|Jason Best is the co-founder and principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA).
Alongside Sherwood Neiss, he co-authored the crowdfund investing framework used in the JOBS Act to legalize equity and debt based crowdfunding in the USA. He has provided congressional testimony on crowdfunding and was honored to attend the White House ceremony when President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law on April 5, 2012.Jason also co-founded the crowdfunding industry trade group that works with the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA as they create the rules for crowdfund investing. He does work with angel groups, PE/VC firms as well as governments and NGOs, including The World Bank, to understand the crowdfunding ecosystem and create successful crowdfund investing strategies.He was instrumental in the successful effort to have CCA selected by the US State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program as a Key Partner.Jason co-founded the UC Berkeley ‘Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance’ and is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Prior to his work in crowdfund investing, Jason was a successful healthcare technology entrepreneur with 2 companies in San Francisco, California.
|Kieran Garvey is the Business Development Manager for Crowdcube UK.Crowdcube is the world’s first and leading equity crowdfunding platform. Crowdcube now also offers mini-bonds for larger, growing and more established businesses, enabling them to borrow directly from their customers and supporters.Kieran is responsible for sourcing entrepreneurs seeking finance and building strategic partnerships within the startup and SME community. Prior to this, he worked with the UK Crowdfunding Association managing the day-to-day operations.He was also the Parliamentary Crowdfunding Advisor for the office of MP Barry Sheerman and helped establish the All Party Political Group on Crowdfunding and Non-Bank Finance. Kieran has also worked with Trillion Fund which is a leading renewable energy crowdfunding platform. Before this, he established Bloom Microventures in Northern Vietnam combining microfinance with ethical tourism, serving disadvantaged communities.|
|Khailee Ng built and sold 2 companies in his 4 year career as an entrepreneur: GroupsMore (acquired by Groupon US) and SAYS.com (merged with Catcha Group). He proceeded to angel invest in startups, making investments in the US and Southeast Asia before becoming an EIR at 500 Startups.He is now a Venture Partner at Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, overseeing a US$10 Million Southeast Asian focused fund, investing in the next generation of Southeast Asia’s most promising startups.|
|Dinesh Nair is the Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) for Microsoft since 2012. He leads Microsoft’s effort to introduce, evangelize and show how Microsoft innovations can positively transform Malaysian education, businesses and lives. Mr. Dinesh is leading the charge in local technology innovation and application development as the Malaysian ICT landscape evolves towards cloud computing, with an increased emphasis of new devices and form factors like smartphones and tablets.Dinesh was previously the Director for the IT Industry Cluster at Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Malaysia.He has spent over 20 years in the ICT industry, from being an entrepreneur to working in both the private and government sectors: Open Source software development and integration; Internet and cyber security policy, planning and deployment.|
|Erman Akinci is the Director of Business Development at Catcha Group.Mr Akinci specialises in the sourcing and development of new business opportunities in the online space in Asia. Mr Akinci is also the founder of Dealmates (now merged into iBuy Group), where he is responsible for deal origination and integration. Mr Akinci has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, USA.|
|Seow Choong Huei is Head of Investments for Jobstreet Corporation Berhad. He specializes in the coverage of ICT software and services, Internet, mobile and general industries.Choong Huei has over 20 years of industry and investment work experience in senior roles, covering a wide scope of investments from Venture Capital/Private Equity, fund management, family office investments and strategic corporate investments/acquisitions. He previously was with Templeton Asset Management, Target Asset Management, Walden International Investment Group, and the family office of a leading Asian business family.Choong Huei received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Engineering from MIT and an MBA (with Honors, Dean’s List) from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.|
|Kelvin Goh is the legal and regional network counsel in Crystal Horse.Kelvin has a LLB (Hons) from the University West of England. Crystal Horse has several succesful investments in Malaysia, which is the market Kelvin most familiar with.|
|Lee Ching Wei is the group chief executive officer and co-founder of iMoney, a price comparison website for Malaysians which has just successfully raised US$2million in Singapore recently.Ching Wei completed a bachelor of commerce, majoring in finance and accounting in Melbourne. Finance and particularly investment has always fascinated Ching, who ended up working as a financial advisor as his first job out of university, where he advised high net worth clients on personal financing. Ching moved on to investment consulting a year later offering investment advice to clients with large pension funds ranging from $500 million to $30 billion.|
|Aaron Gill is the co-founder and head of products for MyTeksi, the taxi-booking mobile phone app from Malaysia.MyTeksi had very recently raised more than US$15 million (RM48.3 million) in a Series B funding. The round was led by Silicon Valley-based GGV Capital with participation from new investor Qunar and Vertex Venture Holdings (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holding) who previously led the company’s Series A round.|
|Dash is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder. He conceptualizes and organizes programs and events that catalyzes the entrepreneurial culture in an ecosystem or connects entrepreneurs, globally.Dash founded StartupMalaysia.org in 2010 and launched it in 2011 with his partner and friend in Silicon Valley, Ms Rebeca Hwang who was the co-founder of YouNoodle, a company that builds entrepreneurship competition platforms around the world and currently the Managing Partner of Rivet Ventures, a Silicon Valley based venture fund.StartupMalaysia.org is a an ecosystem architect – it organizes entrepreneurial events and runs programs to help spread the startup science.
Dash is an alumni of the US State Department’s prestigious IVLP program in Entrepreneurship. He is also on the Global Advisory Board of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) under the auspices of the Kauffman Foundation.
Dash was instrumental in bringing the Founder Institute,a Silicon Valley based accelerator program to Perth, Western Australia and was a Co-Director in 2013. He is now on a sabbatical from the position. Dash is educated both in Edinburgh Business School and the University of Cambridge.
When not traveling/globe trotting, Dash enjoys mentoring startups and helping them connect with other entrepreneurs.
|Loo Jia-Wei is the Managing Director of Popfolio Network.Jia-Wei has worked in the creative industry for 8 years – designing, managing and executive creative projects for various brands before acquiring and running fashion media title Tongue in Chic. Following the acquisition of Tongue in Chic by PopDigital, she moved into the role as Managing Director of Popfolio Network, overseeing their 7 digital media titles. She is also founder and owner of Dry Parlour, Malaysia’s first blow-out bar.|
|Jennifer Tan is the Head of Business Development at MEKAR (www.mekar.biz), where she focuses on sales, marketing and developing external relationships to build on the company’s core business of online peer-to-peer lending. MEKAR is an online platform that connects public lenders with Indonesian micro-entrepreneurs who need working capital loans. It is the first and largest P2P lending platform in Indonesia, with a mission of increasing financial inclusion and job creation.Prior to MEKAR, Jennifer worked at several start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.|
|Mouna Aouri Langendorf is the founder and CEO of Woomentum, a social entrerprise based in Singapore.Born and raised in Tunisia, the Jewel ofNorth Africa and the leading liberal country in the Arab world, she graduated and started her career as a Bridge engineer in Tunis. At the age of 25, the Japanese government awarded Mouna a scholarship to pursue her Masters in Urban Engineering at Ibaraki University. This begun a wonderful seven-year adventure in Japan, which has become very close to her heart. During this time she completed her Masters and started work in Tokyo for a renowned Japanese engineering firm, eventually becoming the Regional Manager of Advitam Group, a daughter company of the giant French Vinci Group!Relocating to Singapore with her husband in 2011, Mouna through that steep road of rebuilding her network from scratch has taught her good lessons about herself, and about women and their challenges. She felt particularly interested in the women entrepreneurship space and asked the question ‘What do women need to get going?’In January 2014, Woomentum and crowd funding was the answer. Woomentum is a social enterprise that helps women get going with their ideas while gaining momentum in these times where more tools are available to them!|
|Ari is an angel investor and venture capitalist. He is the the founder of Lagoon Capital investment company. Ari has been a successful technology entrepreneur 20 years and a business angel for 10 years. He developed his company Komartek into an international success story. Komartek was bought in 2004 by WM-data (presently CGI). His position in WM-data was Vice President.Within the last 10 years, Ari has made angel investments in 22 companies in which all investment rounds total up to 77. These include SkySQL, DealDash, Paytrail, Web of Trust (WOT), SafelyLocked, In4mo, 360Cities and Citysocializer. From the above mentioned investments, he has had two successful exits from Severa and The Switch. Ari is also an investor in venture capital funds which include Seedcamp, 500 Startups and Spintop Ventures. In Spintop II he is also Senior advisor and Investment committee member. He is also a member of Seedcamp II Investment commitee.
Ari is an Investment council member in Finnish Industry Investments. Ari was nominated by EBAN as European Business Angel of the Year in 2009. He is a cofounder of FiBAN and Vice Chairman of the Board during 2010-2012.
Ari has been EBAN board member and Vice-President since 2012. He is also a member of EstBAN. Ari has been featured in several business magazines and blogs. He holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology.
|Ashish has done his Bachelors of Engineering (IT) from Mumbai University and pursued his MBA (with Honors) from Europe’s prestigious B-school, IE Business School (Madrid, Spain). His MBA majors were Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurship. He started his career with focus on BFSI and front trading technology platforms.He worked with product teams for the earliest web-based and mobile based front end trading applications in India. He liaised with leading technology analyst firms to study the trends in BFSI Tech sector and went on to publish joint reports.
Currently associated with Mumbai Angels, India’s largest Angel network with active chapters in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. There he analyses early stage ventures across Mobile, Internet, Technology, E-Commerce. He is responsible for deal sourcing, evaluation, execution, and post deal monitoring.
|Raiyo Nariman has established, developed and managed angel networks in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and has worked with angel clubs and national associations across Asia Pacific. As the founding Vice-President of the Malaysian Business Angel Network, Raiyo is driving the development and growth of the angel community across Malaysia, with a strong focus on: developing & delivering awareness and education programmes for new and current angels; creating angel clubs to foster co-funding & syndication; creating strategic partnerships with key government agencies and the private sector; establishing global linkages with Business Angel Networks.Raiyo specialises in commercialisation (of innovation, technology & intellectual property), the development of start-ups and growth of early-stage ventures. As a Venture Manager, Raiyo invests in, and partners with, founders, and takes a hands-on role, from the creation of a start-up, through to development & execution of commercialisation & growth strategies, capital raising and international market entry. Raiyo is involved as an executive shareholder in a number of early stage businesses across Asia.|
|Zaman Ahmad is currently the Managing Director of Endeavor Malaysia, a non-profit organisation that creates High Impact Entrepreneurs. Previously he was the CEO of the CaterhamJet Malaysia project since April 2013. He built his wealth of aviation experience during his tenure with AirAsia, the regional low-cost airline carrier, which began in September 2010. He held various positions in AirAsia including the Regional Head of Customer Experience where he led the front line customer service staff of the AirAsia Group across 5 countries. Before AirAsia he served with the Malaysian national petroleum giant PETRONAS for 13 years. Among Zaman’s achievements in PETRONAS was his 5-year involvement from 2000 – 2005 as Electronic Systems Engineer for Team Sauber PETRONAS F1 race team based in Hinwil, Switzerland, Electronic Systems Engineer for the PETRONAS OPEL Touring Car Team in Port Elizabeth South Africa from 1999 – 2000 and as the Senior Manager of the Frontier Technology Unit, Research & Technology Division focusing on Renewable Energy and Upstream Technology. His last position in PETRONAS was as Head of Technical Services at PETRONAS Ammonia in Terengganu, Malaysia. Kamarulzaman graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) (Honours) degree in Electrical and Electronics from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom. Apart from English and Bahasa Malaysia, he also speaks conversational level German.|
|Aravind is an entrepreneurial manager with over 25 years of International Business experience, covering UK, Middle East, West Africa and Asia. He is an active Business Angel and plays hands on role in mentoring start ups. He leads the team at Mercatus Capital in identifying potential investment opportunities and securing Angel and Series A Investments for promising start ups and early stage companies. He was an early dot comer and part of the senior management team who successfully listed Horizon Technologies Ltd on SGX in 2000. Aravind holds a BA in Economics (Manchester) and MSc in Quality Management (Cranfield).
From its inception in 2006, Mercatus Capital has grown to become one of Asia’s leading Angel Investor, Incubator and Business Accelerator. It provides early stage support for promising entrepreneurs with paradigm shifting technologies and business models.The unique 345Six programme ensures a comprehensive package of funding, incubation and mentorship that grooms top management to adopt a global outlook and prepare to become global players.
The portfolio has grown to over 50 promising companies at various stages of incubation covering a diverse set of industries including Healthcare, ICT, Broadcast Media, Social Media, Education and Material Sciences.
|Sajeet Soudagar has worked with renowned MNCs like DHL and WIPRO and helped them in setting new geographies and successfully implemented new business initiatives.He is the founder of VXL Seeds Sdn Bhd, VXL Solutions, Knight Information Solutions among other companies.
Sajeet Soudagar can be summarised as being a philanthropist, a serial entrepreneur, business consultant, adviser and an investor.
|Tan Ban Eu is one of the co-founders of Offpeak.my and is currently the managing director who is responsible business operations and strategy. He was previously one of the co-founder and angel investor of carlist.my (now known as iCar Asia Limited (ASX:ICQ), and is now listed in the Australian stock exchange. He is currently the CEO of RTW Technology Sdn. Bhd which he also is a director. RTW Technology specializes in CCTV and surveillance system. In his earlier years, he also started CNX Broadband Sdn. Bhd. which was later sold to Redtone Telecommunications and renamed to Redtone-CNX Broadband Sdn Bhd after it obtained with WiMAX license back in 2007. A serial entrepreneur in the IT industry, Ban Eu is a graduate (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Information Technology) of Monash University, Australia.|