Stories

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” From heartfelt stories and insights from our global network to the insider scoop on life in Singapore – join us on our journey as we explore topics close to heart.


Business

The Venture Capital Boom in Southeast Asia is Only Beginning – Here’s Why 

After beginning her career in New York, Sequoia India & Southeast Asia investment advisor Anni Cai explains why she returned to Singapore and how Southeast Asia is a region loaded with growth potential.

Fighting Food Waste One Crust at a Time

Meet Travin Singh, the Singaporean who founded Crust Group to upcycle surplus bread and fruit peels into beers and sodas. He describes how, within just three years, a side hustle has grown into a seed-funded startup that is fast expanding into Japan, Taiwan and beyond.

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Culture

3 things I learned from working on Ghostlore, a game that celebrates Singapore’s culture

As a Singaporean game developer based in USA, Sarah has never seen Singapore’s culture represented in games. Ghostlore, a Diablo inspired Action Role Playing Game (ARPG) based on Southeast Asian folklore, is an attempt to change that. Planned for an Early Access release on Steam in April 2022, she takes us behind the scenes to share some interesting facts about the game!

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Lifestyle

An Introduction to International Schools in Singapore

If you’re considering relocating to Singapore for your next expat post, the following guide is full of information and advice on international schools, including case studies of four schools, and interviews with others who’ve moved from Hong Kong to Singapore.

Building a New Paw-ffice in New York City

It takes more than just guts to expand a start-up to New York City, but with much resilience  planning, Pawjourr founders Sijun and Jane share how they managed to bring their business to the Big Apple.

After Visiting 92 Countries, They Decided Singapore Was the One

Was it the delicious orh luak (oyster omelette)? The world-class cocktails? Or perhaps the amazing rooftop views? Mitchell Hyde of AdventureFaktory tells us why he and his wife Thuymi Do chose to settle in Singapore after travelling the globe.

Searching for my Shanghai Soul Sisters

Who runs the world? GIRLS! This month, in celebration of International Women’s Day, Eve shares her story of how she found her tribe of sisters in a Shanghai and grew a supportive community of women from just 4 people in 2009 to the extensive Thursday Tai Tai (TTT) family it is today.

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People

5Qs with Jane Shi, Character Designer and Illustrator

Our 5Qs series is a chance for the SGN members to know more about folks in the community, where we pose 5 questions to exciting individuals to find out more about what they do.

A Singaporean Chef’s Recipe for Success

With a spoonful of drive, a dollop of hard work, a splash of opportunity and a bucketful of determination, Mathew Leong may well be on his way to his dream of opening a Michelin starred restaurant. Find out how a 13-year-old’s brush with a simple salmon dish fuelled him to the head chef position at Norway’s RE-NAA today.

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Tech

How These Fresh Grads Built an Edtech for Rural Communities

Edwin Ho and Deevak Premdas persevered through a series of failed startups before finally gaining traction with Edsy Bitsy, an edtech for low- to middle-income communities in Asia and Africa.

Why you should join the tech industry in Southeast Asia

With demand for talent far outstripping supply, tech companies in Southeast Asia are both widening their hiring pool and paying top dollar to attract talent. Recruitment veteran Tan Jin Han, APAC Vice President (Technology) at Selby Jennings, shares insights into how mid-careerists can navigate offers and even switch tracks to join the tech industry.

How “Regulated DeFi” Will Ensure Financial Inclusion

Access to high quality investment products (like listed securities or private equity assets) has always been restricted to accredited or institutional investors. InterOpera’s founder Will Lee and CEO Michael Chin explain how they are designing an infrastructure to ensure safe and equitable access to such investments for all.

Why international tech startup Parcel Perform chose Singapore to raise funds and grow its business

Singapore is a vibrant location for tech start-ups looking for funding, but it never hurts to have some practical guidance on how to shortlist the right partners for your company. Learn from Dr Arne Jeroschewski as he shares how Parcel Perform found its strategic investors in Singapore and what other startup founders should keep in mind as they engage the multitude of investors in the tech node.

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