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Irsyad Ramthan

Deeply interested in sustainability education and innovation. Sometimes makes music: youtube.com/channel/UCZiBQfqtRUCB1j5kIfGUQHA

Irsyad Ramthan

Co-Founder and COO at Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia

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Deeply interested in sustainability education and innovation. Sometimes makes music: youtube.com/channel/UCZiBQfqtRUCB1j5kIfGUQHA

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Co-Founder and COO at Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia

Irsyad Ramthan

Co-Founder and COO at Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia

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Entrepreneurship

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Education

What to do if you have a new app idea and would like to develop it but I have no app building experience?
There's a movement out there called the "no code movement" that would help you get started without software engineers. It definitely won't get you to a full-fledged product, but it can be very useful if you're at the validation stage, and just really want people to interact with the concept/product idea. - https://blog.producthunt.com/120-products-built-with-no-code-4870bed23501 - https://makermag.com/2019/12/04/no-code-movement/ - https://www.nucode.co/tools - Freebies: http://www.sansfrancis.co/ - Fast-launch retail product, to see demand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O6feWOsbLs
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Entrepreneurship

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Economics

Considering how this is a dog eat dog world, is it truly possible to run a successful business ethically & morally?
Will try to provide my two cents, given that I run an organization that pushes start-ups to solve sustainability related challenges. Generally, the function of any company is two fold; understanding your value creation, and understanding how you are doing your value capture. So long as you understand specifically what value you're creating, understanding that you're playing by the rules when capturing value (e.g. understanding and obeying laws and regulations), you already have your first base covered. Then there's the matter of your shareholders and other stakeholders (e.g. partners, suppliers, employees etc.) that you answer to. Then it becomes more a game of what matters to you, and really optimizing your efforts towards making those ideals or principles a reality. It's hard, but if you think about it, being completely amoral also has the spillover effect of angering a stakeholder, so at the end of the day, more than thinking about your morals and ethics being a crutch, it actually grounds you and provides you a proper compass to allow you to develop proper heuristics when faced with a difficult decision. Also, in the Singaporean context, we're particularly lucky that corruption is not widespread at all, and it's actually one of the safer playing grounds to try starting a business. Things are much much more grey in the rest of the region (and as an individual actor, your job is not to ensure everyone's morality anyway; it's a complex world, there are always going to be actors that will want to find ways to make things more fair overall, and they can come from governments or non-profits or other companies), but without your morals, it's really gonna be hard on you because you don't particularly know where you belong. So choose a set, understand why you chose it, and stick to it. (or don't, not trying to tell you how to live your life). Also, if you want to know more specific details on how businesses might be able to do good, I created a deck on social enterprise in Singapore sometime late in 2019: http://bit.ly/ysisea-social2019 . Hope you'll find it interesting!
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Entrepreneurship

Are there any conditions to the grants and funds that start-ups are given by ACE, raISE, or other organisations?
Generally, so long as you are able to hit the milestones that are set out by you and the grant giver, you should be fine. The key challenge with grants is that you actually have to hit those milestones, and it is difficult to change. So it will take time and energy to strategize how to set them, which could be used to talk to users and create a product. But yeah, don't be too worried about the whole thing about giving back money. So long as your intentions are serious, it's highly unlikely that you'll find yourself in a position where anyone's gonna demand such a small amount (yes $30k for a grant is small in the grand scheme of things) back. It may cost the grant givers more than $30k in man-hours to try to demand it back.
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Entrepreneurship

Is there anyone here in the social entrepreneurship space?
I run a social enterprise (www.ysisea.com), and if you'd like to see an overview of the SE scene: http://bit.ly/ysisea-social2019
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Entrepreneurship

Investments

Property

How would you start a hotel chain focus on eco, sustainability, and veganism without experience/capital?
The most straightforward answer I'd suggest is not to do so right off the bat if you have neither experience nor capital. Entrepreneurship is an incredibly difficult endeavour, and layering sustainability on top of it increases the difficulty by an order of magnitude because of the niche of people who would pay extra to engage in a sustainability-related activity. Rather than creating a hotel chain which is a capital intensive endeavour, would instead suggest understanding the sustainability landscape and knowing people in the community first. In place of experience, doing research on eco-tourism and understanding key challenges behind doing so (and even visiting a few around the region) would be a good way to build up a mental picture before you decide that it's a good idea to embark on your own.
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