Category: CEO Updates

Jul
31

My Business Travels – Travel I Must

Chong Chee Wah, Founder & CEO of TreeBox Solutions

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

I keep a digital note on my smartphone that tracks my travelling since 2013. That was the year when I started serious business travelling. It has become a ritual for me to update the note whenever I was on a business trip. The count shows 44 trips since 2013. I am amazed myself at the number of trips but also getting uncomfortable at the rate of my travels – from 7 trips in 2013 to 9 in 2014 and then 15 in 2015. Now just after the half way mark in 2016, I have done 13 trips and with more to come in near future.

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May
31

Art and Science of Hiring – Part 2

Chong Chee Wah, Founder & CEO of TreeBox Solutions

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

Last month I talked about the art and science of hiring. Hiring is extremely important to a startup and any wrong hire has a far significant impact on the startup as compared to the impact on a big company.

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Apr
30

Art and Science of Hiring – Part 1

Chong Chee Wah, Founder & CEO of TreeBox Solutions

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

“Hiring” is one of the most important tasks of an entrepreneur in a startup.  A wrong hire could have a much more significant impact on a startup as compared to a large MNC. Most entrepreneurs know that other than conceptualising an idea, the next most important thing is about execution. Well-executed plans will create a higher probability of success for startups. And in order to execute well, we need a strong team and everything boils down to hiring and retaining the best talents that we can find and afford. In this part 1 of the blog, I will talk about the first part – hiring.

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Mar
31

The Movie – The Martian

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

This month, I was deeply honoured to receive the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. As I reflected on my 7 years of entrepreneurship journey, the four flavours set in – sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. Imagine experiencing maximum emotions and flavours exploding all at the same time and also mental experiential learning… finally coupled with high chance of fatality….. To me, this is entrepreneurship.

In my acceptance speech, I spoke about the Movie – The Martian where Matt Damon played the role of NASA astronaut Mark Watney who got stranded on Mars.

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Feb
29

Learn to Wait

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

This month, I started to read a book “What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School” by Mark H. McCormack.  While I am still in the midst of enjoying a good read, I can’t help but notice a consistent advice that the book has brought out – “Learn to Wait”.

I quote: “It is still amazing to me how the simple passing of time can totally alter a situation, solve problems, render other problems meaningless, cool down confrontations and add a whole new perspective.”

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Jan
31

We have survived and we are Five!

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

5th Jan 2016 marked an important milestone for our company. We are officially 5 years old ! Happy Birthday, TreeBox !

Time really flies. I have been in this “roller-coaster” ride for more than 5 years. Comparing back when we started on 5th Jan 2011, I can still remember the decision where the 5 founders formed the company and decided to give “it a shot”. We have nothing back then, except ideas. We have no money, no office, no staff. Just ideas and armed with a belly of fire that we can try “a shot”. Not knowing what was ahead of us, we formed the company and started the bootstrap process.

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Dec
31

Basecamp, we have arrived.

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

This is the time of the year where we reflect on our journey in 2014. I always take this opportunity to re-read my previous postings. Look at what I have said in Dec 2013 and Dec 2012. Each year, I told myself I want to finish the year in a stronger position. Well, I believe we have done that as well !!

First, our apollo has made base landing in global markets. We are expanding our business relationships to other regions and things are getting exciting.

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Nov
30

Obsessed with Talents

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

I must admit I have an “A-Team” in our company. I am extremely proud of our team. Every single one of our team members is a unique talent. It is not easy to join our company as we have a very stringent hiring process. In fact, we hired so slowly that sometimes we have to KIV projects as we do not have enough resources. It is not a situation that companies would like to be but from our management team, our decision is clear – we hire A-Team, we will hire right, not fast.

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Oct
31

Apollo Expeditions – We have a Base Landing. It all starts with Relationship.

Mr Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

In Oct 2013, exactly a year ago, I blogged about Apollo landing in Mars, Venus and then in Nov 2013, I talked about Apollo landing in Jupiter. I like to use metaphors as I find metaphors provide a visual view of our mission. I used Apollo to describe our ventures into the unknown (global markets), just as NASA ventured into space and targeted for moon landings.

Fast forward, after 12 months of hard work and endless Apollo missions, we have finally secured our base landing !! Read More


Sep
30

Our TreeBox Culture – Open Invitation to Believers to Join Us

Mr. Chong Chee Wah
Founder & CEO

Dear Readers,

This is probably the first time that I put down in words what defines our company culture. Drawing heavily from the legendary 127-page slide deck that NetFlix CEO Reed Hastings created on Netflix Culture, I am deeply inspired and recognised the key fundamental fact that a company culture can make or break a company.

In my own humble opinions, culture governs the way we recruit, culture shows the values that we believe in as a team, culture shows us the way to handle difficult situations and making difficult decisions. Essentially, culture is the company. So, what is our TreeBox’s Culture?

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