On the 23rd March, I have got the privilege to attend an up-close and personal, 2 hours session with Aries Zulkarnain and Elim Chew held at City College, organized by the cool people at SODE. Aries Zulkarnain is the director of a successful multi-million dollar family owned business in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the co-founder of Tarpa brand.
Elim Chew is the founder of the street wear brand, 77th Street. She has been a part of many on-going community campaigns. Elim also sat in over 20 committees. She chaired and co-chaired several public service, youth and community groups including the Programming Committee for *scape. *scape was an iconic youth community space for free expressions supported by MCYS and National Youth Council of Singapore (NYC) and Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) of Ministry of Trade and Industry. She was a member on the Board of Trustees, Entrepreneurship Committee and Investment Committee at the National University of Singapore.She got the award for the most Promising Woman Entrepreneur in 2001 by the Singapore Association of Small and Medium Enterprises
I learnt alot from the both of them. Their passion for business and how it's so important to connect with the people we meet.
Some of the quotes that impacted me, from the session:
"As much as possible, there should be minimum expenditure when starting business - if possible spend none at all."
"Whether we are running, having a meal; always comes back with an idea."
Quoted by Aries Zulkarnain, "Maximised collisions by accelerating serendipity." ~ Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos
"Never have illusions, so that we will not have disillusions. Because if I get disllusions, i'll soon lose sight of my life and visions."
Perhaps one of the best question ever ask that day, was raised by Aries Zulkarnain
"Can you start out in life pursuing audacious ventures, or do you need to build reputation, relationships & resources first?"
"I think everybody who creates something is doing something audacious. Because the most difficult time is when you are starting from scratch with no financial backing--just an idea. So true audaciousness comes about with just thosepeople who have the pluck and the courage to say, "Screw it; let's do it." ~ Sir Richard Branson shared by Pst Aries. You can read more of the interview at http://www.inc.com/magazine/201211/leigh-buchanan/sir-audacity-richard-branson.html.