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We bring you stories from startups and business travellers around the globe, to connect, inspire and empower. 

From Accountant to Farmer
From Accountant to Farmer

Christopher Zaw is sweating profusely with a high fever when I meet him at the tiny lobby of Tribe Theory Singapore. “Are you alright?” I ask him concerned. “I’m feeling much better than yesterday,” C…

Science & Startups 1: The Scaly Scientist
Science & Startups 1: The Scaly Scientist

Bushwhacking and conservation: an ecologist's take on startups in science.

From the slums of Mumbai to running a multimillion-dollar global business
From the slums of Mumbai to running a multimillion-dollar global business

Everyday hundreds of entrepreneurs pass through our locations worldwide. Every one of them with their own story, their own journey. Oftentimes, their journeys stick in my head, they inspire me, they i…

Our mission and goal is to enable the creation of one million businesses worldwide by 2030
Our mission and goal is to enable the creation of one million businesses worldwide by 2030

I had lunch today with an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur I would like you to meet. The type of visionary founder you come across just only now and then. A poster-boy founder for this generation; someon…

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams
The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams

THE CAPTAIN CLASS SUMMARY Book by Sam Walker. Summary from conscioused.org What’s the number-one secret to a winning sports team? Most people who try to answer this question will focus in on the qu…

A Very Interesting Man
A Very Interesting Man

Jay Weinstein is the founder of A Wanderers Eye which takes people on immersive travel journeys through India combining photography, art and culture. He is also a philosopher, adventurer, traveler, ph…

“But I’m not successful yet”
“But I’m not successful yet”

I want you to meet Anna. She is an entrepreneur and former management consultant. She just recently started her own firm, The Breimer Group, to help companies prepare for the future business landscape…

Minimalism and Entrepreneurs: Having Less Helps You Achieve More
Minimalism and Entrepreneurs: Having Less Helps You Achieve More

A messy and disorganized office is a leading cause of wasted time, with some studies suggesting that 1.5 hours day is spent just looking for items. That’s a full workday each week. In an attempt to fi…

The Ultimate Guide to Lasting Behavior Change
The Ultimate Guide to Lasting Behavior Change

Growing up, I cared less about my nutrition and eating habits than paying my taxes. And I didn’t have taxes. Pop-tarts were my go-to breakfast. My typical lunch was chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, a…

Freelance Heroes or Broken Toys? #nofilter view on Bali's digital nomads
Freelance Heroes or Broken Toys? #nofilter view on Bali's digital nomads

How Bali’s digital nomads betrayed our expectations and taught us 3 lessons about life as a freelancer When we left our full-time jobs to pursue the dream of writing a non-fiction book about our rapid…

How startup Guestasy got their first client by adding a biochemistry doctor to their sales team
How startup Guestasy got their first client by adding a biochemistry doctor to their sales team

‘If buildings could speak, this one would say: run away!’ or ‘Beach is too sandy, but water is clear’, just to mention a few examples of funny reviews on Tripadvisor. Whereas reviews can indeed be ver…

How Luc and Ryan created a successful mentorship business after they met at Tribe Theory
How Luc and Ryan created a successful mentorship business after they met at Tribe Theory

Finding the right business partner is like finding the right relationship. You’re looking for the spark in the eyes, a sense of humour that connects you both and a mindset about life that’s in harmony…

Photo series: This woman-run travel company facilitates female empowerment in Ladakh
Photo series: This woman-run travel company facilitates female empowerment in Ladakh

The inspiration for starting Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company came from asking the question “When so many people can travel, why can’t we?” tells co-founder and social entrepreneur Thinlas Chorol when…

Josh makes people dance in Hongkong
Josh makes people dance in Hongkong

He is just some “average dude from the midwestern region of the US”, who ended up on the other side of the planet and has been travelling all over South East Asia through music. “It's kind of a beauti…

Tribe Theory’s 5 Questions with Tomasz Fiechowski: 'Trust your intuition'
Tribe Theory’s 5 Questions with Tomasz Fiechowski: 'Trust your intuition'

In ‘5 questions’ you read about inspiring stories from friends of Tribe Theory. Today: Tomasz Fiechowski (25) who grew up in Poland as a kid. He co-founded Rota, a startup in employee management softw…

Why Lisbon loves startups and entrepreneurs love the city
Why Lisbon loves startups and entrepreneurs love the city

When the city council of Lisbon asked their people ten years ago what they would like for their city, they voted for a startup incubator. If that doesn’t show the love for entrepreneurship in the capi…

Cambodian journalist Sothea Thai: ‘This region isn’t a big fan of Western press’
Cambodian journalist Sothea Thai: ‘This region isn’t a big fan of Western press’

What is it like to be a media entrepreneur in Cambodia nowadays? The closing down of several newspapers in 2017 by the government isn’t a hopeful sign of press freedom in the country, to say the least…

Bangalore Dreams: talking entrepreneurship with Nivin and Aashish
Bangalore Dreams: talking entrepreneurship with Nivin and Aashish

We caught up with Nivin Joseph and Aashish Ramamurthy to exchange stories about the Bangalore startup ecosystem and to draw the right picture on entrepreneurship.  Nivin Joseph (CEO at TutuOwl and Co…

The funny thing about strategy
The funny thing about strategy

Vikram Bharati writes about how the word strategy has lost its meaning and how we can bring back its real essence.  Advertising, marketing and brands have become such a big part of our lives that we…

Let’s talk soft skills with Thomas Gram
Let’s talk soft skills with Thomas Gram

What do you talk about when you’re invited to do a workshop with twenty-four undergraduate engineers in Singapore? Our CTO Thomas Gram could have shared his experience on cybersecurity with them, or t…

Create least harm and most good: Sagar Tandon on conscious capitalism
Create least harm and most good: Sagar Tandon on conscious capitalism

Sagar Tandon lives in the cusp of the worlds of finance and social enterprise; not something you usually encounter. He is launching his fintech company shortly, but at the same time is leading a mini…

Why We Created ‘Entrepreneurs Without Borders’
Why We Created ‘Entrepreneurs Without Borders’

What does it mean to be an “entrepreneur without borders?” Inspired by the world-renown non-profit, Doctors Without Borders, Tribe Theory decided to put on a 1-month video competition encouraging en…

Shashikiran Rao on “construkt”ing change through entrepreneurship
Shashikiran Rao on “construkt”ing change through entrepreneurship

“My entrepreneurial journey started in 97–98. I started very early but I am not that old!” Shashikiran Rao founder of Construkt Media and co-founder of Campmonk.com begins the conversation in jest. An…

How to live the American Dream remotely in Vietnam?
How to live the American Dream remotely in Vietnam?

Matt and Peter know each other from high school. Now they share an apartment in Saigon, living the remote lifestyle as entrepreneurs and friends together. “We’re constantly talking about how fortunate…

Liar’s bench: The unfailing magic of storytelling
Liar’s bench: The unfailing magic of storytelling

Why as an entrepreneur, I tap into storytelling to build Tribe Theory. Right after we launched Tribe Theory in Estonia, I came to spend some time with my wife’s side of the family in Warns, a small fa…

Anyone can start their entrepreneurial journey, but can everyone maintain it or keep up with it?
Anyone can start their entrepreneurial journey, but can everyone maintain it or keep up with it?

The true entrepreneurs tend to be naturally more optimistic than non-entrepreneurs, sometimes even to the point of over-optimism.Entrepreneurship involves systematically and continuously taking on ris…

Meeting a role model entrepreneur from Laos
Meeting a role model entrepreneur from Laos

There aren’t a lot of businessmen or women in Laos, so when Sithong Sokphonexai wanted to start a shop, most of his friends were worried and didn’t think it was a good idea. “What you can’t see, you c…

Claudia Cuevas on using design and art as a key to balance and betterment
Claudia Cuevas on using design and art as a key to balance and betterment

When you talk to Claudia Cuevas Rodriguez, you are pleasantly surprised by her disarming warmth and honesty. “I didn’t want to work in an office. I was frightened to start a company. But one day, as…

Rebranding blackness through art: A conversation with Innocent Mutanga
Rebranding blackness through art: A conversation with Innocent Mutanga

A discussion with the co-founder, COO and president of Harmony HK on resilience, community and being fluid with the times.  It all began when Innocent Mutanga met Anne-Marie Harmony in 2017 for a jour…

Why we opened our business in Estonia and why you should too!
Why we opened our business in Estonia and why you should too!

Tribe Theory launched a new startup hostel in Tallinn, Estonia this month and Vikram Bharati has high-praise for the digitally-forward nation. I first visited Estonia in the summer of 2018. That was w…

Slow down for a day or two
Slow down for a day or two

We all find ourselves in times of serious doubt about where life it taking us. Think of those moments wherein the whole idea of being a business traveller seems the worst concept ever. Why would one l…

Data for the greater good: A conversation with Yoann Fol, founder of Dathappy
Data for the greater good: A conversation with Yoann Fol, founder of Dathappy

What do you get when you combine social innovation and data analytics? According to Yoann Fol, you get to “create good things.” The social entrepreneur, data scientist, futurist, optimist and humanis…

Avoid getting hacked while traveling as an entrepreneur
Avoid getting hacked while traveling as an entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur in any venture, solo or otherwise, we are usually the most valuable target with regards to cybersecurity. If we get breached, we potentially lose our business or cause unintentional…

The Theory behind the Tribe
The Theory behind the Tribe

I often get asked why we decided to name the business Tribe Theory. What is this ‘tribe’ all about? Let me start with a story. In 1818, Sir Stamford Raffles convinced the British East India Company to…

Rain Rannu on his journey from entrepreneur to Superangel
Rain Rannu on his journey from entrepreneur to Superangel

A conversation with the Estonian serial entrepreneur and early-stage startup investment partner. Why do people want to become entrepreneurs? For Rain Rannuthe reason was simple. “I wanted to do thing…

Balinese culture isn’t dying, but it’s still worth our attention.
Balinese culture isn’t dying, but it’s still worth our attention.

More than ever, digital nomads are flocking to Bali on the promise of modern comforts and affordable luxury. Unfortunately, what’s left behind in this frenzy of familiarity is the experience of what m…

Product Vs. Platform: how can entrepreneurs make the choice?
Product Vs. Platform: how can entrepreneurs make the choice?

If there is one argument that continues forever, it has to be the debate on product vs. platform! What should an entrepreneur build? What will impact the market? Which will bring the returns? Most big…

Part 2: Women in the workforce: A conversation with Kaidi Ruusalepp
Part 2: Women in the workforce: A conversation with Kaidi Ruusalepp

In the previous edition of Women in the workforce, we connected with Kaidi Ruusalepp and gleaned valuable insights on how the world perceives women startup founders. Earlier, she had also shared with…

A ‘FunDay’ with Gaurav Oswal: On entrepreneurship, sports training and going slow
A ‘FunDay’ with Gaurav Oswal: On entrepreneurship, sports training and going slow

Even as a little kid, Gaurav Oswal would run to the ground opposite his house to play sports. He was passionate about cricket, football and hockey and anybody who observed him concluded that here was…

Why does Yashas Mitta want to scale his startup slow and reset the standards?
Why does Yashas Mitta want to scale his startup slow and reset the standards?

His Instagram profile tells us he is a ‘designer, writer or whatever the story needs me to be’. Yashas Mitta is all about breaking boxes, because “we all come from our biases”, and about craftsmanship…

Tribe Theory’s 5 Questions with Mike Cee.
Tribe Theory’s 5 Questions with Mike Cee.

In ‘5 questions’ you read about inspiring stories from guests that stayed at one of the Tribe Theory locations around the globe. Today: Mike Cee from Hongkong, entrepreneur and ‘a storyteller through…

Women in the workforce: A conversation with Kaidi Ruusalepp
Women in the workforce: A conversation with Kaidi Ruusalepp

Kaidi Ruusalepp needs no introduction. We had recently connected with the CEO and Founder of Funderbeam and co-author of the Estonian Digital Signatures Act back in 2000 on the important lessons she h…

Why entrepreneurs need to travel
Why entrepreneurs need to travel

Being an entrepreneur equates to everyday fire-fighting, dealing with people and always looking for the next big idea. One needs the right mindset to walk this rocky path. And the best way to gain tha…

Trial by fire: essential tips to give entrepreneurs an edge while pitching their startups (part 2)
Trial by fire: essential tips to give entrepreneurs an edge while pitching their startups (part 2)

In the first of our two-part pitching series for entrepreneurs, we discussed how you can build a connection with investors, define a vision for your business and look beyond home for potential investo…

Why foreign companies should go after Philippines startup talent: a chat with Cristian Munoz
Why foreign companies should go after Philippines startup talent: a chat with Cristian Munoz

Cristian Munoz always loved taking risks. From the time he sold oranges and pineapples at his doorstep to the time he co-founded a company, entrepreneurship came quite naturally to this young Costa Ri…

5 tips before you pitch your dream ideas to potential investors
5 tips before you pitch your dream ideas to potential investors

Pitching your startup to a venture capitalist (VC) is like putting your dreams for display and asking people to judge it. In other words, it could be devastating! Sandwiched between a rock and a hard…

Building A Future of Truly Global Citizens
Building A Future of Truly Global Citizens

Have you heard the term “global citizen” before? It’s the idea that “all people have rights and civic responsibilities that come with being a member of the world, with whole-world philosophy and sensi…

‘Smartphone addiction is a big enough problem to fix’
‘Smartphone addiction is a big enough problem to fix’

Being an entrepreneur in digital wellbeing is in many forms challenging, Maiko Arras, founder of Hoopy, explains halfway the conversation. “Because it’s such a new field and area to work in, consumers…

‘Myanmar is slowly getting there’
‘Myanmar is slowly getting there’

Htun Khaing Lynn understands there are large-scale issues throughout the country, naming the Rohingya crisis and the rebel battles in the northern states. “I definitely hope that it’s going to change,…

‘If any other industry can change, so can education’
‘If any other industry can change, so can education’

He prefers to have more ‘humanized and colloquial conversations like this’, Will Fan tells me at the end of our interview. And that is also one of the goals of NewCampus, the company he and his co-fou…

Tribe Theory’s 5 Questions with Vinny Lauria
Tribe Theory’s 5 Questions with Vinny Lauria

In ‘5 questions’ you read about inspiring stories from friends of Tribe Theory. Today: Vinny Lauria, originally from the United States and already eight years in Hongkong. He is an executive chef of R…

Funderbeam’s Kaidi Ruusalepp shares her lessons learned
Funderbeam’s Kaidi Ruusalepp shares her lessons learned

She gets approached for talks often, but she became more picky. This time, Kaidi Ruusalepp took a break from her Bali holiday to share her lessons learned with us at Tribe Theory. An honor to start wi…

What came first: the baby or the startup?
What came first: the baby or the startup?

Lessons from a father who is also an entrepreneur on how to handle the two responsibilities all at once.This morning, I started with a to-do list that included completing paperwork and payments. But,…

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