As Co-Founder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, Patrick Grove is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the APAC region. He founded and took 5 companies from startup to IPO, recently selling iProperty Group for US$534m, making it one of the largest internet exits in ASEAN history.
He is Co-Founder and Chairman of iflix, the leading SVoD service for emerging markets; Co-Founder and Director of iCar Asia, ASEAN’s No. 1 network of digital automotive portals; and Co-Founder of Frontier Digital Ventures, a leading operator of online classifieds in frontier markets.
Patrick has received numerous international awards, including: Global Leader of Tomorrow and New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum; Asia’s Best Young Entrepreneur by Bloomberg Business.
Established in 2004 and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Catcha Group is Southeast Asia’s leading internet group which builds and invests in disruptive internet companies across emerging markets globally. The Group’s historical focus has been in online classifieds, new media and OTT, where it has successfully taken 5 companies from startup to IPO and created over US$2.0bn+ worth of value. Today, the Group holds over 60 investments, either directly or indirectly, as sole, majority or minority shareholders.
With an illustrious career spanning three decades thus far, Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood is one of the premier names in the Malaysia IT industry, who is known for her outstanding leadership qualities and vision.
She started her career as an analyst programmer with a local bank after graduating with a double-major in Computer Science and Mathematics. She subsequently worked her way up to become General Manager of Hewlett Packard Malaysia’s Commercial Channels Organisation. She then took on the dual-role of General Manager and Regional Corporate Director of Dell Malaysia.
Yasmin moved on to become Microsoft Malaysia’s Managing Director in 2006 and became known for her “Malaysianising Microsoft” mantra and for aligning the strengths of what was then the world’s most powerful software company with Malaysia’s national and development agenda.
In September 2014, she took on the much-coveted post of CEO of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd; to make a difference and to utilise her expertise and experience for the betterment of the nation.
MDEC, an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, has been entrusted to develop, coordinate, and promote the nation’s digital economy, information and communications technology (ICT) industry, and to spearhead Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 under the “Digital Malaysia” national agenda.
As an active advocate of women empowerment in the workplace, Yasmin is a Founding Patron of Gorgeous Geeks, an NGO advocating Women Empowerment with ICT. Yasmin was also recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and CEO @ Faculty Programme Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), previously known as Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), was incorporated in 1996 to strategically advise the Malaysian government on legislation, policies and standards for ICT and multimedia operations as well as to oversee the development of the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (now MSC Malaysia), the platform to nurture the growth of Malaysian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the IT industry whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest in and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia.
In 2011, MDEC’s mandate was broadened by the Prime Minister to include driving Malaysia’s transition towards a developed digital economy by 2020 through Digital Malaysia. In 2012, Digital Malaysia was officially unveiled as the nation’s transformational programme to achieve this aim. Digital Malaysia is the national agenda towards a sustainable digital economy built upon a vibrant domestic ICT industry, transformative use of digital solutions by government, businesses and citizens, as well as a robust enabling ecosystem.
Today, both MSC Malaysia and Digital Malaysia run concurrently to spur Malaysia’s ICT industry development and digital transformation, under the purview of MDEC.
For more information, please visit www.mdec.my
Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.
Helen Wong is a Partner at Qiming Ventures, focusing on its internet and consumer practice. She is responsible for the investments in Mobike (bike sharing), Ruhann (influencer ecommerce), Luojisiwei (audio platform), Afu (skincare brand) and serves on the boards of Bingobox (unmanned convenience store), Akulaku (consumer financing in SE Asia), Lagou (online recruitment), Xuebajun (online K12 education), and Helijia (on demand beauty services) and Linqu (crowdsourced delivery).
Helen is a long-time venture capitalist and had spent 15 years at GGV Capital and Venture TDF. She was an early investor in Tudou, which listed successfully on the NASDAQ and subsequently merged with Youku (NYSE: YOKU) at over $1 billion valuation. She was also involved in the investment of Alibaba, Hurray (acquired by Shanda), RYB early learning and Buchang (603858). She is a Kauffman Fellow and is a member of the VC class at CEIBS. She received degrees from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, INSEAD, and Oxford University.
Founded in 2006, Qiming is a leading China venture capital firm with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. In 2016, Qiming raised its first US fund, and set up Qiming’s US office in Seattle. Currently Qiming manages six US Dollar funds and five RMB funds in China with US$4 billion assets under management.
Qiming strives to be the investor of choice for top entrepreneurs in China. Since our debut, we have backed over 240 young, fast-growing and innovative companies across China in the internet and consumer ("Intersumer"), healthcare, information technology and clean technology sectors. Over 40 of them are already listed on NYSE, NASDAQ, HKEx, Gretai Securities Market, Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Shenzhen Stock Exchange or achieved exit through M&A. There are also more than 20 portfolio companies that have been recognized as unicorns in the industry. And many of our portfolio companies are today’s most influential brands in their respective sectors, including Xiaomi, Dianping, iTutorGroup, Mogujie, Meitu (HK 01357), Bilibili (BILI), Tigermed (SZ 300347), Gan & Lee, Zai Lab (ZLAB), Hexing (SH 603556), CSD (SH 603903), Tellgen (SZ 300642), AmoyDx (SZ 300685), Berry Genomics (SZ 000710), HyperStrong, We Doctor Group, Face++, UBTech, Mobike and JingChi.Qiming consistently ranks among the top venture firms in terms of returns to its investors.
Twitter is what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now. From breaking news and entertainment to sports, politics, and everyday interests, see every side of the story. Join the open conversation. Watch live streaming events. Available in more than 40 languages around the world, the service can be accessed via twitter.com, Twitter Lite (mobile.twitter.com), an array of mobile devices, and SMS. For more information, please visit about.twitter.com, follow @Twitter, and download both the Twitter and Periscope apps at twitter.com/download and periscope.tv.
Khailee Ng loves creating tech startups. As an entrepreneur, he has founded an e-commerce site, Groupsmore (acquired by Groupon) and media company Says.com (acquired by Catcha Group). Khailee is Managing Partner of Silicon Valley's most active seed venture capital firm. The firm has done over 1,800 investments in 60 countries, of which he has led 120+ investments in Southeast Asian tech startups, including Grabtaxi, Carousell, Bukalapak and other regional champions.
As every industry continues to be disrupted by new technology and evolving consumer behaviour, Khailee and 500 Startups specialize in looking for patterns of business opportunity and investing in entrepreneurs who will realize them. His investment activity and industry opinions are featured by Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal, and Fortune, and the 500 Startups portfolio of companies have collectively raised over $10Billion USD.
500 Startups is an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator founded by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai in 2010. The fund admitted a first "class" of twelve startups to its incubator office in Mountain View, California in February 2011. They expanded to a second class of 21 in June 2011 and a third class of 34 in October 2011.
Mark holds a diploma in Law from LPAB.
iflix is the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, offering users unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. With a vast selection of everyone’s favourite comedies, drama, K-drama, Turkish drama, Bollywood, Nollywood, cartoons, movies, live sports and more from Hollywood, the UK, Asia, The Middle East and Africa, iflix places the entertainment people want at their fingertips to either stream or download. For one low monthly fee, iflix subscribers can watch on their mobile phone, laptop, tablet, TV… wherever, whenever.
iflix is currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.
SaeMin Ahn is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures, the venture capital arm of Rakuten, Inc., a leader in internet services and global innovation headquartered in Japan. He is responsible for leading and evaluating investments, conducting due diligence, and analyzing deal structure.
Since Rakuten Venture’s launch in 2013, SaeMin has been managing its $200 million Global Investment Fund and the billion Japan Fund focusing on empowering the start-up ecosystem to positively affect Internet services globally. Leading investments to date include Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic!.
Prior to joining Rakuten Ventures in 2016, SaeMin was with Google for 5 years managing Sales and Business Development for Asia. SaeMin holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Broadcasting and Journalism from Sogang University and currently lives in Singapore.
Rakuten is one of the world's leading internet companies and Rakuten Ventures is its venture capital arm. Focused on empowering the startup ecosystem to positively affect internet services globally, Rakuten Ventures manages a US$ 200 million Global Investment Fund and a ¥ 10 billion Japan Fund. Originally launched in 2013, its Global Investment Fund counts Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic! among its investment portfolio. Rakuten Ventures is run out of Singapore by Managing Partner SaeMin Ahn, Investment Manager Hogil Doh, and Principal Adit Swarup.
Rebecca is head of origination, capital markets relationships, business development and client relationships in Asia. Rebecca has had 20 years of capital markets experience. Rebecca was Managing Director, APAC for Nasdaq (2000-2012), Co-Head of Client & Issuer Marketing for Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (2012-2013) and Executive Director, APAC Origination for Deutsche Bank AG (2013-2016). Rebecca is a permanent resident of Hong Kong and is currently based in Hong Kong covering the region.
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $13 trillion. To learn more, visit: http://business.nasdaq.com
His latest venture into real estate as the Founder and CEO of Revolution Precrafted, brings together over 70 of the world’s leading architects and designers including Tom Dixon, Sou Fujimoto, David Salle and celebrities such as Daphne Guinness and Lenny Kravitz.
Revolution supplies transportable, collectible, and customizable homes, hotels, condos, museums, pop up shops and pavilions to landowners, developers, retailers and end users all over the world.
Revolution is a collection of limited edition, pre-crafted properties, including homes and pavilions, introduced by Robbie Antonio, who is known for bringing in celebrity-branded developments. The project unites sixty one (68) of the world’s top designers to create an exclusive series of prefabricated, livable spaces.
With a network of cutting-edge technologies and cost-efficient productions systems, Revolution is democratizing high-design and architecture by introducing designed spaces in exclusive collaboration with industry leading creatives.
Peng is an entrepreneur who invests in entrepreneurs. He does so primarily through his role as Managing Partner at Monk's Hill Ventures - a technology venture fund based in Southeast Asia that he co-founded. Peng was the co-founder and CTO of Match.com (acquired by IAC). After Match.com, he was the founder and CEO of Interwoven, which went public on NASDAQ and grew to a $10B market cap, before being acquired and is now part of HP. After Interwoven, Peng founded Encentuate (acquired by IBM). The three businesses he started now generates annual revenues that total more than $1billion. Most recently, Peng was a Partner at GSR Ventures, a leading VC in China. Peng has also served on many boards, including SingTel and YY.com. He is currently the Chairman of SolveEducation!. Peng earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
Monk’s Hill Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests into high-growth, post-seed stage technology startups in Southeast Asia. With a mantra of “entrepreneurs backing entrepreneurs”, its founding partners Peng T. Ong and Kuo-Yi Lim are seasoned entrepreneurs who have built and backed global companies in Silicon Valley and Asia. With offices in Singapore and Jakarta, Monk’s Hill Ventures invests in top entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to take advantage of the fast-growing Southeast Asian markets.
Roderick Purwana is Managing Partner of SMDV, an Indonesia based investment firm focusing on growth stage companies in South East Asia. SMDV provides venture investments, strategic network and mentorship to entrepreneurs building exceptional technology companies in Indonesia and the region.
Mr. Purwana has a diverse background with experiences in management, operations, investment and portfolio management through his work in multiple industries in Silicon Valley and in Southeast Asia. His exposure in Silicon Valley was primarily around technology and life science industry. Originally from Indonesia, He returned home in 2009 where he joined Quvat/Principia Management Group. Quvat is an investment firm with US$ 500 million in capital commitments under two private equity funds, specializing in early-stage and growth-stage investments into mid-market companies in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. During his time there, Roderick managed and led several strategic initiatives of one of the portfolio company, including strategy, M&A and IPO. Since returning to Indonesia, he has also served in various management capacities for companies in aviation infrastructure, food & beverage, and chemicals distribution sectors. Roderick is also a Co-Founder of Bobobobo.com, a lifestyle e-commerce company.
Michael Lints graduated from The Hague University of Applied Science in Management and Information Science and worked briefly as a project manager for ING Group. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in right after and he went co-founding an IT business specialising in Microsoft environments and IT project management.
He was the former vice chairman of the Economic Development Board Rotterdam. In 2007, Michael founded his own venture fund focused on Dutch’s small and medium-size enterprise to help them with capital financing and strategy.
Chin Chao brings with him more than 18 years of experience in the venture capital and venture debt industries, including entrepreneurship, company building, business operations and strategy.
Prior to Innoven, Chin was most recently the Co-Managing Director at Sirius SME, a venture capital firm he co-founded in 2008. And prior to Sirius SME, Chin was a Managing Director of Venture TDF Singapore and Venture TDF China. Notable investments from Sirius SME include Heptagon, Ong Joo Joo Food Industries and Reebonz. Notable investments from Venture TDF include AAC Acoustics, Alibaba, Baidu, Focus Media, Mediaring, Redback Networks and Savi Technologies.
During his time at Venture TDF in Singapore, Chin also co-founded the TechFinancing Centre, a joint-venture between KeppelTatLee Bank, Venture TDF and the Economic Development Board of Singapore. The TechFinancing Center provided innovative debt solutions to growth-oriented companies in Asia.
Chin received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He also received his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and is the author of three publications on technology and business law.
Innoven Capital is Asia’s leading venture lending platform providing debt capital to high growth innovative ventures primarily backed by venture capital firms. Innoven Capital is a joint venture between Temasek Holdings and United Overseas Bank Group. Currently, the platform is active across India and South East Asia while continuing to expand to other high growth economies in the region.
Sriram Vaidhya runs the Airbnb Trips business for Southeast Asia and India, based in Singapore. He is tasked with building thriving communities of Experience hosts and entrepreneurs, and growing Airbnb's presence as a hospitality leader across the region.
Before joining Airbnb, Sriram looked after Developer Relations at Apple Inc., covering various Asian markets. He co-founded a social network startup in Spain, and began his career on Wall Street in quantitative and technology roles. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in the United States. In his free time, he loves design, tennis, and all things food and wine.
Founded in 2008, Airbnb is a global travel community that offers magical end-to-end trips, including where you stay, what you do and the people you meet. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace offers access to millions of places to stay in more than 191 countries, from apartments and villas to castles, treehouses and B&Bs. With Experiences, people can see a different side to a destination through unique, handcrafted activities run by locals, while a partnership with Resy provides access to the best local restaurants in selected countries. All of this is brought together in one easy-to-use and beautifully designed website and app.
Leow Wee Jonn is the CEO of Photobook Worldwide, the largest online photo product company in South East Asia.
Prior to Photobook Worldwide, he was the Co-Founder / Managing Director of Zalora Malaysia and headed the Marketing, IT and customer care departments. Under his supervision, ZALORA Malaysia became a leading ecommerce company in Malaysia with brand presence, site traffic and revenue growing the fastest amongst all of Zalora’s regional operations. Between 2008 and 2012, he served as a Consultant at Bain & Co, one of the world’s leading business consultancy firms. His past experience at Bain includes company due diligences, merger and acquisitions, business turnarounds, profit improvement and growth strategies. Wee Jonn holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
In Photobook Worldwide, Wee Jonn heads the commercial side of the business which includes heading the Marketing, Product and Customer Experience teams. Over the past few years, he successfully grew Photobook Worldwide more than 5x to achieve more than a million orders per annum. He is currently spearheading several growth initiatives, ranging from geographic expansion to channel expansion, with the aim of making Photobook Worldwide a global photo product company.
Photobook Worldwide (“Photobook”) is a leading B2C ecommerce business in South East Asia (“SEA”), primarily involved in the online personalisation of photo products. Photobook also has a fast growing B2B segment which offers corporate clients a wide range of unique personalised products/product kits.
Established in 2005 and headquartered in Malaysia, Photobook has since expanded its offices to Australia, Canada and Philippines. Photobook has served more than 1 million customers across 100 countries, with its main markets being Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Canada, US, Hong Kong and Australia.
Through its website and mobile app, Photobook offers a wide range of photo products and enables B2C customers to upload, edit, enhance, organize, print and preserve their memories. The company offers more than 50 products, ranging from photo albums to home décor items and photo gifts. Photobook also provides more than 2,000 design templates on its website.
Photobook continues to grow 30-50% year on year and is expected to deliver more than 2 million orders this year to customers globally with the aim of becoming Asia’s no.1 photo product company.
Ankiti Bose, 27, is the Co-Founder & CEO of Zilingo, one of Asia’s fastest growing e-commerce companies. The company has over 5 million active users, over 11,000 brands and merchants across Asia. She also runs Zilingo AsiaMall, one of the largest B2B platforms in South-East Asia that connects businesses across the world directly to manufacturing hubs. As of April, 2018, she has raised over USD 82 Million over the span of just 2.5 years to scale the company. She was named ‘Forbes Asia 30 under 30’ in 2018, and ‘TechCrunch Women Who Crushed’ It in 2017. Passionate about the role of consumer internet in rapidly evolving societies, Ankiti has played an active role in ensuring that diverse voices get heard in the world of technology. A loud advocate for women and LGBTQ rights, she has proudly built a team with 50% women in the leadership and runs a 40% female Board. Prior to Zilingo, Ankiti worked at Venture Capital firm, Sequoia Capital and Management Consulting firm McKinsey & company.
Fadzarudin Shah Anuar, 29, was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur. He moved to London in 2004 where he graduated with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London. In 2010, Fadza co-founded FashionValet with his partner, Vivy Yusof, with the mission of elevating the local fashion industry. FashionValet is an online fashion and beauty store offering the best Southeast Asian designers. The online shopping site hosts more than 500 curated Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean brands, and ships parcels daily to customers all over the world. Now a multi-million dollar company with 150 employees has offices and warehouses in Malaysia, Jakarta and Singapore.
Since their start six years ago, FashionValet has grown its online presence and attracted customers from all over Southeast Asia as well as Australia, UK and the Middle East. As of 2015 last year, FashionValet expanded its physical reach by launching three retail stores - in Bangsar, KL and Singapore. The third and most recent location opened recently in October 2016 in Pavilion, the heart of KL. As the CEO, Fadza has taken FashionValet through three rounds of funding from Bursa Malaysia-listed MyEG, San Francisco-based VC Elixir Capital and Japan's largest online fashion portal, Zozotown. He also leads the company's strategic planning and business development.
He has been awarded one of Augustman Men of The Year in 2015. FashionValet has received awards from MATRADE which include the youth ‘Anugerah Peneraju Eksport’ and from #MYCYBERSALE as the top exporter for its annual 2016 campaign.
Fadza actively speaks about his experiences in universities and entrepreneurship events. He has also given talks on entrepreneurship and e-commerce at industry events such as the Kuala Lumpur International Trade Fair organized by MATRADE.
He married his co-founder Vivy Yusof in 2012 and have two beautiful children, Daniel and Mariam.
FashionValet founded in 2010, is an online fashion and beauty store offering the best Southeast Asian designers. The online shopping site hosts more than 500 curated Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean brands, and ships parcels daily to customers all over the world. It offers a wide range of ready-to-wear garments for women, men, kids, accessories and handbags, from chic classics to edgy statement pieces. Now a multi-million-dollar company with 150 employees, FashionValet has offices and warehouses in Malaysia, Jakarta and Singapore. FashionValet has grown its online presence and attracted customers from all over Southeast Asia as well as Australia, UK and the Middle East. FashionValet expanded its physical reach by launching its first retail store in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur in Dec 2015, followed by in Singapore in May 2016. The third and most recent location opened in October 2016 in Pavilion, the heart of KL. Proud to carry the best of Malaysia’s home-grown brands and designers, FashionValet continues to strive to bring the hottest names in Asia!
Hamish Stone joined iCar Asia as Group CEO in June 2016. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, Hamish provides the business vision, strategy and leadership to over 400 employees across Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
Hamish is an expert in digital marketplaces having worked at eBay for 10 years across 3 key markets and brands. He led the automotive verticals for the eBay classified businesses of Gumtree.com in the U.K., and Marktplaats.nl in The Netherlands. Prior to that, Hamish was Head of Marketing for eBay Australia and New Zealand.
Hamish holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) majoring in Economics and Marketing from The University of Sydney.
Listed on Australian Security Exchange, iCar Asia (ASX: ICQ) owns and operates ASEAN No. 1 network of automotive portals with clear leadership positions established in each of ASEAN’s three largest automotive markets – Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
iCar Asia has significant market opportunity with the potential to connect over 600 million car buyers and sellers throughout ASEAN. Our online properties currently reach over 4.8million car buyers and enthusiasts in the region every month.
We have consolidated position in ASEAN markets with established brands, consistent consumer audiences, and listings leadership due to deep car dealership penetration and engagement via our market-leading Response Management System (RMS) which is integrated into dealers’ businesses.
iCar Asia is now working to accelerate vibrancy and revenue growth with the potential to expand its proposition into new markets and geographies.
At iCar Asia, we are passionately committed to building a business that has a definitive impact on the automotive industry in the ASEAN region. We will change the way consumer connect with people and business to fulfill their automotive needs as they buy, own and sell vehicles.
Our strategic priorities for the business are to develop a world class customer experience, enabling us to win in all of our core markets. Then we will build on this position of strength to expand into other countries within the region and into adjacent categories and services.
Kian Moini (31) is the co-founder of Lamudi, an online property portal for emerging markets. Kian spends most his time in the Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico focusing on operations and processes working with the teams on the ground and continuously adapting product market fit per country. Kian holds a Masters in global entrepreneurship from the joint program of EM Lyon, Babson College and Zhejiang University. Prior to building Lamudi, he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany.
Lamudi was launched end of 2013 as a property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. Originally, the fast-growing platform has been launched in 34 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Today, Lamudi focuses on its core and very successful markets Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico, while it selectively, by market, ventures beyond the online classifieds model with the intention to deliver more value along the real estate transaction.
Soonhee Kim is the partner of OPT SEA, is responsible for all investment and incubation activities in Southeast Asia since 2014. Soonhee had engaged in multiple layers of global business development and cross-border M&A in digital marketing and service sectors specialized in the U.S, Korea and Japan since her joining to OPT group in 2005. Prior to that, Soonhee has spent a several years at international off shore trading and banking sectors.
OPT SEA is a corporate venture arm of OPT group, Japan listed e-marketing company, providing financial and incubation support to tech and internet startups especially for their early stage growth in Asia. Founded in 2014, OPTSEA has engaged with more than 15 of portfolios, Joint Ventures and Incubation projects since.
Georg Chmiel is Chairman of Juwai, the largest international property market place in China. He is also Chairman of iCarAsia (ASX:ICQ), the number 1 online automotive portal for ASEAN, and non-executive Director of Mitula Group (ASX:MUA) and Centrepoint Alliance (ASX:CAF).
Georg was previously Managing Director and CEO of the iProperty Group (ASX:IPP), Asia’s No. 1 Online Property Group before it was sold to REA Group for over $750m. Georg was also Managing Director and CEO of LJ Hooker Group with 700 offices across nine countries providing residential and commercial real estate as well as finance services. Prior to his role with LJ Hooker, Georg held the position of CFO and General Manager International at REA Group and was instrumental in building a solid platform for expansion which allowed the group to grow exponentially.
With companies such as Deutsche Bank and McKinsey & Company, Georg has also built his expertise in the area of strategy, innovative technologies, distribution and corporate finance with a clear focus on growth companies and disruptive technologies.Georg is the recipient of the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award in 2016 and the Top Outstanding Leaders Asia Award in 2015. Georg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds an MBA (INSEAD, France) and a Computer Science degree.
Juwai.com is the No. 1 Chinese international online market place and is the exclusive international property partner of Tencent and JD.com, China’s internet giant and operator of WeChat. Juwai.com has more than 2.2 million Chinese-speaking monthly users and showcases 2.8 million listings from 90 countries. Juwai.com was named the top international real estate website in China by the country’s peak e-commerce body for two years running and is a winner of the prestigious Red Herring Global Top 100 Award for excellence in startups. The company’s biggest teams are in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Regional teams are located in the US, the Philippines, Canada, Malaysia and Australia.
James Posnett is Senior Manager, Listings Business Development at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney. He has had extensive experience in financial markets in Australia and overseas for over 15 years.
Since joining ASX in 2012 he has been responsible for the development of the listings and capital raising business, both domestically and internationally. He works with companies from a broad range of industry sectors, including technology. James formerly worked for NYSE Euronext in London in the capital markets and trading businesses, most recently as Managing Director, International Listings. He has also worked for BNP Paribas Equities in Sydney.
James holds a Bachelor of Science with honours from Loughborough University and an MBA from the University of Adelaide.
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ASX is one of the world's leading financial market exchanges, offering a full suite of services, including listings, trading, clearing and settlement across a comprehensive range of asset classes.
As the first major financial market open every day, ASX is a world leader in raising capital – consistently ranking among the top five exchanges globally.
With a total market capitalisation of around $1.6 trillion, ASX is home to some of the world's leading resource, finance and technology companies. Our $47 trillion interest-rate-derivatives market is the largest in Asia and among the biggest in the world.
ASX's network and data centre is connected to leading financial hubs. Speed, reliability, state-of-the-art technology and the diversity of the user community, are fundamental to the success of the Sydney-based ASX Australian Liquidity Centre.
Recognised as a global leader in the online classifieds arena, Founder and CEO of Frontier Digital Ventures, Shaun Di Gregorio, is the former CEO of ASX listed company, iProperty Group (ASX: IPP), operator of Asia’s #1 network of property portals. During his 4 and a half year tenure (2014-2009), Shaun spearheaded the transformation of iProperty Group from small online business into the largest listed Internet company in ASEAN, with a market capitalisation of US$600 million.
Prior to this, Shaun spent 8 years at Australia-based REA Group, a global leader and publisher of as many as 20 real estate websites in 12 countries. As General Manager of the core Australian business, he grew the business into a company with more than 300 staff and revenues exceeding AU$150 million. Shaun was also appointed General Manager, International Operations, overseeing REA Group’s international expansion and strategic investments. Shaun is a non-Executive Director of iCar Asia (ASX:ICQ), Asia’s leading operator of online automotive portals, and an advisor to online classifieds businesses around the world. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Frontier Digital Ventures is focused on becoming a leading investor in online classifieds businesses in frontier and emerging markets. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the investment firm offers entrepreneurs both capital and expertise in developing, growing and operating online classifieds businesses. Frontier Digital Ventures invests in highly driven entrepreneurs who want to be market leaders in the online classifieds industry in frontier and emerging markets. The firm provides funding, advice and assistance on setting strategy and the execution of that strategy. Its vast pool of knowledge of the online classifieds space and well established global business network, positions it perfectly to enable and advance highly-driven entrepreneurs in frontier and emerging markets across the globe.
Amit Saberwal is the CEO and Founder of RedDoorz. He was the former Chief Business Offer of MakeMyTrip Ltd, the largest Online Travel Agent in India valuing at over USD 3b currently. He successfully brought the company from a 30 person team to one of the most notable IPOs in India in 2010 during his 8 years stint there. One of his last assignments was expansion into South East Asia where he stumbled upon the immense opportunity of solving the budget accommodation space. He couldn't help it but to start RedDoorz, starting with a small apartment right at the heart of Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to MakeMyTrip, he was the Sales & Marketing Director with the Park Hotels. He currently lives in Singapore with his wife and two beautiful children.
RedDoorz is the fastest growing asset light budget accommodation provider in South-East Asia, with over 100 properties in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. As part of the RedDoorz brand network, property owners are able to increase their business as RedDoorz handles distribution, pricing, sales & marketing, customer service and technology without owning any asset (property) - like an Uber for Hotels. Customers love RedDoorz for its simple brand promise of a predictable and quality stay at every relevant street corner. RedDoorz was founded in 2015 by executives from online travel agency, MakeMyTrip. The company has grown to over 190 employees in five countries, funded by leading investors, such as Jungle Ventures, Susquehanna International Group, International Finance Corporation (the World Bank), 500 Startups, and Innoven Capital.
David is based in Singapore and is the Managing Partner at Jungle Ventures. Prior to Jungle, David spent 3.5 years at TPG Capital where he led internet investments outside of the US within the TPG Growth fund. He continues to be a Senior Advisor at TPG Capital in Asia and represents them as a non-executive director on the board of Propertyguru, the largest online real estate platform in SE Asia. Prior to TPG, David spent 12 years at Yahoo! Inc where he was the Head of International M&A. In this role, he was responsible for driving all transaction activity and the investment strategy for Yahoo! outside of North America, including the Yahoo!7 and Yahoo!Xtra joint ventures.
Jungle Ventures is a Singapore based venture capital firm, which is focused on Series A / B investments. Jungle invests in consumer internet or technology businesses that are based in or are focused on the India, SE Asia, Australia and NZ markets.
Jungle has also launched an early or seed-stage fund, called SeedPlus, which is a platform focused on providing capital to teams building globally disruptive internet businesses in areas such as IoT, artificial intelligence, blockchain, security, software, and others.
Mr. Thanasorn Jaidee is currently True Digital Park’s President, responsible for project planning, management, partnership development scheme and marketing. His vision is to lead True Digital Park to become the largest digital hub for Thailand and the region that provides a resourceful ecosystem for start-ups as well as a venue for those rising-star enterprises to compete with competency and sustainability. To support the national economic development, True Digital Park has sought cooperation from the public and private sectors together with multinational companies in the form of open innovation to innovate, inspire and succeed in the global trade arena.
· Global Tech Giants who aim set up their headquarters or subsidiaries, open labs or experience center in Thailand and work closely with startups on innovation topics
· Startups and Entrepreneurs focusing on IoT and Big Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, e-Commerce, Creative Content and Gaming, FinTech, EduTech, TravelTech, AgriTech, HealthTech and more
· Incubators and Accelerators who initiate dedicated programs and workshops to harness startup business and empower startup community at the regional level
· Investors and VCs who invest in high-potential startups and scale up the business
· Government’s One Stop Service to support corporates and startups and attract foreign investors to Thailand
Previously before starting Venturra, Stefan was a Partner at venture capital firm Monk’s Hill Ventures and Founder & Managing Director of Rocket Internet Southeast Asia, where he co-founded amongst others Zalora and Lazada. His career started as strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company. Studied at Copenhagen Business School, Tsinghua University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and London Business School.
Venturra is a Southeast Asia focused venture capital firm investing in early stage consumer technology-enabled internet businesses. Our firms primarily investment focus is in consumer internet companies that are ready to expand internationally, in sectors such as e-commerce, financial technology, marketplaces, healthcare and education amongst others.
Srijay Ghosh is a Director at Temasek, focuses on investments in Technology, Media & Telecom sector and is responsible for sourcing & execution of new deals and management of various tech portfolio companies. Srijay started his career in the Silicon Valley working in the semiconductor sector before taking up investment banking roles in Deutsche Bank & Credit Suisse. He is a graduate from IIT and UC Berkeley in Engineering and received an MBA from INSEAD.
Jonathan Weins is the co-founder & CEO of dahmakan, a fully vertically integrated food delivery startup based in Malaysia and Thailand. dahmakan was the 1st Malaysian startup to be backed by Silicon Valley based Y Combinator, the famous startup accelerator in which Airbnb, Dropbox, Coinbase, Stripe and many other tech unicorns were founded. Jonathan was selected as Forbes 30under 30 for 2018 and has been featured in Handelsblatt - Europe's leading business newspaper-, Tatler, Augustman, Techcrunch and many more.
He is a Venture Partner in Pioneer Fund, the Silicon Valley based Y Combinator Alumni fund and a fast learning angel investor.
Prior to dahmakan, Jonathan was working with Rocket Internet in Hong Kong and various investment banks and strategy consultancies.
Jonathan believes that over the next 10-20 years, our society will undergo some of the biggest changes that have ever been witness in the entire history of mankind through advances in technology and in particular artificial intelligence. He is completely optimistic and excited for the future.
dahmakan was started with the vision to replace the billion dollar takeout market in Asia by making food delivery affordable and convenient for everyday. dahmakan combines the leading chefs in the industry and empowers them with automation and AI to achieve this vision. Currently serving 10s of thousand of customers each week in Malaysia and Thailand, it is expanding fast across Southeast Asia and will soon be available in all capitals. It was the 1st Malaysian startup ever backed by Y Combinator and investors include the former CEO of Nestle, Atami Capital, East Ventures, TA Capital and Asia Venture Group.
Learn more at www.dahmakan.com
Yuen Tuck founded Jirnexu in 2012 and grew it from a two man lean startup to Southeast Asia’s first full stack Fintech & FinServe company building anytime/anywhere customer acquisition and lifecycle management solutions for banks and insurers. Starting off with an online financial comparison website and a goal to help Malaysians get more for their money, he adapted the business to the local challenges of the region’s emerging market economies.
Yuen Tuck graduated from Oxford in 2004 with a degree in Modern History. Prior to starting Jirnexu he worked at Citigroup Investment Bank, Kynikos (the world’s largest short-only equity hedge fund), and Redberry Media Group in Malaysia.
Founded in 2012, Jirnexu is Southeast Asia’s only full stack FinTech solution provider for financial service institutions (FSIs).
We operate online financial aggregators (OFAs) – RinggitPlus in Malaysia and KreditGoGo in Indonesia – providing consumers with greater choice and convenience to purchase financial products anytime, anywhere, from any device.
Jirnexu’s proprietary XpressApply technology automates marketing, sales and delivery of complex financial products for financial service institutions (FSIs)—banks and insurance companies. Together, XpressApply and the OFAs form a full stack platform to attract, retain and monetise customers through digital channels
With over 17 financial institution and 9 insurance clients, RinggitPlus has grown to provide Malaysians with the largest range of personal finance products online. In November, RinggitPlus launched Malaysia’s first ecommerce marketplace for insurance products.
HelloGold Sdn Bhd (HelloGold) is a financial services blockchain platform for mass market consumers in emerging markets to save, borrow and send real assets, starting with gold. The firm is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Its first product, the HelloGold’s mobile app, lets customers buy physical investment-grade gold for a minimum of one Malaysian ringgit, as well as to store, sell, and transfer gold to other individuals. It’s the world’s first Shariah-compliant mobile application to buy gold online.
In January 2018, the Global Entrepreneurship Movement (GEM) announced HelloGold as a winner of the TENxCLUB—an initiative under the Malaysian Ministry of Finance to recognise startups with the greatest potential.
Between 2017 and 2018, HelloGold received several awards, including the Most Innovative Islamic Product Award, TechMatch ASEAN, and Prominent in Wealth, Asset & Investment Management of the Year.
Shashank Dixit is the Founder and CEO of Deskera. Shashank attended IIT Kanpur (India) where he majored in Mathematics and Computer Science and started Deskera in his senior year, in 2005, along with four other institute mates — one of whom was his childhood best friend.
Deskera is a leader in Enterprise Cloud. Deskera has transformed itself from a modest accounting software on cloud to be Asia’s top enterprise cloud company. The company, which started from a University dorm, today has offices across the globe and calls Singapore as its headquarters.
Jeffri is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Kaodim Group. Formerly a litigation lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, he launched Kaodim.com in November 2014, a web and mobile app which helps millions of people easily hire service providers from plumbers to photographers. Active service professionals continue to experience exponential revenue growth from using the app. The Kaodim Group is now one of the fastest growing startups in the region with operations in Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore.
Henry Ruiz is REA Group’s Chief Executive Officer for its Asian business, leading the Group’s digital strategy and expansion across South-East Asia, China and India to help change the way the world experiences property.
He joined REA Group in 2009 as Chief Product Officer before moving into the role of Chief Digital Officer in 2014. He previously held digital leadership roles with Local Matters in the USA, World Directories in Europe and Sensis in Australia.
Henry is passionate about technology and its impact on consumer behaviour thanks to his background in psychology and over 20 years’ experience in digital media. He holds a Master of Applied Psychology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Henry has played a critical role in driving the product strategy for the company over the last 9 years, including being accountable for the consumer experience, developing business models, and leading technology teams that help bring our products and experiences to life.
REA Group is a multinational global leader specialising in property, with businesses spanning three continents and headquartered in Australia. We are not your average digital company. We are a team of people who strive to innovate daily and where everything we do is driven by our purpose to ‘change the way the world experiences property’. Across Asia, we have a team of over 400 passionate and talented individuals dedicated to solving complex property problems that make a lasting impact.
We have market leading businesses including portals in Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong with growth rapidly occurring in Thailand, Singapore and China. These markets are key in REA Group’s long term strategy and we continue to invest through new products, innovations, marketing and people.
REA Group Asia businesses include www.iproperty.com.my (Malaysia), www.iproperty.com.sg (Singapore), www.GoHome.com.hk (Hong Kong), www.squarefoot.com.hk (Hong Kong, www.rumah123.com (Indonesia), www.thinkofliving.com (Thailand), and www.myfun.com (China).
In addition, REA Group Asia also owns a strategic stake in Elara Technologies, which operates online real estate services across India, including PropTiger.com, Makaan.com and Housing.com.
Reynazran Royono (Rey) is the Founder and CEO of Snapcart, a startup specializing in developing Mobile-based Real Time Shopper Engagement Tool, partnering with multinational and local consumer goods companies. Prior to Snapcart, he worked for 9 years at Procter & Gamble handling various regional leadership assignment; he was the Modern Retail Director before moving to Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Having worked in BCG for 3 years, as a Project Leader, Rey supported and lead strategic projects in Retail & Consumers Goods, Technology – Media - Telecommunication, and Public Sector practice areas.
In 2014, as the CEO of Berniaga.com (a 701Search joint-venture company of Singapore Press Holding, Schibsted, and Telenor) he led the site to be the no. 1 commerce site in Indonesia within just 6 months. He enjoys traveling, eating out, and a skilled online gamer whenever he is not working on building Snapcart. Globally he ranked 8th in the massive mobile online game “Battle Camp” PvP ranking.
Snapcart provides real-time offline shopper and consumer insights for brands. Through its receipt-scanning cashback mobile application, Snapcart collects billions of data points at an individual shopper level, an unprecedented level of data granularity in the market research industry. This brings brands much closer to a holistic understanding of shoppers than ever before.
Snapcart can identify optimal promotion level to maximize revenue, help evaluate media spend effectiveness, deep dive into purchasing habits, and many more. It is recognized globally and hailed as the top 22 most disruptive companies in the world by Disrupt 100. Snapcart has partnered up with over 75 brands of fast-moving consumer goods companies. For more information, visit www.snapcart.global
From 2011 to 2015, under the leadership of Chan, Exabytes has expanded by leaps and bounds by innovating new products and services, establishing new subsidiaries, and completing several company acquisitions as indicated below. The Exabytes Group was subsequently formed.
Backed by 18 years of solid experience, Exabytes powers its 100,000 worldwide customers (from individuals, small and medium sized businesses, to government and public listed companies) with the 3 most important values in mind: Simplify, Innovate and GROW, using the power of technology.
At the heart of our products and technology is an enthusiasm to energize customers’ online web presence, digital marketing, website creation solutions, business startup solutions, and more.
Casey is a co-founder at Pomelo, the largest vertical online fashion brand in Southeast Asia. With a team of over 160 people, the company is headquartered in Bangkok with additional offices in Singapore, Jakarta, and China.
Prior to Pomelo, Casey was a managing director at Lazada Thailand. He began his career at Barclays Capital in New York and Vector Capital in San Francisco, a $2 billion private equity fund focused on technology investments. Casey graduated from Northwestern University.
Launched in 2014, Pomelo is a leading international online fashion company based in Bangkok. Products are proudly designed and produced around Asia for today’s global consumer. From our design studios in Bangkok and teams across Asia to the doorsteps of millions around the globe, Pomelo now delivers to over 50 countries globally.
Alex Kong is the Founder and Chairman of TNG FinTech Group, one of the largest FinTech groups in Asia.
Alex is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in technology and business solutions. He has a long and successful track record of enterprise software development for some of the world’s largest conglomerates and insurance companies through his software company, SINO Dynamic Solutions Limited, now one of Hong Kong’s largest enterprise software developers.
Prior to running business in Hong Kong, Alex was the founder of AFOOFA Solutions, a leading business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) travel technology solutions provider to the global travel industry in 1990s, and AsiaTravelMart, one of Asia’s leading travel sites with leading-edge technology.
Launched in November 2015, TNG Wallet is The Next Generation e-wallet providing efficient financial services that include electronic payment, P2P money transfer, global remittance, global cash withdrawal, global bill payment, global SIM card top-up and so on. In 2016, it received the Stored Value Facilities Licence (SVF0003) from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. In Alex’s leadership, TNG Wallet has recorded rapid development in both user base and transaction volumes, with transactions exceeding USD1 billion in the first two years of launch.
With a vision to provide financial inclusion to the unbanked populations around the world, Alex also launched “Global E-Wallet Alliance”, which currently covers Hong Kong and 12 Asian countries, including China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, TNG FinTech Group is an industry pioneer providing the next generation financial services to the 1.2 billion unbanked population in Asia through its various e-wallet platforms. The financial services it provides include electronic payments, global remittance, global cash withdrawal and settlement, wealth management and more. Its “Global E-Wallet Alliance” currently covers Hong Kong and 12 Asian countries, including China, The Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, which provides 24 × 7 cash-in and cash-out services to its users through a network of 852 banks and over 183,000 cash pick-up points globally. For more information, please visit www.tngfintech.com.
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