Everything in between.

  • Timing matters

    This interesting bit of venture history appeared in a recent Pro Rata newsletter: Fourteen years ago, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins raised $200 million for a fund dedicated to “worldwide pandemic preparedness and global health, with a focus on surveillance and detection, diagnostics, vaccines and drugs. Why it matters: Several companies from that portfolio are […]

  • Founding Team Size

    I’ve been asked many times through the years what the ideal founding team size is. Arbitrarily, the common answer seems to be 2-3 people. After being an angel investor as well as a venture investor for the past 5 years, I’ve come to realise that the real question should be, what is the ideal team […]

  • Growth vs Goals

    Went for a good run today and managed to finished an excellent interview with John Maxwell by Shane Parrish on The Knowledge Project. (Link to podcast here.) John is a leadership expert; he developed the 5 levels of leadership framework and is a best selling author. You should check out his work here. There are […]

  • Inspired Moments

    In venture, it’s not often coming across a team with a high degree of raw talent and passion, solving some of the most ambitious problems in Southeast Asia. I’ve been incredibly grateful to be able to join Harshet and Tommy on the ride since leading SeedPlus’s investment into Qoala last year when it was just […]

  • Happy Fathers Day (Year 0)

    This is my first Fathers Day being a Dad. It’s been an amazing journey. I learned a lot, about the people around me, and about myself too. The experience has taught me so much, and I am better for it. One of the key lessons though, I think, is the parallels between parenting and stewardship. […]

  • Early vs Growth Investing

    After 3 years in venture I’ve come to appreciate the differences between operating and investing better, and the nuances between the different stages of investing in private, high growth, technology companies. There are many observations and lessons learned for sure that I might share in future posts, though here’re some points very well articulated by […]

  • Coming full circle (2018 -> 2019)

    In many ways, 2018 was defined by beginnings, and coming full circle. The biggest event has got to be welcoming our son, Xiang, into our lives. The moment I held him in my arms for the first time will probably be one of the happiest moments I will ever experience, and will carry through my […]

  • “Live a World Class Life”

    This is probably one of my favourite interviews so far on the Tim Ferriss show. There are many great sound bites from the conversation, so i’ll encourage you to give it a listen via the link here: https://tim.blog/2018/08/02/ann-miura-ko/ Some of my takeaways from the conversation (there are quite a few): Be world class in whatever it […]

  • Sequoia Capital’s Doug Leone on Luck & Taking Risks

    What a great talk. Here are some personal takeaways for me: What makes Sequoia great? Team oriented spirit to help founders build great companies Only one investment away from being a second tier firm, hence don’t be complacent. “If you are desperate, it’s a great asset.” Look out for founders with “crystal clear thinking”. Doug […]

  • How to Pitch a VC

    Finally found the time to put this up. These are my slides from my keynote at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2017 (procrastinate much?). I plan on updating this soon with added commentary, in the meanwhile hope some of you might find it useful as a guide to kickstart your first institutional fundraising journey. How to […]