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Not A Joke: Honestbee Co-Founder Isaac Tay Is Now A Stand-Up Comedian

Troubled firm honestbee has seen a couple of leadership changes within the past year.

Following Joel Sng’s exit as honestbee’s CEO, Brian Koo of LG’s founding family has stepped up to replace him as the interim CEO in May this year.

Barely two months into the role, Ong Lay Ann took over as the firm’s new CEO as of 15 July 2019.

Many key executives have quit their jobs, and and all three of its co-founders — Isaac Tay, Joel Sng, and most recently, Jonathan Low — have also left the firm.

Though it is not clear why Sng and Low left the firm, Tay told TODAY in an interview that he resigned last September because he disagreed with the company’s direction.

Now, the 38-year-old is carving his own career in the comedy scene — a field that he has had interest in since 2013.

Even on his biography listed on honestbee’s website, Tay is touted to be the “Head of Products and a co-founder of honestbee by day and a stand-up comedian by night.”

Back then, he performed stand-up and improvisational comedy with local troupe ‘The Latecomers’.

To date, Tay has performed comedy in 10 countries, including Thailand, China, Russia and Germany.

Most recently, he went on a three-month trip to Germany in March, traveling via bus and train, to perform stand-up comedy. He only returned to Singapore in June.

Not Done With Tech Yet

While Tay is unsure if he wants to pursue comedy as a full-time career, he told TODAY that his tech career “is not over yet” because there is so much more that he wants to achieve.

He wants to “build a profitable, sustainable business”, though he did not share anything in specific.

However, he did mention that he has met people whom he is keen to work with.

At the end of the day, Tay emphasised that he is still passionate about the tech industry and said that it would be ideal if he could find something that allows him to marry his love for tech as well as writing and performing.

Featured Image Credit: honestbee

 

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