No Apples from Singapore

In a recent article on the WSJ.com, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, says that a company like Apple would not have emerged from the structured society of Singapore.

Here are some excerpts of the article;

“Look at structured societies like Singapore where bad behavior is not tolerated [and] you are extremely punished” Mr. Wozniak said in a recent interview with the BBC. “Where are the creative people? Where are the great artists? Where are the great musicians? Where are the great writers?”

Speaking specifically about Singapore, he said that though many people are educated with well-paid jobs and nice cars, “creative elements” in society seem to have disappeared.  He added that inspiring creativity was important to a company like Apple.

Earlier this year, Mr. Wozniak visited Singapore to speak at a motivational talk series organized by Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency and the National Trades Union Congress.

His comments come at a time when Singapore is actively trying to woo creative tech companies like Google and Facebook to invest in the tightly controlled city-state. Just today, Google launched a US$120 million dollar investment for a data center in Singapore, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. 

Read the full article here

While Steve Wozniak may have a point in the generalization of Singapore, it would be possible to achieve an Apple-like company. I mean we almost had a home run with Creative until they went off tangent.

Most of the entrepreneurs I meet in Singapore are usually non-Singaporean. 

I don’t think we should feel like Steve words are final or capping us. It should be a motivation to break out of the successful system in successful chaos. For this of us that dream of this in Singapore, you’ve already began Thinking Different.
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