Going Into My Third Year At Grab

Going Into My Third Year At Grab

I’m back! The last time I wrote, it was about having crossed the one year mark at Grab. Fast forward another 15 months, and here I am: another funding round closed, and onto my third year at Grab with some exciting news to share. Fundraising On Board The Ridesharing Rocket Ship Fundraising and investor relations have been truly thrilling in the ridesharing climate of the past 2 years, and I can’t think of a better time and place to have been leading the charge on those things. My team and I supported Anthony and Grab to raise more than US$1.35 billion over

One Year At Grab

One Year At Grab

It’s been one year. What an intense and crazy ride it’s been! Since it’s also Thanksgiving, I thought I’d stop for a moment to recall and be grateful for all the things I’ve learned and achieved this past year. 1. Raised $600mm In Under 9 Months I joined Grab post-Series C, not knowing what exactly I’d signed up for, but with an open mind to do whatever I could do to help grow the business. I got off to an exciting start when my first job was to work on the $250mm Series D financing – what was then the biggest venture funding round

Why I Traveled 36 Hours to England Just to Watch the Rugby World Cup Final

Why I Traveled 36 Hours to England Just to Watch the Rugby World Cup Final

Two days before the Rugby World Cup Final, my partner and I ran a sleek operation in which he optimized for the flight arrangements and I monitored the clearing prices on Viagogo for the for the Rugby World Cup Final tickets. I’d already been watching the ticket prices for about 6 months, so when prices cleared at a discount to face value, we went ahead to buy the tickets and left right away for the epic match at Twickenham in England. Many people thought this was insane, but frankly, we both thought it was one of the best travel decisions

6 Things That Made The Maasai Mara Magical

6 Things That Made The Maasai Mara Magical

The little single propeller Safarilink plane flew for 45 minutes from Nairobi to Naboisho, across the wide open savannah of Kenya. lt landed on a narrow and short strip of cleared, dry savannah ground. And just like that, my partner and I were in the magnificent Maasai Mara. The African savannah has captivated me since my childhood days, when I watched The Lion King nearly every weekend for about a year. I never actually tired of it. It remains one of my favorite movies till this day. Since then, I learned also about the great annual migration of 1.5 million wildebeest,

6 Tips On Startup Leadership

6 Tips On Startup Leadership

Grab has grown a lot since I first joined. Back then, it was a small Series C company. Fast forward 9 months later, the company has grown multiple times in size, and the business is much more complicated. I’ve also recruited a small (but super awesome) team. So I’ve been learning about startup leadership, particularly in a rapidly scaling startup. 1. Be present and think lucidly When I first started out in my role, I didn’t have a team for the first 4 months, and had to handle everything on my own. As the business scaled exponentially, I made my first

4 Ways to Prevent Startup Burnout

4 Ways to Prevent Startup Burnout

I’m alive! I’m back! At the start of last month, I crossed the 6 month mark at Grab. It certainly felt more like the 1 year mark than the 6 month mark. I’ve been running non-stop since Day 1, and I’ve done and learned more than I ever have at any other point in my career. I don’t struggle to get out of bed anymore dreading to go to work. Instead, I usually wake up feeling energized, engaged and purposeful – even on the worst of days when I know problems will be raining down on me the moment I

Lee Kuan Yew and His Startup Country, Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew and His Startup Country, Singapore

I’m living through a very special moment in Singapore’s young 50-year history. The nation has gone into deep mourning after we lost our founding father and a true titan of the 20th century, Lee Kuan Yew, on Monday. In what I consider to be a rare personal display of patriotism, I’ve worn black every single day this week, shed many tears in airports, taxis, buses and planes, and spent 2 hours in line from midnight last night to get into the Parliament House where Lee Kuan Yew lies in state, to pay my last respects to the greatest founder I’ve ever

3 Lessons from Ben Horowitz on Leading a Startup

3 Lessons from Ben Horowitz on Leading a Startup

When I was leading Zalora in Hong Kong, it was my first time leading a startup and I remember feeling disconcerted that I was having a lot more bad days than good days. Later on, I read Ben Horowitz’s book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, and he wrote that in his many years leading a startup, he only had a total of 3 good days. I wish someone had told me that earlier! Anyone leading a startup or thinking of leading a startup should definitely (try to find time to) read his book. It would have been helpful to know that there were unnatural behaviors

The Importance of Imagination

The Importance of Imagination

While on vacation with my partner’s family, I played lego with my partner’s nephew, who is a huge fan and spends hours on end transfixed, while building marvelous structures out of his imagination, brick by brick. It was really fun. Lego was my favorite toy when I was a kid. I didn’t have many toys, but I had one Zoo set – the sort with pretty large bricks. I loved the set, and I gained imagination through building zoos in hundreds of different permutations. While playing with lego again, I thought about the importance of imagination and how I’ve slowly regained it over the

2014, A Big Pivot, and Other Incredible Things

2014, A Big Pivot, and Other Incredible Things

2014, what a big year! I’m so thankful for everything I’ve experienced in 2014. Myanmar. I started the year on Inle Lake in Myanmar. My partner and I stayed at a villa at the ultra quiet and tranquil Inle Lake Resort. We drank cocktails while watching a stunning sunset (many more Myanmar photos here). The Big Pivot. I realized that I wanted to be back in tech and in a startup. I reflected on what worked for me and what didn’t in the past, what I wanted and what I didn’t, and took my time to find the best startup to join. I