This is part 1 of a 2 part series. You can find episode 2 here.
Thank you to Elisha Tan from TechLadies and Facebook for guest-hosting this episode. This was a completely spontaneous experiment. One second I’m finishing my interview with her, the next second Elisha is asking me, “how about I ask you some questions?” And so this happened. No rehearsals, no set questions, she just went with it and did an amazing job! Check out my interview that I had previously just recorded with her here.
At 20, I took a break from my law degree to co-found my first startup, Beeconomic, which was fully acquired after 6 months by Groupon. As Groupon Singapore co-founder, we created over 200 jobs and made history by helping Groupon become “the fastest growing company ever” (-Forbes and CNBC). After Groupon, I worked on a startup that failed, which taught me important lessons along the way.
After finishing my law degree, I joined a “Top 5” law firm in Australia as a legal intern that led to an offer in their M&A advisory practice.
I then joined Hong Kong’s oldest English newspaper, the South China Morning Post, as social media editor focusing on content and marketing. After achieving strong digital growth, Jack Ma’s Alibaba acquired the newspaper. After the paper was successfully sold, I left to pursue my passion for cooking.
After culinary school, I moved to Singapore to advise a $100M Japanese VC as a full-time advisor. A highlight is our $1M investment into a fast-growing, millennial-focused news platform.
I have served as a consultant to 60+ startups and I also volunteer as a mentor at an incubator. My goal now is to pay-it-forward by sharing knowledge through my semi-autobiographical podcast. After being covered on the front page of The Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia shot a 2018 TV documentary called “Millionaire Minds: Chris Chong”.
Music (CC/Royalty Free)
Lee Rosevere – 05 – Under Suspicion
Lee Rosevere – 09 – Thoughtful
Lee Rosevere – 01 – Here’s the Thing
Lee Rosevere – 03 – The Secret to Growing Up
Lee Rosevere – 07 – Making A Change
Lee Rosevere – 09 – Slow Lights
Lee Rosevere – 12 – Old Regrets
Lee Rosevere – 13 – I Believe in You
Lee Rosevere – Night Caves
Lee Rosevere – 03 – Small Steps
Lee Rosevere – 12 – The Long Journey
Lee Rosevere – Not Alone