Everybody knows how the staple dish for Asians is a bowl of fluffy white rice that can be sampled for breakfast, lunch, dinner—and sometimes even supper. On the other hand, rice bowl is also the term used when someone is earning their wages through a job. As such, it is only apt that the coveted startup awards which encompasses startups all across Southeast Asia, is named the The Rice Bowl Startup Awards.
We can’t deny that entrepreneurship is a growing trend, especially here in Malaysia. In an average week, you might meet at least one person that’s either some sort of an entrepreneur or someone that’s about to quit their boring 9-to-5 job (seems like everyone wants to be their own boss) to pursue their dream of becoming the next Malaysian Richard Branson.
Most of us know him as the co-founder of Facebook; the man who, in 2011, renounced his US citizenship to move to Singapore. And thanks to the film The Social Network — which Eduardo Saverin himself considers to be “Hollywood fantasy” — we also know a bit more about his exit from the social media giant (albeit a more dramatic version).
You have a gut feeling that something is wrong, what you hear is too good to be true and maybe there is not really a future for you in the company. Unlike your early years, when the Sociopaths from management try to sweet talk about how essential you are to the team, somehow this time you can feel the hollowness of their words.
Fintech is rushing into Singapore like a wave, bringing with it startups that are attempting to revolutionise the ways that businesses and individuals are managing and accessing money. Amongst that pool is Funding Societies, a startup that crowdfunds for entrepreneurs who are looking for a faster, better way of obtaining funding to expand and sustain their businesses.