GILLIAN TAN, 36
There can be no better poster girl for women in technology than the remarkable Gillian Tan. Starting with $10,000, a mini video camera and an old Macbook, this persistent young woman faced a slew of disappointments while navigating the local media landscape to become the proud founder of Clicknetwork, Singapore’s first channel on YouTube to reach one million subscribers. “When I started the channel in 2007 it was not even something that I was aspiring towards; getting to a million was never an end goal,” she says. “I’ve always liked telling stories in a visual format, so it’s really nice to be acknowledged, but I have so much more that I want to accomplish.” It’s an earnest response from a woman whose company almost never made it to this point. “In the early days of Clicknetwork, we were asked to get a broadcast license, which was so expensive that financially we couldn’t afford it. I thought we would have to fold, but we managed to get around it through a legal technicality,” she says triumphantly.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Don’t care too much about what other people say.”
NEXT UP: “Getting to the next million? If we get there, it’d be great but if not, we have other projects in the works, too, like a movie!”
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania dress from Tyan.