CEO of Travelogy: Women Can Actually Have It All

CEO of Travelogy: Women Can Actually Have It All

In this post, we have CEO and co-founder of Travelogy, Winnie Tan (pictured), whose company runs multiple online media properties such as TripZilla, ComeSingapore, and Nearby.SG. She tells us how to take advantage of being in the minority in the tech startup scene, and explains the importance of being sincere and honest towards the people that you meet along the entrepreneurial journey.

She also mentions in our Q&A that one of the key attributes required to succeed in the technology and startup scene is knowing how to sell yourself. Amazingly I realized whilst many startup founders do know how to sell their companies, vision, and product, they don’t actually know how to sell themselves. Knowing how to sell yourself – i.e.: personal branding – is highly important. It attracts not just the money, but also team-mates who would fight alongside you even when you are struggling.

And Winnie also highlights that it is actually possible for women entrepreneurs to achieve a balance between work and family – and feels personally that she’s working towards achieving that.

Vanessa: Tell me a little about yourself.

Winnie: I am a serial entrepreneur and co-founder at Travelogy. My previous businesses included a bubble tea retail chain, a real estate company, and an art gallery. The work that I am totally loving and consuming me now is Travelogy. The little time I have outside of the company is spent with my two precious boys – Ethan who is six years old and Ean who is four years old.

What does your startup do, and what is your role?

Winnie: Travelogy runs multiple online media platforms that attract and influence travellers on their travel decisions. Our focus is in Southeast Asia (SEA) where the markets are fragmented and fast-growing, and hence has great potential for innovation. Our core product is TripZilla. TripZilla is an easy-to-use platform for users to search and book their travel plans. It aggregates travel prices, packages, itineraries, and travel promotions across all major booking channels.

As CEO of the company, I develop strategies and set goals for the business, steering the company towards these goals.

I am involved in all aspects of the business, from product development to sales to fund raising. But I’m very fortunate to have now built a strong team who is performing at each role than me, and so I can now focus on building Travelogy into the biggest online media player in the travel industry within SEA.

Read the full article at Tech In Asia.

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Farzana Fattah
Farzana Fattah

Farzana is a student at Singapore Management University who’s currently wondering what on earth she’s doing with her life. When not nerding out over the latest superhero movie or scrolling through memes on Tumblr, she is almost definitely researching random places across the globe and daydreaming about the next holiday destination. She is inspired by the variety of cultures in the world and hopes to travel to at least fifty countries in her lifetime to experience most of them.


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