New Year’s Resolutions from Asian Entrepreneurs

January 1, 2012

4:26 pm

As 2012 begins, startups are setting goals like the rest of us. Below are the resolutions – personal and professional, practical and ambitious – of a few Asian entrepreneurs.

“My New Year’s resolution is to live life fearlessly and live in the present. The secret to being a successful entrepreneur is be realistic but also have the passion and will to succeed. Obstacles and walls are only there to weed out those who don’t want it enough.

‘Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.’ – Henry Ford”

-Rayfil Wong, Campusfork (Hong Kong)

“I’d like to begin gathering and applying more data to our decisions. Data gathering and analysis takes upfront work which is often pushed aside in favor of speed and I’d like to change that.”

-Jason Demant, Unanchor (Korea)

“Our New Year’s resolution is to be a little more agile. Less focus on drawn out discussions over features and more time spent on writing and pushing amazing code. It’s time to listen to those gut feelings again.”

-Andrew Ng, CakeDeals (Hong Kong) 

“My resolution…more updates to investors. They are fantastic people and they deserve to be better informed.”

-Frank Yu, Kwestr (China)

“Shakr Media’s New Year’s resolution is to get more exercise – together! We started our intramural league…two 3-on-3 basketball tournaments per month. Our first tournament last week was Hacker Ballers vs. Crazy Funk (Crazy Funk had all the girl power…Hacker Ballers had the height and weight advantage, but me and the Crazy Funk won with strategy and stamina).”

-David Lee, Shakr Media (Korea)

“In 2012 we will allow pioneers to explore new boundaries in the hardware space, and make the analog space cool again.”

-Cyril Ebersweiler, Chinaccelerator and HAXLR8R (China)

“Our New Year’s resolution is one of the following:

User Benefit: While it’s important to market to users, promote your business, and optimize for conversion, it’s easy to forget that increasing the benefit of your service to your users is the only way to become ‘better’ as a company.

Quality: We’re at a stage where larger companies rely on us every day. So while it’s important for us to scale, long-term trust only comes from giving these companies reliable quality – and we need to keep on working at that.”

-Robert Laing, myGengo (Japan)

“Our resolution is we’ll keep trying to do our best to give our customers the right information at the right time with the right context and not make them overloaded. Beside that, we hope that we can catch the trend of social news. Last, we wish to keep the startup spirit even if we are growing fast and moving out of startup phase.”

Baomoi (Vietnam) 

“Our New Year’s resolution is to lower our traffic acquisition cost and achieve better organic growth. I know, nothing ground shattering, but this is key for our continued growth.”

-David Lee, QBid (Hong Kong) 

“One of Intuitive Automata’s resolutions is to start shipping Autom™ early in the year.”

-Cory Kidd, Intuitive Automata (Hong Kong) 

“For 2012 Flipter wishes to have its social polling widget used in over 1000 blogs and websites.”

-Salvador de la Barrera, Flipter (Hong Kong)

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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