Dennis Tay, Founder of Naiise, is intent on putting Singapore on the map of creativity.
Dennis Tay, Founder of Naiise, is the living personification of creativity. He likes doing extremely different and unconventional things (hence Naiise), and doesn't believe in using money as a solution to problems. The best moment in his startup life? Having Naiise put Singapore on the map of creativity.
I'm just a regular guy who really loves design and helping people pursue the things they love and want to do. I love growing the creative culture in Singapore as best as I can.
When a customer walked in and told me that without Naiise, they wouldn't have known how creative Singaporeans can be. And also when tourists visit our store and tell me they wished they had something like that in their countries.
I actually don't have secrets. I've built Naiise to be an open and transparent company, so everyone, including my employees, know everything about me. They know exactly what we are going to do and why we are doing it.
I really like doing things that are extremely different and unconventional, and I also don't believe in using money as a solution to problems. I've always believed that if you don't try, you wouldn't ever know.
Strangely, I've never experienced that. It wasn't easy in the beginning and it still isn't, being a bootstrapped startup. I love the challenges and each problem also presents a new opportunity to improve and make Naiise better for our suppliers, customers and partners.
Looking through reports, analytics and emails and planning for the team for the upcoming months and years ahead. What really gets me up everyday is knowing that I'm doing something I love doing.
I try my best to get as much sleep as possible, which can be challenging because there's a never-ending number of topics to think about and plan for. I also try to spend time with my loved ones and dogs.
Work really really hard and never give up.
"Don't you worry child" - Swedish House Mafia
"Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion." - Tony Hsieh
Knowing that every day, we're helping designers to grow by communicating what they do to regular consumers. It is also inspiring to meet customers who really love what we do. Lastly, my team - they're a great team who have poured their hearts and souls into the business, and they matter a lot to me and keep me going because they are like family.
Having kids and more dogs that I hope I can spend a lot of time with! I also hope that Naiise will continue to be at the forefront of bringing design to everyone, as well as mentor young entrepreneurs starting their first businesses.
I would love to hear from our friends Jacky Yap from Vulcan Post and Bjorn Low from Edible Gardens.
Published Date: 24 September 2015