Fire your boss

me

My first job was as a programmer in an agency. I just graduated from Australia and started working in KL barely a month after that. Anyway, not six months after, I was introduced to some people in Kuching who wanted to start up a company. I went, listened to what they were about to do, chipped in with a couple of my own ideas and believed so much I was one of the five shareholders in the company.

It was the best job ever.

Well, since I was one of the shareholders in the start up as well, it wasn’t merely a job but rather a joined entrepreneur endeavor.

mayor

I was a System Engineer (at least that was my original title) but we were doing a lot of R&D. It was just me and the CTO coming up with all sorts of weird stuff (some groundbreaking and some totally useless). Heh. ¼ of my time was spent doing presentations to clients, ¼ out on the field and the rest in the office tinkering with stuff and doing decks.

alex

It was a lot of fun and I worked in that company for close to four years before I cashed out all my shares.

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The best part is believing in what you’re doing and being a part of a start up. I haven’t worked in the technology line since but I fondly remember those days. It was the mixture of entrepreneur spirit and coming up with innovative ideas that made those days so heady.

I’ve always wanted to be involved in another start up and if you’re a budding entrepreneur too there’s a perfect chance coming up!

Make The Pitch is a reality TV show where you pitch (thus the name) your idea to a panel of investors. If they like your idea and think it’s sound, they’ll personally invest in it and help you achieve your dreams!

blowing cake with weather monitoring

You’ll need to be 18 years and above and it’s open to anyone (even if you don’t have a company – just a solid idea will do). The best thing of all is that there’s no age cap so old farts like me can still enter. ;) There’s no limit to the number of winners and if you find that you’re strapped for time and don’t have a detailed proposal, you can attend the auditions with a brief outline of your idea and you’ll still get a chance.

The confirmed panel of judges hail from RHB, MDeC, MyEG and Cradle (yes, the investment fund for technology).

Want to make it big? Fire your boss, start coming out with a winning idea and impress the judges at the auditions. Get more information about the show and find out where the auditions will be held at the MyEG Make The Pitch site.

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22 thoughts on “Fire your boss

  1. Hi, may I know whether any idea for a new business is eligible or does it have to be technology related since it is MDEC and CIP?

    • Hello Dewi! :)

      It doesn’t have to be tech related, if you have an idea for any business, you can go for the auditions to pitch your idea.

      Also, if you’re strapped for time, you can just head to the auditions with a brief outline of your idea, you’ll still get a chance.

      Hope that helps and good luck!

    • Heh! That’s Alex, the CTO of the company I was referring to in the post. :)

      It was his birthday and true to the company culture, he used a part from a weather monitoring station to blow out the candles – it’s an anemometer we just ordered from Europe.

    • Well, if you have a business idea, you can try striking it out on your own.

      I know a lot of people who wants more than a job/career – they’ll prefer to startup their own company.

      I’ll do it if I have a good enough idea that is really feasible. :)

  2. HB, my mother did do so many years ago. She wrote down details of things the mgr. of the textile shop mom work at. Under a different name mom blog about mgr on YELP and send a copy to the big boss. Mgr stole company time for so long lie on time sheet she worked for 8 hrs every yet left early home took 2 to 3 hours lunch everyday.

    Mgr. took workers benifits for herself to use force workers to do personal things for her without paid of course. Well mgr got canned at last now new mgr and better for the place.

  3. Hey dude does this contest mean i have to go through auditions to see how i do in front of the camera or just how good my idea is? i have a great idea but i don’t know how to act.

    • Hello there!

      You don’t need to be able to act for this – it’s going to be a TV series, but that doesn’t mean acting skills is required.

      …all you need is a solid idea, which you already have.

      Good luck mate! :)

    • Hey Zul!

      I don’t see why not – as long as it’s a viable business idea, you can pitch it this weekend.

      Yeah, it’s a bit of a rush but don’t worry, you can just present your rough idea to them.

      A storyboard perhaps?

      All the best bro! :)

    • Well, you can always start in a new line. :)

      Do what you really love to do and be your own boss while you’re at it.

      Won’t that be awesome mate? :D

      • haha definitely! taxi drivers are their own bosses i realized it just the other day. but down side they cant really get MC’s.

        • Heh! True that, unless they’re with a company. I hear they rent the taxis for a certain amount per day and all the fares they collect is their own.

          Well, they can take MCs, they just don’t be earning any money if they do. ;)

          …and flexi hours, how about that. :D

  4. I started following your blog back when you were working in Kuching and you ordered some parts from my startup. I’m glad you started blogging again after things went sideways.

    If you ever come to Seattle, you should come visit! I think you’d get a kick out of the stuff we’re doing now.

    • Hello there!

      Wow, yes I remember ordering stuff from you back then. We were worried it won’t clear customs and we’ll have to pay tax. :)

      I didn’t know you were reading my blog at that time. Heh.

      Of all the places to reconnect eh?

      I’m glad to hear from you and I’ll definitely drop by when I’m in Seattle. :)

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