Mentors in Singapore
Vinnie Lauria is highly experienced in product and customer development, entrepreneurial finance, idea validation, and market research. He not only co-founded Lefora (acquired by Crowdgather) and Meetro, he also started the SiliconValley NewTech meetup in 2006, and brought the popular Silicon Valley event SuperHappyDevHouse to Singapore. In 2013, Vinnie was chosen from a pool of over 2,500 Founders Institute’ mentors as the highest rated startup mentor in Asia.
Jeffrey Paine is well-versed in early stage technology investing in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on consumer web and mobile technologies. He has co-founded two advisory firms, in private equity and venture financing, respectively, and is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures.
Ashish Chordia most recently founded, grew and sold 3GALabs a mobile analytics and mobile application search company which was based in the valley. Previously Ashish was part of product teams at a few early stage ventures such SugarSync (DFJ / Sigma funded, competitor to DropBox) and Oblix (Kleiner Perkins funded, acquired by Oracle). His specialities include team building, product management, mobile and web product design, analytics, ideas-to-product pipelines, and building scalable systems.
Zia Zaman is founder and CEO of Beaver Lake Capital, in addition to his responsibilities as board member at Kaavo. He has proven expertise in general management, strategy, marketing, and business development, and experience across both enterprise and consumer markets.
Saumil Nanavati is a seasoned executive for both the United States and APAC, as well as a serial entrepreneur building and scaling tech-media companies. He helps global brands and agencies navigate through innovation via simplicity, while creating new sources of value for telcos, content providers and handset makers.
David Yong held executive roles at Travelocity in the US, Latin America, and culminating as Commercial Director for Asia Pacific. He has expertise in digital advertising & ecommerce in the travel, retail and media verticals, with a strong track-record of launching online businesses, building innovative B2C & B2B products, and expanding sales into emerging markets.
Brad Porteus is the Regional General Manager of Southeast Asia for MIH, a broad-based e-media company operating in multiple markets. Hence, he has expertise in building and growing consumer digital businesses since 1996 – media, commerce, marketplaces, user-generated content, social and local.
Mathew Ward is Chief Revenue Officer for Southeast Asia at Komli Media, a digital media technology platform. At Komli, Mat is responsible for ensuring the revenue growth of Komli Southeast Asia, through developing the sales organisation, as well as establishment of strategic partnerships.
Sau Sheong Chang
Sau Sheong Chang is the Director of Regional Solutions Engineering for Asia and Latin America for PayPal, and is the former former Director of HP Labs Singapore, the advanced research arm of Hewlett-Packard. His experience includes: CTO of gaming platform and publishing company, Garena; Director of Engineering for Yahoo! Southeast Asia; and co-founder of elipva, an e-business solutions specialist. Because of his extensive technical knowledge, he possesses specialties in cloud computing, internet applications, POS, and numerous programming languages.
Andrew Vranjes is a Asia based executive with a background in IT, Telco and Cloud Computing technologies.
David Pardo is a entrepreneur at heart and passionate in helping all start-ups by any mean possible.
He has a background in leading innovation and driving change through Product Management, Retention and Acquisition Marketing management for key international and leader businesses, following five years studying with top business schools.
Paul Meyers is a senior Asia-based TMT executive with extensive management, operations, and business development experience for companies in the mobile, traditional and digital media.
Mentors in Silicon Valley and Beyond
Paul Bragiel (Silicon Valley)
Paul Bragiel has specialties in seed stage and angel investing, entrepreneurial financing, social networking, handheld gaming, and location-based applications. He co-founded Lefora, a forum-hosting application for over 100,000+ unique communities; Meetro, the first location-based social network; and Paragon Five, a game development studio specializing in console and mobile content.
Andrew Goldner (Silicon Valley)
Andrew Goldner is a seasoned business leader and a “recovering” senior technology and media lawyer. He co-founded an early new media start-up in the music industry in NYC and Orlando, served as Chief Technology Counsel at DoubleClick prior to Google’s acquisition, helped launch and run Thomson Financial News (leading to the merger with Reuters), and served in a number of senior roles at Thomson Reuters in America, Hong Kong and Singapore, including as Publisher of Reuters News. He mentors start-ups on a range of subjects, including building sales and user growth traction with content marketing, investor pitch decks, strategic partnerships, press communications, and agile and effective legal and operational architecture.
Nikhil Bobb (Silicon Valley)
Nikhil Bobb is a technical programs manager at Facebook. Before originally joining Facebook as an engineer, he was a developer at Yahoo! Brickhouse, and a filesystem engineer at Apple. His specialties include web development, operating Systems, and storage systems.
Ryan Takemoto (Silicon Valley)
Ryan Takemoto is a Senior Competition Counsel at Visa Inc. As a member of Visa’s global competition team, he advises on various antitrust and competition law issues that arise from Visa’s global electronic payments business. Thus, his knowledge of antitrust and competition law as applied to small and emerging startups is invaluable.
Annie Chang (Silicon Valley)
Annie Chang is the co-founder and head of user experience at Lolapps, a social games and technology company venture backed by Polaris Venture Partners and Ron Conway. In 2010 Annie was named one of the Most Influential Women In Technology by Fast Company magazine, and in 2011 she was featured as a ‘Tech Founder to Watch’ in Huffington Post.
Bart Myers (Silicon Valley)
Mart Myers is an advisor and investor to early and mid stage startups as well as founder of SideReel.com. He is currently head of Rovi Corporation’s internet properties, including: SideReel.com (acquired in 2011), AllMusic.com, DivX.com and AllMovie.com. His specialties include corporate strategy, product management, and company scaling.
Paul Veradittakit (Silicon Valley)
Paul Veradittakit currently works at Pantera Capital, a venture fund focused exclusively on digital currencies, specific bitcoin startups. Prior to that, he was as an Associate at Strive Capital, where he focused on investments in mobile. His specialties include the mobile space, consumer digital media, e-commerce, and product management, in addition to his expertise in financial services and venture capital.
Neeraj Arora (Silicon Valley)
Neeraj Arora works business development for WhatsApp Inc. Before that, he was a Manager, then Principal, of Corporate Development at Google. His specialities include mergers & acquisitions, fund raising, corporate development, and business development, and he is looking forward to bringing this expertise to mobile startups.
Damian Manning (New York)
Damian Manning is a Venture Partner at DEV (Digital Entertainment Ventures), mentor at nReduce and Golden Gate Ventures, and advisor to several startups. He is a technologist, investor and serial entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of commercial innovation and a dedication to creating groundbreaking online experiences for consumers.
Mike Khaw is a seasoned executive with progressive experience driving growth in large and small companies. Significant experience leading, structuring and negotiating strategic partnerships and investments/M&A. In depth knowledge of e-commerce, payments, digital media, consumer internet and mobile industries. Masters and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University, U.K.