Thought Leadership

I had a sudden bug to write and have been addicted to writing since. since 2015, I have been a journalist and writer, writing over 100 articles on Tech in Asia, e27 and BEAM on “Startup Advisories“, “Asian Tech ecosystems“, “Entrepreneurial Stories“, “Engineering in Singapore” and “Science and Technology Development in Singapore“.

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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 […]

Beyond the Valley: Why tech entrepreneurs should look east

This article first appeared on EDB. Christopher Quek, Managing Partner of TRIVE Ventures, an early-stage startup venture fund that invests in deep technology startups targeting Southeast Asia, shares about the growing tech scene in Southeast Asia and why Singapore is the place to be to tap these opportunities.    Silicon Valley is the headquarters and birthplace […]

Opinion: Should Singaporeans celebrate its newly minted startup unicorn, Trax?

Trax can do much more for the country that helped established its foundations It was all over the headlines when Trax announced it became Singapore’s next unicorn. I, however, was not enthused. As a pro-Singapore evangelist, I should have celebrated as it shows Singapore is becoming the hotbed of big valuation companies, but as I dug […]

I have interviewed over 90 persons now on their perspectives of the startup ecosystems, including exclusives with Ryan Homes (Hootsuite), Getty Goh (CoAssets), Peter Ho (Hope Tecnik) and more.

All these articles have been inspired by my experiences as a fund manager of TRIVE, a mentor at Angels Gate Advisory and my community activities with Singapore or travelling and visiting other ecosystems. It has been a fun experience engaging new entrepreneurs in different ecosystems and I look forward to even more engagements in the field of Venture Capital.

List of interviewees… and growing:

  1. Joel Neoh, founder, FAVE (MY)
  2. Amit Saberwal, founder, Reddoorz (SG, ID, PH)
  3. Ryan Holmes, founder, Hootsuite (CA)
  4. Getty Goh, founder, CoAssets (SG)
  5. Peter Ho, founder, HopeTecnik (SG)
  6. Shirley Wong, Managing Partner, TNF Ventures (SG)
  7. Dr Sze Tiam Lin, Senior Director, IPI Singapore (SG)
  8. Oswald Yeo, CEO, Glints (SG)
  9. Morgan Yeo, MD, Roger and Sons (SG)
  10. Jerry Lim, COO, Restaurant Chains, JP Pepperdine Group (SG)
  11. Gideon Lam, CEO, Shalom International Movers (SG)
  12. Marcus Tan, MD, Conspec Builders Sdn Bhd (MY)
  13. Cherilyn Tan, founder, Asia Law Network (SG)
  14. Roshni Mahtani, founder & CEO, Tickled Media (SG)
  15. Dr Sun Wenting, CEO, Optimate (SG)
  16. Trina Ha, Director, Legal Department, IPO Singapore (SG)
  17. Ted Poh, founder, Pegaxis (SG)
  18. Ming Jie Tan, founder, DeNova Sciences (SG)
  19. Ben Fones, founder, SubNero (SG)
  20. Christopher Yeo, CEO, Aspecial Media (SG)
  21. Anshul Gupta, co-founder, Tabsquare (SG)
  22. Mathan Muthupillai, CEO, Techmetics (SG)
  23. Kar Kiat Khoo, CEO, Fastbee (SG)
  24. Michelle Leong, MD, TenTen (PH)
  25. Syakir Hashim, founder, Skolafund (MY)
  26. Paul Yang, CEO, Lomotif (US)
  27. Umar Munshi, Managing Partner, (SG)
  28. Jerry Chen, founder, Express in Music (SG)
  29. Yew Jin Lim, Tech Lead Manager, Google Now (US)
  30. Benjamin Chew, Web App Developer, SmartHealth (US)
  31. Victor Liew, co-founder, (SG)
  32. Elisha Tan, founder, TechLadies (SG)
  33. Joelle Yeo, analytics consultant, EY (SG)
  34. Tracey Yuen, instructor, Thinkertanker (SG)
  35. Shaun Lee, Milkman, (MY)
  36. CK Wong, founder, Silvermouse (MY)
  37. Syed Ahmad Fuqaha, CEO, Katsana (MY)
  38. Kok Seong Ang, founder, Helpr (MY)
  39. Shannon Toh, Exec Director, Saltycustoms (MY)
  40. Francis Uy, CEO, Mobkard (PH)
  41. Chino Atilano, Timefree Innovations (PH)
  42. Jp Bisson, CEO and co-founder, Loans Solutions (PH)
  43. Ron Baetiong, CEO and founder, PartyPhile (PH)
  44. Tony Wong, CEO and co-founder, Shopline (TW)
  45. Eric Wang, founder, Citiesocial (TW)
  46. Charles Chin, CEO and co-founder, Writepath (TW)
  47. Cate Xie, co-founder and CBDO, Skyrec Inc (TW)
  48. Mikaal Abdulla, co-founder and CEO, 8 Securities (HK)
  49. Kit Chan, co-founder and CEO, PopupAngels (HK)
  50. Juliette Gimenez, co-founder and CEO of Goxip (HK)
  51. Fergus Clarke, CEO and co-founder of Lamplight Analytics (HK)
  52. Bradley Chiang, co-founder of Snapask (HK)
  53. Asaph Kim, co-founder and CDO, 3.14 Co Ltd (KR)
  54. Daniel Chan, CEO and founder of Toss Lab (KR)
  55. John Kwon, CEO of Idolink (KR)
  56. David Lee, CEO of Shakr Media Co. Ltd. (KR)
  57. Sun Ung Lee, chairman and founder of Cloudike (KR)
  58. Shota Morikawa, CEO and co-founder, STBooking (JP)
  59. Russell Cummer, Co-founder and CEO, Exco (JP)
  60. Yuka Fujii, CEO, Famarry (JP)
  61. Akinori Fumihara, founder and CEO, Nana (JP)
  62. Daniel Maggs, CEO, Bisu (JP)
  63. Khoi Nguyen, founder and CEO, WeFit (VN)
  64. Alvin Koh, founder and CEO, Peko Peko (VN)
  65. Duong The Vinh, co-founder and CEO, Cititech (VN)
  66. Cao Nguyen, founder and CEO, UseData (VN)
  67. Khanh Tong, CEO of Hanoi-based Checkit (VN)
  68. Son Le Thanh, Cognitive Solutions Engineer, IBM Watson and ecosystem evangelist, Vietnam (VN)
  69. Anh Minh Do, former TIA editor Vietnam and ecosystem expert, Vietnam (VN)
  70. Langda Chea, CEO,` BookMeBus (KH)
  71. Steven Path, CEO, Pathmazing Inc. (KH)
  72. Jamon Mok, CEO and founder, Backstreet Academy (KH)
  73. In Mean, founder, Khmerhome (KH)
  74. Vichet In, CEO, Mediaload (KH)
  75. Daryl Chew, CEO and founder, Nail Deck (SG)
  76. Gerald Tan, co-founder, GetFash (SG)
  77. Kenneth Lou, co-founder and CEO, Seedly (SG)
  78. Lawrence Lim COO, CoAssets (SG)
  79. Raniel Lee, CEO, Jobook (SG)
  80. Yung Yih Tan, Director, DLRE Holdings Pte Ltd
  81. Darrell Zhang, founder, Intraix
  82. Wayne Siew, MD, Amplify
  83. Eugene Yan, Manager Data Scientist, Lazada
  84. Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy, CTO, AIDA Technologies
  85. Gene Yan Ooi , Co-founder of Shentilium
  86. Dr Yongli Hu, researcher at the Data Analytics Department, I2R, A*STAR
  87. Ho Kee Lim, Managing Partner, Majuven
  88. Kuo-Yi Lim, MD, Monk’s Hill Ventures
  89. Benjamin Lee, Angel Investor
  90. Dr Virginia Cha, Angel Investor