Many leading professionals have come up with and hope to stick to their new year's business resolutions for 2017.
Many find it futile when drawing up their idealistic New Year’s resolutions, while some express it to be a therapeutic act, as if they’re pushing the proverbial reset button. But here’s the thing — most goals, such as being happy or getting healthy, though great, are hardly things that will significantly make you better at what you do every day, especially at work.
With the new year fast-approaching, we asked some of Singapore’s business leaders for their no-nonsense business plans — weight-loss and dry January, be damned. Here are their professional goals for the coming year.
John Tan, CEO of Saturday Kids & Co-founder of Collision 8
Saturday Kids started in 2012 as a programming school for kids around the same time I started investing in technology startups. The goal for Saturday Kids in 2017 is to impact more young people through digital literacy classes that raise awareness of global issues. In order to come up with more courses that are impactful and grounded in digital skills, we need to hire great people and develop a corporate culture anchored on doing meaningful work. As for Collision 8, it is to make it top-of-mind for companies looking to grow their business. We don't just provide co-working spaces, we bring a community and the network and expertise that come with that.
Michelle Yong, Director of Aurum Land & Co-founder of Collision 8
In 2017, my focus will likely still be on growing Collision 8 within Singapore and achieving sustainability while continuing to build the innovation ecosystem in Singapore and across Asia Pacific. If we achieve proof of concept in Singapore, we may also start looking at overseas expansion of Collision 8 in late 2017. Another new concept that we are currently working on aims to create a collaborative environment that positively influences the quality and spectrum of care by healthcare and wellness professionals. We have also started exploring co-living concepts for young professionals in Singapore. So, I do hope to acquire the right property for these projects to bring these concepts to life. We are also opening a small cafe and events space in early 2017. Finally, under Aurum Land, we also target to complete construction of one of our existing residential developments, The Asana, in late 2017, and our other development, The Orient, in early 2018.
Vicky Hwang, Managing Director of Parkview Singapore
Of course, all our concepts must make commercial sense but our goal next year really goes beyond business and focuses on our core values of passion and community. We hope to bring a true sense of community through the new Parkview Museum. We want to unite likeminded individuals through art to stimulate conversation and change on shark fin and marine life conservation in Singapore and beyond. Also with the soon-to-be-launched Atlas Bar, it’s the perfect time to evolve our grand lobby at Parkview Square into an inspiring hospitality experience to bring together our tenants, new neighbours and local community, as well as welcoming international guests.
Marcus Tan, President & Co-founder of Carousell
2016 was a good year for Carousell. We closed our series B funding at US$35 million which has helped us launch in three new markets (Hong Kong, Philippines and Australia), and completed the WatchOverMe acquihire and Caarly acquisition — both of which have helped to strengthen our product and engineering teams, and pave the way for our monetisation strategy. 2017 promises to be even more exciting, as we journey to become the number one mobile classifieds marketplace. Carousell has grown into 19 cities across 7 countries, and we’ve welcomed more people into the workforce to help serve our global community. We now have over 90 people from 12 different nationalities with varied skillsets. The product and engineering team form the backbone of our business, and we plan to double our strength to about 60 people in that team alone, by early next year. We’re also looking forward to working with other partners who are interested in the classifieds space, so that we can learn from their experiences and tap on more resources to help Carousellers around the world find the space and time to fill their lives with more meaningful things instead.
John Blanco, CEO & Co-founder of Afini
Afini launched successfully in November 2016 as Asia’s first luxury destination club. Our primary motivation in creating Afini was to provide a better way to travel for family and friends in impeccably serviced private homes around the world and where all planning and coordination is meticulously executed. Afini is for discerning travellers, someone who has been there, done that with luxury hotels and distribution platforms but desires a better way to travel. Our goal in 2017 is to further establish Afini as the new benchmark in luxury travel for the region, delivering consistent tailored experiences to our members while continuously growing our property portfolio within established and emerging destinations, both regional and long haul.
Michael Tay, Group Managing Director of The Hour Glass
Our singular focus for 2017 at The Hour Glass is to continue furthering our mission of being the watch world’s leading cultural retail enterprise and along the way, surprising and delighting our clients - watch collectors and enthusiasts of horology. At The Hour Glass, we each have committed ourselves to spreading the gospel truth of watchmaking. Its traditions, its culture, its patrimony. Invoking the passion for watches and enriching the watch collecting community.