Saying, I Do (The Startup Way)

2 April 2015 | Microsoft Auditorium, 21st Floor

Have you heard for this saying that 'Two is better than one?' Finding your co-founder could be the most important decision you will need to make other than the right team members. A strong team will build the base of a strong foundation leading to a better chance of success. Join "Saying I Do (The Startup Way)" and learn from Eric Tachibana (An investor, currently engaged at Amazon Web Services) and co-founders from Penroads and Lawcanvas how they connect to find their co-founder from an online job portal:

  • How do you determine if the Co-founder is right for your startup?
  • How and Why the right founding team is critical to the path of successful activities for your startup?
  • How you and your founder should/could complement each other?
  • How to know if your startup need a co-founder or even is ready for one?
  • How do you ensure that you will be the 'perfect' co-founder for the startup that you are interested in joining?
  • Why and when would be a good time to dissolve a non-compatible partnership?
  • What are possible channels/sources you can go to find your perfect match?

The Panelist

Eric Tachibana

Bio: Currently, Eric Tachibana runs the ASEAN Professional Services Practice for Amazon Web Services. In this role, Eric helps large enterprise customers across Asia with the organizational transformations necessary to deliver maximum benefits from the Cloud Operating Model.

Previous to his role at Amazon, Eric was the Asia Pacific COO for UBS, across the Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Asset Management Chief Technology Office where he was responsible for the management of Innovation, Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, and Enterprise Social Networks. Before UBS, Eric was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served as APAC Technology and Operations COO.

Prior to his years in banking, Eric was an entrepreneur, focusing on the financial services space for over 14 years - creating, building, and eventually exiting, successful small and mid-sized companies in Silicon Valley, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and the U.K. Today Tachibana continues his entrepreneurial endeavors as a regional angel investor, strategic adviser, and mentor for young, developing entrepreneurs, serving as founding non-executive advisor for 9 companies ranging from IT, to F&B, to retail/fashion.

Eric is also an author of 8 books on technology development and innovation management and continues to earn regional industry recognition as an adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore and Thammasat University business schools.

Mark Png

Bio: Mark joined LawCanvas Pte Ltd in 2014 as the Tech Co-Founder. LawCanvas is web service for start-ups and small businesses to access commonly used legal templates and connect to a pool of lawyers for legal advice.

Previously, Mark was with a Danish Media Monitoring Company as the Head of IT in 2009 and pioneered the development of the company's technology infrastructure, contributing to the headcount growth from a staff strength of 4 to well over 200 in a short span of 2-years; the company was eventually bought over by a Norwegian/Swedish organisation in 2012.

His favourite tagline is "Attack of the Killer Mushrooms", which refers to the numerous ideas sprouting up in my mind every day. He is always interested to pass ideas, knowledge and experience on to others; I gain so much in that process anyway.

Harry Fu

Bio: Harry founded Penroads in July 2014. Having worked in companies on both sides of a deal flow, it's baffling how he's still puzzled about this whole start-up thing. Nevertheless, he finds himself inspired each and every working day - building a start-up is tough, but it can also be the most meaningful thing you do. He majored in Mathematics and has a keen interest in technology and apologetics.

Daniel Leong

Bio: Daniel is the co-founder of LawCanvas, a web service that helps law firms and corporates create legal documents quickly and easily. Daniel oversees business development at LawCanvas and works with lawyers and other corporate service providers to help them optimize their operations in better ways. He was previously from Big 4 accounting firm KPMG, and graduated from the Singapore chapter of Founder Institute in 2013.

Amongst other things, Daniel believes that startups should never be done alone, and having good co-founders is the single biggest factor that will make or break your startup

(*Note: Ticket’s fee to cover food and beverages.)

Program Schedule

Time Program Information
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Registration
6:45 pm to 6:50 pm Welcome by Startup Jobs Asia
6:50 pm to 6:55 pm Microsoft
7:00 pm to 7:30 pm Workshop:The Right Partner: Makes the perfect 'Marriage'
(Speaker: Eric Tachibana)
7:35 pm to 8:45 pm Introduction of Panelist / Panel Discussion
8:45 pm to 9:00 pm Q&A
9:00 pm to 10:00 pm Networking Session (Food & Beverages provided)

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