Author: John Fearon

John Fearon

John Fearon (CEO of Dropmysite Pte. Ltd.) has over 8 years experience in Internet marketing and e-commerce, providing consulting and services in the travel and entertainment sectors for HSBC and AsiaRooms. John’s current heading Dropmysite with a focus on business development around Asia.

About John Fearon

John Fearon (CEO of Dropmysite Pte. Ltd.) has over 8 years experience in Internet marketing and e-commerce, providing consulting and services in the travel and entertainment sectors for HSBC and AsiaRooms. John’s current heading Dropmysite with a focus on business development around Asia.

Staying on Top as a First Mover Startup

Staying on Top as a First Mover Startup

Startups are usually small businesses that take huge risks in identifying an unseen opportunity and being the first to take on that market. While being first comes with its first mover advantages, it also has its first mover disadvantages. The Yahoo Problem: Lapped By the Competition Perhaps the quintessential example of ...

Startups: Fake It Till You Make It… But Don’t Lie

Startups: Fake It Till You Make It… But Don’t Lie

Every successful startup founder has to be a great salesperson, first and foremost. You must be able to sell a brand new concept before it even exists. To get key stakeholders and users to buy-in requires creative promising: hence, fake it till you make it. However, there is a thin (but clear) distinction from blatantly ...

3 Tips For a Successful Product: Be Cheaper, Better and Newer

3 Tips For a Successful Product: Be Cheaper, Better and Newer

You have an idea. Not just any idea, but a brilliant one. You proceed to build it. After what seems to be forever, you are ready to launch. You survey the marketplace to find a million and one products in the market… how will your product be differentiated from the riff raff? Building successful products requires that ...

Before You Boot-Strap Yourself in For The Ride…

Before You Boot-Strap Yourself in For The Ride…

Before you execute your million (or billion) dollar idea, be aware that the nature of one’s business affects the process of bootstrapping. Bootstrapping is taking the risk of starting a business on your own money. The truth is that most entrepreneurs aren’t using their own money – it is borrowed from family, ...

For Your Startup to Succeed, You’ll Need to Conquer Depression

For Your Startup to Succeed, You’ll Need to Conquer Depression

The World Health Organization estimates that about 121 million people worldwide have some form of depression. Though there aren’t any official stats, I’m pretty sure most startup founders fall under that category at some point. Being depressed about work, life, money and family is a fairly common thing… yet it is ...

You’ll Get Your Funding… When You Deserve It

You’ll Get Your Funding… When You Deserve It

As a serial entrepreneur and having gone through this startup process a few times, I believe you get your funding at the exact moment you deserve it. With a flying start, it will look easy, but as time passes, you business has to keep up with the changes. In the beginning, as a confident founder of a tech startup and ...

The Best Advice Startups Can Get is From Other Startups

The Best Advice Startups Can Get is From Other Startups

I have found that some of the best advice I have received has not come from investors or mentors, but instead from other founders in my community. Fellow founders’ perspectives are clearer as they are also like you – chipping away at the mountain of work and having bet all-in on the business to succeed. Hence, I ...

Tips to succeed in a tech business: Solo and YOLO

Tips to succeed in a tech business: Solo and YOLO

Venture capitalists often say that they don’t like to invest in sole founder started tech companies. Paul Graham (Y Combinator) famously told Dropbox’s solo founder Drew Houston that he needed to find himself a cofounder or he wouldn’t look at his application to the funding pool. Houston found a co-founder, Arash ...

To succeed in a startup, you literally need a million dollar personality

To succeed in a startup, you literally need a million dollar personality

If you have a startup, ignore the business plan, financial projections, valuations and statistics (for now), and look at yourself: Are you the kind of CEO that investors will want to spend $1 million USD to have coffee or champagne with? The entrepreneurial path is lonely, desperate and poor, and often ends in sadness. ...