Most successful founders of tech titans had mentors to guide them, particularly at the early stage. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Steve Jobs. Bill Gates, one of the richest man in the world, had Warren Buffet as mentor (and investor). And that's the perk of mentorship, these mentors can also serve as an investor, or at least connect you to one. At BizPod, our Mentors play a very important role, they join the team at the “Startup for Success” stage and provide invaluable guidance that otherwise the teams would never have.
Here are some reasons why you need a mentor:
Vincent Kok is a pioneer of the digital industry in Malaysia. Since 1994, he had been involved in digital media developments of information kiosks, CD-ROMs to the earliest Asian websites.
As was one of the earliest certified Google Advertising Professional in Malaysia, Vincent achieved that distinction in 2007, before Google even had a Malaysian office. Prior to starting VMO, Vincent was instrumental in the development & deployment of a travel e-commerce platform for the travel industry, starting and securing a Google Premier SME Partner status for a public listed company in under 10 months.
Heislyc Loh is a community builder and thought leader on technology startups entrepreneurship in the Southeast Asian region. He founded StartupMamak in 2011, an 18,000-strong community for tech startup explorers, talents and founders to exchange knowledge and connections.
Heislyc is also the Managing Director of Founder Institute Malaysia, the world's premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs in 180 different cities. Heislyc is currently growing Devs Asia as a platform to gather top tech talents to help businesses outsource their software product development.
Mohd Atasha is an experienced Senior Management & Business Advisor with more than 18 years in the technology sector spanning across the SEA, East Asia, East Africa, EU, UK & US. He advises business leaders on how to thrive in the Digital Era and connects them to business and investment opportunities.
Atasha is active in Tech Startup ecosystem dealing extensively with founders, investors, corporate & government. Prior to this, Atasha was responsible for Malaysia’s special project, negotiated on behalf of the Malaysian Government to attract Foreign-Direct Investment High Impact Projects (Fortune-500 listed companies).
He has secured RM7 billion investment with more than 11,000 jobs in 2 years. He has successfully helped some of the world’s leading multinational brands in various industries and small and medium businesses to develop leaders and accelerate organizational performance.
Dr Aly was 23 years old when he graduated as a medical doctor, and by 26 he had to sell off 2 of the 3 private clinics he co-owned. The old saying that doctors make bad business people, is really a very old saying.
While it wasn’t easy, the journey to shift from being a typical doctor to a doctorpreneur took many years for Dr Aly, as there were not many other doctors whom he could rely on as a mentor. Aside from the medical aspect, Dr Aly love for business got him involved with a business networking group and he served 2 terms as the President, where he led a group of 80 business owners and entrepreneurs of different industries, which saw them double up their collective annual revenue.
Aside from that he also co-founded a small media startup company and co-hosts a weekly podcast called The 2 Docs, that speaks on contemporary issues and entrepreneurship.
Dr Ingky aka Dr Lim Ing Kien is the world's pioneering Digital Doctor. He currently manages 4 skin clinics in the Klang Valley and has a robust social media presence on all major social media platforms.
Dr Ingky is a technopreneur, founder of Skynfyx (World's First Digital Skin Clinic) and as well as a Founding Advisor to TAMP Inc based in San Francisco which creates telehealth services for hospitals all over the world.
Dr Ingky believes that change is the only constant and in order for one to change; one must learn, relearn and reflect on one's own ethos.
Kenneth Ho is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor from Malaysia. He is best known for being the founder and executive director of BEAMSTART, a platform helping business owners find clients, investors, and skilled-talent online.
Today Kenneth spends most his time building BEAMSTART, aiming to turn the platform into the go-to platform for business opportunities across Southeast Asia. He believes that having the right support and backing would not only allow entrepreneurs to build better companies, but in the long term cultivate a stronger economy.
BEAMSTART today has offices in 3 countries, and millions of visitors from over 60 countries. The company has also gone on to invest in close to 10 new spinoff ventures such as esports/gaming, news/media, and SaaS solutions.
Dato' James Foo known as the "Business Macgyver" and is recognised as a global serial entrepreneur, published author and a sought-after keynote speaker. He is a leading expert, speaker, author and entrepreneur in the field of business growth.
James pursued his entrepreneurial calling when he co-founded his first business in 1997. At that time, his goal was to be like Richard Branson, owning 400 companies. Today, he has founded over 80 companies in 3 countries across 13 trade sectors.
He also serves as co-founder of Authority Institute and is the co-creator of the New Profits Framework (https://authority.institute/jvprofits/). He has spent much of the last decade mentoring entrepreneurs and business owners to help them scale and grow their companies.
Sai Kit is the Chief Executive of Captii Ventures, a corporate venture capital arm of Captii Group, that he helped set up in late 2014. Captii Ventures is now a multistage investor in technology companies in Southeast Asia.
Besides heading venture investment activities, Sai Kit has also been involved in M&A, investments and corporate restructuring activities, as well as leading a digital and mobile advertising business within the Captii Group. He is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK (ACCA).
He now serves as the Honorary Secretary of Malaysia Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (MVCA). He is also a local leader of Kuala Lumpur chapter of Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator.
Kim Lim is the CEO and co-founder of PichaEats, a food business rebuilding lives of refugees in Malaysia.
PichaEats was part of the MaGIC (Malaysia Global Innovative and Creativity Centre) Global Accelerator Program, e@Stanford program in San Francisco, the Westerwelle Foundation in Berlin, and a grantee under the Air Asia Foundation.
PichaEats was also the winner of The Chivas Venture 2017/18 in Malaysia and thrived into the Top 5 at the international level, the winner of Allianz's "Empowering Future Generation" in Munich, Germany, Booking Booster's Top 10 sustainable venture with Booking.com and recently Top 10 Asia’s Social Enterprise.
The company represented Malaysia to participate in a program organised by Chivas and Skoll Centre in the University of Oxford. In 2017, she was awarded THE EDGE Inspiring Young Leaders 2017 awards, listed Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, Prestige 40 under 40 Malaysia and recently, Asia Tatler's Generation T.
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