Scale Your Business
At the age of 33 years old, I sold my Internet business for $30 million.
This was the business that I scaled up from $0 all the way to Singapore’s #1 hosting provider with 35,000 clients and a team of 150 before the 8-figure exit.
I spent the next few years travelling the world, exploring new hobbies like snowboarding, kite-surfing and many more.
Today, I use my skills and experiences to help entrepreneurs, just like myself, scale their businesses, achieve breakthrough profits and find time freedom.
I Help Companies Super Scale
When thinking about growing their businesses, entrepreneurs usually just focus on the latest marketing trick. Or the newest ad platform (Facebook? Tiktok?).
I look at the business holistically, creating and improving systems and processes throughout the business.
This is the difference that will help businesses shift from being a group of individuals to an actual high-performing organisation, and skyrocket to become multi-million dollar organisations.
Super Scaling is not just a growth hack. It’s a way of thinking and a system that will ensure your business thrives and becomes something sustainable.
I’ve done it for myself, but now I want to help you achieve what I did. I’ve made the mistakes and learnt the lessons needed to scale, and I want to show other entrepreneurs how it’s done.
If you’re a founder or entrepreneur, I can help you Super Scale your business in half the time you’d need, and with fewer of the bruises and heart attacks that I went through.
My Life After the Company’s Acquisition
In 2017, Vodien got acquired by a public company in the biggest deal there was in south-east Asia for a pure-play hosting company.
At our largest, our team had 150 people, over 4 countries, with a large percentage focused on providing support to our customers.
My company’s acquisition shook up my whole identity, especially since the business had been part of me for 17 years. I took about a year to reevaluate my life, and came up with my new life purpose, mission, and goals.
Ever since, I have gave back by making a donation to create a scholarship fund for my alma mater. I also mentored students, and spoke at various events about entrepreneurship and my journey.
I also got disillusioned with materialism and excessive consumerism, which started my journey where I embraced minimalism.
Eventually, I sold off all my possessions and traveled full-time, exploring different cities and living anywhere from a week to a month, on average, in each location.
I’ve been there before. The sleepless nights, the stress-filled phone calls, the responsibility of making payroll.
My Life Before Entrepreneurship
I came from a low to middle-income family where finances were tight. My parents were not very highly educated but were extremely supportive of whatever I wanted to do.
Ever since I was in school, I was always finding ways to get more pocket money for myself since I didn’t get much from my family.
When I was finishing high school, I was already designing websites on a freelance basis.
I met my co-founder in school at 17, and we started a service-based business together. See why starting a service-based business is a good idea.
I’m proud to say that I’ve earned everything I’ve ever received, and have always been making my own money.
My parents gave me very little in terms of money, but they provided enormous support to me in terms of their time and love.
That service-based business pivoted to become a web hosting company known as Vodien.
At first, running a business was just a way for us broke students to make money. However, over time, that slowly evolved.
Being an Entrepreneur
We started off as web hosting customers ourselves in the past, and first-hand knowledge of the pain points of the industry.
When we started Vodien, we looked at running our business with the aim of solving these pain points for customers.
It turned out that it was a formula that the market liked, because we got a lot of word-of-mouth referrals from happy customers.
Slowly, as more and more businesses relied upon us, we realised that what we were creating was much bigger than just simply making more money.
Our company’s mission and vision changed at that point to provide the best web hosting experience to our customers, because we realised that our customers actually trusted and relied on us.
The business was completely bootstrapped, so my co-founder and I were very careful with our finances.
We had the mentality of staying lean and spending only on things that mattered.
We didn’t have the explosive growth that some tech start-ups had, but we did experience steady growth over the years.
What My Clients Say
Alvin gives great business advice and is able to critically analyse your business. He’s helped many that I know.
After working with Alvin, he has really helped us crystallise our roadmap and what we had to get right in order to scale.
Alvin has amazing abilities that really make him stand out. When I’m running around in circles trying to decode the chicken-and-egg scenario, Alvin’s the man to stop, collaborate and listen… and then we just glide to the solution… on ice.