4 Questions Southeast Asians Must Ask Before Building that Dream Start-up

Starting a new venture is exciting, especially here in Southeast Asia where there’s a lot more to discover, new technologies to introduce, and exceptional people who can execute. With start-up competitions here and there, it seems that there’s no other time to build your dream start-up than now. However, 95% of start-ups fail. Many budding … Read more

Rakuten Invests $2.8m In Singapore-Based Serviced Apartment Startup

Singapore-based serviced apartment MetroResidences today announced it’s all set for expansion to key Asian business cities after raising US$2.8 million in series A funding from Japanese ecommerce titan Rakuten. Launched in mid-2014, the startup rents out fully furnished apartments to corporate travelers, offering up to a 40 percent discount on branded providers such as Fraser … Read more

Perform Your Way to Small Business Growth with These 5 Principles


For the second year in a row, our training and consulting company, Performance of a Lifetime, has been recognized as one of the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. What insights can we offer small business owners for how we achieved the double-digit growth that earned us this distinction? What’s working for us, and … Read more

3 Business Types, 6 Growth Strategies, and 9 Funding Options

In business, standing still is moving backward. As a business leader, it is your job to keep your company moving in a forward direction, which often means finding new and exciting opportunities for growth. Regardless of what your business does, it falls into one of three categories: service, merchandise, or manufacturing. The following will help … Read more

Infographic: How to Choose the Right Business Partner

Starting a new business can be the most exciting time of your life. When you’re sitting on a big idea, it’s natural to want to share it. Plus, you’re likely to need a bit support from other people if you’re to get the thing off the ground. Most importantly, you may need a business partner: … Read more

Virtual Gaming Items Marketplace Itemku Raises $1.2m But Legal Issues Persist

Indonesia, today announced it raised US$1.2 million in series A investment from 500 Startups and Korean VC K-Run Ventures. Another Korean investor, which the company didn’t name, also put in cash. Started in 2015, the marketplace called Itemku lets people buy and sell items that exist or are used in games, and takes a cut … Read more

7 Signs You’re A Control Freak (And What You Can Do About It)

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Many of the people who enter my therapy office with depression, anxiety, and stress-related issues have one thing in common—they spend a lot of time focusing on things they can’t control. They worry about what other people think or they waste time imagining catastrophic outcomes. They are busy people but they don’t feel effective. And … Read more

5 Make-or-Break Decisions Entrepreneurs Face When First Starting Out

Entrepreneurs make thousands of decisions over the lifetime of their businesses. It’s not hyperbole to say that many of those decisions are mission-critical, and there is never a finish line. Founders can never say, “Phew. We made it. We can relax now.” At every milestone, stakes are high—but never more so than in the earliest … Read more

Starting a Business? The 5 Most Important Things You Need to Know

Got an earth-shattering great business idea? Check. Done all the necessary research and looked at the idea from a thousand different angles? Check. Developed a killer business plan? Check. Truly committed to success like you would be to raising a newborn child? Check. You should be all set to start your new business, right? What … Read more