Ground-Up Initiative’s (GUI) very first Garbage Enzyme Workshop is happening……
When: SATURDAY, 21 FEBRUARY 2009
Where: Nyee Phoe – 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898
What time: 2 to 4.30pm
Fees for this workshop: S$15 for members and S$18 for non-members. Fee includes a 5-litre plastic bottle and brown sugar and will be given to each participant during the DIY session.
All participants are requested to bring your own "garbage". "Garbage" refers to kitchen waste such as raw vegetables and/or skins and seeds of all types of fruits which one usually throws away during cooking preparation.
Garbage enzyme is the solution to recover our ozone layer and lower the global temperature. Discover the endless benefits of this Earth-saving enzyme you can make in your kitchen.
ENZYME MAN of Singapore aka Mr Derrick Tan will conduct this workshop, therefore it is a golden opportunity to learn from him first hand about this magical enzyme and how to make it at home.
If you want to learn more about creation, adoption and application of ENZYME in your daily living, please email to email@example.com.
P.S. For drivers, please refer to the map below for directions to the venue.
For those who are taking public transport, please wait at the waiting bay next to Kranji MRT station by 1.30pm, there will be transport arrangement by GUI to bring you to the venue.
How could it be possible? For those who have been very aware of the latest development in the computer industry. You probably have known that SONY Singapore has announced the the launch of their latest notebook in town this week – VAIO P “Pocket style PC”. The new VAIO P “Pocket style PC” is an 8-inch full-featured notebook PC fitted into a pocket size that’s less than 20mm thin and is about the size of a business envelope.
When I first hold on to VAIO P, it feels like you are mantling with a toy. It is very light (weighs 594g with a solid-state drive and 620g with a hard disk drive) for a notebook and can be comfortably handled with a single hand. Ladies will love this device as it can be easily slip into a handbag while they are out for shopping.
Despite its small size, performance has not been compromised. Although it is run on Microsoft VISTA, I am surprised that most of the applications have been able to load relatively fast. Anyway, XP is still available in the market if you are not used to VISTA.
The design of the keyboard is pretty good given its small size. I appreciate that Sony has recognized the importance of typing experience. Extension of the keyboard to the edges of the chassis and maximizing of typing space do help men with big fingers like mine. However, it appears that the screen looks significantly shorter and smaller than the keyboard. It does not look visually appealing to people like me who have been used to working on normal-size laptop.
It does not come to me as a surprise when VAIO P has connectivity features such as built-in wireless LAN 802.11b/g/Draft n webcam. The interesting application is the Instant Mode that directly launches into Sony’s Xross Media Bar interface for quick boot up and access to music, video, photos and the Web. We tried to quick boot the system on the spot and it took about 30-40s to launch Instant Mode; probably due to the operation system installed in the device.
The VAIO P is almost as powerful as a normal-size laptop. Since it is run on Window VISTA, it supports other software. Additionally, there is also a windows arrangement utility preinstalled for easy organising of all open documents or websites, all with a single touch. The disappointment is short battery life of 3 hours (bundled battery). It is certainly not enough if you carry this device out for a whole day.
The new VAIO P is available in 4 different colours – Black, Green, Red and White and will be priced from S$1,299
For press release and specification of this product, please go here
We have a wonderful Sunday evening at SMU Ice Cold beer. Nice ambience, great people and of course lots of beer!
Me, Me, Me, Me, Me! These photos (all contain me) were taken and given free to me on the spot! (I absolutely love this idea! Cool and professional photos for free!) These photos are sponsored by Livestudio
For those who are interested to know how the calendar look like, there is an online version at http://bloggers2009.album.sg/ (if you look diligently, you will see my link in the January calendar)
Lastly, thanks to Daphne for organizing such a wonderful event.
Global market slumped like a freefall but innovation will never stop. Entrepreneurs will continue to innovate and invent interesting products and services. Give yourself a chance to indulge in the air of entrepreneurism at NTU Business Plan Competition(NTU BPC) this coming Friday, 9 Jan 2009.
NTU BPC – 08CreativeLab is a campus-wide competition very much in line with Singapore’s effort to promote and develop a strong technology entrepreneurship environment leading to a vibrant and thriving sector of high growth technology-oriented companies. Spearheaded by Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) and designed to encourage the growth of entrepreneurship through education and competition, NTU BPC provides a platform in which participants present new innovative business concepts to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and angel investors.
Through the various learning initiatives and training engagements with business communities, participants are strongly encouraged to go beyond “paper play” and to start up ventures based on their business plans.
This year’s competition which began in May attracted a total of 294 NTU students or 67 teams. During the first round of judging, we narrowed this down to 18 teams. 8 teams from the Semi Final have advanced into the Grand Final of 08CreativeLab.
Our judges from the preliminary and semi-final rounds have short-listed 8 finalist-teams for this Grand Final, where each team is expected to perform an elevator pitch on their business, followed by a venture capital fair where each team will set up a booth to showcase their business idea to be evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges consisting of venture capitalists, business angels, successful entrepreneurs, eminent corporate business leaders, intellectual property owners, solicitors, government officials, and etc.
The winning teams will be awarded with over S$23,000 cash prizes; possibilities to raise capital funding; and others including digital equipments and shopping vouchers, etc. Supporting this event, we have supporting partners such as Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA), Technology Transfer Network (TTN) and Lloyd Wise.
NTC would like to invite you to the Grand Finale of NTU Business Plan Competition 2008 on 9th of January 2009.
Interested parties, please register yourself here
I received a letter which is attention to “Neo”. I have only been using this name ever since my army days (Hey! I didn’t use this name because of the movie “Matrix“! Neo is my last name! and Army like to address soldiers by last name) I guess most probably it is sent by people whom I got to know in university or Army.
Indeed, it is sent by a lady whom I got to know in Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre. Here’s the message
“Seasons greeting and may your wishes come true.
All the best in your job search and hope that you will obtain a job that you’ll fancy”
It is a simple gesture on her part. I certainly appreciate that! A simple words of encouragement from friends does moltivate me to move on. I would like to say to this friend,
“Thank you for being so thoughtful! I will continue to propell forward no matter what kind of obstacles that I will face.”
Last and foremost, I would also like to wish you a wonderful christmas and a happy new year!
I extracted this article from CNET. The aurthor is critising the wireless function of MacBook Air. I couldn’t say whatever mentioned in the article is wrong. However, it is overly reacting to the features. If you want to have 3G surfing, you can always get a wireless dongle modem. Space is critical in a thin laptop like Macbook Air? There is a limitation in the hardware design.
I believe in future, we can expect to see more features in a next generation of MacBook Air which I am pretty sure 3G will be included.
“Apple’s MacBook Air doesn’t live up to its wireless promise.
To quote an Apple tagline, “without wires, you’re free to go anywhere.” But the wireless part of the “air” double entendre fails to deliver. (The other half its light-as-air weight: here it does deliver.)
As I’ve written in the past, I like the Air. I got one in February as soon as it was available at retail and have been pleased with the performance, screen, keyboard, build, and, until recently, the battery life (which has dwindled to under an hour). Of course, the head-turning aluminum aesthetics is also a major appeal to many people.
That said, after a spurt of trips including a 10-day stay on the East Coast and a few treks to Los Angeles, the Air’s wireless shortcomings have become painfully clear. In a word (or two), no 3G.
Now, before I get slammed, let me say that I fully realize that I’m not the first person to reach this conclusion so I’m not claiming any unique epiphany. There were a number of observers citingthis paradox way back in January. Some frustrated users even attempted hacks to shoehorn a 3G modem into the Air. The point is: because of the price and the way it’s marketed, 3G should be built in.
But the full brunt of not having 3G hit me on Friday when I made a trip to Qualcomm to get briefed on a new version of the Snapdragon applications processor (more on this in another post). Sitting there in the nerve center of one of greatest wireless companies in the world, I couldn’t get a wireless connection. Everyone else in the room had 3G connections of one kind or another. The Air instantly became the proverbial doorstop (or paper weight–choose your simile, or maybe it’s more apropos to say it was a dinosaur.)
It didn’t take much prodding from me to get the Qualcomm product manager to point out this fatal flaw.
This came after weeks of not being able to use the Air in many situations when I desperately needed a wireless connection. For instance, not all LA airports have reliable Wi-Fi connections. The John Wayne Airport in Orange County being one example. And when I was on the East Coast, one sprawling place I stayed at for several nights had Wi-Fi only in one inconveniently situated area that was inaccessible at night.
In these situations, the Air is nothing more than a slab of beautifully sculpted aluminum.
(Credit: Brooke Crothers)
Which brings me to the cult of Steve Jobs. Apple was brilliant enough to deliver a groundbreaking design like the Air but why wasn’t it savvy enough to build in 3G?
Before I get slammed again, let me throw out some reasons (excuses) why Apple didn’t build in 3G, based on reports I’ve read and my own observations. Apple didn’t like the fact that 3G modems often made the user commit to one service provider, i.e., Verizon or Sprint or Vodafone. Or, it believed that if users wanted 3G, they could simply plug in a USB 3G modem.
I have serious problems with both of those reasons. Particularly when you’re paying typically more than $1,800 (or $2,500, depending on the model) for a notebook billed as a wireless wonder (for Apple ad copy on why the Air is such a wonderful wireless laptop, just cruise over to Apple’s MBA page.) And I have even more of a problem when ultrathin Netbooks are coming with 3G at one-third (and potentially a tiny fraction of) the cost of the Air.
For comparison, let’s look at another Valley company, Hewlett-Packard. HP has been selling WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network) modems in its business laptops for at least two years (and probably longer). The HP-Compaq NC6400 laptop introduced about two years ago was offered from day one with WWAN built in.
Granted, the choice of carriers at first was limited but look at HP’s offerings today. Models (including those in the EliteBook line) are offered with Qualcomm’s Gobi modem. Gobi obviates the need to have unique radios for each carrier. Gobi supports Verizon, Sprint, and others in one device.
Where was Gobi when Apple refreshed the MacBooks in October? I’m sure Apple has plenty of excuses (for example, not enough space in the Air’s ultrathin design).
But Apple should have had 3G from the beginning and certainly in the October refresh. In today’s 3G world, continuing to call it the MacBook Air brings another meaning to the double entendre: lightness of weight with a touch of advertising hot air.
The point is not that a user can potentially add an external WWAN modem (though even that’s not necessarily easy to do), the point is that the Air should come with 3G capability built in considering how the computer is marketed.
Hi guys! Sorry for not updating The Neo Dimension (TND) for some time.
Recently, I was helping The Young Businessman as a guest blogger. The latest blog post that I have written for The Young Businessman is “Should Entrepreneurs Venture in Recession-Resistant Industry”
Also, I was being interviewed by Chasing The Storm on the entrepreneurship experience with Technopreneurs’ Association of Wireless Applications (TAWA). Questions are well thought and to a certain extend, it is a public’s impression of TAWA.
Will update you guys more about the latest development of TAWA.
COMPANIES receiving venture capital backing are generally better at corporate governance when they list on the stock exchange than those that have not gone down the venture capital path, according to a study by the Australian School of Business.
Based on 11 years of research by Associate Professor Jo-Ann Suchard in association with the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, the study examined corporate governance at companies that had gone through an initial public offering.
It finds that listed companies with VC-backed boards have more independent directors and a higher percentage of independent directors with industry experience than non-VC companies that have gone to an IPO.
“It is established in international markets that venture capitalists add value through various types of activities beyond just giving money,” Suchard says.
Her research shows VC-backed firms have more independent directors. “These were not just non-executives, but directors who didn’t have any prior or existing relationship with the company, so they weren’t lawyers or bankers or accountants who had a prior working relationship,” she says.
Suchard says VCs use their networks to bring in specialist independent directors to help run companies, and therefore provide better corporate governance, which should help protect shareholder interests and contribute to better performance over time.
Luceille Outhred, chief executive of South Australian technology innovation group Digislide Holdings, says having VC backing has definitely helped her company achieve stronger corporate governance.
“We’ve gone through seed capital raising and angel raising, and each time we’ve gone through a different stage, as a natural consequence of the business growing but also as a necessity for raising additional capital at a higher level, our policies and procedures have tightened up,” she says.
“We always had a goal of listing on the ASX or the New York Stock Exchange, or Nasdaq, so we have constantly been upgrading our policies and our procedures, both operational and governance.
“Digislide has received about $12 million in venture capital funding and we would be in a position to lodge with ASIC for an ASX-listed company if we choose to do so, because all our policies are at the highest level and the implementation is at the highest level.”
Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, chief executive of the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, says VC-backed companies are used to working with a board, whereas many other companies that list for the first time have not previously done so.
“A lot of companies think they don’t need a board in the earlier stages of being a company and so people are just not used to having a board,” Woodthorpe says.
“It is difficult, however, finding independent directors, particularly people who are interested in working with smaller technology companies, which are perceived as having higher risk.”
Ivan Kaye, director of BSI Australia, which provides venture capital funding through its Australian Distributed Incubator arm, says a condition of putting money into a company is that they move towards having the right structures in place.
“There are generally independent or non-executive board members put on by the VC.
“As a result of that, the shift from a private company to listing is smaller than with a company that hasn’t had VC backing.”
Mike Hershorn, director of Four Hats Capital, manager of the Nanyang Innovation Fund, says one of the first things to improve in the field of corporate governance is a company’s financial reporting.
“That’s really the first step, because if the board doesn’t have accurate financial reports it can’t work well to improve the company.”
* Companies with venture capital backing tend to have better corporate governance
* Independent directors have a stronger presence on the board
* The right governance structures are often a condition of VC funding
* Better governance brings better financial reporting
The Australian, 28 Nov 2008
It is a beautiful Wednesday morning. Shen has invited Jeremy, Ridzuan and me for a coffee session at Geek Terminal. Each and every one of us chatted about anything under the sun. The most surprising thing we got to know from Jeremy is that Nokia had involved in many businesses in Finland. Nokia is a giant conglomerate someone like TATA in India. They used to sell car tires specifically designed for winter. (They had already sold their tires businesses. See link here)
So who are these entrepreneurs?
1. Shen, Founder/ Managing Director of Jorbb.com
Jorbb.com is Singapore’s newest site created expressly for non-executive jobs, for individuals seeking freelance, contract, part-time and casual employment.
This innovative and uniquely interactive portal enables its users to not only post their resumes, but also photos, slideshows and video profiles.
2. Jeremy, Managing Director of Metaversum Asia Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Metaversum develops and operates the 3D online world Twinity. This visionary project mashes up the real with the virtual world. Members of the Twinity community enrich and expand their lives by integrating their real life into the virtual world. Twinity is set to launch this summer and is currently in private beta. Founded in July 2006, Metaversum is financed by leading venture capital firms and has offices in Berlin and Kiev.
Company Website: http://www.metaversum.com/
Twinity website: http://www.twinity.com/en
3. Ridzuan Ashim, co-founder of Widgeous
Officially incorporated in early 2008 by 2 individuals, Widgeous is in the business of creating a web technology-based solution for solving the problem of having too many isolated channels of communication. Keeping to philosophy of keeping things simple, the company has built a platform which allows people to keep a centralised repository of their contact information. With that, others who wish the contact the individual can now do so simply by specifying the individual’s Widgeous ID. Widgeous then helps to decide the most efficient method for delivering the message.
The platform is also an open platform that allows application developers to build applications that fully utilize their cross-channel capabilities.
(From Left) Neo, Jeremy, Shen, Ridzuan