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We Ask: 10 Entrepreneurs In Malaysia Share Their Secret Guilty Pleasure

We all enjoy indulging in certain acts that are either quite uncommon or ones that are either frowned upon, either way, they help us wind down, relax and have fun. Most of the time we perceive entrepreneurs as rigid individuals who are always walking around thinking about their customer acquisition stats, their competition, and other startup related numbers.

While they definitely do, they’re still human and all of them occasionally indulge in their own set of guilty pleasures. So we decided to ask a few founders what their guilty pleasure was.

Here’s what they had to say.

1. Whei Wong, Founder of Speedrent

Whei Wong, on second to the right
Whei Wong, on second to the right

Speedrent is a platform that connects landlords and tenants together, and enables them to rent houses without consulting a property agent.

He said, “Too private to tell you, if you know what I mean.”

Honestly, I don’t, but maybe some of you can take a wild guess.

2. Mark Koh, Co-Founder of Supahands

Mark Koh, on the right
Mark Koh, on the right

Supahands is a virtual assistant platform that’s targeted towards businesses and professionals, and it helps them get tasks done.

“Working on holidays. I just got back from a weeklong Phuket trip where I lazed under the sun, by the pool and beach. This became my mobile office for the week, working on presentation decks, business plans and financial modeling…the fun stuff.”

3. Aj Sangwan, Co-Founder of TribeHired

Aj Sangwan, on third from the left in black
Aj Sangwan, on third from the left in black

TribeHired is a talent marketplace where companies compete amongst themselves to hire top talent.

“I am a sucker for pancakes with melted dark chocolate. So every now and then it is a guilty pleasure for me.”

4. Jan Wong, Founder of Open Minds Resources

Jan Wong, middle in grey (Image Credit: Nerdhacks.co)
Jan Wong, middle in grey (Image Credit: Nerdhacks.co)

Open Minds Resources is a team of social media strategists that work with businesses to create an optimised social media strategy for them.

“Working while on a holiday. Many frown on this but I just cannot help it! You’re away from the hustle and bustle, limited distractions, away from people and in a new environment—it’s the recipe for productivity.”

5. Syakirin Rosik, Co-Founder of Thrift-On-Wheels

Syakarin, on the left
Syakirin, on the left

Thrift-On-Wheels is a social enterprise that connects consumers of fashion with those that want are looking to get rid of their clothes.

“My biggest guilty pleasure is watching Bollywood movies. It takes too long to finish and some movies don’t make much sense but somehow I still find myself paying to watch them. Can’t resist a complex love story.”

6. Kendrick Wong, Founder of Shoppr

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Shoppr is an app for fashion that helps the everyday girl find inspiration from the outfits of famous trendsetters.

“My guilty pleasure is freestyle bouldering (rock climbing) on limestone cliffs around the world. No rope, no harness. The adrenaline is real.”

7. Shamsul Jafni Shafie, Co-Founder of WatchTower And Friends (WTF)

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WTF is a tech accelerator that’s working towards building a budding startup ecosystem.

“My love for Liverpool FC and sneaking out to catch a movie at noon or an early show just because I want to be the only guy in the hall.”

8. Jeannettee Goon, Co-Founder of VapeClubMy

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Jeannette Goon, on right.

VapeClubMy is vape juice subscription service that serves as an avenue for vapers around the world to try new juices from brewers in Malaysia.

“Sometimes I get the rare day off when I decide to totally not do any work. I’ll usually read trashy romance novels (like a few in one day), binge watch sitcoms or play The Sims 3. It does make me feel a bit guilty because these things are considered quite unproductive but it’s so nice to have just a day every now and then when I don’t have to think about any work at all!”

9. Yang Jerng, Founder of Sudo Brew

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Sudo Brew is a speciality coffee shop that’s located at Damansara Jaya where you can chill and work. 

“Sex, because that’s the fun answer. But there’s no guilt in that, so that’s not accurate… The guilty pleasure is really just playing the whole capitalist game.”

10. Nadhir Ashafiq, Co-Founder of TheLorry.com

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TheLorry.com is a platform that connects transporters and customers.

“Sometimes I watch Dr. Pimple Popper videos to release stress.”

 

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