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On "Kitchen Nightmares"

This weekend, I watched a few cuts of TV programmes on Youtube.

Listed as below:
Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen NightmaresGordon Ramsay's on Bad Boy's BakeryGordon Ramsay's escape to Thailand They are indeed quite inspiring. I didn't know these programmes until I saw someone shared the initial cut on the "5 dishes that Gordon Ramsay actually liked" on Facebook.
The immediate question came into my mind: "Why he's so pissed off with someone else's kitchens?"
Then I started to watch the other clips which tell the whole story. After watching a few clips, I started to realise his positive intention of helping those restaurant owners who are suffering in their F&B businesses find right ways to recover. The story normally starts with a failure restaurant. Then Gordon will taste their food, followed by investigating their operations. After identifying all the key issues, Gordon will give advises and transform the restaurant into a more promising one…
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Learning Public Speaking

In the past few weeks, I've been exploring the methodologies of public speaking that work for me. It takes a lot of trials and errors until I finally see some progresses. It would be good to share my thoughts and experiences so that people see my posts can have a more confident and effective start for public speaking.

Firstly of all, you need to overcome the fears to public speaking.  The common excuse I take is that I'm an introvert person. You have to be an extrovert person to master public speaking. However, that's not true. Public speaking is a skill, it can be trained and mastered. It may take some natural talents to be a super-influential speaker. But for a normal person to hit a point to deliver your messages clearly and powerfully, it's doable.

One of the inspiring talks I heard from an introvert speaker is Susan Cain's "The Power of Introverts". Susan says that introverts sometimes can deliver deeper thoughts than the extroverts.


Surprisingly, ev…

2017 New Year Resolution

Read a post on FB, and I listed down my new year resolution as follows in different categories: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/21/former-google-career-coach-shares-a-useful-visual-trick.html BusinessFooyo Sales 300k from meFooyo China setupSkoolight 100 schools + seeds/pre-A stagePersonal lifeFamily: 1-2 milk packs/month, visit 1-2 times/year, ask them to visit SG or other places of interestsRomance: Consolidate my relationships, propose/marriage in 2 years.Health&fitness70-75kg by end of the year. 0.5-1kg/monthSwimming as a habit(2-3 times/week)FunVisit 5-7 countries/biz trip mostlyPersonal trip with GF for 2-3 placesSkill buildingGet a driving licence in SG and convert to ChinaLearn Japanese(biz communication level)Digital marketing/adtech skillsRead 5-10 books(Mind) Hope the plans do come true.

Learning to operate a digital product

Things worth noting down.

In the past two weeks, I've been trying very hard on the marketing strategy adoption for our newborn platform "Dadafish". It's basically to solve the market place chicken and egg problem in a more cost-efficient manner.

We start from the teacher acquisition:
Location based Door to Door marketing(visit physical store based on locations). Vertical domain marketing approach(research 2-3 subdomains and find the relevant hosts to host classes on Dadafish) So far, we've got quite a number of classes ongoing, ranging from arts/crafts, language, cooking, sports. For the time being, we focus a lot on language and arts/crafts. Classes coming in the next few weeks:

1. Classes conducted this week:
Japanese writing class Chinese class for complete beginnersFlower arrangement class
2. Class conducting next week:

Japanese writing classFrench language exchange for complete beginners(3 groups)French language exchange for immediate level(1 group)Chinese langu…

Thoughts

I've been working as a project manager on an interesting project named "Dadafish" for quite some time. The intention is to create a sharing economy platform for lifestyle teaching/learning. Put in a more straightforward way, an Airbnb for classes.



There is one assumption:  People are willing to pay to learn skills from amateur or semi-pros at a lower price.

Quite some ongoing arts classes in meetups are taught in cafe shops at 15-50SGD/session. It's an indirect validation of our assumption. There are also many free language classes in meetups and facebook groups. We did an experiment to validate the assumption by introducing a Japanese friend who's organizing a free meetup to teach Japanese. She doesn't have a certificate and she's currently teaching Japanese in meetups for free. The experiment class was charged at 15 SGD/h per person for a 3-4 pax group class. We posted the class and teacher info in a NUS student/alumni SNS group and three people signed …

Past and coming year

It's been a long time since the last blog update. A lot of things happened in the past year, mostly beyond my expectations.

1. First official startup -- Fooyo

Though I've been working with startups and individual entrepreneurs since school days, chances/courages didn't come into existence until this lean mobile team decided to work together.

It was hard, especially at the beginning when we've got nothing but hardcore ability to code mobile apps. For B2B solution providers, the primary resource is indeed customer relationships. None of us have business backgrounds, neither are we good at marketing or persuading people. The important thing is that we focus a lot on products-- the UI/UX design and development process optimisation.

Gradually, people who value our product development skills come to us. Mike's team in Minitheory is really awesome. We work together to deliver beautiful projects. One of the apps we worked together is Nibble, a food sharing app which has a …

RISE Conference

Our team went for the exhibition in the RISE conference organized by Web Summit. It was fruitful to learn from entrepreneurs and investors in the community. During this event, we demoed our newborn product, Tutormy, which is a mobile market place for tutors and students to meet and communicate.

Some highlights:

Regarding products:

We visited most educational related product booths during the event. There are basically three types of products in the market.

Dashboard management system for schools to better manage their internal resources, including teachers, students, courses, etc. The system also serve as a engagement tool for schools to communicate with parents and other relevant entities. Most teams who are doing this kind of B2B systems are mostly working on domestic markets(spotted some teams from Delhi and one from Philippines). Some have already been quite established and looking for new opportunities(Found one Norwegian company).Marketplaces. There is a HK based startup with a si…