To Juniors: Graduating liao? So? What’s next?

graduation cap and diplomaFor the past few days, my Facebook was filled with various declaration of triumph: “Graduate loh! Last presentation loh! Last class loh!”

Many of you will be graduating with crazy internship stints, various positions in CCAs and ex-co, or even with crazy GPA and think that your future is secure. Some of you who are less fortunate may have simply floated through those 4 bitter years and have insurmountable fear for your future.

Let me tell you this: It doesn’t fucking matter.

Growth Hacking: How I Acquired 2,000 Sticky Users In A Day With a S$36 Budget


As shared in an earlier post, growth hacking is something that I think all startups should do.
This is the story of one of my experiments.

I used to run a textbook marketplace (BookINBookOUT) that was used by more than 70% of all undergraduates at Singapore Management University.

When I first started, there were just a few hundred users. I need a cheap, cost effective method to gain thousands of users so that my platform enjoys sufficient marketplace liquidity.

30 Pilots And Flight Attendants Confess The Best Kept Secrets You Don’t Know About Flying

Viralquake posted a question to readers:

Flight Attendants, pilots, or engineers, what are some secrets that passengers don’t know when you ride on planes?

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Relationships are built through hardships, not on a bed of roses. The former forms a lasting bond, the later just makes you fall in love the concept of being in love.

The One Thing That All Entrepreneurs Should Know – Growth Hacking

You have an awesome idea. You think it will work and people will love it.
3 months later, you’ve built the product. But no one is coming. What’s missing?

Growth Hacking.

What is “growth hacking”? Why the word “hack”? Is it illegal?

Wikipedia defines it as “Growth hacking is a marketing technique developed by technology startups which uses creativity, analytical thinking, and social metrics to sell products and gain exposure.”

I don’t fully agree with that definition.

Facebook Hack is official.

Sorry to get your hopes up, but this post isn’t some breakthrough new way of hacking Facebook.

What this is about, is this:

Today we’re releasing Hack, a programming language we developed for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP. Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.

We have deployed Hack at Facebook and it has been a great success. Over the last year, we have migrated nearly our entire PHP codebase to Hack, thanks to both organic adoption and a number of homegrown refactoring tools.

We’re also proud to release an open source version of Hack to the public at as part of our HHVM runtime platform, which will now support both Hack and PHP.

WOW, just wow.

Official Announcement

An Advice From a Local Managing Director to Fresh Graduates

The founder & Managing Director of a publicly listed F&B company shared this about his younger days:

When I was a fresh graduate, I did 3 times the amount of work I was paid for. I involved myself in everything. I have this friend who joined the workforce the same time as me, but he always leave work on time and spent all his extra time on mahjong.

In one year, I accumulated working experience that others would have taken 3 years to accumulate. Now, I am the boss of a publicly listed F&B while he is still playing mahjong.

When you are young, don’t be so fussy about how much you are doing for the company, or whether the pay is worth your the amount of time you spend at work. When you work, you learn, and what you learn is something that you take and keep in you. It will stay with you for life. The company gains, yes. But this is not just about the company. This is about you too. This is your reason for working when you are young.

26+1 Telltale Signs That Your Startup or Startup Idea is Going to Fail

Success and failure signs

As a developer and an entrepreneur, I often come across startups that exhibits certain telltale signs that cause me to think they are not going to make it.
Here are the signs.

“How much you earn is not a measure of your success. It is a result of the things you are willing to do for money.”
– weikiat

“It is time to start blogging again…”