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Be an Expert in your area

People do love the word expert, especially in business. Being an expert means that you do the things that you do in the best way. If you are an expert in fishing, people will follow you to your fishing spots, use the same kind of baits that you use and they see you are their benchmark. If you are expert in marketing, people are looking for you for marketing advices, plans and actions.

In business environment, one company can’t do everything by itself. It needs help. That’s the reason Business-to-Business(B2B) exists. So businesses are looking for expert companies that excel in a certain area of their needs.

If you are a software provider, people are expected twice as much from you. First, you are an expert programmer. Second, you are an expert of what your software do. Let’s say your software is providing Human Resource Management System(HRMS), you can’t just rely on your strength as programmers alone. You have to be an expert in HRMS too. The reason is simple, if your customers are paying for HRMS, they are looking to depend on you for their HRMS needs. This is even more important if you are providing software as a service (SaaS) as you need a single solution for every customer. That means,  your solution has to be best, a trend setter, industry standard, to manage human resource.

That’s not only it. Since your platform is web based, your websites must be user friendly, secured, fast-loading, easy to use(high usability) and comply with WC3 standards. Those are  area of expertise and you need to be among the best of each one.

That being said, building a software is not about putting all the functions together. It is about meeting your customers expectations. If you don’t know what your customers expected, ask them. Make some surveys, let them fill in all the blanks in your mind. If you don’t talk to your customers, you will be a blind in a desert. Instead, be the expert in every field that you are in.

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Google Wave Invitation Giveaway

I have a bunch of invitation for Google Wave. I haven’t use it that much to tell you how compelling is the service. But if you would like to join in the hype and see Google Wave yourself, just fill in your email to the form link. All email will be discarded once I put them to send you the invites

Google Wave Invite Form

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Organization – That’s your job, Boss

Running a business is not an easy job. You have to make sure that every gear in your company is well oiled and working fast. Sometime you have to go into the hood and replace broken gears or re-oil them.

But One thing that you shouldn’t do is to be the gear. As a CEO, your job is to make sure your organization work efficiently, and work the way you want. To do this, you don’t have to be an expert for every field. What you need is the right person for every position. That person will be advising you the best practice for his/her department. If you are the one who is advising them, then it’s a last generation organization. As the next generation organization, CEO will be the one who listen and decide, not the one who advice and do. There is one easy way to know which one is you: If you are the one who talk a lot in a meeting and your employees are listening and taking note, this organization is obsolete. If you are the one who listen to the suggestions, your employees are fighting for their own ideas and at the end of the day you make the well-informed decisions, then you are on the right track.

In our world today, there is too much knowledge to know. It’s impossible to know everything. If all of your employees depends on you for inputs, the total value of your organization is only you. This is a waste of time and money.

Some say that doing this will let your company lose the steer. Yes they are right if that is the only thing that CEOs do. However, this is not the case. Like driving a car, CEO will be the one who is steering and watch the dashboard for engine condition and problems. You are the one who hold the steering but not necessarily know about every moving part in the engine. But in this analogy, your car also self-revolutionize into a better and faster car.

My last words, stop being a car mechanic and start being the driver.

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Let’s resist Coca-Cola Brrr! Campaign

bukeko2-300x225I heard it everywhere and getting sick of it. Era radio got it, TV commercial got it, everywhere! I’m calling everyone to resist the ‘culturization’ from the big conglomerate, Coca-Cola.

It’s not just that the campaign misrepresented Kenyans but it also shows that the world can be culturized if you have enough money to dump in. So, next time you hear your friend Brrr-ing in front of you, explain to him that he just falls victim to a worldwide commercial culturization.

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Slideshare – A fun way to learn new thing

Do you know what I’ve been doing at night these days? Going through the best presentation on slideshare.net. Usually I would just browse through a new topic in google, blogs, wikis and so on. But now most of reading (more like picture viewing) are on slideshare. If you are like me, like to learn a new thing and don’t mind adding some fun while at it, browse through slideshare some times. There might be some great slides that can teach you a lot of things. To get you started, here’s my favorite slide. Enjoy in full screen.

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Son of Electronic Printer

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Have you ever wondered about where did popular brand and company name come from? For example, BAPE or Bathing Ape comes from a Japanese saying, “A Bathing Ape In Lukewarm Water”, which refers “to the young generation being spoiled, pampered and too complacent.”

Or Epson is actually derived from “Son of Electronic Printer”. Funny

Get a whole list of intriguing etymologies from wiki

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What would happen if internet loss its neutrality?

If you wonder why people are so afraid of losing net neutrality, here’s why:

Losing Net Neutrality

Reminds me of Astro’s Sport channel price hike.

[via Gizmodo]

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I found Mudah’s Twin

I know the people behind Mudah.my is from a large press company in Singapore. But I don’t know they’ve launched multiple number of Mudah’s type of website in South East Asian. I just found 1 of its twin. Guess what’s called… AyosDito.ph

I thought it meant ‘Easy’ just like Mudah but it actually means ‘Ok, Here’. Serving the population of Philippines, AyosDito is also climbing its place as one of the most popular website in Philippines. Good luck to them.

AyosDito

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A new website for Authentic Venture

As a software house, Authentic Venture has an outdated webpage. As a person who in charge of marketing, I felt that it’s my responsibility to make it in a very presentable state. So I’ve developed a new website which is more user friendly, easier to maintain and of course, good looking. Feel free to browse our new website at http://ventures.com.my

Authentic Venture website

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Current Update

As for career, right now I’m managing Authentic Venture’s marketing department. This is my first job and as an electrical grad, it’s far from what I should do. However, as an engineer, I’m supposed to be the one who creates product from resources that surround me. In this case, my products would be marketing endeavor and my resources are time and skills that I’ve learnt as an engineer.

So far the job is good. I’ve got to learn many new skillsets, especially my weakest area, interpersonal skill. I’ve becoming more and more comfortable talking with strangers on the phone, starting a conversation and convincing people. Meeting new people is absolutely fabulous experience. Last week, I sit at the same table as Norman KRU at MDeC’s Open House. Jacqueline Victor and Jay Jay were there too. Prominent business people were also there but I don’t know many of them, but it’s a start.

I should be having a new staff next week. That’s something new. Before this I was just having my brother and friends helping me with my business but now having a staff formally is a new experience. He’s older than me but I’m sure we won’t have any problem working together.

Enough for work. Let’s go to investment and business updates. I opened up CIMB’s Itrade last month but I haven’t used the fund to buy any stock yet. I take it a little bit slow due my lack of time researching the market. Public Mutual’s funds are recovering some profit that I’ve lost during the crisis. I’m gonna be holding them until they reach some percentage of return.

Business is a little bit slow. There is no time to update stock and promote my threads in lowyat.net . I absolutely can’t survive on salary alone. I should be thankful of some cashflow coming in from blogging and part time business. and investment but I don’t consider it as a cashflow.

So far life is good, not as good as I’m expected but still thankful for it, still not succumbing to social consensus of having a girlfriend(still not ready to get married, an excuse that I tell myself to impede the urge of having a girlfriend), still healthily enjoying solitary time and friends are within reach.

It’s unbelievable that I can’t stop writing this post. I’ve abandoned this blog for quite some time. I have to stop now but I’ll convince myself to start another post in this 2 or 3 days.

Selamat Hari Raya

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