It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: From mixing drinks to becoming a technopreneur, it has been a long, tough slog for this former bartender

Tired of the long hours working behind a bar, Mr Sam Weng Cham furthered his studies in the pursuit of another career. Now, he is the co-founder of Transcend Solutions, an IT firm that rings up more than $6 million in sales.
Mr Sam Weng Cham reliving a bartending moment at Happy Hut in Kallang Avenue for the photographer. The decision to enrol in an IT course 17 years ago changed his life, he says. Five years ago, he became a technopreneur and co-founded Transcend Soluti
Mr Sam Weng Cham reliving a bartending moment at Happy Hut in Kallang Avenue for the photographer. The decision to enrol in an IT course 17 years ago changed his life, he says. Five years ago, he became a technopreneur and co-founded Transcend Solutions, which offers IT services and solutions to multinational companies.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Mr Sam during his bartending days. He was inspired in part by many of the professionally successful regulars who frequented the pub and wanted to do something different with his life.
Mr Sam during his bartending days. He was inspired in part by many of the professionally successful regulars who frequented the pub and wanted to do something different with his life.PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAM WENG CHAM

Former bartender leaves rebellious past behind and makes good as a technopreneur

It was early evening and all was quiet at The Blue Cow, a now-defunct pub along River Valley Road.

It was downtime for bartender Sam Weng Cham; the thirsty hordes would not troop in for their tipple until a few hours later.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 24, 2019, with the headline 'Long, tough slog to start-up success'. Print Edition | Subscribe