Meet The VCs - Fundraising (An Entrepreneur’s and Investor’s Perspective)


Meet The VC is The Hub Singapore's exclusive fireside chats series with leading VCs (Venture Capitalists), where they share their tools and insights into the local fundraising scene to get you ready for (more) investment. From seed to growth stage investing, we have got you covered with our monthly Meet The VCs series!

In our next session in our Meet The VCs series, we are going to answer any question a startup has about fundraising from the perspective of an entrepreneur and investor.

James Tan, Managing Partner at Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for companies that have scalability and replicability in large internet communities, would be at the Meet The VCs series to share with you his insights into fundraising having played the role of founder and investor, China as a market, what Quest looks for in an investment and exiting a digital commerce company.

Key takeaways from the session include:

1. Understanding the expectations of fundraising from both an entrepreneur and investor perspective and learn how to bridge any potential gap

2. Learning about China as a market for startups

3. Understanding what Quest looks for in an investment

4. Learning how you can prepare yourself for an exit based on the success story of Wowo

All tickets purchased includes one drink from our in house cafe, Blue Collar Collaborative Cafe.


6:45PM: Registration and networking
7:15PM: Fireside Chat with James Tan (Quest Ventures) and Joachim Vandaele (The Hub)
8:00PM: Q&A
8:15PM: Networking

Read more about the speaker:

James Tan is managing partner of Quest Ventures, a leading venture fund for technology companies. Prior to this, James was COO of Jetbay, a venture-backed, Silicon Valley company that is the world's largest travel research and booking platform for China; and co-founder and COO of 55tuan (NASDAQ: WOWO), one of China's largest ecommerce companies with an annual transaction volume near $1 billion.

He has held various engineering and product roles in two-sided markets at SCS (now NCS), JPMorgan Chase and Nets. James has also served as trustee or board director on many organisations and companies, including Action Community for Entrepreneurship, Beijing Software Industry Association, Applied Innovation Institute, and startups in China and Southeast Asia.

James was recognised as an outstanding overseas Chinese by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China; and a finalist in the Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship. He has been guest speaker at China-centric and entrepreneurship events such as Global Entrepreneurship Week, ITB Berlin, TechinAsia, TDS Asia, and Web In Travel. He is a mentor at Chinaccelerator, Founder Institute, IBM SmartCamp, and SPH Plug and Play. He has lectured or is a regular guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, HKUST, IE, NUS and Tsinghua University.
James is a graduate of University of South Australia and as a Beijing government scholarship and Singapore government fellowship recipient, received his MBA from Tsinghua University in partnership with MIT. He studied and dropped out of information systems and computer science at the National University of Singapore.

For leisure, James is a photog
rapher and has shot commercially, featured in magazines such as ComputerWorld and Readers' Digest and represented by Liaison Agency (now Getty Images). He backpacks Asia and volunteers in marine conservation as a PADI scuba-diving and DAN dive-safety instructor.

The Hub would also love to share in your good news as we establish our own seed-stage investment fund for Hubbers so do approach germaine@thehub.sg if you are fundraising.

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Thu Sep 15, 2016
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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