“Not what you know, but who you know.”

If you search online for business tips, you will find plenty. But what I love about these in-depth interviews is the concrete and complex detail that emerge from the rough-and-tumble experiences of ordinary people who boldly seized their ideas and found a way to “will the sucker into existence”. Each person draws on strategies unique to their context….

Branding an online electronics business

Every success story has a plot that is littered with bruises from tripping and falling. Stories of sharp regret. That moment when you think with paralysing horror: “Whoops” on realizing that you messed up an opportunity, and wishing you could turn back time, and do it all over again. However, here’s an unremarkable truth: we don’t need to…

Intense & Intimate

I don’t always get a chance to chat with the traders. For instance, just as I took this photo, a flock of older Chinese and Malay women surrounded me on all sides and essentially nudged me from the scene so that they could pick through the vegetables while firing an endless bullet of questions to…

Body-more Art (Baltimore)

What does it take to be a tattoo artist? We speak with Dave Wah who draws back the curtains on his journey and shows us how an initial spark of curiosity evolved over the years into a serious profession. Curiosity | Colors “When I was about 17 or 18 years old, I kept wondering: “How do…

Writing your destiny

I stumbled into a bookshop in Mal Deodoro, a neighbourhood in Sao Paulo (Brazil) where the owner has been selling books for 25 years. He started with a simple street stand selling magazines and books. In the last 6 years, he’s been renting a proper shop for 3000 reals a month, as well as a second…