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How Does Blockchain Work, What are NFTs and How You Might Make Money From Them - Ryan Chew, Tribe - Entrepreneur Podcast

Ryan Chew Tribe Business over Drinks
Ryan Chen
CEO of Tribe

Ryan Chew is a Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2020 honouree, and is a co-founder of Tribe

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Welcome to Business Over Drinks, one of the most unique podcasts you will find anywhere in the world helmed by two people from different walks of life.

This entrepreneur podcast is an extension of their real-life experiences as business owners, salaried employees and industry mavericks who made mistakes along the way and lived to talk about it.

WE SPEAK TO: Ryan Chew

Ryan Chew is a Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2020 honouree, and is a co-founder of Tribe, Singapore’s first government-supported platform driving neutrality, collaboration and growth of the blockchain ecosystem.

Tribe works closely with Enterprise Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Temasek, Citibank, IBM and Intel, and others to grow the Blockchain ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.

Since its inception Tribe’s has accelerated more than 50 Blockchain start-ups with a combined value of more than $1 billion.

The idea for Tribe actually came out of a meal at his favourite Prata shop on Jalan Besar in Singapore with his business partner, Ng Yi Ming, when they decided to create a global blockchain ecosystem with the aim of connecting blockchain start-ups with corporations, governments, and investors.

Before that, Ryan’s entrepreneurship journey started at the age of 19, fresh out of National Service, when he spent his meagre $3000 savings to develop a gaming application.

Ryan joins us to talk about his life as an entrepreneur, the future of Blockchain and NFTs, as well as some handy tips on where to get the best Prata in Singapore!



  • Ryan’s experience with Prata 
  • Ryan’s first experiences as an entrepreneur and building videogames
  • Ryan’s early days as a waiter
  • Ryan’s biggest mistakes in business 
  • What can blockchain do
  • How it is to sell blockchain
  • Real-world applications for blockchain
  • What are NFTs
  • Are NFTs a scam?
  • Are we in an NFT winter?
  • Blockchain/NFT investments
  • Is Asia behind on crypto
  • Ryan’s favourite books
  • Ryan’s life lessons






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