Lai Chang Wen, the 31-year-old CEO of Ninja Van, had a strong entrepreneurial streak in him since he was a young student.
When he was still studying at Raffles Institution and Raffles Junior College – Singapore’s most elite schools – Chang Wen would buy used mobile phones at below-market prices from online forum HardwareZone and resell them at a higher price.
From second-hand phones, he delved into buying bicycle parts, which he later assembled into a bicycle himself.
And again, he would sell the bicycle for a profit. All these ventures was his way of earning extra pocket money.
Then when he was a finance undergraduate at Singapore Management University, he started up his first ‘real business’, Marcella, which specialises in made-to-measure menswear.
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