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The recent COVID-19 lockdown and lifting of restrictions has created havoc for organisations. While public health is of utmost priority, productivity and business cannot be ignored. The livelihood of many employees are tied to the business' performance - though it may be dampened due to the crisis. Dealing with a...
With the growing popularity of ride-hailing, it was only a matter of time before the industry evolved to include deliveries. After all, if your company is already using crowd-sourced workers as your own infrastructure, why not utilise that same group of workers to provide a different kind of service. The...
By Blake Larson June 27 is World Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Day. A few years ago, in recognition of the huge importance that these small companies play in local and national economies, an annual day was established to shine a spotlight on them. Besides expressing much needed recognition...

Thank You Is Not Enough

By Lim Kee Yeong “Thank you, please come again.” A courtesy in business commonly expressed upon completing a sale. This is undoubtedly a satisfying moment to any entrepreneur; what comes next is to search for or serve another customer and the process repeats itself. Depending on the nature of business...
Venture capital may sound exotic to most SMEs. Most associate VC with successful startups like ride-hailing firm Grab or e-commerce giant Lazada, or with aggressive funds like the storied American VC firm Sequoia Capital. But how does one become a venture capitalist? Spend years earning their stripes in a consulting...
By Wang Yanbo Entrepreneurs and the start-up ventures they launch are rightly seen as key drivers of technological change, economic growth and job creation. Consequently, efforts to spur entrepreneurship and widen the pool of entrepreneurs have become an increasingly prominent feature of government policies, university initiatives and privately-backed accelerator programs. Yet the...
By Tristan Smith The COVID-19 virus is spreading fast across the globe – in different forms that go far beyond the virus itself. In a bid to slow down the spread, governments worldwide have put in place unprecedented regulations and restrictive travel mandates. At the moment, business travel has broadly been...
By Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Though automation may be thought of as a fairly modern phenomenon, the concept itself can be traced back to as early as 762 B.C. The term first appeared in the western literature of Homer’s The Iliad. But it was not until the Industrial Revolution...
By Stefan Pertz Editorial departments of most publications are often in contact with public relations agencies or public relations departments. They are a crucial part of the media landscape as they provide a service that links brands and media outlets. The role of public relations (PR) is often defined as...
By Kay Tan Let’s be honest here – the COVID-19 crisis that is currently happening across all countries is growing at an alarming rate. The reported number of cases daily does not show any sign of slowing down despite efforts taken by governments. With the majority of businesses grinding to a...

Don’t Fail to Prepare

By Blake Larson In a previous article I shared some best practices for SMEs as they look to grow in 2020. Since then the business outlook for many companies has been upended by the global COVID-19 pandemic. While it could take many months before we return to some form of...
As the principal investment promotion and industry development authority of Malaysia, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has been leading efforts to secure sustainable investments for both foreign and domestic that will strengthen the country’s business ecosystem. This effort is driven on the back of the nation’s investment agenda...