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Investing in the convergence of design, hardware & software
Operating at the intersection of ideas, talent & capital
BUILDING A BETTER PLATFORM FOR
DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS & ENTREPRENEURS
TO GET TOGETHER, BE INSPIRED, MAKE THINGS
AND START/GROW COMPANIES.
Corporate Profile
12 August 2014
Venture Capital,
Incubation & Advisory
Product Development
Foundry
Community & Business
Support Services
UI/UX, Ruby, iOS, Android
We incubate, invest &
advise early-stage
startups.
We build web &
mobile products for
ourselves and others.
We provide community & business
support services for individuals &
businesses for profit & non-profit.
US$5M seed fund;
24 investments across
US & Asia Pacific (circa
2010)
NRF TIS incubator;
S$50K-100K investment
matched by S$250-500K at
1:5 ratio
The Silicon Straits Group :: dynamic pieces, loosely joined
Co-working, Fab Lab,
Startup Community
Management
1. Introduction ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
The Silicon Straits Group :: from MVP to scale
Cumulative Revenues
2010 1H2010 2H2010 1H2011 2H2011 1H2012 2H2012 1H2013 2H2013 1H2014
Employees
22 Mar 2010 2H2010 2H2011 2H2012 2H2013
49 pax
5 Jul 2013
1 Jan 2014
40 pax
4 pax
5 pax
1. Introduction
Investment Track Record
Acquired by Eventbrite in Sep ‘2013, amt. undiscl.
Acquired by Apple in Aug ‘2013, amt undiscl.
Acquired by Yelp in Jul ‘2013 for US$12.7M
Acquired by Rakuten in Sep ‘2013 for US$200+M
S$1.76M
22 Mar 2010
ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
The Silicon Straits Group :: stellar team, seasoned advisors
James Chan
Founder & CEO
Kent Nguyen
CTO
Andy Bui
Head, Vietnam
Adrianna Tan
VP, Community
Kaung Sitt
Head, Myanmar
1. Introduction
Joichi Ito
Director, MIT Media Lab
Kia Hong Lim
Chairman & CEO, SIS International
Dileep Nath
Angel investor, co-founder of Kanbay
Teruhide Sato
President & CEO, Beenos (TYO: 3328)
Ivan Lee
Founder, Thai Express
ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
Digitization & Networking are contributing to economic
growth at a pace that outstrips pace of Industrial Revolution.
99% of things in physical world not linked to the Internet (yet)..
1%
Industrial Revolution
A.D. 1760 A.D. 1945 A.D. 1982
Internet
A.D. 2013
Atomic, Jet & Space Age
Source: “The Global Information Technology Report 2013 - growth & jobs in a Hyperconnected World” - INSEAD-WEF collaboration
30%.. ..of global Internet revenue 40%.. ..of global Internet net income
Source: “Internet matters: The Net’s sweeping impact on growth, jobs and prosperity” - McKinsey & Company
2.0b connected to Internet.. ..out of global population of 7b
>50% of world’s population live in cities.. ..out of global population of 7b
1. Introduction ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
The Internet matters :: almost every vertical or industry is
either cannibalised by it, or scales with it.
At peak in 1996,
100,000+ staff, US$31B
market value wiped out,
bankruptcy
13 staff & US$1B exit
to Facebook in 2012
from printed to
digital
from in-person
to online
from 1-way/
physical media
to 2-way/digital
from discrete/
in-person to
on-demand/
online
At peak in 2004,
60,000+ staff, 9,000
stores, bankruptcy
from in-person/
physical to card-not-
present/digital/
mobile
from insecure/
untraceable/upfront
to secure/traceable/
escrow
from time-limited/
physical presence/
inventory cost to
always-on/digital/just-
in-time
from large pallet
logistics to loose-
item forward-
reverse logistics
Typewriter to Word Processor to Cloud
and many more...
Fixed-line to Mobile Telephony to Mobile Data Mass production to mass customisation
1. Introduction ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
12/09
Silicon Straits
appointed as incubator
partner for NRF TIS
4/10
1st fund
opens
5/10
1st fund initial close.
7/10 9/10 10/10 2/11 3/11 4/11 5/11 6/11 7/11 8/111/11 10/11 11/11 12/11
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
2/12 5/1211/09
James starts
partnership with Joi
Ito for 1st fund.
co-investments with the National Research Foundation as part of TIS programme
Neoteny Labs US$5M fund :: 24 startups in 2 years averaging
US$50K - US$500K / investment
2A. Venture Capital, Incubation & Advisory ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
Acquired by Eventbrite in Sep
‘2013, amt. undiscl.
Acquired by (undiscl.) in Aug
‘2013, amt undiscl.
1st fund has returned US$6.7+ (1.34x) 4 years after its initial
US$5M raise with further US$9.1M in unrealised value.
Exits Remaining Portfolio from 1st fund
Deadpool
Acquired by Yelp in Jul ‘2013 for
US$12.7M.
Acquired by Rakuten in Sep
‘2013 for US$200+M.
4 exits, 7 write-offs (US$546.97K, 13.7% of deployed capital),
13 remaining (US$2.37M, 59.5% of deployed capital) on unrealized AUM of US$9.1M (3.84X CoC)
Investments from B/S
2A. Venture Capital, Incubation & Advisory ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
Product Development Foundry :: building web and mobile
products for individuals & companies
32-pax team in 4,000 sq ft 2-floor office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Design, UI/UX, Ruby-on-Rails, iOS & Android + internal “lab” projects (products)
Time-materials basis, $250 per pax per man-day
147 Ton Dat Tien Street, Phu My Hung, Ho Chi Minh City agile web & mobile product dev open concept
1st floor - Events, F&B, Co-working
2nd floor - Office
Stuff built by us: www.geeky.vn HTML 5 version of Silicon Straits mobile appiPad app of Silicon Straits Saigon’s mobile portfolio
2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
Product Development Foundry :: best-of-breed tools and
proven process
2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
We can build & deliver :: sample project #1
• Completely new architecture, re-write and
database migration of vPost web app in 3
months.
• Custom CMS, banner management, messaging
system with multiple user access &
management, CRM/eDM/payment integration,
e.t.c.
• 1 CTO, 1 PM, 1 UI/UX, 5 Web Dev, 1 Sys Admin
on time-materials basis, unclear project scope.
• Project was delivered to client on-time in agile
manner via RoR and on time-materials billing
basis, at 1/6 price of nearest fixed-price
quotation.
• Client has retained team for ongoing
maintenance and new feature development.
• Proof of ability to develop & deliver enterprise-
grade multiply-redundant mission-critical web
app from scratch.
Marcelo Wesseler
SVP eCommerce, SingPost
www.vpost.com.sg
2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
We can build & deliver :: sample project #2
• Research commercialization collaboration with MIT-SMART, deployable architecture for big data analytics & predictive
patrol route recommendation engine for taxis in Singapore.
• 1 PM, 1 UI/UX, 3 Web Dev on time-materials basis, evolving project scope.
• MVP was delivered to client on-time in agile manner via RoR in under 2 months.
• Proof of team’s ability to handle R&D commercialization and big data system architecture in a startup-friendly way.
Afian Anwar
CSAIL, MIT-SMART
www.taxisg.io
2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
We can build & deliver :: sample project #3
• Startup product MVP, inspired by Vine with
initial release in Indonesia after just 2 months.
• UI/UX, iOS and Android development to
achieve consistent user experience on iPhone
and Android (down to version 2.3); non-trivial
• Validation of team’s mobile UI/UX and
technical expertise.
Carl Wong
2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
We can build & deliver :: sample project #4
• One-off project with Japanese-
based design agency.
• Mobile (iOS) app development.
• 1 iOS Dev, 1 Back-end Dev.
• Proof of team’s ability to manage
complex inter-team
communications despite
working with design partner of
ASICS, and not directly with
product owner.
Paul Baron, Partner, AQ
2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
We can build & deliver :: other happy clients
2B. Product Development Foundry
SpreeCommerce web development
Development of API wrapper libraries in 4
different languages (Ruby, Python, PHP, C#)
Ruby web development and
iOS mobile app
Design & Development of
iOS & Android app
UX prototype of payment
mobile app
Development of iOS app
Design and development of Myanmar-
focused comic e-book Android app
ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
Silicon Straits CO.LAB :: 2,000 sq ft hybrid work space that
blends co-working & rapid hardware prototyping in Singapore
71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #06-11/12, Singapore 139951 (CUBES magazine Jun/Jul 2014 feature)
2C. Community & Business Support Services ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
Silicon Straits CO.LAB :: bringing together design, hardware &
software community in Singapore
CO.LAB = CO-working, fab LAB, COLABoration
2C. Community & Business Support Services ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
Air Lounge :: hybrid cafe concept in Ho Chi Minh City that
blends F&B and community events
2C. Community & Business Support Services
Playground for team and Saigon tech community.
ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
ideabox :: startup incubation & community
engagement with Ooredoo Myanmar
2C. Community & Business Support Services ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
Other Community Events :: walking the talk
Silicon Straits Drinkathon :: beer-meets-code hackfest
bonding between developers, developer assessment under stress, developer recruitment
• Community-led interest group meet-ups, i.e. Ruby SG, NodeBots, Arduino, ProductCamp
• Theme-based events, i.e. design, product management, recruitment
• Brown bag lunch talks focused on product development, design, hardware & software
2C. Community & Business Support Services ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
HackerX :: startup recruitment a-la speed dating style
theme-based hot seat recruitment approach for startups
2C. Community & Business Support Services
Other Community Events :: walking the talk
ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
www.siliconstraits.com@siliconstraits
contact@siliconstraits.com
71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #06-11/12,
Singapore 139951
147 Ton Dat Tien Street, Tan Phong Ward,
District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
Thank You
www.facebook.com/siliconstraits
MAC Tower, Merchant Road
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The Silicon Straits Tribe

  • 1. Investing in the convergence of design, hardware & software Operating at the intersection of ideas, talent & capital BUILDING A BETTER PLATFORM FOR DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS & ENTREPRENEURS TO GET TOGETHER, BE INSPIRED, MAKE THINGS AND START/GROW COMPANIES. Corporate Profile 12 August 2014
  • 2. Venture Capital, Incubation & Advisory Product Development Foundry Community & Business Support Services UI/UX, Ruby, iOS, Android We incubate, invest & advise early-stage startups. We build web & mobile products for ourselves and others. We provide community & business support services for individuals & businesses for profit & non-profit. US$5M seed fund; 24 investments across US & Asia Pacific (circa 2010) NRF TIS incubator; S$50K-100K investment matched by S$250-500K at 1:5 ratio The Silicon Straits Group :: dynamic pieces, loosely joined Co-working, Fab Lab, Startup Community Management 1. Introduction ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 3. The Silicon Straits Group :: from MVP to scale Cumulative Revenues 2010 1H2010 2H2010 1H2011 2H2011 1H2012 2H2012 1H2013 2H2013 1H2014 Employees 22 Mar 2010 2H2010 2H2011 2H2012 2H2013 49 pax 5 Jul 2013 1 Jan 2014 40 pax 4 pax 5 pax 1. Introduction Investment Track Record Acquired by Eventbrite in Sep ‘2013, amt. undiscl. Acquired by Apple in Aug ‘2013, amt undiscl. Acquired by Yelp in Jul ‘2013 for US$12.7M Acquired by Rakuten in Sep ‘2013 for US$200+M S$1.76M 22 Mar 2010 ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 4. The Silicon Straits Group :: stellar team, seasoned advisors James Chan Founder & CEO Kent Nguyen CTO Andy Bui Head, Vietnam Adrianna Tan VP, Community Kaung Sitt Head, Myanmar 1. Introduction Joichi Ito Director, MIT Media Lab Kia Hong Lim Chairman & CEO, SIS International Dileep Nath Angel investor, co-founder of Kanbay Teruhide Sato President & CEO, Beenos (TYO: 3328) Ivan Lee Founder, Thai Express ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 5. Digitization & Networking are contributing to economic growth at a pace that outstrips pace of Industrial Revolution. 99% of things in physical world not linked to the Internet (yet).. 1% Industrial Revolution A.D. 1760 A.D. 1945 A.D. 1982 Internet A.D. 2013 Atomic, Jet & Space Age Source: “The Global Information Technology Report 2013 - growth & jobs in a Hyperconnected World” - INSEAD-WEF collaboration 30%.. ..of global Internet revenue 40%.. ..of global Internet net income Source: “Internet matters: The Net’s sweeping impact on growth, jobs and prosperity” - McKinsey & Company 2.0b connected to Internet.. ..out of global population of 7b >50% of world’s population live in cities.. ..out of global population of 7b 1. Introduction ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 6. The Internet matters :: almost every vertical or industry is either cannibalised by it, or scales with it. At peak in 1996, 100,000+ staff, US$31B market value wiped out, bankruptcy 13 staff & US$1B exit to Facebook in 2012 from printed to digital from in-person to online from 1-way/ physical media to 2-way/digital from discrete/ in-person to on-demand/ online At peak in 2004, 60,000+ staff, 9,000 stores, bankruptcy from in-person/ physical to card-not- present/digital/ mobile from insecure/ untraceable/upfront to secure/traceable/ escrow from time-limited/ physical presence/ inventory cost to always-on/digital/just- in-time from large pallet logistics to loose- item forward- reverse logistics Typewriter to Word Processor to Cloud and many more... Fixed-line to Mobile Telephony to Mobile Data Mass production to mass customisation 1. Introduction ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 7. 12/09 Silicon Straits appointed as incubator partner for NRF TIS 4/10 1st fund opens 5/10 1st fund initial close. 7/10 9/10 10/10 2/11 3/11 4/11 5/11 6/11 7/11 8/111/11 10/11 11/11 12/11 * * * * * * * * * * * 2/12 5/1211/09 James starts partnership with Joi Ito for 1st fund. co-investments with the National Research Foundation as part of TIS programme Neoteny Labs US$5M fund :: 24 startups in 2 years averaging US$50K - US$500K / investment 2A. Venture Capital, Incubation & Advisory ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 8. Acquired by Eventbrite in Sep ‘2013, amt. undiscl. Acquired by (undiscl.) in Aug ‘2013, amt undiscl. 1st fund has returned US$6.7+ (1.34x) 4 years after its initial US$5M raise with further US$9.1M in unrealised value. Exits Remaining Portfolio from 1st fund Deadpool Acquired by Yelp in Jul ‘2013 for US$12.7M. Acquired by Rakuten in Sep ‘2013 for US$200+M. 4 exits, 7 write-offs (US$546.97K, 13.7% of deployed capital), 13 remaining (US$2.37M, 59.5% of deployed capital) on unrealized AUM of US$9.1M (3.84X CoC) Investments from B/S 2A. Venture Capital, Incubation & Advisory ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 9. Product Development Foundry :: building web and mobile products for individuals & companies 32-pax team in 4,000 sq ft 2-floor office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Design, UI/UX, Ruby-on-Rails, iOS & Android + internal “lab” projects (products) Time-materials basis, $250 per pax per man-day 147 Ton Dat Tien Street, Phu My Hung, Ho Chi Minh City agile web & mobile product dev open concept 1st floor - Events, F&B, Co-working 2nd floor - Office Stuff built by us: www.geeky.vn HTML 5 version of Silicon Straits mobile appiPad app of Silicon Straits Saigon’s mobile portfolio 2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 10. Product Development Foundry :: best-of-breed tools and proven process 2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 11. We can build & deliver :: sample project #1 • Completely new architecture, re-write and database migration of vPost web app in 3 months. • Custom CMS, banner management, messaging system with multiple user access & management, CRM/eDM/payment integration, e.t.c. • 1 CTO, 1 PM, 1 UI/UX, 5 Web Dev, 1 Sys Admin on time-materials basis, unclear project scope. • Project was delivered to client on-time in agile manner via RoR and on time-materials billing basis, at 1/6 price of nearest fixed-price quotation. • Client has retained team for ongoing maintenance and new feature development. • Proof of ability to develop & deliver enterprise- grade multiply-redundant mission-critical web app from scratch. Marcelo Wesseler SVP eCommerce, SingPost www.vpost.com.sg 2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 12. We can build & deliver :: sample project #2 • Research commercialization collaboration with MIT-SMART, deployable architecture for big data analytics & predictive patrol route recommendation engine for taxis in Singapore. • 1 PM, 1 UI/UX, 3 Web Dev on time-materials basis, evolving project scope. • MVP was delivered to client on-time in agile manner via RoR in under 2 months. • Proof of team’s ability to handle R&D commercialization and big data system architecture in a startup-friendly way. Afian Anwar CSAIL, MIT-SMART www.taxisg.io 2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 13. We can build & deliver :: sample project #3 • Startup product MVP, inspired by Vine with initial release in Indonesia after just 2 months. • UI/UX, iOS and Android development to achieve consistent user experience on iPhone and Android (down to version 2.3); non-trivial • Validation of team’s mobile UI/UX and technical expertise. Carl Wong 2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 14. We can build & deliver :: sample project #4 • One-off project with Japanese- based design agency. • Mobile (iOS) app development. • 1 iOS Dev, 1 Back-end Dev. • Proof of team’s ability to manage complex inter-team communications despite working with design partner of ASICS, and not directly with product owner. Paul Baron, Partner, AQ 2B. Product Development Foundry ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 15. We can build & deliver :: other happy clients 2B. Product Development Foundry SpreeCommerce web development Development of API wrapper libraries in 4 different languages (Ruby, Python, PHP, C#) Ruby web development and iOS mobile app Design & Development of iOS & Android app UX prototype of payment mobile app Development of iOS app Design and development of Myanmar- focused comic e-book Android app ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 16. Silicon Straits CO.LAB :: 2,000 sq ft hybrid work space that blends co-working & rapid hardware prototyping in Singapore 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #06-11/12, Singapore 139951 (CUBES magazine Jun/Jul 2014 feature) 2C. Community & Business Support Services ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 17. Silicon Straits CO.LAB :: bringing together design, hardware & software community in Singapore CO.LAB = CO-working, fab LAB, COLABoration 2C. Community & Business Support Services ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 18. Air Lounge :: hybrid cafe concept in Ho Chi Minh City that blends F&B and community events 2C. Community & Business Support Services Playground for team and Saigon tech community. ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 19. ideabox :: startup incubation & community engagement with Ooredoo Myanmar 2C. Community & Business Support Services ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 20. Other Community Events :: walking the talk Silicon Straits Drinkathon :: beer-meets-code hackfest bonding between developers, developer assessment under stress, developer recruitment • Community-led interest group meet-ups, i.e. Ruby SG, NodeBots, Arduino, ProductCamp • Theme-based events, i.e. design, product management, recruitment • Brown bag lunch talks focused on product development, design, hardware & software 2C. Community & Business Support Services ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 21. HackerX :: startup recruitment a-la speed dating style theme-based hot seat recruitment approach for startups 2C. Community & Business Support Services Other Community Events :: walking the talk ACRA UEN No. 201005970E
  • 22. www.siliconstraits.com@siliconstraits contact@siliconstraits.com 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #06-11/12, Singapore 139951 147 Ton Dat Tien Street, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City Thank You www.facebook.com/siliconstraits MAC Tower, Merchant Road Yangon, Myanmar