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Startup Grind Singapore Hosts 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).  


7:00 Networking and Food
8:00 Fireside Chat
9:00 Networking

 We just launched for sharing and discussion on topics related to startups in Singapore: events, jobs, startups, products, people. Come join us!

Hosted By 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.
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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 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 visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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