Date of Lecture: 7 October 2013
Summary and feelings of the day:
Junhan was the speaker of the day! This guy is the co-founder of gothere.sg and the founder of Zopim. His biggest accomplishment could possible be part of the founding team of Zopim as a full time designer. This idea came about When he was on the NOC programme with several other like-minded students. It seems like several NUS alumni’s start-ups are usually NOC alumni too.
Gothere.sg is a navigation website that is targeted at Singaporeans commuter. It is one of the most popular websites in Singapore. I too, was an avid fan of gothere.sg. It’s popularity was affirmed by the surveyed that his team conducted; out of 1000 surveyed users, 66.6% of them are going to be very disappointed if the website closes. The coolest thing about this website is that the team did not talk to its users at all. Apparently this strategy only works when you’re developing something new for yourself.
So what is Zopim? Go Google it! Hahahaha, just kidding! Zopim is an online live chat service that is targeted at small and medium enterprises. The difference between Zopim and LiveChat is that Zopim’s chat is embedded into the website and LiveChat comes out as a new window. It allows its user to engage in live chat whilst browsing the website. His team communicated with his users actively and that even helped them price their products.
Flightlover is an iPhone app that allows its users to see the cheapest airfare for the next 6 months. It was a great hit when it was launched but the excitement died off just as quickly.
Ever heard of GetKudos? It enables live testimonies update for your website.
Gems of the day:
I felt very encouraged that there are many successful entrepreneurs coming from NUS. Even though many of the start-ups are still small, the fact that Singaporeans are increasingly risk-taking and innovative cannot be discounted. I believe that the pool of entrepreneurs will continue to grow and I am excited to be part of the this growth.