Category: Resolutions

A New year starts with looking back

One year ago, on the 1st of Jan 2015, I decided that I will take on a new challenge in life.

It was a hard one and eventually I chose to take the GMAT. I thought, well, as long as I take my masters within the next 5 years, I have nothing to lose. And for the next 2.5 months, I buried myself in books over lunchtimes and evenings. Halfway through, I thought  that since I have been spending so much on GMAT, that I should try applying to the MBA schools too.  And this led on to another and another.

By Mar, I have

1. Scored 720 on GMAT

2. Applied to Oxford and INSEAD and got offers from both

Lyanna, thanks for sharing your GMAT study tips with me!

It was a tough choice but chose INSEAD in the end as it seems to provide me with the network that I want, which is a large local community of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

The decision was also helped by the fact that I met ten other alumni and they spoke really well of INSEAD and shared the things they learn.

After the B-school challenge, I thought, what about another one – build my social media presence online. I started focusing on sharing just entrepreneurial  and funding news on twitter in July and I started seeing results right away, 100 followers sign up per week. The growth eventually tapers off and now I have more than 600 followers. In addition, I also started writing for techinasia.com since Sep 2015 and now I have written 4 articles in all.

Then, finally, I wanted to know exactly it would be like to work in the VC industry and after two months of search, I found the internship I want. The 3 month stint took me to Silicon Valley twice and opened my horizons to fundraising and investing in startups. The experience also inspired me to start a weekly newsletter for INSEAD students and alumni to share news, resources and opportunities on startup and VC industry.

Well, that pretty much wraps up 2015 and for 2016, I plan to:

1. Pass my exemption exams in Jan 2016

2. Get a scholarship

3. Get a good internship in Jul – Aug 2016

4. Network well and hopefully to a role in London but work for a Singapore based firm in Jan 2017

Wish me luck!

 

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Starting my new year resolutions… All over again

Starting my new year resolutions… All over again

In the blink of an eye, nearly half of 2015 has flown past.

It felt that we just celebrated Chinese New year but my much anticipated Melbourne trip cum birthday celebration had come and gone.
Our dear nation’s father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, had passed away more than one month ago…

Sounding rather melancholic but I’m actually very excited about the future!

Come wed I have been invited to Oxford to mingle and dine with the current students, faculty and alumni 🙂 Oxford has been kind enough to invite my partner along too, so that’s double the happiness. Looking forward to meeting like-minded individuals and sharing entrepreneurial ideas! It is my personal interest to understand the bustling startup scene in London, having heard so much about the events such as Digital unBound over there. Acrewhite, the partner for our local InnovFest unBound event is the main organiser of Digital unBound events in London, Tel Aviv and other entrepreneurial cities in the region. Will update more about my trip next time 🙂