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Where to begin on a Big Idea? How JFDI Startup Execuvite got going

Oct 12, 2015 Community, True Stories 0 comments

Dave Osh and James Barwick have a huge vision for their startup Execuvite, now going through the JFDI Accelerate program. But it was JFDI Discover that helped them see the first steps clearly, writes Cui-Lyn Huang 1. Tell us about your startup and team – who are you, and what are you aiming to do? Dave Osh is…

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What Investors Want From Lean Startups

Oct 12, 2015 For JFDI Startups, Insights, Startup Science, Wisdom 0 comments

Luke Skywalker didn’t just roll out of bed one morning and defeat the Emperor. First he faced the deaths of his aunt and uncle. Then he encountered Obi-Wan Kenobi. He trained with Yoda. He battled Darth Vader. Finally he confronted the Emperor. Well, entrepreneurship works the same way. A startup’s journey toward becoming a public…

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JFDI Mentor Sangeet Choudary On Platform Businesses

Oct 6, 2015 Interviews 0 comments

In the last few years, JFDI Mentor Sangeet Paul Choudary has helped scores of our startups to understand the dynamics of their multi-sided market ‘platform’ businesses. This week he’s offering free downloads of his new book, writes Crystal Neri Back in January 2013, a few months into starting his blog, Sangeet Paul Choudary found a comment from…

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How To Think Like A VC by JFDI Mentor Jon Sugihara

Redmart Chief Information Officer Jon Sugihara shared insights in fundraising with the JFDI 2015A Accelerate batch. “First, you need to understand the VC from their point of view,” says Sugihara. “They want a couple of home runs.” These were the things he learned from raising and talking to many venture capitalists through the years, writes Crystal…

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User First, Product later – What fred Learned On JFDI Discover

Sep 28, 2015 Community, True Stories 0 comments

When reaching potential customers feels so hard, founders are often tempted into the comfort zone of product development. Vincent Teo, founder of JFDI Discover startup fred, says learning to resist that urge was his big insight, writes Cui-Lyn Huang 1. How did you hear about JFDI Discover? I heard about JFDI Discover through JFDI’s website. I…

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JFDI Discover Helps Singapore Startup Kinsheep To Win S$10K

Sep 28, 2015 Community, Insights, Interviews, True Stories 0 comments

JFDI Discover helped Ritchie Ng, Andre Tan and Varun Patro round up a flock of funding for their startup Kinsheep, writes Crystal Neri   Ritchie, Andre and Varun Patro met at college. Their friendship survived the failure of a first startup, Gloqo, as did their faith that their combined skills could make them an awesome team. Yet their next project…

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Face your Failures – The Halal Dining Club on JFDI Discover

Sep 21, 2015 Community, True Stories, Wisdom 0 comments

“Failure” happens every day in every startup but Siddika Jaffer of The Halal Dining Club believes that embracing the learning that comes with it is the best way to fix a business model, writes Cui-Lyn Huang 1. How did you hear about JFDI Discover? I was told about JFDI from a friend of mine who…

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Startups Inside Out – Understanding the Emotions of Entrepreneurship

Sep 14, 2015 Insights 2 comments

From Paul Graham’s “Trough Of Sorrow” to the joy of winning a first customer then stories of chronic depression… let’s face it… doing a startup is an emotional rollercoaster. So what can Pixar’s blockbuster movie Inside Out and new research teach about the turmoil in founders’ heads? asks Hugh Mason Those of you who were at…

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What Do Law Students Need To Know About Startups?

Sep 14, 2015 Interviews 0 comments

National University of Singapore law student Leonard Tye asked JFDI CEO Hugh Mason what budding lawyers need to know about entrepreneurship and startups, writes Crystal Neri.   Leonard: Is it desirable for people from different countries to start a startup? Hugh: Historically 90% of our startup teams at JFDI have come from outside Singapore and,…

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Three Weeks That Changed A Norwegian Startup Forever, Part 3

Sep 10, 2015 True Stories 0 comments

It took Tor Ivar Vage just three weeks to decide that Singapore would be the next frontier for his successful startup InfoGym. This is the finale of his three-part series describing how TINC Asia, a program run by JFDI and Innovation Norway, opened up a new future for him. TINC Asia 2015 is over. Although…

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