Technology Landscape in Southeast Asia
Due to popular demand from alumni, (in alphabetical order) Stanford Club of Hong Kong and Stanford Club of Singapore are co-organizing a fresh online event to talk about Southeast Asia’s tech landscape.
The two clubs are delighted to welcome (in alphabetical order) Mark Inkster, Adrian Li and Roland Yau as speakers to share their insights on why the world is excited about the Southeast Asian tech scene.
Mark Inkster is Chief Business Officer of Beam Mobility, an e-scooter company based in Singapore and Venture Partner at Antler, a startup generator & early-stage VC.
Adrian Li is the Founder & Managing Partner at Convergence Ventures, an early stage Indonesia focused technology venture capital fund with a portfolio of 30+ businesses.
Roland Yau is the Managing Partner of CoCoon Ignite Ventures, L.P., a Hong Kong-based venture capital fund focusing on investments in early stage technologies, including Cafe X and Soundbrenner.
We hope alumni who are interested in technology, investing and the future of Southeast Asia will join us online.
Date: Wednesday, 8 April, 2020
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Online Videoconference Link: Provided by email after RSVP, closer to event date
Cost: Free for alumni and non-alumni.
Lunch Etiquette: Lunch not included due to online nature. You are most welcomed to eat while videoconferencing in.
Event Contact (in alphabetical order): Ee Fann Goh for SG alums (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andrew Kwan for HK alums (email@example.com)
About the Speakers
Mark has built digital businesses globally since the late 1990’s. As director of international operations at Yahoo!, he led the rollout of Yahoo!’s full suite of communication, media and e-commerce properties around the world and built product teams in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mark moved to Asia in 2003 as vice president of Yahoo!’s search business unit for Asia-Pacific, based in Seoul. In late 2003, Mark joined eBay as chief product officer of eBay China, which at the time was the leading e-commerce site in China. He led the customization of eBay’s technology for China, one of the largest development projects in eBay’s history.
Mark founded a Shanghai-based travel startup, Yiqilai.com.cn, in 2006, and was also a founding member of AngelVest, the leading angel investment network in China. In 2009, Mark joined Microsoft’s online services business as managing director of Southeast Asia, leading MSN, Hotmail, Windows Live and Bing in the region, where he initiated partnerships including xinMSN, Singapore’s leading portal. He led Vistaprint’s business in Asia and global emerging markets from 2012-2013 as President of the “Most of World” business unit, and served as the Chief Digital Officer of Aegon Asia from 2014 to 2018.
Since 2018, Mark has been chief business officer of Beam Mobility and a venture partner at Antler. Mark lives in Singapore with his wife and children.
Adrian is Founder & Managing Partner at Convergence Ventures, an early stage Indonesia focused technology venture capital fund with a portfolio of 30+ businesses. Previously, he co-founded several ventures in China and Indonesia.
Adrian’s 1st Internet venture was Idapted where as CEO & cofounder he raised 2 rounds of venture financing and led the company to be the largest live 1:1 online English test preparation service in China. Idapted was acquired by Eleutian in 2011. He then joined Rocket Internet as a Managing Director where he worked on new technology ventures in China and South East Asia. At the end of 2014 he launched Convergence Ventures.
Adrian graduated from Cambridge University with a BA and MA in Economics and was elected a Hawk in recognition of his contributions to University and National level Judo. He obtained his MBA from Stanford while studying in the dual degree MBA & Education MA program and is currently enrolled in the Tsinghua OBOR EMBA program. He is a Kauffman Fellow in Class 21. He speaks Mandarin and English fluently and is proficient in Cantonese and basic Bahasa.
Roland is the Managing Partner of CoCoon Ignite Ventures, L.P., a venture capital fund focusing on investments in early stage technologies. At CoCoon Ignite Ventures, Roland has led investments in companies including Cafe X and Soundbrenner. In addition to investing, Roland is also an active advisor to his portfolio companies, large corporations, founders and other venture capital funds.
Roland graduated from New York University in 2004 with a bachelors degree in biology and graduated from the University of London in 2007 with a bachelors degree in law. Prior to establishing CoCoon Ignite Ventures, Roland was with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, an international law firm, from 2008 to 2015. At Freshfields, Roland worked on corporate financing and structuring transactions relating to fundraising, deal structuring and mergers and acquisitions.