Jacky Yap, Managing Director of Vulcan Post, is a believer of trial and error. His favourite quote? “Everything is going to be okay.”
Jacky Yap, Managing Director of Vulcan Post, is a believer of trial and error. He’s never had an editorial background, nor experience in product management, but is currently managing a content portal and a content discovery and sharing tool. Why? Because true to his favourite quote, “everything is going to be okay.”
A son, a brother and a good friend. Other than running Vulcan Post, I also help clients in content strategy. Our team is also constantly building useful software products, and most recently launched a super COOL content discovery and sharing tool called Parrot. Parrot indexes all the major publications in Singapore and sort them by virality hourly. Content virality fascinates me.
For Vulcan Post, it was when our content partners like Yahoo, AsiaOne and MSN came onboard to be our content partner, and also when Apple invited us to their iPhone 6 event even when we were just barely 8 months old. It was a huge validation to what we are doing.
For Parrot, it was when we first announced the product and immediately we had paying customers. Again, it was a huge validation to what we are doing, telling us that we are solving a problem.
Hmm not that I know of.
Everything I do is trial and error. I don't have any editorial background, nor do I have any background in product management!
Never cried, but had a few low moments - there are times when I felt like I have disappointed the people who had trust in me and in what I was doing.
Today I'm working on cold email pitches to marketers to introduce them about Parrot (http://prrt.co).
Knowing that everyday, there are tens of thousands of people who are reached by Vulcan Post as well as Parrot, that gets me up in the morning. We know that we are doing an important part to introduce the best brands and products to our readers through Vulcan Post, as well as creating value to publishers and social media managers through Parrot.
I hit the gym 2 - 3 times a week. I cook during the weekend. I make sure I get enough sleep. I subscribe to Spotify premium and blast the music when I work so that I can focus. I give myself one hour daily to indulge in mindless drama series or YouTube videos.
If not now, then when. If not you, then who?
Everything is going to be ok.
The list is too long already.
Husband, father and a successful founder. Perhaps VP Digital Content at DBS? If DBS does buy us over!
Published Date: 17 November 2015