May 10, 2014

SG2014 Day 2: Where are Singaporeans buried?

(May 7, 2014)

We're here mainly for the Startup Asia 2014 conference. So entire whole day we're just inside the conference hall at Biopolis. 

So we sneaked in a quick trek to a nearby trail early in the morning. We stayed somewhere in Lornei Road which is across MacRitchie Trail, and the back of the house we stayed in was the Bukit Brown Cemetery, according to a written guide given by the owner of the house we stayed in, a very old cemetery which is known to be home of the some great Singaporeans. 
It was just actually beside the highway. But unless you know that it's a cemetery, it's not obvious that it's a cemetery.
It makes me wonder so where are now the cemeteries for the later generation of Singaporeans? With the high value of every inch of lot in SG, you must be filthy rich to own a slot for a dead body.

So where was I? We're here for the startup asia, and honestly, I was really having a hard time getting excited about startup. I mean, I love the startup mindset but sometimes there's a bit of too much hype around it, and we know that the reality is not at all rainbow-colored fluffy cotton candy.

But nevertheless, being surrounded by these passionate people never fails to rekindle or kindle a fire in you.

You know you're in a startup conference when you would see all these "revolutionary" "change the world" kind of words plastered left and right.
I was happy to see someone from
Philippines in the exhibit --! Lez download their app!
One of the things I really looked forward to was to see if there are other tech startup / business doing any thing related to or anything about sports, and this was the closest I could find. I mean there are lot of tech apps / web services that are similar to aktib,  but I was looking for new players, a more consumer kind of approach.
Another thing I looked forward to is to listen to ecommerce -- the undying ecommerce topic. Whatever new web tech would come up, ecommerce will never get old.
It was interesting to listen that their struggles are: payment, logistics, and trust. And, it's nothing really different from Philippines, I believe.

There were a lot of interesting encouraging topics. 

We visited Honey of at JFDI after the conference. She and ademar for are part of the incubation program of jFDI. It's where you'll be given money, mentorship, working space so you can build your product / business for 3 months++ then you'll pitch it to investors after.

Exciting times!

And, I always long to write again about PH startups after I got to this kind of events.

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