Interview with Jackson Aw Founder Mighty Jaxx
Might Jaxx – Singapore based designer toys and art collectables studio and online shop, artist collaborations for high-quality figurines and statues for collectors and hobbyists.
‘What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?’
It’s a funny thing; when I was in school, I want to sleep in all the time and so I figured I’m a lazy person. After a few years of running my business, I realised my body clock keeps waking me up at 7 am and I never have much trouble getting ready. I am often excited to get into the studio.
I believe it is my desire to create and my passion for progress in building new behaviours.
‘How + Why did you and the team start Mighty Jaxx?’
Mighty Jaxx started in from my bedroom with the sole purpose of creating toys I would like to have, but could never find on the market. With no background in production, I went to China for a month to learn the factory processes and took a loan to finance the first project.
‘What does an average day look like for Mighty Jaxx?’
Our people start coming in from 8 am to 10.30am every day and get started on their tasks. It’s a very collaborative environment so you’ll see clusters of people in discussion and some with earnest faces. The team breaks for lunch around 2 pm and ends the day from 6-9pm. It’s a super casual setting.
‘What inspires you?’
Art, Music and Food are my key influences; I see a synergy between them.
‘What do you enjoy most about running your own company?’
I decided to be an entrepreneur so that I can wear shorts to work.
‘Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?’
Cashflow is incredibly important to any business and with no outside investment, balancing growth with stability can be challenging. There was a time we almost went bust, and the management team spoke about how to go about it. For me, nothing is worse than that, so with the fear removed, I went about working on future projects anyway. We bounced back the next month.
‘What do you think are the biggest challenges Mighty Jaxx?’
We handle end to end processes, from design, production, logistics to sales, so communication can get very messy.
‘Any advice for your previous boss?’
You could have given me more advice. :p
‘Are there any brands, business’ or business leaders that you admire?’
The OG, Richard Branson.
‘What would you like to achieve Professionally in 6 months / 1 year / 5 years?’
Six months: Double our team to develop more content
One year: To be future proof with Mighty Jaxx
Five years: Be more involved in social enterprises
‘Any advice for talent looking to set up their own hustle?’
Stop thinking and just do it.
‘What is your favourite quote?’
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Go check out the Might Jaxx website and follow Mr Jackson Aw on Linkedin