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.
Anthony Tan is the co-founder and Group CEO of Grab, SE Asia’s leading mobile technology company. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab's core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay.
Grab is Southeast Asia's leading mobile technology platform. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab's core product platform includes commuting solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay. Grab currently offers services in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. For more information, please visit: http://www.grab.com.
One of Asia's most recognisable entrepreneurs, Tony Fernandes is best known for co-founding AirAsia, a pioneering low-cost airline in the region. Fernandes bought the ailing, debt-ridden airline for a token RM1 (25 US cents), turning it around within two years and growing it from a domestic Malaysian carrier into Asia's largest, most successful airline group, with operations in five countries serving over 260 routes to more than 120 destinations across Asia Pacific. Fernandes has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career. These include the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d'Honneur, awarded by the French government for his outstanding contributions towards the economy of France through the aviation industry. Fernandes studied at Epsom College and the London School of Economics in the UK, and qualified as a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1996.
At AirAsia, we see ourselves as not so much an airline operator but more of a people company that happens to be in the airline business. Understanding people enables us to realize the true needs of discerning travellers and provide paramount services and products to deliver utmost satisfaction to our guests, each and every one with unique requisites and expectations.
AirAsia has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people around the region choosing us as their preferred choice of air transport. As we continuously to strive to promote air travel, we also seek to create excitement amongst our guests with our range of innovative and personalized services.
Our mission is to attain the lowest cost so that everyone can fly with AirAsia and maintain the highest quality product, embracing technology to reduce cost and enhance service levels.
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world and has been featured in many global news organizations. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1 billion potential viewers across 128 countries around the world. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University, as well as a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Renzo Gracie. A former professional Muay Thai competitor, Sityodtong was most recently named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by Financial Times, and the “Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA” by Forbes, Yahoo! Sports, and International Business Times. Forbes also selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons.
Backed by Sequoia Capital and Temasek Holdings, ONE Championship is the only truly pan-Asian sports media property on the continent with a global broadcast reach to 1 billion potential viewers across 128+ countries. Home to authentic martial arts action, ONE Championship has a coveted roster of blue-chip Fortune 500 sponsors, including the likes of Disney, Marvel, LG, Sony, Facebook, Haier, Kawasaki, L’Oreal, Casio, Bayer, and more. ONE is watched on the largest media broadcast in Asia with the biggest partners on free-to-air and paid TV in every major country on the continent. Our combination of distinct Asian values combined with world-class production and world-class athletes has resulted in some of the highest TV ratings and social media engagement metrics on the continent.
ONE offers champion martial artists and local heroes from each country an opportunity to shine on the largest global stage for martial arts in Asia. Established global names are also invited to showcase their skills. Embodying traditional martial arts values such as humility, respect, and discipline, these Asian heroes serve to inspire hope, strength, and dreams in their respective communities.
Nick Nash has served as SEA Group's group president since December 2014. From September 2007 to December 2014, and from September 2002 to June 2005, Nick served in various positions at General Atlantic LLC, most recently as the co-founder and head of its Southeast Asia operations. Nick previously served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company from September 2000 to June 2002. Nick holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a B.A. degree in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.
Sea is an internet company based in Singapore. We focus on the Greater Southeast Asia Region. Our mission is to better the lives of the consumers and small businesses of Greater Southeast Asia with technology.
Mark Britt has dedicated his career to building agile, disruptive digital companies in emerging markets.
Leading global technology and media companies in Asia Pacific, he recognised an opportunity to transform the entertainment landscape in emerging markets which were in many ways fragmented and inconsistent in infrastructure development and largely neglected by global influences and players. In 2014, he co-founded iflix to redefine entertainment for the next billion people.
Prior to founding iflix, Mark served as CEO of Nine Entertainment Co’s digital arm Mi9, where he was responsible for the company’s SVOD investments and portfolio of start up ventures.
Mark is also the Founding Director of NGO Conscious Capitalism, an organisation directed at improving structural motivations for corporate performance in Australia and was named one of ‘Asia’s Five Biggest Influencers in Media and Telecommunications’, by S&P Global Market Intelligence.
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 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, Ghana, Nepal, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Tanzania.
Vishen is an author and entrepreneur in education technology, as well as a speaker and investor. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a company that specializes in learning experience design through digital platforms and apps that power online academies in mindfulness, personal growth, wellbeing, leadership, productivity and more. Mindvalley employs 200 people from over 45 countries and has almost 3 million students, subscribers and followers on its platforms globally.
Vishen is also a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and sits on the Innovation Board for XPRIZE Foundation, and is a leading expert on Company Culture Design; through Mindvalley he has won numerous awards for company culture and workspace design.
His highly-anticipated book, The Code of The Extraordinary Mind with Rodale comes out in May 2016. The book blends evolutionary biology and computational thinking, and provides a new framework for identifying, questioning and breaking free from outdated rules and limiting beliefs, in order to redefine life, success and happiness on your own terms. It also draws knowledge from from the world's brightest minds such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Ken Wilber, Arianna Huffington and more.
Mindvalley is a learning experience company that publishes ideas and teachings by the best authors in personal growth, well-being, spirituality, productivity, mindfulness and more – and combines them with cutting-edge sophisticated learning technology within engaged and supportive communities.
The company currently employs almost 200 talents from 45 different countries, and is helping millions worldwide to kickstart their personal growth and lead extraordinary lives at their fullest potential. Its award-winning company culture has made WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces for eight consecutive years, and is certified by the global Great Place to Work® Institute.
Through its education platforms, online academies, mobile apps and both digital and live events, Mindvalley gives you access to an alternative curriculum that empowers you kickstart your personal growth and lead extraordinary lives. Their ultimate goal is to launch a unified school for a billion people for all stages of life.
Grace’s has over a decade of experience in investment, corporate strategy and business development across early stage startups and Fortune 500 companies in both Silicon Valley and emerging markets in Asia. At Jungle Ventures she focuses on identifying innovative startups in Asia and cross-border investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Jungle Ventures, she was Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Investment at Tencent. In this role, she focused on identifying strategic opportunities in emerging markets, building Tencent’s overseas product ecosystem through investments and collaborations with local partners; and overseeing the implementation of deals and capital deployment.
A Kauffman Fellow, Grace started her career as a management consultant where she advised clients in financial sectors. Grace has an MBA in strategy and decision science from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
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.
Sunita Kaur, Spotify’s Managing Director for Asia, drives the strategic direction for Spotify in the region as the company continues its growth across the continent. Sunita’s responsibilities include overseeing Spotify’s expansion across Asia, as well as managing all the various divisions within the business.
With over 19 years’ experience in the industry, including print stints at Time Warner and Singapore Press Holdings, Sunita was Associate Director, Singapore and International Accounts at Microsoft Advertising, forming part of the MSN and Hotmail team for South East Asia.
In 2010, Sunita was appointed as Director, Asia at Facebook – a role she held for three years. Leading a team of six and operating out of a serviced office, Sunita helped build a strong advertiser base and partner offices in the region.
Spotify is an innovative digital music platform created with the vision of offering music fans a legal and superior quality user alternative to music piracy. Spotify provides instant access to whatever music you want, whenever and wherever you want it, through a simple, clean and quick to use platform whilst supporting the music industry via an ad-supported, free-to-the-user model and a paid subscription model. With access to millions of songs in high quality audio through your computer, on your mobile and beyond, Spotify makes it easier than ever to play and share music legally.
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.
Lucas is a co-founder of Carousell and oversees Engineering. Since the launch of Carousell in August 2012 together with co-founders Marcus Tan and Quek Siu Rui, Lucas has been working closely with the engineering team on technical, architecture and data direction and strategies. He is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Carousell at the forefront of the industry. He is also passionate about product development, iOS development, and applying data science to solve problems at a large scale.
Prior to Carousell, Lucas spent some time as a software engineer at RedBeacon (acquired by Home Depot). Lucas read Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the National University of Singapore and Stanford University (under the NUS Overseas College Program in Silicon Valley, California).
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.
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.
Khairil is the Chief Executive Officer of Axiata Digital Services (ADS) where he leads the company’s investments and operations in digital businesses. He oversees Axiata Digital’s companies and investments focusing on digital financial services, advertising technology, platforms and digital ventures.
Previously, Khairil was the Group Chief Marketing and Operations Officer for Axiata Group Berhad, a role he assumed since joining Axiata in 2012. Khairil also sits on multiple boards of Axiata Digital’s portfolio, such as 11Street, BIMA, and the Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF). He is also a Member of the Industry Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia's Paynet.
Khairil joined Axiata from Bain & Company, Inc., a leading global management consultancy where he was a Partner. He was with Bain for more than 15 years and worked out of various offices in the firm, including San Francisco, Munich, Sydney, Tokyo and Shanghai. He has built a strong track record of helping his clients in telecoms and other industries achieve major improvements to their strategic positions and operational performance. In 2008, Khairil returned to Southeast Asia to help Bain grow its telecoms practice in the region based out of Singapore.
Before Bain, Khairil was an operations consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, Management Consulting Services and also had stints running tech start-ups. Khairil holds a BA, MA (Engineering) and MEng from the University of Cambridge, U.K. as well as an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Aliza Knox is the Managing Director for Cloudflare in Asia-Pacific. She is responsible for growing the company's presence and brand recognition in the region, as well as optimizing its reach to customers through sales and channel partners.
Prior to joining Cloudflare, Aliza had more than three decades of broad international marketing and management experience. She worked in executive positions at a wide variety of tech companies, including Google and Twitter, as well as an Australian mobile startup. She holds an MBA in Marketing (Honors) from New York University, a BA (Magna Cum Laude) from Brown University, and was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group. She also sits on the boards of two publicly listed companies.
Outside of work, Aliza is extremely passionate about encouraging women to pursue opportunities in business and tech. She realizes this by mentoring young women and actively participating in a number of relevant forums.
Cloudflare started as a simple application to find the source of email spam. From there it grew into a service that protects websites from all manner of attacks, while simultaneously optimizing performance.
Ryosuke is a Managing Director and CEO of SBI Ven Capital, a private equity that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia. The company also serves as a regional headquarter of SBI Group, a leading Japanese internet-based financial service conglomerate. The Group is an active investor in the space of FinTech in Asia.
Ryosuke has strong combined expertise in the sector of financial services and ICT through his investment, operational and entrepreneurial experience. Ryosuke has been engaged in venture capital investments in South East Asia region with SBI Group since 2012 and also serves as the director of various regulated financial institutions in the region. Before that, in 2009, Ryosuke launched and managed the Wall Street Journal’s Japanese language online edition as the Managing Director at Wall Street Journal Japan K.K. Ryosuke started his career in ad agency and moved on to a hedge fund in Japan.
He holds a MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo.
SBI Ven Capital Pte. Ltd. is a leading private equity firm that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia.
Based in Singapore, SBI Ven Capital is the overseas private equity arm of SBI Holdings, Inc. (Japan) which, in addition to being one of the largest Japanese PE firms (with AUM in excess of US$3 billion), is a leading global internet-based financial conglomerate. The SBI Group has invested in more than 800 companies globally and leverages its broad platform to further drive the value of its investments.
SBI Group's core businesses include asset management, financial services, and biotechnology-related businesses. The SBI Group consists of over 200 companies (including consolidated partnerships, equity method affiliates and publicly listed companies). SBI currently has investments in more than 13 countries across Asia.
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.
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.
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