The Asian Entrepreneur is a leading site focusing on all matters relating to Asian entrepreneurship. It also covers business developments throughout the world.
To me, one of the more prominent columns on the site is probably the Featured Interviews section that publishes stories of entrepreneurs in a short and sweet Q&A format.
The column features entrepreneurs in varying industries who are managing companies of different sizes.
It is a series started by Callum Laing, an entrepreneur himself, who wanted to shine a greater light on entrepreneurs in Asia and get their voices heard.
The series has since gained signficant traction over the years, having featured 1,000 interviews. Start-ups who get featured on the site also share positive outcomes such as getting approached by potential investors or getting more media coverage.
We asked Callum some questions, and he kindly obliged to share his views:
1. What made you decide to start featuring entrepreneurs’ stories?
I was getting a bit frustrated with reading about all these Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that the media was fawning over. I felt that I knew lots of cool entrepreneurs here in Asia that were doing great stuff and no one was aware of them. So it really started as a way to shine a spotlight on interesting entrepreneurs here and it just took off.
We have now published more than 1,000 interviews from all around the region. As an added bonus, for every interview we publish, I donate a years worth of clean drinking water to a child in a developing country, so each interview has an impact even beyond what the entrepreneur is expecting.
2. What kind of profiles are you looking for?
Whilst we started with ‘Entrepreneurs’, we also consider anyone who is in a leadership role. The key is that they are creating some value in the world by solving problems, have a story to tell and something we can hopefully learn and be inspired by.
3. What has been your favourite story on Asian Entrepreneur?
With more than a thousand interviews, there have been so many inspiring stories shared. However, often it is what happens after we publish the story that is more inspiring.
People getting approached for more media coverage or investment or new clients.
I often get follow up emails from those that are featured sharing some great outcome that have come about because of the interview and that is always great to hear.
4. If there are start-up founders who want to share their story, what is the best way they can get in touch with you?
About Callum Laing
Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is Co-Founder and CEO of MBH Corporation PLC. He is the author of three best-selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’, ‘Agglomerate’ and ‘Entrepreneurial Investing’.