From the first whispers of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the early 2000s to now, my love for this technology has grown and matured, mirroring the very evolution of IoT itself. In 2014, what was a casual interest transformed into a fervent pursuit, leading me to serve as the CEO of a smart cities-focused subsidiary between 2015 and 2017.
The establishment of my start-up, Favoriot, marked a significant milestone on my path. This venture embodied not only my professional dedication but also my personal passion, intertwining the two to the point of being indistinguishable. It was here that I embraced my role as an IoT thought leader and evangelist, sharing my fascination and knowledge with a wider audience. Such was my influence that I found myself affectionately dubbed as the “Father of IoT Malaysia” – a humbling honor that fuels my commitment to this day.
My constant exploration and work in IoT often astonish my friends and business colleagues. Their career paths have taken several turns over the years, while mine has remained faithfully on the course set by IoT. Their curiosity always brings me back to a simple truth – the undeniable power of passion. It’s this fervor that empowers a founder to surmount the harshest obstacles, adapt amidst relentless challenges, and survive in a competitive, ever-changing market. Passion is the engine that drives the venture and the compass that guides it.
Despite my intense focus on IoT, my life is not without other interests. I find myself charmed by the allure of new gadgets, captivated by the art of photography, and rejuvenated by the thrill of exploring new places. These hobbies might not directly contribute to my business, but they offer an invaluable break, a mental oasis amidst the rigors of entrepreneurial life.
As I pen this down, I find myself curious about your passions. What sparks your interest, what challenges you, what excites you? In the end, isn’t it the interconnection of our stories, much like the interconnection of devices in IoT, that makes our shared journey all the more fascinating?
After all, in this grand scheme of things, our passions and pursuits, no matter how diverse, are interconnected in their drive to make the world a better place. And as the “Father of IoT Malaysia,” I invite you to join me on this journey to discover, learn, and grow together in this ever-evolving world of IoT.