Tee-Ming Chew, co-fondateur de Seedly, donne des recommandations de livres solides et pertinentes
Seedly’s mission is to simplify personal finances across the millennial generation. They can use it as a platform to manage their money, track progress, cash-flow, and learn to make smarter financial decisions, all in one place. They also have a community feature that allows users to crowdsource knowledge from peers.
Launched in 2016, Seedly quickly became the front-runner in the South-East Asia region, with over 300% growth in users since the beginning of this year. Last month (May 2018) it was acquired by the ShopBack group, with whom they share a common vision. ShopBack is a lifestyle portal that powers smarter purchase decisions, used by 3.5 million consumers across six Asia-Pacific markets.
Born and raised in Singapore, Tee-Ming is a passionate builder. His entrepreneurial journey started during his second university year, when he worked at ShopBack during his summer holiday – back then, it was an early stage startup and he was the first intern, getting involved in building the product from scratch.
Since then, Tee-Ming joined the NUS Overseas Colleges program and spent a year working in Silicon Valley, doing part-time entrepreneurship and talking to startup founders, all while studying at Stanford University. He worked as a software engineer for Pixlee, a user-generated content marketing platform headquartered in San Francisco. This experience offered him a thorough perspective on the entrepreneurial differences between America and Asia.
It was then that he also met his co-founder Kenneth Lew and they later worked together on a few startup ideas, before starting Seedly.
From Tee-Ming we found out what books he’d recommend and how they helped him change his perception. Here they are:
What’s your favorite book and why?
I would recommend Zero to One by Peter Thiel because it gives different perspectives on how to create value in this world.
Was there a moment, specifically, when something you read in a book helped you?
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal. It changed the way I think about product and helps you to be hyper focused on what matters rather than what is cool for your users.
Quels livres vous ont le plus marqué ?
Papa riche, papa pauvre changed my perception on how to manage my personal finances. La startup Lean et Zero to One taught me about entrepreneurship and management. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products taught me about product development.
What books would you recommend to youngsters interested in your professional path?
La startup Lean to learn how to efficiently create a business by validations.
Links where you can follow Tee-Ming Chew or find out more about his projects:
- Connect with Tee-Ming Chew on LinkedIn
- Seedly featured in Tech in Asia: ‘Seedly helps millennials manage their money – and Singapore’s ShopBack just acquired it‘
- Seedly featured on BBC: ‘Got a smartphone? Here’s how to make it smarter‘
- Tee-Ming Chew’s interview on Asian Entrepreneur
- Kenneth Lew’s article on Tech in Asia: ‘What a founder learned after running a hardware startup for 2 years‘
All books mentioned by Tee-Ming Chew in our interview: