On one late night, while working and typing away on the PC, I suddenly realised that the birthday of SingaporeBrides.com went past without notice. In fact, I’ve cleanly forgotten about it. SingaporeBrides.com was launched 12 years ago, on 1st of April. With such date, I thought it would be easy to be reminded. Someone pulls a prank on me and I would suddenly, “Aha! Today is SingaporeBrides.com’s birthday!”
Apparently, reality is weirder than fiction. :p
I sent an email to all my 12 staff and letting them know that we had become 12. (Yes, for those who noticed, we had added one more staff this year too.)
I forgot about the birthday not because I no longer view it as a milestone. No, it is still an important date. A year forward, is a year survived and I’ll always count my blessings. A year survived, is another year the company had provided for myself, my family, my staff and their family. It is especially gratifying as it was a tumultuous 2011 and winter is coming.
Running a company is not easy and it is only going to get worse. If you’ve noticed, the technological cycle and change have gotten quicker and shorter. In two short years, with the introduction of the iPad, the netbook category was totally decimated by Apple. Similarly, the Wintel PC companies have no response to the market share gain by iPad and the sales of Wintel PC and laptops have languished. In two short years, giants like HP and Dell have been chopped off at the knee by the Apple sword in one clean strike.
These are the worries that keep me awake at night. For my company’s sake, I always have to be vigilant. I can’t allow my company to fall during my watch. I am responsible for my staff.
I forgot the birthday simply because we were all too busy. We had a company offsite meeting at the end of last year. We have been very focus in implementing the ideas and plans that we had from the meeting.
We became a GST registered company in 2010, not by choice but was mandatory by law. That’s because our company revenue had crept past the one million dollar mark. In 2011, even under tough environment, we managed to keep our revenue passing the magical one million dollar mark.
I guess, from a one man show started 12 years ago to the current company with 12 staff, we do have much to cheer.
Happy Birthday, SingaporeBrides.com.