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StartupGrind Hosts John Kim, Amasia Associates & James Giancotti, Bigcolors­.com

Startup Grind

Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (SGT)

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Startup Grind returns this month to bring you an exciting evening to learn more about successful entrepreneurship, and making new startup friends! On 19th December, we will be hosting John Kim, Managing Director of Amasia Associates. You should come! Here are why:

Meet one of investors in RedMart to find where the next big idea is!

John Johan Kim

John Kim’s career has taken him across a diverse range of operating and investing environments from early stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. He started as an entrepreneur, founding music internet and e-consulting businesses before joining pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co as a System Specialist. John left Merck to start his third business, a Delaware incorporated rock band called The Ally. As lead singer and electric violinist, John toured across America and recorded with top artists in Korea and the US. He received a platinum record for his album contribution with Grammy award winner Brandy.

More recently John has held senior trading and investment positions at Korean National Investments, Goldman Sachs and Mercuria Energy Group before co-founding venture capital firm Amasia Associates where he serves as Managing Partner. John is an award winning public speaker, published author and regular television contributor. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the board of the Choson Exchange, a non-profit focused on teaching North Koreans about economics, business and law. John attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the School of Engineering.

How to get your startup funded with an Asia-focused crowd funding platform!


Bigcolors lets regular people invest in startups and even trade shares in them as if they’re listed companies like Apple or Google.James Giancotti, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer, is happy to speak to you on getting your startup funded.

Check out
CO.LAB @ SiliconStraitsa cool co-working space at the heart of Singapore's startup hub, Blk71!

Grab some beers and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs!

Meet Nawaz, mentor at JFDI.asia who will be conducting the interview, and Xin Mok, our friendly Community Manager! Make more friends with other fellow entrepreneurs!


Agenda   6:30pm Networking and Food
Fireside Chat with John Kim
7:30pm  Q & A

Introduction on Bigcolors by James Giancotti

Q & A on Bigcolors

8:15pm More Networking

Hosted By

Son Le Thanh, Singapore Chapter Director

Son recently joined Deskera as a Product Manager, Deskera is a startup funded by Sequoia Capital. Son also maintains the website Represent.sg, an interactive map representing startup community in Singapore.

Email: son@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @thsonvt

Venue sponsor

Silicon Straits is an innovation tribe of designers, engineers & entrepreneurs in Asia Pacific.

Building a better platform for designers, engineers & entrepreneurs to get together, be inspired and make things / start companies.

Silicon Straits is an innovation Tribe in Asia Pacific operating at the intersection of ideas, talent & capital and at the convergence of design, hardware & software.

  • NETWORK - manages the US$5M Neoteny Labs fund, and is an approved Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS) incubation partner with the National Research Foundation (NRF). 
  • CO.LAB - a co-working space, fabrication lab and collaboration zone spanning 2,000 sq ft in the heart of Singapore's startup hub, Blk 71. Read our membership agreement and become a member today.
  • SAIGON - a product/software foundry that works with individuals and businesses to turn ideas into reality, delivering exceptional software through robust engineering, lean thinking and inspired design. Drop us a note to get the balling rolling.
Phone 6622 5421
Email contact@siliconstraits.com


Global Partners

Google Cloud

Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $2,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. App Engine is a full development stack (PaaS), and Compute Engine lets you run workloads on Linux virtual machines (IaaS). Apply to receive credit at cloud.google.com/starterpack and use verification code: sg-org.

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 StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

Disclaimer: Startup Grind event ticket sales are non-transferable, non-refundable, and final. If an event is cancelled due to weather, speaker availability, or any other unforeseeable event you will be refunded automatically. If a speaker moves the event date you will have 48-hours to request a refund if you are unable to make the new event date. Please direct any additional ticketing issues to customerservice@startupgrind.com.

Media Partner

EDH, based from Singapore, supports SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) and Startups here - Increasing Your Productivity, Performance & Profits. EDH is a ONESTOP solution for all that you need to be thriving in your Business & Life!

Have questions about StartupGrind Hosts John Kim, Amasia Associates & James Giancotti, Bigcolors­.com? Contact Startup Grind

When & Where

Silicon Straits CO.LAB
71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #06-11/12
Singapore, 139951

Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (SGT)

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Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

More info at http://startupgrind.com/singapore or tweet us @StartupGrindSGP!

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