So, if youre a web developer or designer or just someone with a passing interest in making your own app, you can do it.Its not as difficult as it looks.It wont be easy. Your brain will hurt. Your fingers will weaken.But you will do it, and youll have the weakened fingers and strained bloodshot eyes to prove it.Go forth and app.
Businesses are able to enjoy 400% tax breaks or 60% cash payout for investments in innovation and productivity improvements under the PIC scheme.
Startups are all about the Execution, but I also strongly believe in managing a good cashflow so I’m very careful with Intraix spending, always keeping burn rate in check and when there is a scheme to save money, I will always jump on it.
PIC is a scheme announced to help SME (including startups) to get back 60% of their spending. In other words, if you buy a MacBook Air for your employee, you will pay the full sum but you can submit a claim through PIC and you will get back 60% of the spending. “How awesome is that!“(certainly helps in my cashflow) but the application process is somewhat confusing and when I ask my some of fellow startup friends, they do not even know of these initiatives.
This Friday, Plug-In@Blk71 is holding a PIC workshop. This is an awesome opportunity for me to whack them with questions. For those who are frustrated in the application process like me, this is the time to get back your 60% cash spending.
p/s yes, MacBook is consider as a productivity tool
I love doing side project. It is fun, it gives me time off to pick up a new skill and something I called my own. Of course, the best would be that the side project takes off and you become special. Continue reading
When you have a long stretch when you arent bothered, you can get in the zone. The zone is when you are most productive. Its when you dont have to mindshift between various tasks. Its when you arent interrupted to answer a question or look up something or send an email or answer an im. The alone zone is where real progress is made.
I feel that I get more things done when I’m alone too.
When we first started Intraix, I keep thinking that as founders we have many things to do. Things like pitching, developing products..etc etc. But looking back, I realized I am wrong. In fact, I feel that I have more free time or rather ‘alone’ time where I could sit and down and Think.
The true ‘busyness” comes when you get your First customer, because we have to devote our 101% of our commitment to them. Now that our customer base have grown, it is ever harder to find that alone time. Heading to the office is just to reply emails, phone calls and addressing our customers issues.
I’m sure many founders find it hard to have time just to do their stuff. When I have a bit of time to sit down and start jotting down my notes, the email notification appears or the phone call rings. Sure, I can turn off notification, I tried it before but the reaction from my customer will be: “hey I called/emailed you a few times, where were you?…You know the…” And this broke my chain of thoughts. Plus I do not want to do this often because this would affect (IMHO) customer satisfaction.
What I’m doing now is to wake up early at 5:30am to start my alone time and I find it the most productive time spent for it. Product roadmap, cashflow management and milestones planning are done within this period of time. I still leave emails and phone calls to the “normal working hours”. I would love to stretch this alone time longer but getting up at 4:30 is really tough. So friends and founders, please share with me if you have altnatives or better ways of getting the productivity time.
Graduating from business school, I’m taught that communication among team is upmost important to a manager. Information should flow 360 degree, Managers should keep their team updated with latest development, the direction it is heading while collecting feedback from members about the problems they faced, etc etc.
This keeps the team in the loop and have them feel that they are part of company. But often not in the real world, this is not the case. Information flow among employees / managers are often limited or none. Maybe because everyone is too busy,maybe certain info are confidential, there are many reasons. Continue reading
Intraix had it’s office warming on Friday and like to say a big Thank You to all of you who came. Thank you so much for taking your time off. I feel so love when I see you guys visiting us, I apologised for the fast moving pizzas but I hope the drinks can make up for it. You guys are awesome! it’s mushy to write this but… Continue reading
This is a very simple app that I just build for my girlfriend’s birthday yesterday. A label to acknowledge her birthday and a button that plays a happy birthday song when pressed. I sent it to her via Testflight. Compared to 3 months ago, I could not do shit with Xcode and I would have went out to by something off the shelf yesterday. Of course this is nothing if you are an experienced programmer, but this to me is simply amazing. And I like to share with you how it started.
I have become a builder.
But first why learn programming?
Because now I have a little skill to build something that custom to my needs. I can solve my own problem. I can create an instant messaging between my girlfriend and I, I also can create a table view of our travel pictures… (You know where I getting at, the sky is the limit) Continue reading
I wrote a few times about Plugin@blk71 and even mentioned that its like a family to me. But I am ashamed, I am ashamed that never did I share about the pillars behind it, because Plugin@blk71 is really just a space, a vacuum, without the amazing people in it, it has no life, no meaning.
I have forgotten who introduced or how did I find out about Plugin@Blk71, but the first day when we moved in, there was another startup that’s already there. We became good friends and often gossiped about the local startup scene. [Guess who they are here]
Tl:dr - I wrote one day the time would come and we would be leaving Blk71. Today, Intraix graduated. We will be moving to Chinatown – Pearl Hill Terence. I like to dedicate this post to the awesome people running plugin@blk71 and how this personally affects me.
This start of 2013 has really been amazing for Intraix. We have our Home Energy Monitoring app launch with South West CDC on 27 Feb 2013. And this week, we signed a partnership deal with Smart Integration from Japan. This is definitely an exciting time for us. But I stop and start to look at the famous Paul Graham’s startup curve, where exactly is Intraix on the startup curve? Continue reading
When I was in Business School, instead of WallStreet Journal or Singapore Business Times, I was more interested in reading tech blogs (or some may call it tech publications). The regular ones that I followed closely and covers the Asia startup scenes are SGEntrepreneur, e27 and TechInAsia. (there are more now and you can get it from this Quora List)