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Fireside chat with Steven Goh, co-founder at mig33, at Startup Grind Singapore

Welcome back to Startup Grind Singapore! join the first fireside chat in the year 2013 with Steven Goh, the CEO and co-Founder of mig33, a global mobile consumer internet company, and a Director of BellDirect, the first online stock broker in Australia.


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Steven was born to a father who is a maths lecturer (PHD in Rocketry). He was taught in Malaysia, New York, Berkely, Sydney, Vancouver, and Perth. Growing up in UWA’s Maths Department, he began his career at very young age, programming with FORTRAN language on punch cards at 7 years old. He started commercially in tech at 14 year old by importing and repairing Apple 2 clones. Taking up a bachelor of commerce but he pursued a hobby of writing a programme at university as to model and optimize card counting strategies given the local casino rules. He raised funds to go and play Blackjack. He made money for investors in 6 out of 7 funds.

After graduation, Steven worked in Chartered Accounting and then Stockbroking, before founding Sanford Securities. He did an amazing work when his CTO (Chief Technology Officer) could not join him and he did not do any coding within a decade, he went to a bookstore to buy programming books and he wrote over 100,000 lines of codes after 6 months. Subsequently after Sanford Securities, he went to build a few other stockbroking companies.

Aspiring to do a global business and having seen an opportunity with chat for mobile phones, Steven co-founded mig33 with Mei Lin Ng in Australia in December 2005. Mig33 was started with AUD$500K (USD 527K / SGD 658K) in seed funding (which was raised under three hours), mig33 has since raised a total of USD 34M (SGD 42M) and gone on to become a mobile social-networking juggernaut in emerging markets such as Indonesia and India. By far, Steven has participated in or led a few hundred transactions raising several hundred $m (including > $50m for companies he has personally founded and led). He developed professional and business experience in Australia, Silicon Valley, Asia, Africa and Europe. He also sat on numerous boards and committees for professional organisations, community bodies, corporate boards (private & public companies).

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- 6.30pm: Registration & self introduction (dinner to be served)
- 7.00pm: Fireside chat with Steven Goh
- 7.30pm: Q & A
- 8.30pm: More networking


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 15 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information or follow us on twitter@StartupGrind.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late due to traffic

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, quick question. Can I pay at the door?

    February 26, 2013

    • Son Le T.

      Yes you can, but we prefer if you can pay via eventbrite

      February 26, 2013

  • Gary T.

    Hi we are interested to talk to startups who need to import data from websites that don't have any API to find out how they are getting around this problem. What solutions they are using if any.

    February 25, 2013

    • Saad

      Well there is no stable way. You can use HTML parsing..but as soon as the structure of the source website changes, things will break.

      February 25, 2013

    • Gary T.

      Are you currently building a web application that relies on HTML parsing?

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Visiting from Australia

    February 25, 2013

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