With Kuala Lumpur having an estimated population of 1.67 million people, the need for sustainable agriculture has become an increasing necessity. Cities around the world are taking to the idea of urban farming: where food is cultivated, processed and distributed right here on the rooftops and undeveloped areas of the city centre, taking the term local produce to literally, greater heights. The benefits are endless- By growing what we need near where we live, we decrease the "food miles" or carbon foot print associated with long-distance transportation and we triple the fresh factor of the food we consume. Championing the urban farm efforts in Malaysia is Chan Ning Liang, from Agrovella Ventures, a company that is in the business of setting up urban farms and supplying modern farming solutions.
India produces some of the highest quality tea varietals that are deemed as wines from France. As the world’s second-largest tea grower after China, they still remain the colonial-era practices in tea-growing. Kaushal Dugar is slowly bringing the sector into the modern era via his online tea retailing startup Teabox. He removed the traditional distribution layers of resellers and marketeers and reduced the 3-6 month process down to 10 days to have the fresh tea at your doorstep. As of June 2014, Teabox has shipped 10 million cups' worth of tea to 65 countries.
Khailee Ng at 30 years old has become a very successful techpreneur. Looking into the modus operandi of 500 Startups offers insights into how high risks and returns are assessed. We also ask the question of whether Malaysian business ideas can stand out in a world dominated by Silicon Valley and other ecosystems in China, Japan and South Korea.Funding mobility has jumped by leaps and bounds with ideas like crowdfunding and venture capital. The startup and crowdfunding space is also opening up a promising option for a new investible asset class.
Known for his flamboyant stage presence and costumes, ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career; Prince is undeniably one of the most influential artist of our time. We dive in into his career and personal life on October's (2014) Cerita-cerita Rock N' Roll.