You will never know when is the last time you’ll be seeing someone

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

2 weeks ago, in the middle of Malaysia’s Covid19 lockdown — also known locally as MCO — I experienced my first Zoom funeral.

It was 4.30am on a Tuesday morning — I was still up working because I usually work late nights through morning as a start-up founder who is staying at his office writing code and producing content — when I received a text from my cousins that my aunt had just passed away. …


Unprecedented times calls for unprecedented action.

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

Covid19 has forced governments across the world to send their countries, and along with it their economies into prolonged periods of lockdown.

If we don’t find a vaccine soon, lockdown and social distancing measures are likely to have to continue for extended periods of time. …


We might really need to re-imagine a world in permanent lockdown - at least until a vaccine is developed.

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

As new Covid19 cases continue to emerge around the world and reports of the coronavirus re-activating in patients who have already recovered in China are starting to come to light, it seems like we might really have to start re-imagining a world where a full or semi-lockdown is permanent. …


Take it from someone who has been staying at his office for years.

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

As the world goes into lockdown because of the Covid19 global pandemic and most of us are forced to start working from home, I thought these tips on how to work from home effectively might come in handy for some of you.

For those of you who don’t know, I have actually been “staying at my office” — which is basically the same thing as “working from home”, besides the fact that you actually end up getting a lot more work done — for 3 years now. …


We often learn the most important lessons during our darkest times.

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

2020 has been shitty so far.

We had devastating bush fires in Australia, lost Kobe Bryant, and had the Covid19 coronavirus pandemic sending the entire world into lockdown, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands worldwide.

It is terrible. But sometimes, drastic circumstances forces us to learn more about ourselves, try things we wouldn’t otherwise try, see things we wouldn’t otherwise see and realise things we wouldn’t usually realise. …


Don’t write off the whole forest just because of a few bad trees.

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

With Uber’s dismal post IPO performance and WeWork’s botched IPO, plenty of people seem to be celebrating the fall of billion dollar start-ups and are happy to see these fairytale-like unicorn stories fail and fall flat on their face.

“I told you so” — is probably what they are saying to many people right now. …


Everyone needs to improve so more of us can succeed

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

The truth is, if Facebook or Google were started in ASEAN, they would probably never have taken off because no one would have funded them and they would have died.

Our Start-Up Ecosystem Is Still Young

That’s understandable, because our start-up ecosystem is still young.

Naturally, investors here have never built, invested in or been part of the early days of a start-up that truly changes the world. …


Don’t Generalise & Shy Away From Risk Altogether

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

WeWork & Uber’s dismal financial performance does not mean that VCs should stop investing in start-ups at high valuations and shy away from risk altogether.

It is important to know why WeWork & Uber failed to perform financially.

Both WeWork & Uber have a really heavy physical aspect to their businesses and do not really enjoy the scalability that true tech companies have. …


Know why they failed — founder control is not a bad thing

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

With the recent failings of WeWork & Uber, there has been much talk about how investors made the mistake of giving the founders or WeWork & Uber too much control.

Founder Control Is Not A Bad Thing

I think that that’s the wrong conclusion to come to.


VCs Need To Make This Mindset Shift

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**This piece first appeared on johnsonkhoo.com. You can find more related stories and articles on his 10 year journey to build ASEAN’s first world-changing start-up that would help everyone in this world find true love and build lasting romantic relationships here.

Many VCs in this region are afraid to invest in tech start-ups or apps that do not have any revenue for the first few years of its life.

That is understandable, because most investors and VCs here came from conventional businesses like manufacturing, banking, property and more.

Read Also:

Are Early Stage ASEAN VCs Valuing Start-Ups Wrongly?

About

Johnson Khoo Chong Sheng

ASEAN Scholar | Founder @ Wowwwz | Start-up entrepreneur from Malaysia trying to help everyone in this world find true love and live happily ever after.

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