Success can be measured by how deeply a product or service is capable of penetrating a market. How much a business is able to dominate the market is an important measurement of success. However, when there a over a billion people in a market, is it still an important measure when there are so many users utilizing a multitude of similar services? I’ve been working in mobile apps development in Singapore, finding a measure of success here in Singapore that escaped me in the United States. Competition is fierce in the U.S while branding is almost cartoonish. It’s not like that here in Singapore.
There are over 2.5 billion people who are using smart phones in the Asian-Pacific market – the United States doesn’t even hold a candle to the number of users. This is a market where mobile app development is able to find easy niche markets whereas making room against the competition in the United States is a difficult if not impossible endeavor, especially when patent lawsuits are beginning to fly left and right in court rooms across the States. It’s an absurd situation that is stifling progress and competition while the Asian-Pacific market is a thriving treasure trove of success.
I have no regrets leaving the United States. There may be some aspects of living in Singapore that are more difficult but I am finding more success in both my personal life and my professional one. I’m meeting and networking with people who are able to enrich my skills more than I ever experienced back home. The sheer number of qualified employees and employers in Singapore is enough to baffle the mind. I am absolutely content with my moving here but I would also enjoy travelling to China to see if I could find the same quality of work there.