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 interesting inspirations 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, journalist 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.

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 and SEA-based technology startups that focus on deep tech/deep science, blockchain and programming schools.

TRIVE Venture Capital
a Licensed Monetary Authority of Singapore VCFM

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

Trainer and Judge

It was an unexpected calling that I ended up teaching entrepreneurship-related topics and explaining the tech startup landscape.

This has led me to become a professional trainer, where I started guest teaching in Singapore’s state universities, as well as conducting public masterclasses and private ones to Telkomsel’s management.

Part of paying-it-forward is also to be involved in various judging competitions held in Singapore.

Am honoured to have participated in various judging panels throughout 2018.

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

My Journalist writings

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.

938Radio Biz Bytes Show: How to scale beyond Singapore (9 Episodes)

I am running 9 radio shows in the month of May 2019 on Radio 938Now, under Biz Bytes. In this series, I will be talking about how to scale beyond Singapore from seed to Series A. Understand the various considerations for your expansion. The links below will redirect you to the Me Radio website. Each […]

What Singapore can learn from Silicon Valley

It was my second official business visit to Silicon Valley in three years. This time, I was part of a Singapore government delegation who’s objective was to connect and establish partnerships between the two startup ecosystems. But going beyond the norm of just focusing on business, I found myself diving deep into what makes Silicon Valley […]

7 Singapore-based blockchain projects that are having global impact

With the heightened negativity associated with cryptocurrencies, many would assume that blockchain, the accompanying technology is dead. But on the contrary, blockchain as a technology is very much alive and applicable as a deep tech layer that would significantly impact the way we operate. In fact, a number of blockchain projects exist right here in […]

Hidden reasons why VCs reject your startup for investment

Asking for funding from Venture Capital (VC) investors is likened to the same statistics of getting rejections from Tinder. Okay. That’s not a good analogy, but you get the point — fundraising for your startup is tough. I wrote in Aug 2016 on “How to think like a VC before asking for funding” which explained the official […]