E27 Echelon 2019

Selamat Hari Raya guys!!! I know, some of you may think that I’m late to the party but we Malaysians take the whole “raya for one month” to it’s truest, literal meaning. So technically, I can wish people Selamat Hari Raya until the 5th of July.

I am blogging from Istanbul! But let me save that for another blogpost. Before I forget the details of my recent trips, let me get typin. We shall start with my trip to SG for the Echelon 2019 conference.

In my effort to blog more (or start vlogging? – let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Maybe sometime in the far off future), I need to make it a point to get my phone and powerbank fully charged at all times. I know Hoon must be snorting at that statement for two obvious reasons:

1. my battery is always below 10% when we meet

2. the powerbank I was referring to earlier is actually his.

Anyway, it was my first time attending the Echelon conference in Singapore (back in May >.<). Pod was one of the 3 companies selected to represent Malaysia to pitch against early stage startups in SEA. Was it intense? I can’t even begin to describe how many times I nearly peed my pants. So many startups from a plethora of different verticals came to pitch to regional and international investors, influenced institutions, fellow startup companies and random people who were curious enough to pay to enter.

We didn’t make it through the final stage but I was so grateful to share about Pod to prominent VCs and potential financial institution partners during the conference.

Got to chat up with Mohan Belani, the founder of E27 and reminded him what he told me when I was juggling Pod part time. At that point in time I was worried about the regulators and licensing to collect our users’ savings (we are now in touch with them to work on the relevant licensing), he said: just do it. Don’t worry too much, just do it, get the feedbacks and numbers you need; then worry about those “formalities”.

There you go, my experience attending Echelon for the first time ever. My advice is, make sure that you know the reason to attend these conferences so you can get the most out of them. And arrange on site meetings as well so you can kill two birds with one stone. Last but not least, don’t get distracted! It can be quite overwhelming attending such a massive event because a lot of things are happening in parallels. So F.O.C.U.S!

Sidebar: Someone just told me I have crumbs at the corner of my mouth and it was there since lunchtime #graceful #thisiswhyIcannotmarryroyalties

Side-sidebar: I have a matching luggage with Amal Clooney *flips tudung* kbye!

Love,

Nadia

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