Hi, I’m Alvin

I’m a serial entrepreneur who’s most known for growing and exiting Vodien for $30 million. I am a minimalist who only owns one pair of shoes, travel to work from a different place every few weeks, and a philanthropist who created a scholarship to fund a beneficiary through university every year. Follow me on Youtube or read my blog.

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How I Started a Business With Just $115

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Before I started my first business in 2002, I was a freelancer who did website design — which was another way of saying that I was a student trying to make money designing websites for companies. I had no business nor company, but that was a plus point for some businesses. They were willing to work with freelancers like myself because we could charge them a lower fee as a result. There are...

I Didn’t Understand Money, And I Paid The Price

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I had a 2-month internship at Microsoft once when I was much younger. It paid me around SGD350 a month (or about USD250). I knew it was a very low-paying job, but I was a student, and it was the going rate. It didn’t become clear just how low-paying it was though, until I went out for a nice dinner with my friends. The mains at the restaurant cost about SGD35. It struck me that it would...

How To Dynamically Insert Affiliate Links or Track Referrals With Aweber

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If you are looking to build an email list, and want to be able to use custom variables in the emails that you send out, then this guide is for you. Here are some example use cases: Tag subscribers to affiliates, so that you can add their Clickbank hop ID to all your links, in all your future email broadcasts/autoresponders Track total revenue based on where you acquired a subscriber. E.g. track...

I Became a Millionaire at 33 And It Was A Disappointment

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I’ve heard hitting the magical 7-figures mark is a goal of many. It was mine, too, for many years, until I finally did it and got to having a million dollars in my bank account. It was an extremely long process though, because it came about when the business that I co-founded and grew for 17 years got acquired, and I walked away a millionaire. For context, I came from a low/middle income...

How To Solve: Dell XPS Suddenly Showing Low Disk Space Warnings

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I have a Dell 13-inch XPS 9370 that I bought in June 2018. After a Windows 10 update, I suddenly got repeated “Low Disk Space” warning messages on drive D:, which I didn’t create. After Googling, I found the solution. It turns out that this new drive D: is the recovery drive, and is not meant to have a drive letter. So the fix is to remove the drive letter and the annoying...

Short One-Pager Book Summary of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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A shepherd boy in Andalusia experiences a recurring dream about a hidden treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. He meets an old gypsy woman, who tells him he must follow his dream as this is his Personal Legend, and in return, give her ten percent of the treasure. The shepherd boy is comfortable with his life, and is uncertain about taking this risk. He meets a mysterious old man next, who tells him...

How To Run Third-Party USB Ethernet Adaptors with Your Apple Macbook Notebook

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Ever since Apple started trimming down the ports on their Macbook notebooks, there’s been an increasing demand for adaptors to make up for the lack of connectivity. Today, I found out that I needed to access my Asus wireless router to set it up for a new ISP that I subscribed to. Unfortunately, I only had a third-party, non-Apple ethernet adaptor. In this case, it was a USB ethernet dongle...

About Author

I've over 17 years of entrepreneurship experience, having built a tech company to be the top in the country, which was subsequently acquired for an 8-figure sum. As CEO, I led the company through robust growth to 150 employees across 4 countries. After the acquisition, I embraced minimalism, sold off my personal possessions, and started living around the world.

Read more about my story here.