"I like partnering with founders who can articulate their vision well, and who have demonstrated the ability to develop the right culture and attract the right talent to support him or her on the journey."
What inspires you about venture capital?
The people we work with daily. The founders who challenge the status quo, trust us to be part of their journey, being witness to the ups and downs and being the first port of call when they need advice.
What key characteristics do you look for in the founders you partner with?
Founders should have a passion for the problem statement they are addressing, a clear vision of how they plan to address this problem and know what their limitations are. I like partnering with founders who can articulate their vision well, and who have demonstrated the ability to develop the right culture and attract the right talent to support him or her on the journey. Most importantly, I like partnering with founders who I believe I can work with long-term.
Which investment categories excite you most and why?
In enterprise software, I am excited by the evolution of the data layer and the data stack. The scale at which data is being generated will drive significant innovation in and demand for solutions addressing Data Ops, low latency applications, privacy and security.
I believe there is still significant opportunity in APAC in disrupting traditional financial services – reducing friction in adoption of banking and insurance services, increasing efficiencies in capital markets - both public and private, and supply chain and trade financing.
I am also passionate about the opportunity in healthcare – particularly relating to the increasing role of AI in diagnosis and treatment of disorders, improving access to tertiary healthcare and the evolution of digital therapeutics.
In another life, if you weren’t in venture capital, what would you be?
Since I was very young, I have always been fascinated with the origin of life and the possibility of life outside our planet. In another life, under very different circumstances, I would have been a researcher / scientist at SETI.
It’s a Saturday afternoon, where can we find you and what are you up to?
My weekends are typically reserved for family time. On a Saturday afternoon, you would probably find me at a park or playground with my boys (2 humans and a canine) and my wife. If it’s a rainy day, we are at home reading Dr. Seuss or building something interesting with Lego.