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

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

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