breadcrumbs: a series of connected events

Board Member & Advisor

Board Member

I am currently an Independent Non-Executive Board of Director in:

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Flexiroam Limited (ASX:FRX) is the leading global mobile virtual network operator offering an affordable alternative to current mobile roaming services. The company was founded in 2011, and offers international outbound travelers voice and data roaming in over 200 countries, with access to 580 networks operators around the world.

Flexiroam was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in June 2015 with the goal of rapid growth and global expansion. With its newest product Flexiroam X, and alliances in over 100 travel industry partners, including major airlines and top travel agencies,Flexiroam is poised to become a formidable name in the international roaming marketplace.

Angel Investments & Advisor

I am currently an active investor and/or advisor in the following organizations:

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ILLUMINATE is a non-profit whose mission is to rally large groups of people together to create impossible works of public art that, through awe, free humanity’s better nature.

ILLUMINATE’s flagship project is The Bay Lights, one of the largest pieces of public art in history. Conceived and permitted originally as a two-year installation, the original artwork shone nightly from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from March 5, 2013, to March 5, 2015. ILLUMINATE successfully led the effort to return The Bay Lights as a permanent installation, gifted to the State of California, on January 30, 2016.

ILLUMINATE is currently pursuing multiple projects that inspire awe and wonder and we invite your participation. One of our latest projects is a two-mile long work of public art by San Francisco artists George Zisiadis and Stefano Corazza on Market Street that brilliantly reflects over your head the real-time movement of BART and Muni trains beneath your feet on Market Street called LightRail. Learn more here: https://lightrail.org/#/lightRail

By the way, did you know that you can dedicate a light on the Bay Bridge for just $100 (tax deductible)? Check it out here. Check out Jason’s dedication to me, and my dedication to him.

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BloomThis is a startup with operations in Malaysia and Singapore, that delivers unique artisan flowers in a bespoke box on-demand and on a subscription basis. The flowers come straight from the farms, cutting out expensive middlemen.

Founded by husband-and-wife Giden Lim and Penny Choo, BloomThis have seen a 1,200% surge in sales for the past year. The company graduated from MaGIC’s accelerator in 2015, raising US$200,000 towards the end of the program, Cheryl Yeoh having written their first check.

In March 2017, BloomThis announced that it had raised US$600,000 in seed funding from Singapore-based venture builder and capital firm REAPRA to “build up its delivery business into the wedding space and expand to Singapore and Indonesia.” Set up by Japanese entrepreneur Shuhei Morofuji, REAPRA has 14 direct subsidiaries, including two VC firms. It has so far invested in 40 startups in agriculture, healthcare, education, hospitality, digital media, travel, real estate, and aerospace.

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NEXT Academy
trains world class junior developers and digital marketers in Southeast Asia. In 2014, NEXT started off as a 9-week Coding Bootcamp in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in collaboration with MaGIC, the Malaysian government agency mandated to build up the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem. NEXT has graduated over 600+ students from America, Europe, Middle East And Southeast Asia in the past 2 Years.

In January 2016, NEXT Academy raised US$300,000 from 500 Startups in a pre-seed round that would accelerate its goal of teaching a million people in South-East Asia coding, digital marketing and growth hacking skills over the next five years.

 

Mentorship

I was previously an active mentor for the following organizations:

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I’ve taught various topic on entrepreneurship in Singapore, New York, and Croatia for FI. The Founder Institute is a pre-accelerator program to prepare people who want to transition from corporate into the startup world. Classes are taught at night to enable those who still have full-time jobs to participate.

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Apart from being on the Advisory Board of LSM, I was frequently judged and mentored at LSM New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. I’ve also done remote mentoring for Rwanda and Pakistan. The Lean Startup Machine Weekend is a 3-day intensive workshop where participants team up to create, test and validate assumptions for an idea through Customer Development principles and rapid prototyping an MVP (Minimum Viable Product).

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I was an ambassador and advisor at Peter Thiel‘s 20 Under 20 Fellowship from Jan 2013 through April 2015. The Thiel Fellowship brings together some of the world’s most creative and motivated young people under 20 years of age, by giving a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education. They are mentored by our network of visionary thinkers, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs, who provide guidance and business connections that can’t be replicated in any classroom. 

Accelerators

I’ve been through two accelerators:

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Summer Batch 4: May 2012 – August 2012

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Fall Batch 3: August 2010 – January 2011

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