This is part 2 of a series, check out the first part, if you haven’t done so, here. Thank you to Elisha Tan from TechLadies and Facebook for guest-hosting this episode. Check out my interview with her here.
My brother and I had a startup that had just been bought out by Groupon, the world’s biggest daily deal website, for an estimated $24 million according to the Straits Times. We made it on the front page of the national newspaper, I was busy representing Groupon on breakfast TV shows and on Channel NewsAsia, while my brother was busy moving our new offices to Harbourfront Centre.
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”.
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Lee Rosevere – 09 – Wasn’t What I Expected
Lee Rosevere – 13 – He Missed
Lee Rosevere – 13 – I Believe in You
Lee Rosevere – 01 – Here’s the Thing
Lee Rosevere – 05 – Under Suspicion
Lee Rosevere – Night Caves
Lee Rosevere – 09 – Thoughtful
Lee Rosevere – 01 – Introducing the Pre-roll
Lee Rosevere – 10 – Knowing the Truth