Success Stories

7 Successful Indian Female Entrepreneurs Who Broke the Glass Ceiling

Gone are the days when thinking about successful entrepreneurs brought the picture of a handsome young man in a well-fitted suit to mind. Now, women entrepreneurs are making their way to success in India and are achieving the milestones many men could only hope for. Here you can learn about 7 successful female Indian entrepreneurs who dared to do something different and made a difference. 1. Falguni Nayar, Nykaa It takes guts to resign from a comfortable job and start something of your own. Falguni Nayar who started beauty e-commerce giant Nykaa, clearly possessed the courage to forge her own path and destiny. She resigned from the job of Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra and kicked off the operations of Nykaa. Falguni started this business because she wanted customers to get honest and ...

From Design Agency Head to Successful Ice Cream Treats Founder – Creamier & Sunday Folks

Cafés and dessert shops are popular hangout spots for people of all ages. There’s nothing quite like ice cream and coffee on a sunny afternoon – what more when it’s of the homemade sort. Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream & Coffee and Sunday Folks are no strangers to the café scene in Singapore. Despite the long queues and wait-times, customers flock to the cosy outlets for a whiff of the handmade ice creams (and delicious waffles). To understand the success behind the café’s operations, we reached out to Khoh Wan Chin, co-founder of Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream & Coffee and Sunday Folks. How It All Began Creamier was first founded in 2011 by Khoh Wan Chin, Victor Lim and Audrey Wang. The enterprise sought to fulfil their vision and passion in the business. Previously, Wa...

An Interview with Kakitangan CEO, Effon Khoo

HR Automation is the process of improving the efficiency of human resources departments through automating the manual processes while eliminating information-centred risks. Malaysian startup Kakitangan specialises in this very department. Founded in 2015, the company received up to RM1.5 million in funding through equity crowdfunding. To delve into their vision and success, SKALE spoke Effon  Khoo, the founder and CEO of Kakitangan. The Interview The Start and History Describe your business (product and offerings) and the vision/mission of the company? Our product is HR Automation for SMEs in Malaysia. The vision is to save time, cost and materials when it comes to HR processes for all SMEs in Malaysia! What would you say is unique about your company? Is there a special product, approach o...

From Ice Cream Parlor to F&B Empire: Tony Tan Caktiong (Jolibee)

Not a lot of us know that the largest fast food chain in the Philippines started off as an ice cream parlor. Yes, Jollibee, the home of the smiley red and white bee mascot that every Filipino adores, was once a little shop in Cubao, Quezon City in 1978 that served ice cream and sandwiches. Jollibee Foods Corporation Founded by Tony Tan Caktiong, the former Magnolia Ice  Cream parlour pivoted to a fast-food model and was incorporated asJollibee Food Corporation in  January 1978. The fast-food chain scaled quickly to 7 branches in Metro Manila by the end of 1978. Its rapid growth paved way for the opening of more branches including its first branch abroad, specifically in Taiwan, in the 80s. During this time, the top-selling and arguably the best fried chicken in town was also introduced to ...

From Small Business to Empires: How These 4 Malaysian F&B Companies Made It

Malaysians are a lucky lot when it comes to food. Due to the multi-racial aspect of our country, we are spoilt for choice with a culinary divergence that few countries can brag. Chinese, Indian, Malay – you name it, we have it. Last week, we wrote an article that identified 3 Singaporean hawkers and their rise to international success and branding. Today, we will look at the Malaysian equivalents of these entrepreneurial spirits. From their humble beginnings to becoming multi-million-dollar franchises, these local and recognisable brands have a story to inspire just about anyone out there. Read on to see how These 4 Malaysian Small Town Businesses Achieved International Fame. Ramly Burger

How These 3 Singaporean Entrepreneurs Went From Hawkers to Running an F&B Empire

Humble beginnings provide a foundation for business growth. Sometimes, a rags-to-riches story can be warming and inspiring to those of us who are still looking for a way to define our success. Read on to see how these 3 hawkers made an empire from their humble eateries. 1. Paradise Group Paradise Group first started out as ‘Seafood Paradise’. The restaurant poised as a diner’s paradise for Oriental cuisine, traces its’ roots to a humble 25-seater eatery in Defu Lane. Initially, Eldwin Chua started out with managing his grandfather’s coffeeshop operations. His duties consisted of running the drinks stall and learning how to brew coffee. In 2002, at the age of 25 years old, Eldwin was given the chance to take over his grandfather’s coffeeshop. He took over with an assistant chef ...

6 Facts About Myanmar’s Tycoon “Pepsi” Thein Tun

At 82, Thein Tun is one of Myanmar’s most venerable tycoons. His company Myanmar Golden Star (MGS) is regarded as one of the ten strongest businesses in the country. MGS is best known for introducing Pepsi into the Burmese Market in the 90’s. There are a lot of good take-aways from this down-to-earth businessman’s attitude to life, so here are 6 interesting facts about Thein Tun. 1. A Pioneer Of His Generation

How these 7 Pinoy Stalls Became Outstanding Culinary Restaurants 

Wonder how big names become big names in the first place? These restaurants are no stranger to humble beginnings and hard work. Read on for inspiring stories of individuals that took the risk and entered the F&B industry to share their delicious recipes with the world. 1. Manang’s Chicken Manang’s Chicken was Mother’s recipe that the family’s beloved chef Manang whipped up on a regular basis for friends and family. They then found the perfect opportunity to share it with the community when they came across an opening for Mercato Centrale, a weekend food market. The family recipe fared so well with the public that Manang’s Chicken is now a 13 store chain restaurant in the Philippines!  But how did they make it so big? In a ABS-CBN interview, Jill Gerodias-Borja talks about the sec...

These 2 Mum’s Ran a Malaysian Alterations Empire for 16 Years

Before the year 2002, the few ways one could get their clothes altered in Kuala Lumpur after a shopping spree was to drive up to their neighbourhood alteration shop operated by a part-time seamstress in her home. While there was nothing particularly wrong with the way that alterations were being conducted, Za Altera founders Cheryl Cheah and Susan Liew realized that there was a huge gap in the market for such needs.