Ultimate Guide To The Internet
eFiles, The Web, September, 2000
Over the past few months, B2B (business-to- business) and B2C
(business-to-consumer) were starting to create new prospects for
our local online community. The Web had the opportunity to talk
to Fione Tan, the 22-year-old CEO, President and Founder of eOneNet.com
Sdn Bhd, an up and coming B2B and B2C solutions provider.
What were the reactions of your family members when they learned
that you are going to lend your very own dot-com?
Both my parents were very supportive. Since I was young they were
always optimistic about the decisions that I made. My brother
contributes to eOneNet.com when he is on his semester breaks.
My mother who is also just as excited as I am about the company
is currently in charge of the finance and administration duties
Personally, what are the challenges that you encounter taking
into consideration that you are a twenty-two year old CEO specialising
in the area of B2B and B2C, which involves interaction with corporate
In the beginning, most of my clients were sceptical of me being
in charge of a dot- com. but in the end I got along well with
them. Anyway, not all of them are shocked. As a young person running
a dot-com has become socially acceptable. In addition to that.
My last job in an insurance agency helped as I was dealing with
all types of people at that time.
What are the factors that prompted you to start up a dot-com
providing B2B and B2C solutions?
I had always harboured an interest in starling my very own dot-com
venture. This interest of mine somehow managed to attract friends
who also shared in my dream. After a lot of research and brainstorming
sessions, we managed to come out with a viable area to specialise
in, which was B2B and B2C. The real opportunity only came when
there were a few friends and independent investors who provided
us with funding as they saw a potential in our business plan and
Initially, how did you fell about having to start your own
dot-com, especially one that is click and mortar?
It was quite exciting for me when we first established eOneNet.com.
Starting up the dot-com was quite tiring as there were a lot of
preparations involved, but in the end I managed due to my passion
for eOneNet.com. The odd
part was that we actually set up the office first before going
on to developing the site. Strange as it may seem. I believe that
having a click and mortar establishment rather than only a virtual
one will create a more secure business. In today's world there
is a need to have a balance of modern and traditional values.
Basically having the best of both worlds.
Is managing a dot-com business any different from a conventional
one, bearing An mind that there's a unique exposure to a newer
act of skills and concerns?
Yes, it is. Conservative clients always question us on allocating
a budget for a website, so here we need patience to slowly educate
and persuade them on the advantages of using new technologies.
Other than that, we also need to research constantly and innovate
as we're in a business where technology change" quickly And when
conducting seminars for clients, I have to explain in detail on
the website solutions and in this we needs patience as some of
them have no prior knowledge of web technologies.
"The Ultimate Guide To The Internet
- eFiles, The Web"