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The uncommon everyman banker

The uncommon everyman banker

Samuel Tsien, group CEO of OCBC Bank, is banking on the values and qualities of Everyman Sam to guide OCBC through the wake of the global financial crisis. -BT
Ambition, industry and a bit of luck

Ambition, industry and a bit of luck

Gas tycoon and taxi towkay started out earning just $30 a month sweeping floors. -ST
A breath of fresh heir

A breath of fresh heir

Ong Jun Quan is one of three second generation members of the Ong family taking over the reins from the founders of Soon Li Heng Civil Engineering. -BT
Chewy Junior sets its sites right

Chewy Junior sets its sites right

Founder Kevin Ong's four key points in driving his business forward are simplicity, focus, speed and scalability. -BT

Dollars and Sense

Singapore December bank lending slips from November

Total bank lending in Singapore fell in December from the previous month. -Reuters

Urgent meet sought on baht

Board of Trade of Thailand and the Thai Chamber of Commerce will soon call for a meeting with the Bank of Thailand to discuss currency risk. -The Nation/ANN
Caution rules ahead of ECB meeting, China data

Caution rules ahead of ECB meeting, China data

ECB meets Thursday to decide on QE, Greek vote looms. -Reuters
Asia markets mostly up, euro struggles ahead of ECB meeting

Asia markets mostly up, euro struggles ahead of ECB meeting

Asian equity markets mostly rose Monday following a rally on Wall Street and a strong pick-up in oil prices. -AFP

Talking Points

The brainy communicator

The Raffles Conversation. -BT
Starting up is hard to do - but it's oh so rewarding

Starting up is hard to do - but it's oh so rewarding

Investment experts offer tips on how to grow an idea, make it work and when to exit. - ST
So you want to be a start-up boss

So you want to be a start-up boss

Have a clear business plan and a strong team in place from the get-go, experts advise. -ST
How hard disk drive sector lost its mojo

How hard disk drive sector lost its mojo

A small nation with no natural resources seeking compatible new industries for a long-term relationship and a cutting-edge technology looking for hard-working, reliable partners to help it take the next step forward. -ST

Brand Me!

Going for Gold

Chung Tze Khit started with a mobile gym and now runs the biggest local chain of fitness gyms. -ST
Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

BT Weekend talks to local designers who are putting their ideas on Singapore life and culture into their designs. -BT
Taking local designs global

Taking local designs global

BT Weekend talks to some local makers who get international exposure for their products and designs through online retail platforms such as Etsy and Naiise. -BT
Courts, Gong Cha among Singapore's most influential brands

Courts, Gong Cha among Singapore's most influential brands

Consumers in Singapore value convenience and price the most when it comes to giving support to a brand of products, a new survey has found. -AsiaOne

eBiz hub

Duo turn fashion hobby into online business

Duo turn fashion hobby into online business

Self-taught fashionistas Gerald Shen and Diana Chan owns Vanda Fine Clothing, which sells pocket squares and neckties. -ST
How to look like an expert in your industry

How to look like an expert in your industry

Becoming the expert is a combination of having the correct image and doing the right things. Here are some tips from Pam Siow, the founder of Internet Biz Owners Club. -AsiaOne
Mums click with online trade

Mums click with online trade

Some stay-home parents are doing online businesses related to the needs of their own children. -ST
3 in 4 banks and finance companies outsource functions overseas

3 in 4 banks and finance companies outsource functions overseas

A shortage of skilled workers and cost savings have led a majority of banks and finance companies in Singapore to turn to outsourcing some of their business functions overseas.

Tete-a-tech

Samsung posts first annual profit decline in three years

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, posted its first drop in annual net profit in three years. -AFP

Ikea bookbook ad propels agency to 'world top 3' status

Ikea's bookbook's advertisement for Ikea appeared to spoof that for tech giant Apple's mega-thin MacBook laptops. -ST
Mobile the driving force in online shopping

Mobile the driving force in online shopping

As devices become the main source of information gathering, consumers no longer interact with store personnel. -AsiaOne
The human factor in innovation

The human factor in innovation

DBS' innovation honcho wants to build systems to fit the individual. -ST