We (the Vulcan Post Malaysian team), held our very first, cool and awesome meetup at a cozy, local café called Morningwoodmy café, so that we could help bridge the gap between startups and other members of the community.
The casual gathering was to help inspire people by getting them connected with other like-minded people, and the projects that they are associated with. It was also a great opportunity for the Vulcan Post Malaysian team to meet some of the startup founders face-to-face and talk to them about their experiences in the startup industry.
While the phrase, “ The Tipping Point ” may instantly remind you of Malcolm Gladwell’s first book (of the same name), it was also selected to be the name of our meetup series, which we plan to organise consistently every 2 to 3 months.
The Tipping Point refers to the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change. And that is what we hope to achieve via our event because ultimately, we all want to make a difference in the world via our respective ventures.
The meetup attracted a decent-sized crowd of nearly 50 people who began interacting with one another while indulging in all of the food and caffeine at Morningwoodmy. We had attendees from other local startups such as Unistay.co, Wedding.com.my, Offpeak.my, and GiveReceipt.
We had 4 awesome speakers (yours truly, included) in attendance who were all running their own startups, some even had their own day jobs; however, that never stopped them from pursuing their dreams.
We had Jack from TallyPress, Jes Min from RecomN, Kenny from FoodAdvisor, myself from Vulcan Post. Our managing director, Jacky Yap was the original speaker for Vulcan Post; however, due to some unforeseen circumstances, he was unable to make the trip from Singapore.
Jack (from TallyPress) was the first one to take the floor. He gave a short and sweet talk about his startup journey when he was creating Pollbook and TallyPress (an online ranking magazine for Malaysia) and the challenges he faced along the way.
Jes Min (from RecomN) was the next one to take the stage and she delivered an enthusiastic and funny talk about how she led her team in creating RecomN along with the 3 myths of founding your own startup.
The baton of speech was then passed on to Kenny (from FoodAdvisor) who spoke about the common challenges that are faced by startups and how one can overcome them. A common theme in his speech was to take leaps of faith and when in need, “ask and you shall receive”.
After Kenny ended his inspiring talk, the moment I’d dreaded all night arose where I had to rise to the occasion to speak on Jacky’s behalf. I spoke about how the media is interested in startups that have compelling stories, revolutionary products, impressive marketing, and those that solves real and current problems in society.
Even though I was scared of how my talk would unfold, I was glad that the crowd was supportive which gave me a sense of comfort. It was an enjoyable experience and I wouldn’t mind trying it again.
Just when we all thought the event was coming to an end, Reuben Kang from Jinnyboytv graced the mic with an impromptu speech about how he found his passion even through all of the countless jobs that he had.
After which we had a Q&A session for participants to raise questions to any of the speakers present.
That brought the event to an end but we were pleased to see that people lingered around exchanging ideas and thoughts on various subjects. One of our goals is to inspire conversations and we are glad that this event could actively contribute to that goal.
While the event was primarily for people that were registered, there were a few that were caught off guard as they were just enjoying their tea time at Morningwoodmy. They had an option of leaving but instead they decided to stay! Here’s a direct quote from Beatrice Low, a chiropractic student, who was there by accident:
“I was attracted to the topic of entrepreneurship and I wanted to know how each of them made it successfully through their journey. Who knows I might be starting up one of my own in the future!”
In short, we had awesome time at the meetup! We would like to extend our thanks to all the speakers who were so open about sharing their experiences, the participants who took the time to attend The Tipping Point #1, and the good folks at Morningwoodmy café who graciously welcomed us.
If you’re interested in attending our next The Tipping Point or if you’d like to know more about it, do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.