Personal lessons and moments of impact
Partner at Golden Gate Ventures
On Great Owls TV – Michael Lints, Partner at Golden Gate Ventures – an early-stage venture capital firm investing across Southeast Asia. In this episode, Michael In this episode, Michael shares his lessons from seeing over 1,000 company pitches a year; explains what makes the most successful companies; highlights the importance of personal strategy vs business strategy; gives insider tips for founders to get the most out of the investors and reveals the book the has impacted him the most.
Co-Founder and Partner of Sparklabs Global Ventures
In this episode, Frank Meehan – Co-Founder of Sparklabs Global Ventures and Co-Founder and CEO of Smartup.io reveals his personal lessons, explains his investment strategy, points out trends that will have a global impact and tells us how to stay ahead of artificial intelligence.
Fashion and Retail Tech Advisor
Fashion, technology and VC maven Debra Langley talks to us about the top trends and technologies that are shaping consumer behavior, and the skills she believes are most important for the future.
Founding CEO of SGInnovate
Steve Leonard talks to us about why Singapore is at the forefront of innovation and what he believes are the greatest qualities to cultivate for success.
Managing Partner Monk’s Hill Ventures
Singapore native Peng T. Ong is one of Asia’s most notable technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Peng talks to us about his journey creating three wildly successful start-ups and his thoughts on entrepreneurship, innovation and what success actually means.
Founding Partner Golden Gate Ventures
“Quitting IBM without having any other job offers at hand was one of the best life decisions I made. Putting myself into a corner where I didn’t have anything to fall back on made me more of a fighter.”
Founders & Executives
“I spent 15 years in the corporate world, and I always had this notion that the start-up world and co-working spaces were just for the young guys, mainly the techies. When I came into TechCircle, I was really surprised how diverse it is and how many people there are from completely different backgrounds, experiences and industries,” Yujun Chean, founder of Vouch
Managing Director AOL Asia and ANZ
“I am not afraid to move sideways in my career. In some cases, you need to go backwards in order to go forwards. It is important to make the decision that suits you and not the decision that people expect you to make.”
“I networked the hell out of my career, which started in college. I was always taught your life is what you make of it. No one will come and hand you a free lunch. I worked hard at managing and influencing my own destiny.”
Founder Fetch Plus
“My worst work mistake is not being comfortable raising capital. While I’ve raised over a million in capital, I haven’t done it through the typical venture capitalists.”
“I don’t think there’s ever just one important decision. It’s life. You’re always making decisions along the way and most are important. Some you make more wisely than the others, but you learn from each. I view everything through that lens.”
“The most important decision in my career was to take on tasks where I knew I was out of my depth. To highlight areas where I will need help, to reveal my weak spots, to identify the right people that can help and then work with them to deliver.”
Former rocket scientist and current innovation strategist Mark Shmulevich reveals his insights into some of the biggest trends in technology that will shape the future and recommends game-changing books that have changed the way he works.
CEO and co-founder of ViSenze
Oliver Tan talks to us about why he left a well-paid corporate executive position to jump into a tech start-up, and what he sees as the biggest challenges and potentials of AI.
Brand Strategy Director Twitter
“Whenever I see an opportunity, I go for it. I’m comfortable with a high degree of uncertainty — constantly reminding myself “what’s the worst that can happen?”
TED Talks and videos that inspire the Great Owls
Books that influenced the Great Owls