From Stanford graduate to professional poker player, his on-demand intra-city logistics platform has helped millions across Asia.
In 1995 Shing Chow became the first ever student in the New Territories to achieve 10As in public exams while living in temporary housing as a child. He started work conventionally enough at an international consultancy after earning an economics degree from Stanford, but after three years he left to become a professional poker player in Macau, then accumulated HK$30 million in winnings by the time he left the poker tables in 2010.
He used his winnings and proceeds from property investment to launch logistics start-up Lalamove in 2013. Shing quit professional poker because it is a zero-sum game. He wants to create value by building a home-grown technology company.
When it comes to criteria for success, Shing says a person's background, intelligence and academic aptitude can't compare to hard work. The key is to persist in doing something you have great passion for.
Andy Chan & Winston Wong
Dynamic duo creating Asia’s first and largest online invoice discounting exchange.
A friendship was built in a public park basketball court between Andy and Winston as they are both hardcore basketball enthusiasts. Great minds think alike. Seeing their own friends and family's small/medium-sized businesses struggle with tight cash flow and harsh credit terms, Andy and Winston both want to do something to solve the SME financing gap. With just a few laptops, the two Founders and one mission, Qupital was born in March 2016.
Oswald is the co-founder & CEO of Glints, the #1 tech-enabled career development and human resource company in Southeast Asia with a network of over 700,000 young professionals and 20,000 employers.
At 21, his cofounders and him did what the Singapore newspapers called “Singaporean Parents’ worst nightmare” and dropped out of Stanford, UC Berkeley and Wharton University for the startup.
Now, Glints has raised over US$10 million by top investors including Monk’s Hill Ventures, 500 Startups, Wavemaker Partners, Fresco Capital, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Golden Equator Capital, Gobi Partners, Mindworks Ventures and other private investors. It has operations in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Oswald was also named by TechCrunch as being one of the youngest founders to have raised venture capital in Southeast Asia, one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium in 2015, and Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia in 2017.
Serial entrepreneur redefining how travelers experience the world.
Ming Chen is a travel veteran, having founded eztravel.com.tw in 2000, which was later bought by Ctrip Inc, a Chinese travel agency. In 2003, he then founded startravel.com.tw, which went public a few years later.
Qinghao Li & Gui Jia
Formerly worked in CCTV News Center and Human Resources Center, as director of CCTV Americas
Worked at New Oriental Education Technology Group and a large state-owned enterprise, engaged in business operation management
Former vice president of CreditEase Wealth, responsible for CreditEase Wealth's strategy, institutional and channel business development, etc.
Worked as a senior director at New Oriental and was one of the founders of the "Primary and Secondary School VIP Business"
Worked at the Merchants Group of Hainan Pilot Zone, and was in charge of overseas investment promotion
Former president assistant of CreditEase Wealth, responsible for financial consultant training and technology empowerment, institutional and channel promotion, etc.
Lee describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, but perhaps “serial disrupter” would be more apt. “Whenever I go into an industry, I don’t know anything about it. What I’m good at is I’m able to question everything. I question the big guys in the market and everything they do, then do it better for the first few years,” he says.
At 31, Lee’s CV reads like that of a man twice his age. The fact that he started his entrepreneurial journey at 17 doesn’t hurt, either. By 22, he’d built e-commerce platform Ubuyibuy with fellow 2017 Generation T lister Danny Yeung and sold it to Groupon just six months after launching. Almost a decade—and half-a-dozen companies—later he’s reshaping the property industry with Dash Serviced Suites, a “non-traditional, asset-light, tech-enabled serviced apartment operator”.
ABC Fintech & Dolphin
Yongzhi Yang graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he started his career as a Software Architect at Microsoft. During his time there, he earned Microsoft’s “Most Potential and Leadership” award for four consecutive years. Yongzhi then left to found Mobotap, the company that developed Dolphin Browser. In 2012, Yongzhi was voted as “China’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs – Technology” by the China Business Network. In 2016, he started his second company, ABC Fintech, which combines artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies.
In Yongzhi’s eyes, blockchain is a radical innovation and will heavily influence how the world will run – it can affect every industry and is reliant on technology instead of resource consumption. He believes that if blockchain is implemented successfully, the world may no longer need cash or banks – blockchain can truly revolutionize the world.
Li Yang joined Miss Fresh in 2014 and successively served as the Head of Campus Division, the Head of the East China Region, the Vice President of Procurement, and the Vice President of Platform Business Operations. He has led over a thousand people and has built a team with extensive experience in marketing, merchandising, warehouse preparation, warehouse operations, and business data analytics.
As a young entrepreneur, Li Yang has an attitude rooted in continuous evolution and likes to challenge the status quo. He envisions that Mr. Fresh will become the pioneer of the unmanned retail era and aims to bring this vision into reality.
Shan Wang is the founder & general manager of ecMax, graduated from Xi'an Jiaotong University with a postgraduate degree in internet communication, and has served in Sina News Center, China Overseas Group and Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. He has been involved in cross-border retail since 2005. He was assistant general manager of China Shipping Development Suzhou Co., Ltd. and the first brand officer (head of the publicity department) of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Mr Wang founded ecMAX in 2013.
A lifelong entrepreneur and game designer creating next-generation entertainment through virtual reality.
Steven Zhao learned to design games at age 11; supported himself through university by developing games at age 18; founded a pc and mobile game studio at age 24, grossing US$25M in revenue. In 2016, he saw the potential of VR and founded Glo Inc, a VR gaming company.
Prior to founding uBingo, Mr. Zheng Tan served as Director of Data Science at ADARA, leading the data modelling team to generate substantial profits for the company.
Mr. Tan has abundant experience and interest in the field of tourism and AI.
Mr. Tan received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Davis and his Bachelor’s from the University of Science and Technology of China
With more than 15 years in the testing, inspection and certification industry, Gary is an industry veteran who has managed teams of over 50 at the top 4 laboratories in the world and has assisted hundreds of large enterprises integrate compliance solutions into their supply chain.
However, after observing the complexity of product regulations, lack of transparency, and legacy infrastructure, Gary left the comfort of his leadership role and set out to disrupt this trillion-dollar industry.
10 years global mobile payment experience. Bryan founded Dspread (stock ticker: 834547) in 2009, the Top 10 mobile payment solution company ranked by Nilson Report and expand business to more than 60 countries. He then founded Ksher in 2016, the leading FinTech company to serve ex-China Asia market. Ksher now enpowers over 100,000 merchants with FinTech + MarkeTech ability to expand business from offline to online, in over 8 countries from Mid-east, Japan, SEA region.
MIT research scientist aiming to shape the future of energy.
Yichen Shen is 30 under 30 on the 2018 Forbes list. He contributed to nanophotonic breakthroughs that could shape the future of energy. Lux Labs makes optical films that discriminate light based on its angle of propagation -- great for optimizing solar power tech. Lightelligence designs computer chips powered by light rather than electricity.
His first child inspired him to bring robotics, learning, and fun together to empower a new generation with the language of coding.
Vikas Gupta learned to program using BASIC when he was 14 years old and later went on to start a company, Jambool, that was acquired by Google in 2010. Previously, he led the payments and web services groups at Amazon. Vikas is a father of two, and it was the time he spent with his daughter, his first child, that inspired him to start Wonder Workshop.
Young entrepreneur creating a brand that offers timeless essentials made from the world's best fabrics at affordable prices.
Luke Grana was born and raised in Sydney. He is an entrepreneur with a passion for new retail experiences, in the past Luke started and sold five business in industries as diverse as F&B, online education, and electric vehicle infrastructure before he founded Grana in October 2013. He later moved to Hong Kong in November 2013 to take advantage of Hong Kong’s logistics strength.
Luke is inspired by risk-takers and innovators of all kinds, and is passionate about creating new efficient business models that can deliver high quality products at lower price points than bricks and mortar competitors.