About one year ago, I was reading an online issue of Businessweek.
They had compiled their yearly list of "Asia's Young Entrepreneurs" which entailed the Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs in Asia from countries all around Asia.
Back then we were only working on the early stages of Nuffnang and was even yet to launch so I remember thinking to myself how young those entrepreneurs were, and yet they have achieved so MUCH!
It was something to look up to indeed. Curiously I remember to slide back and forth in slideshow of the 25 entrepreneurs to find the entrepreneur from Malaysia but there wasn't one.
All the entrepreneurs in that list were from Japan, China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia... even Singapore.. but not Malaysia.
I remember telling myself that maybe one day... with that dotcom which was about to be called Nuffnang... just maybe... I might be the Malaysian in that list.
A few days ago Businessweek released its list for this year which narrowed down 25 finalists for the Best Young Entrepreneur in Asia... and believe it or not. Ming and I are in it for Nuffnang.
I don't know how they picked us out but this paragraph on their website kind of sums it up.
This year, BusinessWeek's annual report on Asian entrepreneurship features 25 finalists for the title of Best Young Entrepreneur in Asia. BusinessWeek readers nominated candidates and the magazine's editors and reporters in Asia suggested names, too. We then narrowed down our list to 25 people whom we feel best represent the creativity and energy that's now increasingly common among startups across the region. Readers can see profiles of the Top 25 and vote for their favorite here.
It is humbling to be in that list not just because I seem to be the youngest there hence having "eaten the least rice" of the lot but because of all the achievements that the other Top 25 Entrepreneurs in Asia have under their belt.
Yet, I'm a little proud as a Malaysian. I don't know if I'm the only Malaysian in the list... but I DO know... that I'm glad our country made it this time.
To check out the article and view the slide show click here and here.
You guys don't have to vote for me okay?
It's already an honour that I'm even in that Top 25 list.