Skydiving in New York. Scuba Diving in the Maldives. Community service in Sri Lanka. A desert ATV tour in Abu Dhabi. Make no mistake, this isn’t an advertisement for a travel agency. This is the glamorous life of Klinify’s CEO, Krish.
Born in Sri Lanka, the Singapore-bred 24 year old is a photography and adrenaline junkie. His next adventure is inspired by Russian daredevils scaling the world’s tallest building without equipment, adding that to his bucket list. We adore our adrenaline-loving CEO, which is why the very first thing we did was to inform his overprotective mother of his intentions. It is undeniable that behind every sleek business suit and powerful car lies a mother who cares dearly for her son; one whom we trust will dissuade her son from attempting life-endangering stunts.
This desire for risk has led to Krish’s success in many other areas. We are really excited to find out more about our young CEO, and now here’s a sneak peek for all you people!
What’s a typical day like for the CEO of Klinify?
Well, to be honest, I don’t like being referred to as the CEO. The title is important for the investors, because they need someone’s head on the chopping board. Usually, I just go by Krish.
My typical day starts at 9am with about an hour’s worth of reading in bed. Then, I’m off to work and reply emails from 10.30 till about 1pm. 1 to 7 pm is usually packed with meetings, after which I have dinner and nap till 9pm. Keeping fit is very important to me, so I hit the gym for about an hour at 10pm and then clear personal work from 12 to about 3am.
Your day sounds so different from any regular 24 year old’s. Then again, you aren’t a regular 24 year old. What would you say was the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the past few months?
Turning down all my academic offers. I have turned down 2.5 years’ worth of overseas exchange education and travels!
Now that sounds more like what an average 24 year old would be doing; travelling and studying. But you’ve had your fair share of travelling as well, so I suppose it all works out well. I’m sure as a businessman you’ve had many other business ideas. We all want to understand the mechanics behind the genius! What were some of your initial business ideas?
This brings back such fond memories of my younger days. If you ask any of my close friends they probably would be able to tell you some of the ideas that I myself don’t remember right now! I used to bombard the people around me with my ideas. Hahaha.
Well, I used to buy iPads and iPhones from the US and sell them in Singapore, capitalizing on the market launch lag and the premium that early customers were willing to pay.
When I was 18, I wanted to start a company that made financial service comparison easy. Currently, http://www.imoney.sg/ is doing that.
One of my more recent ideas involved starting a lunch meeting site that would allow people to have lunch with people they wanted to network or bounce ideas with. Reading this article makes me realise it probably would have failed!
I also wanted to start a market survey app that would reward customers for information they provide. So you could get a free coke if you scanned the barcode and answered a few questions. But Coke got more information than you answered because there are other data that can be extracted from the phone (location, time, your social network details, weather, events around you), so that didn’t work out.
Wow, you’re an inspiration to all young people. Most of us are thinking about what to have for lunch, or the assignment that is due, but you’ve moved farther along! Well, we want to know more about you as an individual. What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you absolutely HAVE to see it when it’s on?
Oceans 11. Hacking systems in life is something I love! There is an inexplicable sense of satisfaction from stealing.
Whoa, okay, maybe a little too personal there, Mr CEO. What about if you could have dinner with anyone from history? Who would it be and why?
John D Rockefeller. If he were alive today, I am sure he would be the most powerful man in the world. He rose from rags to riches. I would really love to chat with him just to understand what makes him tick.
Interesting. I would probably like to have dinner with John Walker, the man who originated what was to be one of the most well-known whiskey brands in the world, because, well, you know, free alcohol. If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
I would want to retire and travel the world. Get a nice house for my folks, and focus on giving back to my community in Sri Lanka.
Everyone loves a young philanthropist! Where do you see yourself and the company in 3 years then?
In 3 years, I hope to see Klinify as an international platform that can be downloaded by doctors anywhere around the world. I hope to be able to work with data analytics companies to plug doctors and patients directly for data collection.
Hopefully, I am scooting amongst countries where Klinify is popular (Japan, Australia, India).
We hope Klinify will become successful worldwide and be able to help doctors everywhere. Currently, what are some of the challenges you’re facing?
Hiring good talent. Singapore is not producing enough computer engineers and the anti-foreign talent labour policies are not helping.
Our product development is also lagging far behind and it is the biggest hurdle we are trying to cross now.
Companies are looking for people to hire and people are looking for jobs. Somehow the equation should add up, but it doesn’t always, does it? Anyways, we would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy day for this interview. One last question for the start-up hopefuls out there. As an entrepreneur yourself, what would you say are the top three skills needed to be an entrepreneur?
Determination, the ability to listen and the ability to sell.