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#22: The Polymath Civil Servant Who Writes Poetry and Innovates, Aaron Maniam

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

Release Date: 05/14/2017

#39 The 25 Year Old Doctor that Amassed a 500K YouTube Following, Ali Abdaal show art #39 The 25 Year Old Doctor that Amassed a 500K YouTube Following, Ali Abdaal

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

Ali Abdaal, is a YouTuber and junior doctor in the UK. His YouTube channel has more than 30 millions view and 500K subscribers. 

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#38 The Decision Coach from the Inaugural Team of Seth Godin’s altMBA, Michelle Florendo show art #38 The Decision Coach from the Inaugural Team of Seth Godin’s altMBA, Michelle Florendo

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

Michelle Florendo, is a coach for Type-A professionals and executives. She has served on the inaugural coaching team for Seth Godin’s altMBA, guest-taught on Stanford’s famous Design Your Life course, and is a founding member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Michelle is also a mother of 2, admits these achievements.

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#37: Remote Work, Learning to Code & Happiness – Steph Smith show art #37: Remote Work, Learning to Code & Happiness – Steph Smith

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

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#36: Khailee Ng — Conversation about Necker Island, Marriage and the Gig Economy show art #36: Khailee Ng — Conversation about Necker Island, Marriage and the Gig Economy

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

Khailee Ng is a managing partner of , a venture capital firm. He has led more than 180 startup investments, with a few “unicorn” successes such as  and . Khailee has previously founded Groupsmore which got acquired by  and  which got subsequently acquired by , Malaysia’s largest online media company. BUT, even if you have zero interest in startups, this episode is well worth the time. This is really about the habits and beliefs of a successful (and fun) person. Enjoy this conversation with a curious character! In this...

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#35:The 34 Years Old Internet Millionaire Who Sold Everything Away, Alvin Poh show art #35:The 34 Years Old Internet Millionaire Who Sold Everything Away, Alvin Poh

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

Alvin Poh is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Vodien, a cloud hosting company. Vodien was founded in 2002. It was later acquired by Dreamscape in 2017, and was valued for S$ 30million. Shortly after being a millionaire at 33 years old, he sold most of his belongings (including his Lamborghini) and embraced minimalism. Alvin holds a masters in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon. He is now travelling and snowboarding around the world. In this conversation, we spoke about: Why Alvin sold his Lamborghini and embrace minimalism The evolution of Alvin’s fitness routine How Alvin apply...

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Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

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#33: The Magician Behind the Higher Education Revolution, Michelle Jones show art #33: The Magician Behind the Higher Education Revolution, Michelle Jones

Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

“I don't think we ask deep enough questions and give young people enough credit for being able to have those answer within themselves.”– Michelle Jones Michelle Jones is the founder of a higher education institution, Wayfinding Academy. It is a new 2-year college aiming to revolutionize higher education. They have been approved to offer Associate’s degrees by Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission. She has taught in traditional colleges for 15 years. Some of the institutions include (but not limited to) Boston University,  University of New Mexico and...

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Misfits: Wisdoms with unconventional Singaporean

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#31: The 25 Years Old Kid that Took the AI World by Storm, Annabelle Kwok show art #31: The 25 Years Old Kid that Took the AI World by Storm, Annabelle Kwok

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Annabelle Kwok, 25 is the founder of , an Artificial Intelligence company that specialises in vision analytics. She consults with companies on A.I. driven solutions and was previously the founding CEO of SmartCow. At 20, she travelled alone for 6 weeks to Togo, West Africa. She has witness people fainting from malaria, getting robbed at knife-point, and balanced buckets of water on her head. At 22, she met U.S. President Barack Obama under a youth programme representing Singapore. Annabelle is a black-belt in Taekwondo, a licensed windsurfer, and an avid runner. In this...

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#30: The Psychiatrist Who Started the Addiction Management Department at IMH, Dr Munidasa Winslow show art #30: The Psychiatrist Who Started the Addiction Management Department at IMH, Dr Munidasa Winslow

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Aaron Maniam is the Director (Industry Division) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore.

He has received numerous awards including (but not limited to), Asia Society’s “Asia 21 Young Leaders’ (2006), Singapore Youth Award (2012), and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2013).

Aaron's poems have won many awards including the National Arts Council’s Golden Point Award  (2003). His poems have been featured in online journals such as Stylus and Softblow and in print publications such as Fifty on 50, From Walden to Woodlands, La Traductiere, Journal des Poètes, and Becoming Poets.

He is also the author of Morning at Memory's Border - one of the three books shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2007.

In 1995, Aaron was Singapore's top student in the Cambridge GCE 'O' Level Examination.

Aaron holds a Master of Arts in International & Development Economics from Yale University and a Master of Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University.

In this conversation, we spoke about

  • Strengths of a Polymath
  • How can introverts develop the skills of an extrovert?
  • Tools for a 21st-century innovator
  • and a whole more!