Jackson Aw is a Forbes 30 under 30 honouree, founder & CEO of Singapore-based Mighty Jaxx, a technology-driven integrated “future culture platform” that designs and manufactures collectibles and lifestyle products in partnership with world’s talents as well as global brands such as Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Toei Animation, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, Looney Tunes and more.
KrASIA (Kr): Thanks Jackson for having us in your new office. What has been your favorite artist collaboration so far?
Jackson Aw (JA): When I work on a project for six months, and it goes through operations, my attention drops, so my favorite is always the latest one. But there are pieces that we’ve done in the past that serve as milestones. I came from a creative background. I’ve built websites and did interactive media. I looked up to local artists, like Funk Studio, who’s been around for 20 years already. I got to work with them and that’s one of the first few pieces I remember. It was a dream I had as a boy and it was fulfilled. We also worked with international artists like James Jean, Ron English, and Jason Freeny. Some of these artists are longtime collaborators and also became friends.
Kr: As a kid, did you ever think you were going to become a founder?
JA: I never thought of it as entrepreneurship. That was quite foreign. I had very simple desires when I came back from school and the army. I really like wearing shorts, like bermudas. I thought about what kind of work would allow me to do that. Not a lot of office jobs would. I thought the next best thing was to create something that I’m okay with and sustain my lifestyle at a point in time, and that was creating a business. So, I became an entrepreneur, but I don’t really associate with the term entrepreneurship.
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