2020 was a strange year. It was a year full of ups and downs, surprises, frustrations, self-realizations, and more.

In the startup world, everyone frequently gives this analogy of having to figure out how to make a parachute mid-air after being dropped from a flight without a parachute. That was 2020 for me and I am sure it was the same for many of you out there.

COVID-19 has forced us to adapt. It has taught us that we do not need many of the things in life that we used to think we needed under the disguise of being…

Due to the recent circumstances with COVID-19, many of us are going to have to / have had to work from home for the first time. My company, nexlabs, has also recently started doing so.

Many teams rely on physical interactions in an office environment to get work done. All of this is going to change. I hope the following tips and tricks will help ease the pain for you.

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Setting up the fundamentals.

The most important part of working from home is to set up the right environment for your productivity. This does mean that you probably should not be working beside your…

Disclaimer: The following thoughts are my own and they do not represent any organization or company.

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2 years ago, I tried to #GoCashless in Myanmar. If you have not read my article from back then, here’s the link.

I do not think it would be surprising to you that I failed miserably back then. I encountered situations where I would often be greeted with “certain looks” whenever I tried to pay with Visa or mastercard. If that does not put you off, I am pretty sure having to pay 2% — 2.5% surcharge on every single transaction since merchants were…

It’s been phenomenal living in Myanmar for the past five years. Before I left the country to further my studies in Singapore less than a decade ago, I told my family that I probably would not be coming back to Myanmar and that I would be building my future elsewhere.

Evidence of Myanmar’s Telecommunication Leapfrog

Fast forward to 2017, not only I find myself back in Myanmar but also being excited to be part of Myanmar’s transformation story. Different media have dubbed the story with multiple eye-catching headlines. But one that has stuck throughout the years is the story of “Myanmar’s leapfrog.”

When we think…

In the last 30 days, I started using my credit and debit cards more and more. I wanted to understand why only a few people use cards here in Myanmar. There are so many different types of cards that you can use in Myanmar: JCB, UnionPay, VISA, mastercard, MPU and more. You name it — we have it. This also reminds me of my childhood where we had GSM, CDMA, Cellular, WCDMA and other different standards, yet, nothing worked well.

Hence, I started prioritizing card payments over cash payments in my daily transactions. Here are my findings.

THE GOOD: If it works, it works!

Let’s not be…

[This is a repost from my now defunct blog]

As a first-time startup founder, it’s quite overwhelming when it comes to preparing the paperwork for your first round of funding. I wanted to share a simple kit that helped me while I was raising first and second round for my venture, nexlabs.

The Pitch Deck

This is what you bring to your 30-minute coffee meetings. You should have this with you at all times. You never know when you’d be bumping into a potential investor.

  1. Problem
  2. Solution (The product)
  3. How it works
  4. Market size
  5. How do you make money?
  6. Competitors
  7. Unfair advantage
  8. The…

Entrepreneurship has been made popular that every keyword that you drop into that Google search box, entrepreneurship comes up to be the first. When I first started, I thought that being an entrepreneur has opportunities for amazing learning experiences. That is true for most of the cases.

But there’s apparently an ugly underlying middle-layer truth — there’s bitterness behind every amazing learning experience.

Forget about being on the same wavelength.

Your friends will start to misunderstand you. Your colleagues will think that you’re being selfish. …

Ye Myat Min

Forbes 30 Under 30 / Founder at nexlabs / FinTech / Digital Transformation / Experience Design / Myanmar

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