OUR VALUES

Integrity and Fairness – that’s the bedrock of our values towards all, be it founders, team, partners, or investors. We believe in getting back to basics, and rolling up our sleeves to work hand-in-hand with founders. Ultimately, we are led by a broader purpose to accelerate technology growth in the region by being the VC change agent.

THE CO-FOUNDERS

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Tin Men’s Co-Founders have been friends, co-workers and business collaborators for up to 12 years.

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Benjamin Tan

Co-founder

Ben is a co-founder of Tin Men Capital overseeing portfolio company revenue growth, operations and partnerships.

As a savvy investor in seed-stage startups across Southeast Asia, Ben is highly experienced in driving real value for entrepreneurs. His real-world expertise comes from having started and exited 3 businesses in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia since 1995.

With 23 years of experience, Ben has helmed teams across Asia in software (Microsoft, Information Laboratories), media (Yolk, WPP), Internet and telecom sectors (Redpill). Ben has served as a panellist and mentor for Singapore’s regulatory board, the Media Development Authority’s (now the Infocomm Media Development Authority) iJam programme, and is predisposed to local entrepreneurship and street-practicality.

He obtained a Degree in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore.

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MURLI RAVI

Co-founder

Murli is a co-founder of Tin Men Capital driving Tin Men’s investment strategy and market analysis functions. He was previously with Temasek Holdings, JAFCO and INSEAD.

Murli has been a board member of more than 25 venture-backed firms since 2008 across an array of enterprise tech sectors, countries (Singapore, India, Australia, and the US), and stages (from pre-revenue startups to 2000+ employee firms). His first board roles came just as the global financial crisis began, which was a brutal crash course in the vagaries startups must navigate.

Murli studied engineering at the National University of Singapore on a full scholarship and has been mucking about on the Internet since the early 90s. He has been quoted widely including in Business Today, Deal Street Asia, dmexco, Inc, Private Equity SE Asia, Techcircle, Techventure, Yourstory and elsewhere. He is a self-taught (but sadly lapsed) Perl programmer and once coded an artificial neural network model from scratch in the early 2000s.

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JEREMY TAN

Co-founder

Jeremy is a co-founder of Tin Men Capital running all capital markets activities of both the Tin Men fund and our portfolio companies. This include fund-raising, non-dilutive financing and M&A.

Prior to this, he was a senior executive in corporate development and M&A at Trafigura Group and Chicago Mercantile Exchange (USA); private equity at TH Lee, and investment banking at Morgan Stanley (Hong Kong, New York, Singapore).

With 17 years of experience in Asia, he has invested in many businesses across Non-Japan Asia such as India, Korea, China, Indonesia and Thailand amounting to over US$7B in transaction value. These include frontier markets transactions across APAC and Middle East. As a seasoned conference speaker, he has also been widely featured across the media.

Jeremy obtained a First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

THE ADVISORS

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Tin Men’s Advisors are highly respected, veteran leaders in their industries.

Finance

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ROBERT BINYON

Chairman, Lakeshore Capital

  • Veteran statesman: Chairman of several Asia-focused private equity funds, and board member of Japan Strategic Capital, and Schroder Asia Pacific Fund
  • Former Asia MD of CDC Group

Operations

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HARESH
KHOOBCHANDANI

VP, Asia Pacific, Autodesk

  • Seasoned enterprise software executive with over 20 years sales, marketing and leadership expertise
  • Former in-country Managing Director of Thailand and COO of Indonesia for Microsoft

Operations

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LEE AH BOON

Advisor, Fullerton Financial

  • Experienced operator with 30 years experience; started up and helmed Citibank’s China business
  • Former COO at Fullerton Financial, a Temasek Holdings unit

Academia

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BALA VISSA

Prof. of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD

  • Researches the people side of entrepreneurship, particularly in the context of emerging markets
  • Director of the INSEAD Leadership Programme for Senior Executives (India) and Certificate in Leadership Effectiveness

THE TEAM

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Our team members are specialists in their field and embodies Tin Men's values.

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SELROL NG

The Team

Selrol is a Compliance Officer at Tin Men Capital. She has 15 years of experience in the fund management industry dealing specifically in compliance, fund administration and office operation.

Selrol prides herself on being hands-on. She deep dives into fund operations and keeps herself updated in the latest news in fund set-ups, policy drafting, compliance monitoring programmes and regulatory obligations. She has a strong stakeholder management skill dealing with internal and external stakeholders.

As a mother of two, her two favourite catchphrases are, ‘why not?’ and ‘Let’s do it!’ with her family — and sometimes friends and colleagues too. She believes in challenging the norms and persevering through tough times.

Selrol holds a Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

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NG YING YING

The Team

Ying is an Analyst at Tin Men Capital. She supports the firm with its investment and market analysis functions. Ying Ying found her passion for startups during her tenure at a PE/VC fund data intelligence company.

Prior to joining Tin Men Capital, she worked at a Japanese startup that bridged Japanese corporations with startups in the USA and across Southeast Asia. Hailing from Malaysia where she was awarded Overall Best Graduate from the Monash University of Malaysia, Ying Ying is fluent in English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia and Japanese.

She completed her tertiary education on the Public Service Department of Malaysia scholarship She holds an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science & Banking Finance. When she’s not looking up startups, she can be found plugging into the tunes of the GazettE.

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PETER YEO

The Team

Peter is a Communication Manager at Tin Men Capital. He has more than two decades of experience in communication roles including advertising, social media marketing, internal communication, and publishing.

His resume includes creating Singapore’s first multimedia kiosk for the Singapore Art Museum and telling the stories of figures ranging from celebrities to CXOs in MNCs such as Samsung, Razer and Toshiba.

He has a diploma in advertising and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. When he is not at work, he can be found dabbling in toy photography.

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