MIBS 2015 (7th-8th October)
To be honest, I felt very small (not so much physically =p) vs all the other attendees which ranged from established web designers right up to the big guns in the industry. These media and internet giants are totally bulletproof!
BUT it was AWESOME. Huge eye opener to the ins and outs of the e-commerce industry, internet marketing and even Internet of Things (which I have never heard of!).
It’s the seemingly small things that count. I was really happy to see my name printed out nicely on the lanyard =)
First impression of Chan Kee Siak, super power Exabytes founder & CEO? He’s super down to earth and pardon my French, knows his sh**. Entrepreneur at 19, this man has definitely paid his experience, trial and error dues and has made it to the top. Exabytes is the company I get domains and hosting from for my clients.
First impression of Danny Chua, Senior Vice President of MOL Global / MOL AccessPortal? I feel slightly blonde now, but I noticed his awesome leather (semi bowling shoes looking) kicks! He talked about the latest MOL pay has to offer and showed us some really nifty infographics of the e-commerce industry and how MOL pay helps with streamlining and revenue efficiency (thumbs up!).
Apparently, (well, I’ve noticed this too) many are still weary of making online payments. MOL pay has come up with solutions like e-wallets and prepaid gift cards. For Plusify Fashion (the brand I’m working for), this is awesome news!
I bumped into him during the morning tea break. He is really nice! I felt rather flushed when he asked me about my startup. I definitely felt tongue tied but managed to mention that I do branding, graphic design and web design. He gave me his business card (to my surprise) and I rummaged through my bag (not very elegantly) and gave him my little square business card.
Yes, I’m totally crushin’ on Mr Danny Chua.
Day 2 – Exabytes did a kick ass job at hosting the event. Everything went smoothly. Even when I needed to charge my phone, they helped out immediately. They whipped out a charging wire and charged my phone! Impressive Exabytes. VERY impressive.
Each table was set perfectly with reading material, a handy notebook, a SME magazine, bottled water (which I really appreciated) and a large blue bag to put everything in.
Lots and lots of makan breaks as well which I mostly used to talk to other attendees. I met many interesting people, young entrepreneurs. Many of which were also MMU graduates! My kiasu/skema-ness was too strong not to sit in front. Once a geek, always a geek!
MIBS 2015 had a number of information booths open. I managed to find out about the latest services in the industry. I reached early on day 2 of the conference to beat the morning traffic jam and the EasyStore booth was open, so I popped by to find out more. Both Clement Chau and Sherlyn Tan were extremely helpful. I might have asked some rather annoying questions (I blame it on my high intake of caffeine that morning), but both of them layan-ed me and explained things to me very well. Thumbs up guys!
There were many other speakers at the conference. The ones that stood out the most (personally) would be Leon Sing Foong (Country Manager of Uber Malaysia Sdn Bhd), Nabil Feisal (CEO of RocketUncle Malaysia), Matthew Heller (Head of Channel Sales of Google Asia Pacific), Su Gim Goh (Security Advisor, APAC of F-Secure Corporation) and also Timothy Tiah (Timothy Tiah, Co-Founder of Netccentric Limited).
They had one thing in common (despite coming from different parts of the infinite universe we call the Internet). Being successful, business savvy and resilient is an obvious given. The surprising trait I saw in all the speakers it turns out was how approachable they all were!
They were giants in the industry for sure BUT the way they spoke, carried themselves and engaged the crowd, I felt like I could just tap anyone of them on the shoulder to say hi and pick their brains and they wouldn’t mind! This was hugely unexpected. Even if it was for a brief moment, surprisingly I didn’t feel as small as I did on the morning of the first day of MIBS 2015.
Overall, it was a humbling and enlightening experience. I felt that if (for some reason) an attack was launched and everyone at the conference died – Malaysia’s e-commerce industry would be at a standstill followed by panic, fear and nation wide terror! Yes, I am skilled at the art of exaggeration =) BUT that’s truly how it felt.
The atmosphere was soaked in creativity, intelligence and the entrepreneurial spirit. It was very intoxicating. Great job Exabytes! I’m super happy that I somehow managed to pluck up the courage and funds to attend the conference. I will definitely attend MIBS 2016 if all goes as planned.
Signing off with a lil’ puzzle poster thingy I made. Till next time, stay bulletproof!