Cool Tools for the Savvy Entrepreneur. #1
I’ve never met a successful businessman said that building a successful business was easy.
The pressure involved with decision making & hard work involved in execution is immense. As new age entrepreneurs, we should find ways to utilize the scarce resources available effectively and efficiency so that the core focus can on the profitable tasks that will help grow the business.
There are a lot of free(and paid) tools that are available on the web, that helps businesses function more effectively. Cool Tools is a new blog series by Angel’s Gate to introduce these tools and share tips & tricks on using them to help you in your business.
As our 1st issue, we’re going to start with an online tool many are familiar with. DROPBOX!
Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. If you have more than one computer, keeping track of all your files can be a pain. The problem is organization, you need one place for everything. Solving this problem is one of the big ideas behind Dropbox. Dropbox keeps your files accessible and synced from all your various devices. It’s like a magic pocket, a single secure place for all of your stuff.
Dropbox creates a new kind of folder in your computer. This folder works hard to be exactly alike and it makes all your files accessible anytime, anywhere.
Dropbox works as a secure channel to share files, pictures and videos. When a folder is shared, all the files inside that folder get accessed by the recipient. Sharing folders are appropriate for collaborative purposes and is the best way to access and update files without the use of emails.
Whether you are traveling the world, running a business or simply organizing your life; Dropbox means you can stop worrying about managing files and back-ups and get on with other important aspects of your life.
Cool Tips & Tricks:
- Right click on a folder & share your it with your teammates to share common work files such as reports and spreadsheets quickly!
- Instead of using services like yousendit or wetransfer, right click on the file in your dropbox & select Get Link! Then simply send your target audience the link for a fast & ad-free download.
- A little on the grey side, but there are little ways to expand your dropbox storage easily.
- Drop your library of ebooks, reports and documents in dropbox, and access them easily via a mobile device on demand!
Next Cool Tool on the list! Freshbooks!
Bookkeeping and keeping track of your finances can be tedious, time consuming and of course the least fun part of running the business.
Freshbooks is straightforward, simple and easy to use (and you can try it for free), even as a non-accountants you can manage accounting your business without intimidation. It lets you create customizable invoice and estimate forms that you can fill manually or complete using lists. It lets you send invoices by post or email; accept online payments (PayPal or credit cards); automatically send pending payment notices; creates a handful of really easy to understand reports and graphs.
With Freshbooks, your business data is accessible anytime and everywhere, in all your devices. Data loss and theft is never a problem as your data is regularly backed-up and secured.
We’re on Her World Plus!
Having a good business pitch is one of the important aspect of early start-up companies. It helps you get your ideas across to not only your customers, but also potential investors!
Ever wondered how you would work on and ace your business pitch?
Find out how on our article on Her World Plus online here!
Angel’s Gate Jam Session #1
Angel’s Gate held our 1st Jam Session over at Amazon Web Services!
It was a huge success! We had over 140 people who turned up for the event and feedback from most participants were really positive! We would like to thank everyone for dropping by.
We’re in the midst of preparing for our next event & will be confirming our location really soon! Stay tuned!
If you’ve missed our last session, checkout one of the presentations on the event-day over on youtube!
Jamming in the cloud with Amazon Web Services
Angel’s Gate is proud to announce a whole new series of events for both aspiring & seasoned Entrepreneurs!
Our Angel’s Gate Jam Sessions are held monthly and aims to inspire & provide an avenue for Entrepreneurs to network and learn from one another.
This month of July, we are having our 1st Jam session over at Amazon Web Services!
We’re delighted to have Pieter Kemps from AWS as our 1st speaker.Pieter aims to aid entrepreneurs who are preparing for their next business pitch with his presentation entitled “What does a good pitch deck look like?”
Topics to be covered:
- How to think from and investor’s point of view?
- Best Practices / Examples
- What should be covered in your pitch at various stages of funding/pitching?
We have John Fearon from DropMyEmail.com, who appeared in Season 1 of Angel’s Gate, as our 2nd speaker. John will be sharing with us his experience during his journey as an Entrepreneur. Find out more about his involvement in Angel’s Gate
For our 3rd Speaker, we have Ash Singh, Founder & CEO of Angel’s Gate who will be presenting “50 Keys to Startup Success”. His most recent project is Turbanizer, a mobile application which allows anyone to easily visualize themselves in a turban!
I hope you’re as excited as we’re about our 1st Jam Session!
Be sure to register over @ our facebook events page!
British Chamber of Commerce Private Event
Angel’s Gate is proud to be invited as a Guest Speaker for British Chamber of Commerce’s Private Event @ Harry’s Bar on 21st June 2012! Ash Singh(CEO Angel’s Gate) gave a short presentation and helped answered a bombardment of questions shortly later. The setting was classy, the food was excellent & the people were great!
UP Weekend with UP Singapore!
Angel’s Gate is honoured to be at the UP Singapore event on 22nd June, with our CEO & Founder - Ash Singh on the panel as the Judges.
UP Singapore is an experiment in ground-up innovation through the creative use of technology and data to improve our urban environments. UP Singapore seeks to achieve high levels of diverse and active community participation and foster strong collaboration between different community, government, corporate and NGO groups. It is being organised by Newton Circus.
Various teams were busy with the development of their ideas and prepared to pitch their ideas within a short period of time. Top ideas stand a chance to win amazing prizes!
It’s time for the participating groups to pitch their ideas!
We had a wonderful time during Up Singapore’s event, the energy level at the weekend event was constantly on a high note & the pitches by various groups were really creative! See you at the next UP Singapore Event!
Have you seen the new Turbanizer video yet?
Dear fans of Angel’s Gate,
As you know, my team and I have been working on creating Angel’s Gate for the last 2 years. We spent a lot of time getting the best brands to support us & some of the biggest names in business to be our Angels.
The show rated very well. Sponsors are happy and we we are going taking the show global.
But I think I have created a monster.
As serial entrepreneur, I actually thought that I could pitch my own business idea on the show to raise some funds for my new mobile application, TURBANIZER, and get some exposure. I figured because Ken Mandel was a friend and a fellow Canadian, it would be easy for me to get past the elevator pitch. Tudor from Flocations was Canadian & he made it through. I should too. right?
Boy was I wrong.
Did you see how tough that was!? I was the creator & I couldn’t even get past the elevator pitch! No wonder Mr Ko had to write an open letter to Angel’s Gate. Maybe it would have went better if I partnered with Nicholas Lee’s Augmented Reality and create an Augmented Reality Turbanizer!
And as if that wasn’t tough enough. I thought someone put a hit on me when I came across this!
PS: Mr Silicon, Could I give you a different photo? I was having a bad turban day.
Its too bad I didn’t get to pitch in front of Karan Singh Thakral. I try to keep a low profile, but the vegetable silicon guy divulged that Karan Singh was my father-in-law. But it would have been soooo much easier if I was pitching to Karan Singh, right? Mr Silicon? EXTREME RATE FUNDINGZ!?
I was reading through various comments here & there and would just like to address a few:
@GabrielKang1, how did you get to pitch 3 times? I only got 1 shot! You have got to tell me how you did that. I’ll trade you a turbanizer t-shirt for that!
@andycroll tweeted: “Angels Gate has cheap looking sets and outfits to go with the cheap behavioir.” Soooooo. I was just thinking. would they all look better if we turbanized them?
Buddy Willis also wrote an article in Tech in Asia. You know, in all seriousness, I thought given the fact I created Angels Gate, I would definitely get “Good Cop” treatment right? NO. I didn’t even made it past the elevator pitch. What gives!?!?
Well.. A True Entrepreneur will Never Say Die!
Season 2 is coming up! Maybe @hughmason can mentor me at his incubator! or If I am lucky, @jpaine can help! – The Founders Institue graduates tend to do quite well on the show. @jpaine - I promise to give you a T-Shirt and Mug.
Stay tuned for Angel’s Gate Season 2 everyone!
Angel’s Gate @ NUS Business School!
Do you remember our Guest Judge Prof Sheila Wang from Episode 7?
Angel’s Gate came to NUS Business School! We had our judges chair on display at the Atrium of NUS Business School. Check out some of our pictures below!
Take a look at the Startup Weekend 2012 Video!
Angel’s Gate is at Startup Weekend 2012!
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour crash course about Entrepreneurship held at NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. Organized by the NUS Overseas College (NOC) Programme, 140 enthusiastic participants were developing and pitching their business ideas over the 54 hour crunch period.
Team Snapsell took the day with their mobile app for convenient, easy selling of anything at all with just a few buttons pressed. Apart from the projects competition, various mentors from the community to coach the team over the weekend.
Ash Singh, the man behind Angel’s Gate was at the event as a guest judge & gave a short presentation on 50 keys to success.
Angel’s Gate Supports The Young Entrepreneurs
Deeptha Khanna, MD at P&G speaking to the students
Guest Judge on Episode 7
No more Mr. Nice Guy? Guest Judge Professor Sheila Wang, NUS Business School Decision Sciences Adjunct Professor, makes an appearance in Angel’s Gate. What will a female Judge bring to the table?
An entrepreneur with a revolutionary technology for scuba divers; a co-working space that encourages collaboration and creativity. Episode 7 airs 19 March, Monday at 8PM (SG/HK) on Channel NewsAsia.
Catch past episodes and other exclusive clips on our YouTube Channel here: youtube.com/angelsgate
Find out more about Professor Sheila Wang and the other Judges on Angel’s Gate here: angelsgate.com/tv/angels
CapitaLand Hope Foundation $1 per “like” Charity Campaign
CapitaLand Hope Foundation and Angel’s Gate believe that giving back to society should start early.
This is why Angel’s Gate is honoured to have CapitaLand Hope Foundation as our official Charity Partner, in promoting the spirit of charity amongst the entrepreneurial circle.
CapitaLand Hope Foundation is donating S$1.00 for every “like” generated by businesses and projects on the Angel’s Gate website. Through this campaign, CapitaLand Hope Foundation is supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs to give back to society as they promote their businesses. It is a common misconception that giving back should only begin after businesses take off. Angel’s Gate and CapitaLand Hope Foundation would like to change that, and promote the spirit of giving among business owners right from the beginning of their entrepreneurial journeys.
CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand, was established in 2005 to further CapitaLand’s corporate social responsibility commitment to build a better future for underprivileged children. Its focus is to support programmes for the shelter, education and healthcare needs of underprivileged children in Singapore and overseas.
Do your part for charity, visit angelsgate.com and click on the “like” button of projects that interest you, support entrepreneurship and support charity!
Episode 2 airs 13 Feb at 8PM SG/HK on Channel NewsAsia
A fun business idea that might make the Judges bust a move or two; a mobile app that could change the way we type; and an eco-friendly business with potential.
Tune in and join the conversation on Twitter using #TheAngelsGate or on our Facebook page! Which entrepreneur impressed you? Who’s your favourite Judge? Should they have accepted the deal? We’ll love to know your take!
UPDATE: Full episode 2 is now available on our YouTube channel!