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About Cheryl


Cheryl (Yeoh) Sew Hoy
 is a Chinese-Malaysian entrepreneur, board member, speaker and angel investor currently living in San Francisco, best known for being the Founding CEO of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC),[1] a government-funded agency to support entrepreneurship in Malaysia and ASEAN that was launched by President Barack Obama [2] and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on 27 April 2014.

She is also known for being the Co-Founder of Reclip.It, that was acquired by Walmart Labs in 2013. She currently is an Independent Board Member of Flexiroam Limited (ASX:FRX),[3] an Australia-based telecommunications company and consults/advises tech companies via Cheryl Yeoh & Co. Cheryl was most recently the Acting CMO at Hack Reactor, an education-based startup in San Francisco, CA.

Yeoh’s most important legacy is that she has helped put Malaysia and its startups on the world map,[4] successfully helping Malaysia build up its startup ecosystem in under 2 years. She is one of four Southeast Asians to be selected as a LinkedIn Influencer. In 2012, Yeoh was named “Top 44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know” by Mashable.[5]

Read more here:

Ask her for advice on, follow her tweets (@cherylyeoh), add her on linkedin, or drop her a line: hello at cherylyeoh dot com.



Notable press on Cheryl’s accomplishments in Southeast Asia:

♦ The Star (National) Newspaper: Biweekly Opinion Column on the Startup Ecosystem (21 articles)
e27, Tech in Asia, BFM: Cheryl’s Legacy and Impact in the Startup Ecosystem
The White House: MaGIC’s Launch with President Obama

♦ Top 50 Generation T List 2017, Tatler Malaysia
♦ LinkedIn Influencer (only 4 Southeast Asians awarded this status)
♦ Rice Bowl Awards: “Social Media Influencer 2016”
Top 40 Under 40 2015, Prestige Malaysia
Golden Globe Tiger Awards 2015 in Women Leadership
Malaysia’s Top 10 Most Impactful Young Leaders Award 2015, UCSI
Great Women of Our Time 2014, Women’s Weekly
Top 44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know 2012, Mashable
Top 10 Women in Digital Award 2012, L’Oreal
Top 25 Women Driving NY’s Tech Scene in 2011, Betabeat via NY Observer
♦ Selected as one of 10 Global Women Ambassadors to hike Kilimanjaro on charity fundraiser in March 2013, Ladies Trekking Club

Speaking Engagements:
♦ Global Media Appearances on Bloomberg TV, BBC World News, Fox NewsABC7BNET
♦ Echelon & Tech In Asia Conferences in Singapore, 2014-2015
♦ Keynote speaker on startups in London, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, India, Hungary, Slovenia, etc
♦ The Economist Debate: Innovation Awards & Summit 2015, Hong Kong
♦ 7th World Chinese Economic Forum 2015, London, UK
♦ TEDxKL Speaker, Malaysia, Dec 2013
♦ Speaker at INSEAD, Harvard, Stanford

8 Responses to “About Cheryl”

  1. Daniel

    Hey u !

    Wow ! your amazing ! cant tell you how much ive enjoyed reading your stuff, and been smiling and laughing throughout ! seriously amazing couple of years youve had !
    ( notice you leave Squash out of your interests these days..? hope that wasnt anything to do with the beasting I gave you? > : )


    Would love to catch up with you some time….Keep up the great work…. My very best wishes…


  2. Cheryl

    Hey you!

    OMG it’s been ages! How is London treating you? Aw, thanks for such nice words & glad you enjoy reading the blog 🙂 Definitely let me know when you’re in NYC next – we should go to Basta Pasta again for a reunion! And play some squash of course. I’m still very much in love with the sport – just no trusty partner like you to play with… come back!!

    Stay in touch Daniel,

  3. Aaron Teng

    Stumbled across you thanks to your tech background and your surname (cause I thought its def Malaysian)! Always admire people going off the country (sadly) doing great things. Followed you on Twitter 🙂

    Fellow Malaysian.

  4. ai

    Hey Cheryl,

    Read your blog and it struck a cord with me. Really appreciate you sharing your thoughts, passion, and strength in all that you do. I wish you all the best and hope to be able to have the opportunity and privilege to meet up with you on your journey someday.

  5. Sugar & Spice

    Hi Cheryl. I have been following your blog and enjoyed your write-ups tremendously. Are you planning to return to Malaysia for good as you would definitely contribute much to our country.


    Hello! I’m really impressed with your outstanding achievements!

    Is there an official e-mail that I can contact you with? I would like to invite you for my university’s event.

    Thanks a million!

  7. Salome Omega Pinnock

    Awesome and outstanding! I’m very happy for you Cheryl. When as a woman, you find yourself in an environment that allows you to thrive in all your ambitions and heart’s yearning, the sky indeed is your limit. I yearned and longed to be a seafarer, with the intention of becoming a master mariner (A CAPTAIN OF A SHIP), but the harsh wolves (the men) in my country – Nigeria would not let that happen. Nevertheless, I opted to go and read Maritime Transport Management as alternative. But then, If I had the information I have presently, I would have achieved it. And that’s why from personal experience, I’ve concluded that “INFORMATION IS MORE POWERFUL THAN KNOWLEDGE”. And that’s because, if one has knowledge without information, that person can remain and die with the already acquired knowledge; but someone with proper information can pursue the required knowledge, and achieve great feats. I’M HAPPY AND VERY GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR YOU. PROUD OF YOU, AND PROUD TO BE A WOMAN LIKE YOU. JESUS LOVES YOU!

  8. Kumares

    Hi Cheryl. I have been following your blog and enjoyed your write-ups tremendously. Are you planning to return to Malaysia for good as you would definitely contribute much to our country.I’m really impressed with your outstanding achievements!….I like to do business it is…
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