Blockchain Accounting: An Answer to Financial Fraud?

Many have touted the arrival of blockchain technology as the next frontier in business operations, a pioneering breakthrough that possesses the potential to transform conventional procedures across industries. Often associated primarily with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the application of blockchain goes far beyond this investment phenomenon. To understand blockchain technology's potential impact, we must first examine the fundamentals of this groundbreaking approach.  At its core, blockchain is a decentralized system where all transactions or digital events get consolidated into 'blocks' and distributed across a network of computers, referred to as 'nodes'. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data. The unique attribute of this system is its ability for self-audit - a quality that ascertains data integrity and provides unparalleled…

Mastering Entrepreneurship: Your Ultimate Guide to Starting Strong

Now, who pops into your head when we utter the word 'entrepreneur'? Does your mind race through names like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, or Mark Zuckerberg?  These are the experts who didn't just pique the world's interest, they reinvented the whole playbook of business. Indeed, they've reshaped entire industries and won us over with their ingenuity, giving us a fresh perspective on how we live, work, and connect. Let's ponder on this: How would you define an entrepreneur? Venturing into the thrilling world of business, entrepreneurs are often a sight to behold. Some believe this intriguing breed is born, crafted with an inherent drive that continues to burn brightly. Yet, there’s a different school of thought that credits the…

Technology for good:  Keeping truck drivers safe and deterring human trafficking

Haulage companies face huge losses daily due to theft, damage to their loads, and hefty fines arising from undetected illegal stowaways entering the rear of their vehicles. Under the new revision of the UK’s Clandestine Entrant Civil Penalty Scheme from 13 February 2024, fines for lorry drivers found with illegal immigrants hiding in their vehicles increased fivefold from £2,000 (approx. €2,250) per stowaway to potentially £10,000 (>€11,000). Considering that independent owner/drivers earn an average of around €200 per day, the added potential penalties and financial risks make crossing the UK border an unacceptable risk. The World Road Transport Organization(IRU) says the scheme puts supply chains at risk, stating that the measures previously in place had already cost haulage firms over…

Business Innovation With Disruptive Technologies: A Comprehensive Guide

If you've ever wondered how technologies can significantly disrupt existing business models, you're in the right place! In our constantly evolving world, businesses need to stay updated and innovative. The beauty of disruption lies not in the turbulence it creates, but in the novel opportunities it provides for businesses to grow and prosper. This article aims to examine disruptive technologies and their role in fostering business innovation. Before we dive deep, let’s start with an overview of the concept of disruptive technology. "Disruptive Technology", a term coined by Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen in the late 1990s, refers to an innovation that significantly alters the way that consumers, industries, or businesses operate. These technologies introduce significant upheaval, but they…

Doing M&A the Japanese way: How Nihon M&A Center connects SMEs with Japanese investors for long term success

Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Singapore start off as family-run businesses that are built with blood, sweat, and tears. After about 20 years of steady growth, owners are either looking for succession or to sell the company for retirement. But how does one even start to navigate the complicated M&A landscape, and more importantly, how can one ensure that the legacy lives on even after the company is sold? This is where Mr Masahiro Nishii comes in. As the Managing Director of Nihon M&A Center Singapore, he and his team connect SME owners in Singapore with Japanese investors looking for opportunities in the region. Nihon M&A Center is Japan’s largest M&A firm. Founded in 1991, the firm offers…

How Accounting Opened Doors to a Remarkable Stockbroker Career

Although he started his career as an accountant, Mr Loh Hoon Sun could never have foreseen that it would lead him into the dynamic world of stockbroking, where he would spend nearly 33 years with his current company. This reality unfolds for the Senior Advisor (formerly Managing Director) of Phillip Securities, a renowned financial institution spanning 15 countries worldwide. The 85-year-old finance expert, born in Fujian, China, shared some insights on how the path of accounting can unlock incredible opportunities and diverse career experiences. His remarkable journey serves as a testament to the boundless prospects that the field of accounting can offer. Humble Beginnings Even though Mr Loh was born in Fujian, he moved to Penang, Malaysia at the age…

9 Lessons That Charlie Munger Wanted You to Know

Charles Munger, who stood as a remarkable pillar in Berkshire Hathaway's development for nearly six decades alongside Warren Buffett, passed away at 99 on 28 November 2023. Munger was fundamental in the transformation of Berkshire Hathaway from a struggling textile production company into a global powerhouse.  His passing occurred in a California hospital on Tuesday, as reported by the firm. Known for his long-standing residency in Los Angeles, Munger's vast contributions have not gone unnoticed. "Without Charlie's invaluable inspiration, wisdom, and involvement, Berkshire Hathaway wouldn't be where it is today," Buffett articulated in the statement. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924, Munger was more than just the business partner and right-hand man of Warren Buffett. He was a man of versatile…

The Unexpected Obstacle Every Startup Faces (And How to Overcome It)

According to Exploding Topics (latest data in 2023), 90% of startups fail. Wait, let’s break it down.  “Nine out of every ten startups crash and burn. But, hang on! Wasn't the dream to be the next, dare I say it, Elon Musk, or Jeff Bezos?” Surprised? But this is just the start of our harsh and enlightening ride. Think about it. You have your perfect product in mind, the dream team lined up, your business plan readied, investors ready to shower you with their money, and you even have the departmental desk color scheme sorted (we all know that's important). Yet despite all this, you are more likely to fail than to succeed – hard pill to swallow, right? Grit your…

Ethical Business Practices: A Growing Concern for Consumers

There has been a significant shift in the approach businesses take to their operations. No longer is profit the sole driving factor in the corporate world; instead, an increasing emphasis is being placed on ethical business practices. From 'fair trade' to 'sustainable sourcing', there's a growing trend amongst businesses to make ethical decisions - not only because it's the "right thing to do", but because consumers are demanding it.  Being Good is Good Business. - Anita Roddick (Founder of The Body Shop) But what exactly do we mean when we talk about ethical business practices, and how are they affecting consumer response?  Ethical business practices: Typically includes practices that promote transparency, ensure worker rights, take care of environmental considerations, and…

Getting to Know ‘Phygital’ – And How It All Began

Imagine this: customers effortlessly order products through their smartphones, then stroll into a store to collect their items. They employ Augmented Reality (AR) to virtually test products, engage in witty banter with chatbots before human assistance steps in. Are they in a digital daydream or a physical escapade? The truth is, they're immersed in both, surfing the vibrant waves of the 'phygital' experience – an emerging trend that is redefining customer engagement post-pandemic world. Coined by Chris Weil in 2007, the Chairman-CEO of Momentum Worldwide, ‘phygital’ highlights the inextricable links between our tangible surroundings and the virtual spaces we navigate. But how did this fusion of "physical" and "digital" come to be? How has it transformed the business landscape? And…

The Overlooked Trick to Increasing Your ROI: Digitalization

Digital transformation has been knocking on the doors of businesses, irrespective of their sizes. However, it’s the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that arguably face the most challenges on this journey.  As the Founder and CEO of Lithan EduCLaaS, a leading edutech business with a Pan-Asia presence, Leslie Loh has always been keen in the field of education, especially in terms of digital revolution. “Every business needs a differentiated solution. If you don't have one, you're not going to scale. And the way to find your unique solution is through digitalization.” - Leslie Loh Before we dive into digitalization, let's address the Return on Investment (ROI) question. ROI is the holy grail of business performance metrics. It measures the gains…

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