About me

People know me best as a pro-Singaporean tech startup evangelist, where I work, support and encourage Singaporeans to become tech entrepreneurs and build a lively startup ecosystem.

This site is where entrepreneurs can find my thought leadership on the South-East Asia ecosystem, startup advisories, interviews with successful founders and the startup ecosystem scene in Singapore.

My experiences as an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, VC, incubator, thought leader and mentor have built over the last 20 years and I hope to always contribute to the country that I love.

I am also building a vision of growing a generation of successful Singapore entrepreneurs where I can partner, invest, mentor and grow together to manage Singapore’s economy. And in hope, these entrepreneurs will pay-it-forward and grow the next generation of startup entrepreneurs for Singapore.

In the next 10 years, I aim to support, invest and groom sustainable cities tech startups that will capitalise on the growing markets of South-East Asia.

Venture Capitalist

My official profession is an early-stage venture capitalist, where I am Managing Partner of TRIVE.

TRIVE includes a VC arm, a pay-it-forward incubator and an accelerator.

Together with my team, we work on investing in Singapore-based technology startups that focus on sustainable deep tech/deep science that can be implemented into emerging South-East Asia.

TRIVE Venture Capital
a Licensed Monetary Authority of Singapore VCFM
trive.vc

Mentoring millennial Singaporeans

Need guidance in your entrepreneurial journey, or just advice on life decisions? Life is pretty tough as a millennial, and sometimes, you just want to someone to hear you out and guide you.

Say no more. To me, it is the greatest PASSION and privilege to be part of the lives of the next generation.

I have been blessed and enriched by the experiences, joys and trials of my over 30 mentees. I myself am a product of 5 mentors who have guided me through my life.

I am also the founder of the NEXT50.sg initiative, where there are over 85 mentors waiting to mentor you today, absolutely free!

If you are Singaporean and below the age of 35, connect with me for a kopi.

Celebrating with one of my best mentees, Felix Lee,
a young entrepreneur and valedictorian of his cohort in Singapore Polytechnic 2018

Speaker, Judge, Guest Lecture

As part of the ecosystem, it is always necessary to give back.

Being called on to speak, judge competitions and moderate events are an important part of imparting new knowledge to a rising generation of entrepreneurs.

It was also natural that I ended up guest lecturing entrepreneurship-related topics and explaining the tech startup landscape.

This has led me to be involved in guest teaching in Singapore’s state universities, as well as conducting public masterclasses and private ones to Telkomsel’s management.

Teaching a guest lecture to undergraduate students
at Singapore Management University.

Thought Leadership

As part of giving back to the startup ecosystem, I regularly guest write for various tech publications. To date, I have written over 100 articles. Below are the latest I have written.

How Killiney Kopitiam is evolving their heritage brand with foodtech

It was like walking into the past of Singapore as I entered into Lorong Telok, a group of restored shophouses nestled within the financial district, next to iconic Boat Quay attraction. Yet this area is filled with modern eateries, cafes and entertainment spots that seeks to attract the business crowd for their daily meals and […]

Commentary: Shame is still prevalent among failed Singaporean startup founders

PM Lee spoke about startup founders are able to fail with no shame in Singapore’s culture. He has good intentions in encouraging aspiring Singaporeans to try new businesses and succeed. I, for one, am eager too to promote this culture of entrepreneurship. However, it is a stark difference in reality. For ten years, I have been […]

Foodtech in Singapore through the eyes of startups

Consuming food is a daily affair for every person. But with increasing global population growth, there is a huge pressing need to provide more solutions in food production. But what is Singapore working on in the area of technologies on food? To understand the state of food tech in Singapore, I speak to three Singapore […]

Know the purpose of Singapore startup grants before applying for them

The Singapore tech ecosystem is one of the few ecosystems that promote entrepreneurship and offers startup grants to its citizens, especially at an ideation stage. Being part of the ecosystem for the last eight years, TRIVE has supported over 75 Singapore startups via the Startup SGFounder Grant and defunct iJAM.Reload grant programs, which we have seen a […]