GILLIAN TAN, 36

Founder, Click­net­work

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - GREAT WOMEN OF OUR TIME -

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!”

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