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Blue Sky Innovation: Killer Innovations That Changed The World of Business

The objective of this book is to drive home a single important point: In the new world of business and competition everyone has to focus on more than just product and technology innovation.

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Fostering Creation of Next Generation Innovative Tech Co Malaysian Policy Report May 2011 Dr Siva

Report May 2011 Dr Siva Policy paper on Fostering Innovation & Entrepreneurship among Technology Companies for the Special Innovations Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia.

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TeAM Recommendations for New Economic Model May 2010

This policy paper was prepared in response to the Malaysian Government’s formulation of a new economic policy to make the economy a high value, high income economy and represents the role and importance of entrepreneurs in such an economy.

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TeAM White Paper and Action Plan – Fostering Technopreneurship

The White Paper highlights the problems and issues faced by technology entrepreneurs in the new economy in Malaysia in the year 2001 and presents a set of recommendations to the Malaysian Government on what needs to be done to foster the growth and success of tech companies.

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Dec 02, 2014

Many tech startup gems in Malaysia: Proficeo

MALAYSIANS have every reason to be proud of local startups and technology entrepreneurs as many of them are doing a great job locally and internationally, according to Proficeo Consultants Sdn Bhd.

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Nov 28, 2014

Cradle’s CGP gets a US$1.2mil boost for third series

THE Coach and Grow Programme (CGP), a technopreneur training programme targeting pre-seed, growth stage and global companies, has received the go-ahead for its third instalment (CGP3).

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Jun 17, 2013

Introducing the improved CGP2

BASED on the experience with the first round of the Coach and Grow Programme (CGP), Proficeo Sdn Bhd, the programme manager, has divided the coaching plan for CGP2 into two six-month parts with continuous interactions between the companies and coaches.

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Jun 13, 2013

Reality kicks in at CGP … in a good way too

IS this the beginning of Malaysia’s own ‘pay it forward’ culture? Something interesting happened over the past one year during the Coach and Grow Programme (CGP) funded by the Ministry of Finance and administered by Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, the ministry’s agency that looks after entrepreneurs.

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Jun 04, 2013

TeAM hopes to create ‘echoes’ in the corridors of power

MY article yesterday on Malaysia Debt Ventures Bhd (MDV) was interesting not because of the number of companies MDV is helping, nor the large amount of money it has given out in loans to tech companies.

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May 27, 2013

TeAM launches Policy Institute

ENTREPRENEURS will have definitely started to feel the difference from the new leadership team that has taken charge of the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM) since last month.

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May 20, 2013

The new science minister … who again? (Updated)

FORMER Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis liked to point out to journalists that his ministry was one of the toughest to manage. “Our responsibility covers the stars to the bottom of the ocean, and everything in between,” he liked to say.

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May 17, 2013

Week in Review: All about founders, or the ideas?

THIS was yet another week when startups dominated the news. On the funding side, Digital News Asia (DNA) was happy to break the news that EasyUni.com received venture funding in the low single-digit millions from Teak Capital Sdn Bhd. Helmed by Edwin Tay and Dr Sivapalan Vivekarajah, the startup plans to ramp up its regional rollout with the help of the cash infusion.

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May 16, 2013

Disrupt: Founders are not perfect, but it’s okay

FOUNDERS are often credited as being the force behind their own creation, largely because of their vision and passion, and rightly so — but being human, their weaknesses can also hinder their companies’ success, a panel of entrepreneurs said yesterday (May 15).

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Dec 12, 2012

Hey, VCs: Market trumps team

VENTURE capitalists have always been asked what they look for when investing in a business venture and the most common answer is the ‘Team’ behind the venture.

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Nov 23, 2012

Cradle’s CGP gets green light for second year

THE Coach and Grow Program (CGP), an entrepreneur training program launched in July last year, celebrated its inaugural year on Nov 22 with a convocation ceremony for entrepreneurs who successfully completed the program.

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Oct 23, 2012

The failure of ‘trickle-down’ policies

IF you’ve been following the US Presidential elections, then you would have noted that both candidates often use the phrase “trickle-down economics” or “trickle down policies.”

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Oct 10, 2012

The RM2mil angel behind Soft Space

FRESH from uncovering who the angel for maxman.tv was, or at least narrowing it down to one of two brothers, this week Digital News Asia (DNA) can do even better — how about an angel investor who coughed up a cool RM2 million (US$653,000) for a start-up in the mobile payment space?

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Oct 09, 2012

Seeking that elusive ‘clarity’ for self and start-up

“DON’T go down that route because it will come back and bite you years later,” warned Nicholas Shariff, business development manager at Codemasters Malaysia.

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Oct 03, 2012

‘Yes we can, too!’

BY now you would have already heard and read enough about the proposals in the 2013 National Budget for entrepreneurs, the best probably being the deduction of an angel investor’s investments against his entire annual income.

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Oct 01, 2012

Point: Budget 2013 — time to get on with IT!

DON’T for a moment be lured into thinking that Budget 2013 offered very little for the ICT industry. It is just that there was no sexy announcement of a new multimillion-ringgit venture fund nor of a start-up grant or yet more money for the creative industry, etc.

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Sep 20, 2012

Digital Malaysia should focus on ‘policies, not projects’

THE Digital Malaysia masterplan to transform the nation into a fully-developed digital economy should focus on policies and not projects, said a successful dotcom entrepreneur.

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Jun 01, 2012

Face-Off: ABAF was a waste of time … or was it?

THE Asian Business Angels Forum (ABAF) was held at the Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur from May 23-25. It was sponsored primarily by Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance and jointly organised by Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd and the Virtuous Investment Circle, two non-profits (with Cradle under the Ministry) that handle investment fund programs.

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May 13, 2012

Startups and VCs: A two-way street

THE two-day GIST Startup Boot Camp Malaysia at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak in Kuala Lumpur from April 23-24 saw 10 startups and the entrepreneurs behind them, the shortlisted candidates from last October’s Silicon Valley Comes to Malaysia (SVC2M) symposium, going head-to-head.

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May 31, 2010

Innovation: A three-letter word

There has been a lot of discussion on the concept of innovation lately, especially as the nation’s leaders are trying hard to create a new economic model (NEM) to get Malaysia out of the so-called middle income trap to bring prosperity back to a nation that is to most observers floundering in an ocean of doubt, discontent and some confusion.

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April 05, 2010

A decade full of opportunities

As we begin a new decade, with uncertainty and in some turmoil due to the financial crisis of the last two years, it is important that we as a nation look to building a stronger economy and entrepreneurial ecosystem, based on the many opportunities that beckon.

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Oct 20, 2009

Outliers and Lost Opportunities

Malcolm Gladwell tells a great story. His book, Outliers, must be one of the best business books of 2008. The basic premise of his book is that people are successful not because of some great talent that they have or because they have very high IQs, but because of the opportunities that they had — of being in the right place at the right time.

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July 06, 2009

An ACE for entrepreneurs

Finally, we have joined the global stock market trend towards “friendlier”, disclosure-based listing rules for initial public offerings (IPOs) with the creation of the ACE Market on Bursa Malaysia.

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April 20, 2009

Money & Entrepreneurship: Crossroads of creative destruction

In his book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph Schumpeter set out the idea that innovation leads to gales of “creative destruction” as it causes old ideas, technologies and equipment to become obsolete.

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Jan 20, 2009

What’s hot for 2009

They had to take the partitions down at the PlugNPlay centre run by Kumpulan Model Perdana to accommodate the large crowd that had come for the Cradle-organised dialogue entitled “What’s Hot for 2009?”

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