I’m grateful to have an opportunity to work from home and dedicate my time to work online. As someone half-introvert and half-extrovert staying at home is not an issue at all. At first, I was excited to chill and I planned my schedule;
I work on regular Mon-Fri office hours.
I exercise on the balcony.
I buy my groceries at the country club shop near my house, hence there is no long queue.
I listed all the crime films I want to watch on Netflix.
I set up an account in Zoom.
BOOM!!! It was so lit I can’t tell you enough how happy I was.
But after the government announced the circuit breaker in Singapore will be extended for another month (1 June), slowly the loneliness gets into me. 😏
Shoot! What am I supposed to do at home if I am not even allowed to use the condo’s facilities? What if my investors want to take their investment back because they don’t feel safe to invest this year? What if I get sick (not COVID-19) and I’m staying home alone, who is going to take care of me?
These are my worries that I only realized its importance during the lockdown.
One day I was on the balcony and I listened to rap songs of Eminem, G-Eazy, Cardi B and Bad Bhabie…sure you find them ghetto but I appreciate the motivation behind their songs – it is all about hustling, staying focused and getting things done.
Let me explain how coronavirus is going to help you land your dream job or startup idea. Right now, you’re reading this article from home. Maybe you’re an aspiring startup founder and you have no idea how to build a business during a pandemic. Or maybe you have started a business and have no idea to how sustain it.
Regardless of what your exact situation is.…there’s a common thread throughout the world right now: you’re stuck at home and you have free time but you can’t even use it to go outside because everywhere there’s a lockdown.
Now, you can use this free time in two different ways;
You can waste it by gossiping with people online.
You can invest it into yourself, by:
- Using your free time to plan your business model and strategize how you can scale it during a pandemic and how to operate it after the lockdown.
- Learning new skills.
I am spending my time learning new skills and working online:
- I’m studying a continuing education in venture capital.
- I’m working with our tech team and hopefully, our product will be launched soon.
- I diverted my family’s business from supplying wholesale eyelashes to textiles in the States with local demands.
- Whilst waiting for the fintech product to be launched in June, I organized an online event called, “Pitch to VCs in Zoom” and within just 2.5 weeks the event has 14 applicants, 6 startup finalists, over 20 investors, 36 guests, 25,500 + blog post views, 122 new email subscribers and S$ 750 revenue later. Pretty sweet, right? The revenue is more than enough to upgrade my account in Zoom and order food in Grab. 😋 Thanks, friends you are all awesome!
It also means;
- After the event, investors requested me to connect with their favourite startups so they can pitch to them directly and discuss the business.
- Brands in India and the UK want to collaborate with me to host an event online (stay tuned!).
- Collaboration in Silicon Valley.
These things happened because of a positive mindset, unbothered attitude if people will reject me when I approach them, and a lot of self-convincing that I can do it. It is through a strong mental state of mind that one can achieve opportunities. Plus, I believe it can never be done without collaborating with the right group of people. Thank you so much for your support! I’m grateful chic.
I understand many of you have reasonable doubts of why this “sweetheart looking chic” is reaching out to you for an investment event. Whatever your doubts you are entitled to your own opinion and I will leave that to you.
But if you don’t invest your free time to learn new skills, collaborate online, or leverage your knowledge and resources….you’re just really wasting your time and energy.
With that said, I have good news…I am considering organizing another investment event in Zoom but this time I will be strict in applicants and I will bring more investors to add value to startups’ company.
What’s the catch of this event for me?
I don’t need finder’s fee or investment commission but I hope people who I supported during the event will support my company’s product to be launched in June 2020, support IndiaNIC company that I have a joint venture with and, give me a recommendation in LinkedIn as I am re-building my portfolio (I was stuck in Instagram for some years, haha!).
That’s all! I am wishing everyone success and please let’s keep in touch. 😉
There is a pitching rule that upon entry, all participants will be muted automatically. Only the hosts and startup who will pitch be unmuted. Investors will be unmuted shortly after the pitch for Q&As.
The Q&As are 3 minutes, maximum 3 questions per startup. Next event, we will make the Q&As longer than 3 minutes.
Investors will reach out to their selected startups and will ask them to pitch again. Hence, a startup will have a chance to pitch more than 4-minutes and potentially get funded.
I’m currently busy in the textile business but I will organize another event relatively soon.
Stay safe, everyone!
After the pitch event, I played Destiny 2 and shared it on YouTube. It was fun.