John is a lifelong serial entrepreneur, starting with selling sweets as a child through to creating various businesses in college. His earlier professional years were spent in internet marketing and e-commerce, providing consulting and services for MNCs, including Hilton Hotels (UK), HSBC Offshore (Jersey) and Asiarooms.com (Thailand).
John is also the founder of Dropsuite.com, which is listed on ASX, and Telr.com, a leading emerging market payment gateway.
Dr Mark Hon is an accredited private investor with 10 years’ experience in leading early stage company to IPO. He is the chairman of the Business Angel Network South East Asia (BANSEA), and chairman of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE). He also serves on the evaluation panels of public sector funds that support entrepreneurship.
A former professor of finance in Madrid, he was also visiting professor to universities in Oxford, United Kingdom and Deggendorf, Germany. In the private sector, he has formulated R&D commercialisation strategies for The Boeing Company, consumer electronics procurement road maps and mobile application strategies for France Telecom, and acquisition strategies in the energy sector. He has served as c-level officer at a publicly traded company, and economic index expert to a Swiss bank.
James Tan is managing partner of Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for technology companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities. Prior to this, James was co-founder and COO of 55tuan (NASDAQ: WOWO), one of China's largest ecommerce companies with an annual transaction volume near $1 billion.
Jieyang started out in the corporate finance field where he worked with public companies on their various corporate actions and advised on initial public offerings before venturing out in the legal industry where he practised commercial litigation for about 5 years in one of the top law firms in Singapore.
As COO and Legal Counsel for Sugar Ventures Pte Ltd, he in deeply involved in all of Sugar’s products and operations on a day-to-day basis. He also drives Lawfarm and Lawr, a legal-matching platform.