Besides devouring on the turkey and ham on thanksgiving night, we all thought that we should get some work done and shed off some fats.
Thus, we rolled up our sleeves and threw a mini party for all NOC students, past and current, at our brand-new office at San Francisco. That night was a huge gathering for NOC students. The iLEAD students have just arrived the Bay Area for their two-week Overseas Study Mission (OSM) at the Silicon Valley. A few of our NOC alumni also turned up to share their experiences of working at the Bay Area.
Jay Vasudevan, from NCSV11, shared his “One Man & A Suitcase” story of bringing ‘Brandtology’ to the States. There was a lot of hustling and networking, and hard times like living off the air mattress from the living room of the Semantics3 guys. The founders of Semantics3, Varun & Viswa, had their fair share of hardship, from getting rejected by various incubators and investors, to finally graduating from Y Combinator, one of the best startup incubators, and closing their first enterprise customer. There was also Tian Wei, a NCSV alumnus, who gave us insights from the other spectrum of the daily startup news we see. He said that acquisition by large companies is not always a good piece of news, because there is this thing calls the ‘preferred shares’, investors are always first to receive their returns. That was a real lesson he has picked up from the startup world. More amazing stories were also shared by other alumni including Quek Shu Yang, Ryan Wong, Tay Kah Hong, Shilpa and Amanda.
We have a new office!
With plans of expanding the NOC program and sending more students to the Bay Area, NUS Enterprise has been looking for more opportunities up north. Co-working with Infocomm Investments and Singtel Innov8, we have set up a new office at 599 2nd St, San Francisco. This would only mean more partnerships formed with startups based in the city, giving us more opportunities to enroll our NUS students to this program!
TechinAsia has covered this story here: https://www.techinasia.com/singapore-block-71-san-francisco/