This is the brand that many Singaporeans very often have referred to as the star brand of Singapore. But for some reason, I have often come acrossed foreigners misunderstood that Creative Technology is a Japanese or American brand. (Sigh..Anway, Singapore has been misunderstood for so many things )
Creative Technology is founded by Sim Wong Hoo, born in 1955, who is also the CEO and Chairman of Creative Technology, a pioneer of computer sound systems, a designer and manufacturer of products for personal computers and personal digital entertainment devices.
He graduated from the poly (In the older days, if you go to a polytechnic, is considered as good as going to an university, though it’s right after GCE “O” level-secondary school). In 1 July 1981, Sim Wong Hoo with his school friend Ng Kai Wa set up shop in Pearl Centre(chinatown) in Singapore. He got his start running Creative as a computer repair shop. While doing this, he developed an add-on memory board for the Apple II computer that they sold as well.
Later, Creative started creating customized PCs adapted for the Chinese language which included enhanced audio capabilities so that the device could produce speech and melodies. The success of this audio interface led to the development of a stand-alone sound card named Sound Blaster that Creative marketed. Sound Blaster was very successful and has been used as a standard of comparison for sound cards. Creative has sold over 100 million units of Sound Blaster since then.
Creative’s global corporate headquarters is located in Singapore, in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region. Besides having regional headquarters in the US, Europe and Singapore, they also have two manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and China.
Creative currently employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.
At age of 45, Sim Wong Hoo became the YOUNGEST billionaire in Singapore (2000). He was also the first person to be named the Businessman of the Year twice, in 1992 and 1997. In 2002, he was named Person of the Year by the Singapore Computer Society in recognition of his contribution to the IT industry. Sim is widely considered to be the star entrepreneur of Singapore and he currently chairs Singapore’s Technopreneurship 21 Private Sector Committee.
In 1999, Sim Wong Hoo released a book entitled “Chaotic Thoughts From The Old Millennium”.
This is a technology report I found written by an American co on Ipod and creative technology situation in Singapore.
Anyway, Singaporeans in general, still have this habit and preference for things made in “overseas” rather than home grown brand lol
If you scroll down, you will see some comments in there. They were talking about the differences of creative and ipod, but this American (1Dude1) in there came up with untrue story about our laws and Judicial system. Sigh, don’t understand why he wasn’t sticking to the “topic” of the report, and yet talking about other nonsense. His story is obviously a very ignorance perception about us.
It’s really not fair to us, having to put up for so many years, and we still getting people misunderstood us. I really don’t understand why people like to come up with stories and without any proof. The author already said from the beginning that the news they heard in the U.S. are tabloids not fact.
And very often, when we challenge their stories, they always claim to have their sis or bro lived here before, which of course always is a lie, otherwise they would have known what THE REAL SITUATION is like in Singapore. It’s no wonder people tend to generalize some Americans, sigh.
Thank goodness, there is a good American in there (cpo99), who has been to Singapore and gave a more accurate review about Singapore. He wrote, “I am an American and I love my country, but we need to recognize that there are other parts of the world that are also great places to live.” WELL SAID AND WISE THOUGHT.
If there is a country that is doing well and doing a good job for their people, sure, I will be happy for them, and not getting jealous of the country.
I am just glad that there are NO tabloid stories or paparazzi in Singapore (it’s not allowed here), otherwise we would become a nation of ignorance, rather than trusting the fact.
Attached a pic of my fav mp3 player, as it is so small..smaller than my palm :)