3 Lessons from Ben Horowitz on Leading a Startup

3 Lessons from Ben Horowitz on Leading a Startup

When I was leading Zalora in Hong Kong, it was my first time leading a startup and I remember feeling disconcerted that I was having a lot more bad days than good days. Later on, I read Ben Horowitz’s book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, and he wrote that in his many years leading a startup, he only had a total of 3 good days. I wish someone had told me that earlier! Anyone leading a startup or thinking of leading a startup should definitely (try to find time to) read his book. It would have been helpful to know that there were unnatural behaviors

How to Become CEO of Your Life

How to Become CEO of Your Life

A few weeks ago, I was invited to return to my alma mater to give a talk at their Career Day for graduating students. I realized after the Q&A session that Asian education systems still preach the mantra that if you do well in school, you would get a great job and earn lots of money, and the reverse is true as well…End of story. But in this new digital, post-industrial economy that we live in now, the reality is so far from that. The education system hasn’t kept up. This type of mentality that the system decides your worth based on its

How Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift Can Help You Find Your Startup Idea

How Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift Can Help You Find Your Startup Idea

Recently, I found inspiration for a couple of startup ideas from Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift. I’m not the first to draw inspiration from showbiz. Ben Horowitz actually begins every chapter of his book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, with rap lyrics. Beyond the obvious fact that Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift are both wildly popular and on Hollywood’s Top 10 richest female artistes list, I realized that they have one more thing in common. They are both at ease in their own skin, largely because they are able to express themselves through a medium that lets them turn their most