The Radio DJ Who Built a Million Dollar Cupcake Empire, Daniel Ong

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Daniel Ong is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Twelve Cupcakes, with more than 40 stores around the region. He was a well-loved radio deejay from Singapore’s MediaCorp Radio 987FM and won the most popular radio personality awards in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Daniel also managed the radio station for 15 months. In 2010, he announced that he was leaving the radio industry at large. In 2011, Twelve Cupcakes was born and it has grown to more than 40 stores today.

If you’ve only got 2 minutes, here’s a short video on (The One Technique Daniel Ong Practices Daily to Success)

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The 21 Year Old Founders of Staple Magazine, Emily Tay and Clara Lee

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Clara Lee, Tan Yi Ping and Emily Tay are the 21 year old founders behind socio-culture magazine, Staple Magazine. Their pilot issue is themed Dizziness of Youth, whereby the notion of “arriving to an age” or the awkward manoeuvre between childhood to adulthood is the topic of interest.

We dived into topics including:
– The world of publishing; finding contents, curating and marketing the magazine
– How they started a magazine at the age of 21 while being full-time students who lived in different time zones
– Why one should work before entering university
– Explore being a youth and loads more

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Owner and Wood Worker of Plane and Bevel | Rafie Chua

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Rafie Chua is the founder and creator behind custom furniture studio, Plane and Bevel. In a fast paced consumerism society that demands for cheap and the good, he left banking and dived into this sunset industry of woodworking. He has since created a sustainable business.

Rafie’s creation can found in restaurant, cafes such as Odette, Merely Ice Cream and Choice Cuts. He has most recently been featured on Michelin Guide Singapore. In the interview, we spoke about:

  • The woodworking scene in Singapore
  • Machinery and wood working technique
  • Lessons learnt from traveling around the globe
  • Difference that separate a hobbyist and professional
  • Schools of thoughts in woodworking

If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to built the Little Free Library (thank you!).

If you have only got 2 mins to spare, here’s a short snippet on (Why he Choose to Leave his Banking Job to be a Wood Worker).

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‘O’ Level Dropout to Stand-up Comedian, Fakkah Fuzz

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Fakkah Fuzz is undoubtedly one of the funniest man in Singapore. I first saw him years ago in a Freestyle Rap Battle where he was “EminemRoasting” the opposing rappers. I was cheering for him. In fact, this episode need to be release 3 months later because one of his YouTube video has offended the Malaysian politician activist group.

Fuzz, unlike many of us, he DID not do well in school in Malacca. After coming back to Singapore, he took whatever jobs that were available. If the job called for him to be a security guard or a waiter, he took it. Fast forward, he nailed it at his very own one-hour comedy special – “In Fuzz We Trust” at the Singapore Comedy Fringe 2016. If you are ready to laugh your sock off, check out the YouTube ( 1, 2) highlight.

If you’ve only got 5 minutes, here’s a short video on (Fakkah Fuzz’s tips on how to get on with life even after failing O levels)

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The Man Who Raise a 13 year old TEDx Speaker, Calvin Soh

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“Every stage in your career, you keep pushing yourself to be a little bit more uncomfortable. What’s the worst that can happen? You don’t make it in.. You can come back”.  – Calvin Soh

Calvin Soh entered the advertising industry with no certificate and left as the Vice Chairman, chief creative officer Asia for Publics Asia (which owned Saatchi and Fallon). The reason is to spend time with his children, Dylan and Ava. In the span of 5 years, Dylan has spoken in 2 TEDx talks, co-authored a book, successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign (GIY stick) and has written a 2,000 word essay for Esquire magazine.

We dive into the world of advertising, being a 21st century parent and beyond. Enjoy!

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