Due to the recent circumstances with COVID-19, many of us are going to have to / have had to work from home for the first time. My company, nexlabs, has also recently started doing so.

Many teams rely on physical interactions in an office environment to get work done. All of this is going to change. I hope the following tips and tricks will help ease the pain for you.

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Setting up the fundamentals.

The most important part of working from home is to set up the right environment for your productivity. …

Disclaimer: The following thoughts are my own and they do not represent any organization or company.

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2 years ago, I tried to #GoCashless in Myanmar. If you have not read my article from back then, here’s the link.

I do not think it would be surprising to you that I failed miserably back then. I encountered situations where I would often be greeted with “certain looks” whenever I tried to pay with Visa or mastercard. If that does not put you off, I am pretty sure having to pay 2% — 2.5% surcharge on every single transaction since merchants were not willing to absorb the merchant discount rate (MDR) would definitely do the magic. Merchants, I get it! You do not want to split some of your hard-earned profit to banks and often times, your profit margins were not even as high as 2.5%. Banks, I get it! You also have running cost and fees that you’d have to pay to Visa, mastercard, and others. Ultimately, the consumer, who wants to help everyone in the ecosystem to save the cost of handling cash, would have to foot the bill. …

It’s been phenomenal living in Myanmar for the past five years. Before I left the country to further my studies in Singapore less than a decade ago, I told my family that I probably would not be coming back to Myanmar and that I would be building my future elsewhere.

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Evidence of Myanmar’s Telecommunication Leapfrog

Fast forward to 2017, not only I find myself back in Myanmar but also being excited to be part of Myanmar’s transformation story. Different media have dubbed the story with multiple eye-catching headlines. But one that has stuck throughout the years is the story of “Myanmar’s leapfrog.”

When we think about leapfrogging in Myanmar, we tend to only think about the communications & connectivity leapfrogging (i.e., over 60% smartphone penetration in less than five years). Over the past two years, this seems to be a recurring and the only theme when it comes to leapfrogging. The growth is explosive, surely. But what about other sectors of leapfrogging? What about leapfrogging in Myanmar’s nascent financial ecosystem? …


Ye Myat Min

Forbes 30 Under 30 / Founder at nexlabs / FinTech / Digital Transformation / Experience Design / Myanmar

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