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Son Le Thanh

Singapore Chapter Director

Son Le Thanh is a professional software developer with more than 10 years of experience. During his career, he progressed from being Java programmer at Saigon Software Park, a Vietnamese Government-linked company, to his current role as a Product Manager at Deskera Open Source, a Sequoia-backed company in Singapore.   Son launched his foray into the Singapore startup scene at Startup Weekend in October 2011, where he spun off a social mobile application project that had been conceptualized at the same event. Being a hustler, Son was rejected by the Founders Institute four times and by sheer grit, he soldiered on and was finally accepted into the April 2012 intake.   In June 2012, Son launched the StartupGrind event series in Singapore after his trip to the Silicon Valley in April 2012. The event currently gathers a consistent crowd to share startup experiences and foster new networks.   In his spare time, Son enjoys participating in side projects and mentoring technology projects through Start Up Nation. His greatest joy, however, is his young son, who will turn two this year. Son graduated from NUS with a Master of Technology in Software Engineering and has been awarded the PMP certification.

Upcoming Events

Audrey Tan (PlayMoolah)
Thursday, May 8

Audrey Tan

PlayMoolah

Inspired explorer on a mission with the vision in mind to love and empower the children of the world, beginning with Financial Literacy. Dedicating her time, energy and passion to creating an educational tool that teaches children financial education. Audrey Co-Founded PlayMoolah, an online tool to teach children to master their money in a fun way!

  • Audrey Tan, PlayMoolah Audrey Tan, PlayMoolah

    Audrey Tan & Lee Min Xuan, founders of PlayMoolah. Photo courtesy asianentrepreneur

     

    PlayMoolah is a fun online platform for kids aged 5 to 11 to save, manage, and earn an allowance. PlayMoolah’s interactive financial literacy games keep it real by teaching children to manage real money, not virtual currency. By involving parents in the process, they are able to influence their children’s behaviour and values. Children are therefore empowered to make decisions about their own money.

     

    The concept behind PlayMoolah was born when both founders, Lee Min Xuan and Audrey Tan, were interning in Silicon Valley under the NUS Overseas College programme. The 2008 financial crisis was at its height in the US and it struck them both just how ill equipped parents were with the knowledge and practice of money management to adequately empower their children. Noting the effectiveness of cultivating good money management skills at an early age, they decided to design PlayMoolah to target children of ages 6 to 12. Their idea was subsequently voted the most investable business plan during their stint at Stanford University.

     

    PlayMoohlah recently partnered with DBS Bank (DBS Remix), to launch the app WhyMoolah. The app helps young Singaporeans to visualize their future financial situation, by allowing then to map out their financial and life decisions, and explore the consequences as a result of their choices.Play Moolah has also partnered with another local bank, OCBC Bank, to provide an online platform to allow children to understand the value of money and at an early age.

    Min Xuan Lee (left) and Audrey Tan (center), co-founders of PlayMoolah, with Jeremy Soo, head of DBS’ consumer banking group, and Sharon Tan (far right), DBS’s head of customer service management in Singapore. Photo courtesy Yahoo Finance Singapore

      With the success of building an international innovation company based out of Singapore, the co-founders were awarded the Young Women Innovators Award at the 2013 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Forum (WEF) in September 2013. Come join us on 8th May to get inspired from PlayMoolah’s success story and network with other fellow entrepreneurs in the Singapore startup scene.
    08 May Audrey Tan PlayMoolah
  • Ching-Tse Tseng, Co-founder at Vaultdragon Ching-Tse Tseng, Co-founder at Vaultdragon
    Ching-Tse Tseng, Co-founder (Business Development & Project Management). Ching drives the business development function at Vault Dragon. He is an ex-PwC operations consultant specialising in business process management. He also worked as an investment advisor at Philip Securities, where he was awarded the "Top Rookie" title in 2008 for his sales performance. Ching holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore Business School. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in Regulatory Compliance with International Compliance Association.  
    For Ching (CEO) and Vishesh (CTO), Vault Dragon is not the first venture they are working on together. They met 6 years ago when they were working on another venture TimeOrDime.com, a marketplace for busy professionals to trade more time for some money, by outsourcing petty everyday tasks to ‘errand runner’. With TimeOrDime.com, they participated in numerous local entrepreneurial competition. They were also invited to the Queen’s Entrepreneurial Competition, where TimeOrDime.com was the only Asian team in the final round of six contesting companies. TimeOrDime.com was a huge learning lesson for both the founders. In 2013, they started working on Vault Dragon. They enrolled for Founders Institute to get connected in the eco- system in Singapore. Founders Institute helped Vault Dragon tremendously in the ideation stage. Right out of Founders Institute, Vault Dragon was incubated at JFDI.
    27 Jun Ching-Tse Tseng Co-founder at Vaultdragon
  • Saemin Ahn, Managing Partner@Rakuten Ventures Saemin Ahn, Managing Partner@Rakuten Ventures
    Saemin Ahn (“Sae”) is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures. He is responsible for 1) leading and evaluating investments (team, product, IP, market, channels) 2) conducting due diligence and 3) analyzing deal structure in APAC. Prior to Rakuten Ventures, Sae was at Google for 5 years from 2009 to 2013 managing Sales and Business Development for Asia. He has extensive experience in Brand Management and Content Distribution with his time in Hyundaicard and Animal Studio, an animation startup. Sae received his B.S. in Business Administration and Broadcasting and Journalism from Sogang University. Seamin is serving the Advisor and Board Member at several startups such as Visenze (unlock the intelligence captured in any rich visual content using sophisticated visual recognition technology and visual driven analytics),  Coda Payments (conceived by mobile payment specialists at the GSM Association to be the easiest way for operators to put their assets to work in payments), Carousell (Snap, List, Sell. Create free listings to sell items you once loved in 30 seconds).  
    31 Jul Saemin Ahn Managing Partner@Rakuten Ventures

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