundraising website (http://deb.bi/WantstoBuildaSchool) as well as when we ran our GiveWhatforXmas campaign.  So when it came round for Windows donation matching, and the microsite that I created,…

How to Stalk a Venture Capitalist

 How to Stalk a Venture Capitalist You’re a startup with a killer idea and are looking for a venture capitalist to pitch to. Or perhaps you’re a senior at college, about to graduate, and have an interview lined up with a top tier PE/VC fund, investment bank, consulting firm. Problem is, you know absolutely nothing about the…

An unexpected Dribbble invitation

 Dribbble: A Show and Tell for Designers I had been admiring shots on Dribbble and looking at designers showing off their spare invites on Tumblr. For those that are unfamiliar with Dribbble, it is an invite-only social network for designers, described as a “show and tell” for designers – to showcase projects that they’re working off and to…

Christmas is all about Giving!

  This is another Gif that I made on the iPhone. Apps used: 1. Photo Collage to add words and images; 2. Gifx to add the animated floating hearts.    

#GiveWHATforXmas: Adsy Microsite and Mobile Web

Adsy – A cute platform for a microsite Check out our #GiveWhATforXmas microsite and mobile website made with Adsy and Impress.ly   The site can be viewed here:  http://deb.bi/GiveWHATforXmas-Microsite Impress.ly – an Impressive Mobile Web / App Platform Our Mobile Web (App-looking site) was made with impress.ly’s App platform which creates a mobile web site…

#GiveWHATforXmas: Asher Dharsan 2015 Xmas Campaign Video

Asher’s  GiveWhatforXmas Campaign video – Asher was a typical 13 year old boy – he really did not want to participate in this experiment at all. While his sister Anya was up for being filmed and making music videos, he kept asking if he had to do it. But when it came to his turn,…

Parenting Advice from the First Lady of China

Controversial parenting advice banned in Chinese media strikes a cord with Singaporean parents Many people have asked me where I found  parenting advice from Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China because if you try to google it, you won’t find it anywhere in English.   This is the story. My mum sent it to…

41 Completely Badgirl Anaïs Nin Quotes

Love Anais Nin! On my Facebook page, you will see that the quotes I have there are two Anais Nin quotes that I have loved since I was I was a kid. When I came across this list of 41  bad girl quotes from Thought Catalogue, this was definitely a case of right click, scrape similar, export…

Online Marketing with Trello

An introduction to my Trello board of marketing resources This is a public Trello board I created in July in response to a large number of questions on Quora that I was seeing on the topic of inbound marketing, as well as how to execute a marketing strategy on a shoestring budget for startups.