Marketing, Starting up

Unemployed but motivated, may be the World’s Coolest Intern

I’m unemployed after leaving Adonai Training last Tuesday. I don’t mean to say that Founder Institute is sucking too much of my time, just feel that I can better spend my time working on my business idea since working at Adonai Training and working on my idea are both economically stale. lol

I must say that simply deciding that you want to brave through the entrepreneurship storm with your precious idea is scary. My mood swing from confidence to feeling like a total loser as optimism and reality try to get me to their side. I guess that why some say entrepreneurs are bipolar. Anyway, talking to people gives me clarity of perspective and things I can do. It helps me to practice on speaking too, cos I can always edit my post before I publish it but I can’t do so in real life. There’s been a general agreement that my idea is good and people see why I’m pursuing this idea; just that Singapore is not ideal environment to support it so I’m currently research to a foreign market. So far the research seems to be positive to me, let’s just pray that things stay this way and the market gives me a gap to fill.

At this point of my entrepreneurial journey, I’m always feeling lost , since there isn’t an entrepreneur handbook that tells me what to do, so I depend a lot on my curiosity to ask good questions.

Side track. Speaking of good questions, my win at the SmartBrief on Social Media blog also won me a spot to ask the Xbox representative in charge of their Facebook pages some questions on how they manage Facebook. The questions and answers are published here on their blog.

Anyway on the happier side of reflecting on my previous employment, I’m proud of my tiny social media achievements since I’ve really only studied about using it in May this year. I increased fan base of Chingay’s FB page by 125% in one and a half months through viral campaigns, clinch a speaking deal for the company at Social Media World Forum (Asia) and published an ebook on Social Media Crisis Management (there’s 2 more ebooks on Social Media for B2B Businesses in the pipe, should be released in this year). I’ve also guest blogged at Gradkin and Penn Olson.

Did you notice that this post is filled with mego (me-ego, or narcissistic ego)? This is because I want to be the World’s Coolest Intern!! I can do all I’ve done after 4 months of starting a new skill, I can do so much more in 6 months of action-packed internship!

Pick Elisha to be the World’s Coolest Intern. ‘Regret’ is the word you will not get to use! ;)

PS: The good people at StanChart didn’t know that I cannot drop a DM to them on Twitter unless they follow me, while they expect interested candidates to DM them the link. I guess this is another reason why they need me. :D


Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.


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