Observations Of A M’sian Entrepreneurship FB Group From Its Admin
“My current goal for the group is to raise the level of entrepreneurs in Malaysia to have more global players,” said Daniel Cerventus Lim at Vulcan Post.
If you are part of the Entrepreneurs and Startups in Malaysia (E&S) Facebook group, you may know them as a creator and administrator.
If this group is not familiar to you, it is basically a hangout for anyone who identifies as an entrepreneur in Malaysia or is interested in the scene. This is where members are invited to start productive conversations, ask questions, and interact with other entrepreneurs.
Today, the group has 39.4k members. More than entrepreneurs, it is probably made up of everyone who wrote for Vulcan Post before.
With this number of individuals condensed under one roof, we wanted to know what were Daniel’s main observations as an administrator.
1. More collaborations than competition
Due to the large group size, the entrepreneurs here have varying levels of experience and are ready to share their advice.
It’s no surprise that when a member encounters a roadblock, they usually turn to the group because there is always something new to learn.
Founders looking for connections and resources are commonplace here. For example, they can find packaging suppliers, logistics companies, or software development companies for their business.
Other requests can be more specific and personal. These entrepreneurs may face a challenge in their business and are looking for alternative perspectives to adapt.
Of course, starting your own business is not a straightforward route as the environment, ecosystem, and economy will change depending on your product. But what entrepreneurs can learn is to see what works for others and find something they can adapt to their business.
Daniel Cerventus Lim, creator and administrator of Entrepreneurs and Startups in Malaysia on Facebook.
2. Entrepreneurs can be trolls As well
Despite the genuine and positive advice one might find on E&S, it is still a social media platform and there will always be pranksters.
But everyone has their own style of communication, Daniel said. What might sound offensive and ridiculous to one might just be a light joke to another.
Before he and his moderators take action such as deleting their comments or posts, they must manually analyze their behavior over a period of time.
One question they discuss among themselves is whether or not a user has had their messages deleted in the past.
“Usually after a few posts you can identify crooks, spammers, trolls, or if they just want to have fun,” he told Vulcan Post.
3. Entrepreneurs are not afraid of conflict
In addition to asking for help and advice, members will also share their thoughts on the news. This can lead them to heated discussions and inevitably to conflict.
These usually arise when government and policy matters are discussed. This is because most have different opinions and beliefs on the issues at hand.
Another hot topic is why Malaysians are not successful in Malaysia.
Daniel himself is personally irritated by such messages as he strongly disagrees with the statement. He explained, “I know many entrepreneurs in Malaysia who are world class but choose to stay here and start their business.”
To mitigate any animosity, the directors will intervene by communicating with the parties concerned. In the worst case, they will terminate the comments section or delete the post as a last resort.
But this is a rare case because the members can be quite understanding and mature.
4. Malaysian entrepreneurs are quick to jump on trends
Malaysians have always been an innovative group and Daniel has noticed that entrepreneurs are quick to catch new trends. When Uber launched here, we quickly saw a Malaysian version in the form of MyTeksi.
The founders also began to look into other ecosystems like China, Korea, and Japan to see what might work in Malaysia as well.
For example, a founder is developing an unmanned smart store in Glenmarie, inspired by the trend of AI convenience stores in Japan.
This spotting of trends sparked the interest of venture capitalists who identified Malaysia as a viable place to invest, hence the increase in venture-funded startups instead of those that were more common in the past. .
He added that this cultural shift was paved with the success of MyTeksi, which became Grab as we know it today.
5. There is always a noticeable gender bias
In line with the aforementioned lively discussions, it should be noted that these mostly tend to occur between male group members.
This is probably because of the 65% of men who make up the majority of the group. Noting this gender inequality in the group, Daniel and a few moderators decided to create a separate sister group called Female Founders & Entrepreneurs in Malaysia and South East Asia.
It is their effort to provide a safer space to discuss topics that may be more relevant to them, without fear of being dismissed by their male counterparts.
Despite the separation and differences in gender diversity, Daniel concluded one thing. Each Malaysian entrepreneur in the E&S group shares a collective personality type.
“Ambitious. I think the members of this group are ambitious because they constantly want to improve and grow. The energy around them is intoxicating,” he says.
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Featured Image Credit: Daniel Cerventus Lim, founder and administrator of entrepreneurs and startups in Malaysia
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