Twitter has a paid subscription service. Twitter Blue!

Do you care?

Wait, do you even use Twitter?

I use it to primarily follow prominent thinkers like Elon Musk, who constantly tweets about current affairs in his own lens.

Call it social entertainment.

Generally speaking, Twitter hasn’t picked up like the other social media platforms in SEA.

Actually, why isn’t Twitter catching on in SEA?

I digress.

What is Twitter Blue?

For a few dollars a month, you get the following features:

Undo button

Bookmark folders

Faster customer service

Joining communities

Reader mode

I don’t even use Twitter that often, but…


Don’t even try to comprehend.

Zenryokuzaka.

Bet you are wondering what that is. It is not a ninja weapon nor is it a new party drug.

It is one of Japan’s longest running TV shows played almost exclusively in the country that few will ever hear of.

Don’t google it.

Read this first.

Every night from Mon to Thurs, exactly at 1.20am, Zenryokuzaka will play for thousands to watch.

Each episode is around 6 minutes and it literally just shows a random young female actress or entertainer running up a steep slope.

There is no catch to this.

It is what I just said it…


It was for the best.

Bugatti and Rimac has married and given birth to a new baby.

Its called Bugatti Rimac.

Yep.

Simple. Straight forward. Practical.

A very German approach I would say.

A marriage of necessity.

The corporate marriage of the 21st century.

I think it is a brilliant move.

Reason 1: Rimac is big on electric vehicles.

For all rhyme and reason, the future of mobility is in electric.

At least, till we find a new ground breaking source of energy or build an Ironman arc reactor.

Hydrogen fuel is too combustible and dangerous.

The public stigma and fear of nuclear energy won’t…


Unlike movies, being a zombies in the startup world is not cool.

Clubhouse is a zombie. We probably heard that before. Question is, who will take its place?

Better yet, was there even a place worth taking in the first place?

Clubhouse was a “revolutionary” app that took the world by storm in 2020.

It had over 9.6 million monthly downloads in February 2021.

That’s bewilderingly amazing.

It pushed their valuation up to a staggering $4b.

It was particularly well-received partially due to covid, when everyone was cooped up and craved social interaction.

Turns out, audio was a cool, easy, fuss-free way to express yourself and communicate in the new pandemic world.


Love this quote from Naval Ravikant, cofounder of AngelList.

Think about it.

If you can buy happiness, whatever form it might be, and you can afford it, why wouldn’t you?

It could be a candy bar, a new car, a steak dinner, a giftcard for a friend or even a new condo.

The point is to be happy.

We always talk about motivation and drive.

We don’t talk too much about happiness.

What is the point of everything if you are not happy all the time?

We need to start talking more about prioritizing happiness for yourself.

No one can…


Imagine what it will be like in 2021.

This is fascinating in 2020. It would be even more fascinating in 2021.

FAATMAN’s combined valuation has risen more than $1.7 trillion in 2020.

FaceBook

Apple

Amazon

Tesla

Microsoft

Google

Netflix

Consumer businesses seems to be doing well during the pandemic.

I really wonder how much more they have risen in 2021.

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Messi joined PSG.

150,000 Messi shirts were sold in just seven minutes.

Snaking queues at all of PSG merchandise locations.

That was right after his move to PSG was made official.

More than 830,000 jerseys were sold in the first 24 hours.

PSG have earned £100 million (USD 140m) from Messi shirts alone in just a week.

PSG is anticipating selling 2.5 million Messi shirts over the course of the season.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the Messi Effect.

Of course the kit manufacturer Nike takes a cut and PSG won’t get all the profits.

But you want to know who the real…


You gotta love the guy.

Masayoshi Son: In a fight, who wins — the smart guy or the crazy guy?

Adam Neumann: the crazy guy of course.

Masayoshi Son: Correct, but you are NOT crazy enough!!

Adam Neumann goes full 100% batshit crazy and tanks the company.

“After years of propaganda and leading the charge for others to invest billions into WeWork, Son is apparently championing to remove Adam because he was TOO CRAZY.”

We all know the Wework story.

Chasing valuation, unhealthy hype, cult-like behaviors, mindless spending on luxuries and secretive dealings led to Adam’s downfall.

“In a 2016 meeting where Neumann somberly addressed…


Prestige 40 under 40, 2021

Gosh I look so fierce. I look like someone spilled coffee on my pants. I swear I had 937 other smiley poses.

Thanks Prestige for featuring me in their prestigious 40 under 40 class of 2021.

Honoured to be with other illustrious movers and shakers of the industry.

We have all been through a lot over the last 2 years.

No one has it easy.

Let us all learn, grow and adapt to the times and be better versions of ourselves.

At StartupX, we are leading the charge on so many fronts.

From our sustainability work with Temasek at HyperX…


At one point, Carlos was worth nearly $120m.

$120m in a box.

This story is so amazing.

Boss of a global car company worth $120m then ($70m now).

Living life like a king of a country, complete with private jets, castles and personal chauffeurs.

Caught up in a justice situation.

Allegedly unstated his annual salary and misused company funds.

Faced possibly 15 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities are crawling all over him.

Fled the country in a private jet hidden inside a box meant for large musical equipment.

Durwin Ho

Durwin Ho is the CEO of StartupX, an innovation company that has just launched the HyperX Sustainability Hackcelerator. He also heads Startup Weekend Singapore.

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