How a Facebook post drove a banker to launch a multimillion-dollar vertical farming business

Next time you feel guilty about idling away your commute on social media, remember that inspiration can come from all sources. That was certainly the case for Benjamin Swan, whose subway scrolling sparked an idea that led him to quit his corporate job and embark on a multimillion-dollar business venture. “It all started with an article on Facebook,” Swan told CNBC’s Christine Tan in a recent episode of “Managing Asia.”


Next time you feel guilty about idling away your commute on social media, remember that inspiration can come from all sources. That was certainly the case for Benjamin Swan, whose subway scrolling sparked an idea that led him to quit his corporate job and embark on a multimillion-dollar business venture. “It all started with an article on Facebook,” Swan told CNBC’s Christine Tan in a recent episode of “Managing Asia.”
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How a Facebook post drove a banker to launch a multimillion-dollar vertical farming business

Next time you feel guilty about idling away your commute on social media, remember that inspiration can come from all sources.

That was certainly the case for Benjamin Swan, whose subway scrolling sparked an idea that led him to quit his corporate job and embark on a multimillion-dollar business venture.

“It all started with an article on Facebook,” Swan told CNBC’s Christine Tan in a recent episode of “Managing Asia.”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-01-14  Authors: karen gilchrist, -benjamin swan, co-founder, ceo of sustenir
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Forget the US and Asia, the top 5 countries for expats are in Europe and the Middle East

If you plan to embark on a new career move this year, you should try casting your eye to Europe or the Middle East. That’s according to a new report from HSBC, which found that the top five countries for expat workers were all outside North America and Asia. It found that select nations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region scored most highly. Notable expat destinations in Asia and North America — such as the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong — also made gains this year and appeared in th


If you plan to embark on a new career move this year, you should try casting your eye to Europe or the Middle East. That’s according to a new report from HSBC, which found that the top five countries for expat workers were all outside North America and Asia. It found that select nations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region scored most highly. Notable expat destinations in Asia and North America — such as the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong — also made gains this year and appeared in th
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Forget the US and Asia, the top 5 countries for expats are in Europe and the Middle East

If you plan to embark on a new career move this year, you should try casting your eye to Europe or the Middle East. That’s according to a new report from HSBC, which found that the top five countries for expat workers were all outside North America and Asia.

Based on responses from 22,318 expats working in 163 countries, the report measured those destinations deemed best for international workers along a series of metrics — such as work/life balance, earnings prospects and career development. It found that select nations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region scored most highly.

Strong salaries, positive work cultures, job security and personal fulfillment opportunities all enabled the region to jump forward in the bank’s annual list and gain the top spots. Notable expat destinations in Asia and North America — such as the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong — also made gains this year and appeared in the top 10. But Singapore saw a drop this year, missing out on the top five to take its place among the final 10.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-01-08  Authors: karen gilchrist, david jrg engel, eyeem, eyeem premium, getty images, shanshihan, moment, jorg greuel, stone, laurie noble
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Finding a mentor could bring the career boost you need in 2019 — but be sure to avoid this mistake

The start of the year is a great time to take stock of your career and plan your goals for the 12 months ahead. As National Mentoring Month in the U.S., January marks an opportunity to celebrate the people who have helped our careers, and presents a chance to find someone to guide our future aims. For those unfamiliar with mentoring, that can seem like an odd prospect. According to mentoring expert Phil George, it needn’t be daunting and it could provide just the career boost you need this New Y


The start of the year is a great time to take stock of your career and plan your goals for the 12 months ahead. As National Mentoring Month in the U.S., January marks an opportunity to celebrate the people who have helped our careers, and presents a chance to find someone to guide our future aims. For those unfamiliar with mentoring, that can seem like an odd prospect. According to mentoring expert Phil George, it needn’t be daunting and it could provide just the career boost you need this New Y
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Finding a mentor could bring the career boost you need in 2019 — but be sure to avoid this mistake

The start of the year is a great time to take stock of your career and plan your goals for the 12 months ahead.

As National Mentoring Month in the U.S., January marks an opportunity to celebrate the people who have helped our careers, and presents a chance to find someone to guide our future aims.

For those unfamiliar with mentoring, that can seem like an odd prospect. Who do you choose and what should you ask? According to mentoring expert Phil George, it needn’t be daunting and it could provide just the career boost you need this New Year.

Central to that, said George, is uncovering the one common misconception about mentorship.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-01-02  Authors: karen gilchrist, mike harrington, taxi, getty images, nortonrsx, istock, -phil george, co-founder, ceo of mentorcliq
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Why now could be the best time to make a career move — and the 3 tips to consider first

There’s no time quite like the New Year to shake things up and set yourself new goals. With unemployment in the U.S. at its lowest level in years, job seekers stand to benefit from a greater number of job openings. That, added to a typical surge in recruiting budgets at the start of the year, means that now could be an opportune time to try for your next career move. “While the competition may seem tougher at this time of year there are a number of factors working in the job seeker’s favor,” he


There’s no time quite like the New Year to shake things up and set yourself new goals. With unemployment in the U.S. at its lowest level in years, job seekers stand to benefit from a greater number of job openings. That, added to a typical surge in recruiting budgets at the start of the year, means that now could be an opportune time to try for your next career move. “While the competition may seem tougher at this time of year there are a number of factors working in the job seeker’s favor,” he
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Why now could be the best time to make a career move — and the 3 tips to consider first

There’s no time quite like the New Year to shake things up and set yourself new goals.

For many, that can mean pursuing a different role at work — or looking for a new job entirely — and this year could be a better time for it than most.

With unemployment in the U.S. at its lowest level in years, job seekers stand to benefit from a greater number of job openings. That, added to a typical surge in recruiting budgets at the start of the year, means that now could be an opportune time to try for your next career move.

“It is very much a candidate’s market at the moment,” Paul Wolfe, senior vice president and global head of human resources at jobs site Indeed, told CNBC Make It.

“While the competition may seem tougher at this time of year there are a number of factors working in the job seeker’s favor,” he continued, citing candidates’ improved negotiating position.

However, a job move is not something to take on lightly. CNBC Make it spoke to a series of experts to find out their best advice on what to consider before taking the plunge.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-12-27  Authors: karen gilchrist, fotosipsak, istock, getty images
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Founder of billion-dollar travel app Klook: Being an outsider gave my business the edge

Eric Gnock Fah never quite felt like he belonged. From growing up in one of the few Chinese families on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, to studying in the U.S. and later working in Hong Kong, Gnock Fah spent much of his youth trying to get by in a place that wasn’t quite home. But it also gave him the inspiration to start a business to help with that very problem. Gnock Fah is the co-founder and chief operations officer of Klook, a travel app designed to help people live more like locals w


Eric Gnock Fah never quite felt like he belonged. From growing up in one of the few Chinese families on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, to studying in the U.S. and later working in Hong Kong, Gnock Fah spent much of his youth trying to get by in a place that wasn’t quite home. But it also gave him the inspiration to start a business to help with that very problem. Gnock Fah is the co-founder and chief operations officer of Klook, a travel app designed to help people live more like locals w
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Founder of billion-dollar travel app Klook: Being an outsider gave my business the edge

Eric Gnock Fah never quite felt like he belonged.

From growing up in one of the few Chinese families on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, to studying in the U.S. and later working in Hong Kong, Gnock Fah spent much of his youth trying to get by in a place that wasn’t quite home.

At times, it was isolating. But it also gave him the inspiration to start a business to help with that very problem.

Gnock Fah is the co-founder and chief operations officer of Klook, a travel app designed to help people live more like locals when travelling abroad. Spotting an opportunity to capitalize on Asia’s growing tourism industry, he set up the platform in 2014 with two fellow co-founders to handle holidaymakers’ in-destination bookings, from transport to activities and experiences.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-12-21  Authors: karen gilchrist, bgs photography, moment, getty images, matteo colombo, digitalvision, -eric gnock fah, co-founder, chief operations officer of klook, founder
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The rise of A.I. could hurt women’s careers in a major way

Developments in artificial intelligence and automation have been heralded as a major leap forward in human advancement. But they could also adversely affect another important measure of societal progress: The gender pay gap. That’s according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, which indicated that the growth of jobs in emerging industries, such as IT and engineering, is set to disproportionately hurt women and, by consequence, progress made in reducing pay inequality. The gender pay g


Developments in artificial intelligence and automation have been heralded as a major leap forward in human advancement. But they could also adversely affect another important measure of societal progress: The gender pay gap. That’s according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, which indicated that the growth of jobs in emerging industries, such as IT and engineering, is set to disproportionately hurt women and, by consequence, progress made in reducing pay inequality. The gender pay g
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-12-20  Authors: karen gilchrist, blutgruppe, corbis, getty images, hero images, -saadia zahidi, managing director at the world economic forum, -steve leonard, founding ceo of sginnovate
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The rise of A.I. could hurt women's careers in a major way

Developments in artificial intelligence and automation have been heralded as a major leap forward in human advancement. But they could also adversely affect another important measure of societal progress: The gender pay gap.

That’s according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, which indicated that the growth of jobs in emerging industries, such as IT and engineering, is set to disproportionately hurt women and, by consequence, progress made in reducing pay inequality.

The gender pay gap, the difference between average earnings for men and women, has been narrowing over recent years, yet there remains a long way to go until compensation parity is reached — 202 years to be exact. And that estimate could grow even lengthier if progress is not made in bringing more women into the workforce, the WEF found


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-12-20  Authors: karen gilchrist, blutgruppe, corbis, getty images, hero images, -saadia zahidi, managing director at the world economic forum, -steve leonard, founding ceo of sginnovate
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Former NASA engineer designs glitter bomb trap to avenge Amazon delivery theft victims

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But for Mark Rober, it’s much sweeter served smart, smelly and covered in glitter. The former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star has received plaudits online after designing a booby trap to avenge all those who’ve fallen victim to a new wave of neighborhood crime: doorstep delivery theft. Rober spent six months combining GPS tracking, cameras, fart spray and glitter in an elaborate and amusing mechanism after discovering thieves had stolen an Amazon de


They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But for Mark Rober, it’s much sweeter served smart, smelly and covered in glitter. The former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star has received plaudits online after designing a booby trap to avenge all those who’ve fallen victim to a new wave of neighborhood crime: doorstep delivery theft. Rober spent six months combining GPS tracking, cameras, fart spray and glitter in an elaborate and amusing mechanism after discovering thieves had stolen an Amazon de
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Former NASA engineer designs glitter bomb trap to avenge Amazon delivery theft victims

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But for Mark Rober, it’s much sweeter served smart, smelly and covered in glitter.

The former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star has received plaudits online after designing a booby trap to avenge all those who’ve fallen victim to a new wave of neighborhood crime: doorstep delivery theft.

Rober spent six months combining GPS tracking, cameras, fart spray and glitter in an elaborate and amusing mechanism after discovering thieves had stolen an Amazon delivery from his doorstep.

In a video posted on his channel, the 38-year-old, who helped design the U.S. space agency’s Curiosity Rover, said his engineering experience left him well-placed to “take a stand” after dismissive police left him feeling “powerless.”

“If anyone was going to make a revenge … package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me,” said Rober, who spent nine years with NASA.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-12-18  Authors: karen gilchrist, mark rober
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Top business authors share their greatest leadership advice

James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s 1987 hit book “The Leadership Challenge” continues to receive critical acclaim from business chiefs for its guidance on what the authors describe as the “five practices of exemplary leadership.” But, said Kouzes and Posner in an email to CNBC Make It, the underlying rule of leadership is even simpler: self-belief. “Before you can lead others, you have to lead yourself. You have to believe that your words can inspire and your actions can move people. Leadership beg


James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s 1987 hit book “The Leadership Challenge” continues to receive critical acclaim from business chiefs for its guidance on what the authors describe as the “five practices of exemplary leadership.” But, said Kouzes and Posner in an email to CNBC Make It, the underlying rule of leadership is even simpler: self-belief. “Before you can lead others, you have to lead yourself. You have to believe that your words can inspire and your actions can move people. Leadership beg
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Top business authors share their greatest leadership advice

James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s 1987 hit book “The Leadership Challenge” continues to receive critical acclaim from business chiefs for its guidance on what the authors describe as the “five practices of exemplary leadership.”

Based on tens of thousands of interviews over a period of more than three decades, the pair identified those as the ability to: model the way; inspire a shared vision; challenge the process; enable others to act; and show sincerity.

But, said Kouzes and Posner in an email to CNBC Make It, the underlying rule of leadership is even simpler: self-belief.

“Everything you will ever do as a leader is based on one audacious assumption. It’s the assumption that you matter,” they wrote.

“Before you can lead others, you have to lead yourself. You have to believe that your words can inspire and your actions can move people. You have to believe that what you do counts for something. Leadership begins with you.”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-12-17  Authors: karen gilchrist, m_a_y_a
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How to stay motivated: Advice from Colin O’Brady Antarctic crossing

“SOUTH POLE!!! I expected to be happy reaching the South Pole, but today has quite honestly been one of the best days of my entire life,” he wrote. He is just halfway through his mission to become the first person ever to cross the Antarctic coast-to-coast unaided. It’s a challenge O’Brady has been working toward for several years after turning to extreme sports to recover from a freak accident which left his legs so severely burned that doctors questioned whether he would ever walk normally aga


“SOUTH POLE!!! I expected to be happy reaching the South Pole, but today has quite honestly been one of the best days of my entire life,” he wrote. He is just halfway through his mission to become the first person ever to cross the Antarctic coast-to-coast unaided. It’s a challenge O’Brady has been working toward for several years after turning to extreme sports to recover from a freak accident which left his legs so severely burned that doctors questioned whether he would ever walk normally aga
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How to stay motivated: Advice from Colin O'Brady Antarctic crossing

“SOUTH POLE!!! I made it!!! What a day. I expected to be happy reaching the South Pole, but today has quite honestly been one of the best days of my entire life,” he wrote.

But O’Brady didn’t stop long to celebrate. After “soaking in the moment” and taking a few photographs, he carried on his way.

He is just halfway through his mission to become the first person ever to cross the Antarctic coast-to-coast unaided. Several others have died making the attempt.

It’s a challenge O’Brady has been working toward for several years after turning to extreme sports to recover from a freak accident which left his legs so severely burned that doctors questioned whether he would ever walk normally again.

The ex-financier quit his job in 2008 to pursue sports full-time, reaching Olympic triathlon level and breaking the “Seven Summits” world record. But this is his toughest challenge to date.

O’Brady, who calls his mission “The Impossible First,” set out on Nov. 3 and will continue on until he reaches the opposite coast. The full expedition is set to take up to 65 days.

The journey requires courage, stamina and sheer determination. CNBC Make It took a look at how he is keeping himself motivated on this most challenging of missions and how those steps can be applied to other — less frosty — walks of life.


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Klook entrepreneur says LinkedIn helped him find start-up co-founder

Gnock Fah was then a 26-year-old Hong Kong-based investment analyst with big plans to shake-up the travel industry. He already had a co-founder in fellow financier and long-time friend Ethan Lin, but the pair had one major problem: They needed a tech brain to execute their vision. “I didn’t know anything about tech back then from my finance background,” Gnock Fah told CNBC Make It. “I probably read through at least 500 profiles,” said the Klook co-founder, who used the language as an initial fil


Gnock Fah was then a 26-year-old Hong Kong-based investment analyst with big plans to shake-up the travel industry. He already had a co-founder in fellow financier and long-time friend Ethan Lin, but the pair had one major problem: They needed a tech brain to execute their vision. “I didn’t know anything about tech back then from my finance background,” Gnock Fah told CNBC Make It. “I probably read through at least 500 profiles,” said the Klook co-founder, who used the language as an initial fil
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Klook entrepreneur says LinkedIn helped him find start-up co-founder

Gnock Fah was then a 26-year-old Hong Kong-based investment analyst with big plans to shake-up the travel industry. He already had a co-founder in fellow financier and long-time friend Ethan Lin, but the pair had one major problem: They needed a tech brain to execute their vision.

“I didn’t know anything about tech back then from my finance background,” Gnock Fah told CNBC Make It.

Not one to let that stand in his way, Gnock Fah consulted a U.S. tech friend to find out the most useful coding language — which, in 2014, he was told, was PHP — and got stalking.

“I probably read through at least 500 profiles,” said the Klook co-founder, who used the language as an initial filter. He then honed in on the most built-out profiles, reasoning that they would be most likely to respond.

“It was determination, I would say. We knew we wanted to be (a) tech-plus-travel (business).”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-12-14  Authors: karen gilchrist, -eric gnock fah, co-founder, chief operations officer of klook, -craig dixon, program manager at accelerating asia
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