Root Verb: Empowering companies to be innovative.
I consider myself as a serial entrepreneur and currently, the Innovation & Partnerships Lead of
, a management consultancy that specialises in digital transformation covering new business development, technology exploitation and change management. As an Open Innovation Advocate, I’ve helped organisations such as Unilever, Grab and OCBC across Asia-Pacific transform and reaches new markets through digital and innovation by connecting corporates and government with startups and the community to consider business challenges and co-create solutions.
Prior to joining
, I was the Head of Sales, APAC at
). A leading artificial intelligence company that specialises in business process automation and worked with a range of MNCs, such as Singtel, Dun & Bradstreet, P&G and DBS.
was acquired by NCS Group in 2021, a subsidiary of Singtel.
I’ve also spent several years in the startup scene, having joined several startups such as
(US$1.7m Seed incl. 500 Startups) and founded several startups ranging from InsureTech to Artificial Intelligence tools including Surge, an AI sales assistant for field sales professionals. My previous startup was accelerated by Plug and Play, Daimler, NTU ideasinc, Microsoft and IBM. I exited the business to
before coming on board as the newly appointed Head of Sales and transferred my clients and team over.
Others have also sought after me as startup mentor, judge and speaker having previously been part of programmes such as
Gallup Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Ideation, Connectedness, Learner, Futuristic
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any cool ideas/problems to solve or if you simply want to have a coffee chat.
Result Driven. Desire to simplify things, not complicate it.
Obsessed with finding out why? Never a slave to the norm.
It’s all about perspective. Experience what others did and feel.
Step off the path. Defy convention. See what others don't.
Stand for what I believe. Respect opinions. Advocate open communication.
Just a quick rundown of the companies and industry I was in. More details can be found on my
Partner @Find X - Strategy Consultancy (helping businesses think, work and innovate like startups)
Innovation & Partnership Lead @Padang & Co - Corporate Innovation Consultancy (educating multinational companies and government agencies on digital transformation)
Head of Sales @Botbot.ai - Conversational Enterprise Solution (chatbot which automates task that no employee wants to do)
CEO @Surge - Sales Automation Solution (chatbot plug-in which automates task that no sales employee wants to do)
Enterprise Sales Manager @Gnowbe - Microlearning Platform (adult learning app for individuals with short attention span)
Business Development Manager @Caligner - Medical Adherence Device (pill dispenser that blast it's speakers to remind elderly patients on medication intake)
Merchant Acquisition Specialist @Prolley - Salon Management Platform (Improve boomers operations by optimising underutilised assets to increase monthly yield)
Notable Hackathon/Challenge Projects - Participated in over 30+ (includes sleepless nights, heated debates and copy pasting)
MIT Building for Digital Health Hackathon 2021 - V-PRO (Mental Health) [
Youth Action Challenge 2020 - The Young SEAkers (Youth Empowerment) [
Razer Fintech Hackathon 2020 - PowerUp (Alternative Credit Score) [
Startup Weekend Hackathon 2020 - Vitapop (Personalized Nutrition) [
ASES Summit Melbourne 2018 - AWAKEN (Personalized Mental Health Assistant) [
iNTUition 2017 - Nestash (Impact Investing) [
Hitachi CODESG 2017 - SYMD (Personalized Car Insurance) [
Projects I’m dabbling in.
Ideas I’m interested in launching. (Hit me up!)
#Edutech #B2C #NFT #Crypto #Blockchain #Healthtech #Wellnesstech #Mentalhealth #HRTech #Recruitment #Socialcommerce #Shopatainment #HRtech #Metaverse #SupplyChain #Sustainability #Logisti #DeFi #FinTech
School of Life for Developing Children (Practical life skills):
I started developing this idea through a conversation with a friend (shoutout to Ryan) where we agreed that education needs reform. We look to education as a gateway to getting a job with the start of the industrial revolution but left out key skills such as paying taxes, critical thinking, etiquette, mannerism and more. I mean just think back at when was the last time you actually used the differential equation? I guess unless you’re an engineer or mathematician, you’ve probably forgotten most of what you’ve learnt but things that I mentioned earlier are probably applied by you on a daily basis. So what if we can actually teach children all that so that they may become a contributing member of society? Inspired by
Wisdom Library (Stories of F*ck Ups):
Have you ever looked up to someone, been inspired or even aspire to become him/her? However, you are interested in what they’ve been through, the challenges they faced and how they overcome. No, this is not a motivational platform where interviewees gets to boast their success nor is it a public relations platform. This is an opportunity for our viewers to listen to the side where founders/ leaders/ CEOs were once at their lowest, what were the cause that led to their demise and how others can avoid them. Inspired by
Supplement Subscription (Personalized Health):
The idea is to collect multiple sources of data points from potential users to recommend them appropriate supplements and improve their general wellbeing. Unlike traditional supplement subscription companies, the idea is not to simply rely on a logic tree health declaration survey provided by customers but rely on historical health data such as wearable devices and/or DNA test (23andMe) to generate insights and provide dynamic (E.g ageing, life events) supplement recommendation for customers. This would allow us to collect immense amount of customers data while allowing us to engage our customers on a daily/weekly basis as they sync their health data to us. In future, we can sell health insight reports to supplement manufacturers or pharmaceutical companies which would want access to health data. In addition, we can also create a community of like minded individuals where we introduce certified fitness instructions, dieticians and nutritionists to our customers. Inspired by
Hack To Hire (Redesigning Tech Recruitment):
Recruitment is fundamentally broken. As much as we as humans are convinced about our own unbiasedness, there are certain pre-conceived notion which we cannot escape from because of our environment and how we were brought up. Thus, majority of people talents still go unnoticed not because they do not possess the capability but because we pass them over other candidates whom we deems as “safe” hires. Everyone is this world believe that there is a supply and demand issue for technology hires but my belief is that the talent supply is there, we just have to find a way to unlock it. The idea is to use hackathon to assess candidates technology capability through working on technology challenges which a corporate client is working on. Inspired by
Virtual Influencer Platform Manager (Customised + Data-driven Influencers):
are nothing new as they’ve been around for quite some time almost 10 years ago. However, the entire phenomenon started with the launch of
where people were astonished to find that this perfectly tailored influencer happens to be well... not human. Ever since, a slew of virtual influencer has sprung up with some even gaining more than 5 million followers (Check
). Don’t be fooled as virtual influencers is a lucrative business with some even fetching as high as US$8,500 per post (
). So why would anyone want to work with a virtual influencer since wouldn’t people feel uncomfortable due to the
- a term coined by Masahiro Hito? Well, not surprisingly there are clear benefits for marketers working with virtual influencers such as having complete control over influencer image, no physical or technical limitations, less reputation risk (which happens often in the world of celebrities and influencers) and even less relationship risk (afterall you will be engaging a business and not a single individual who comes with all the drama). What if we take one step further? Creating a whole universe of virtual influencers with unique background, character, personality, race and even style. Imagine the possibilities of managing all this through a platform that not only gives you a risk-free tailor made options but also backed by data. That to me is the future of influencer marketing... of course there may be limitations with the rise of
but who knows what our future might bring with the rise of new technologies, computing power and growing acceptance of virtual people. Even the thoughts of merging this with NFT has crossed my mind but that would be taking it too far and would require mass market adoption for it to work. Inspired by
TL:DR (AI Article Summarizer):
As students, we spent hundreds and hours of our precious time over research which we have googled. Reason is because majority of the news articles, research papers or even a book has quite a lot of what I call “filler” words or simply contextual information that’s good to have but does not actually highlight any point. What we want as students or even researchers and consultants is to find key insights or sentences which can be highlighted to us in an instant, saving us countless hours and possibly improve our research skills as well. This can be done through a chrome extension where any page which you land on would be automatically summarize and saved within 5 sentences or less. Inspired by
CryptoChum (Unlocking NFT Utility Value with Interactive NFT):
NFT is definitely here to stay with different types of NFT being created on a daily basis. However, the problem still remains that NFT is still pretty much a static image unlike its physical counterpart where people are able to admire its 3 dimensional sides. On another hand, we know that for decades that people have bought art pieces which they use through MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games such as League of Legends, DOTA 2 and more where they purchase skins, unique actions, voice, battle cry and even banners for their favourite character and profile page. Lastly, we know that there is a rapidly growing market for virtual pets with the rise of games such as
. So what if we are able to put all those together to create a virtual animated pet where you start off with a basic Dog and Cat that sits in your home browser and you’re able to acquire wearable NFTs for your pet? In future, especially when the community has grown, we would be able to extend this by creating an online multiplayer game where pet owners would be able to interact with another. Inspired by
Artistique (Salon Management System):
Let’s face it. Most of us are still calling our barbers to schedule a session with them while mentioning our favorite stylist as well, or worst, we are using rudimentary booking system that lies within contact pages. I am personally baffled that even till now my favourite salon which has six outlets around the country still requires me to provide the same information even when I’ve been their loyal customer for over 3 years and yet still ask to fill in the form whenever I visit the schedule timing (yes, this is after I made a booking). On the flip side, majority of salons are still using excel or pen and paper for booking and scheduling. The way it operates is quite unique too where focus is on seat turnover as some salons rent out seats to stylist as not all stylist are employed by the salon. In addition, most of the loyalty still lies with the stylist themselves without giving any insights to the salon management on their customers. What if we are able to create a complete vertical integrated tool that helps salon with booking, pricing, payments, analytics, reviews, loyalty engagement, booth rental, inventory management and more. Inspired by
Hustle Hoard (Human Capital Venture Investment Fund):
Venture capital has always been focused around startups but it’s funny to think that most of the time, it’s simply never about the idea or the market for that matter especially when it comes to early stage investing but more towards the people and their ability to execute which is determined by their credibility and trust. Hustle Hoard is a crowdfunding platform that assists entrepreneurs with raising capital as an individual, through a personal holdings company rather than with an entity. This would also derisk early stage investors and help entrepreneurs not limit themselves to just one idea as investors will be investing to the individual rather than the idea. Inspired by
Pawpy (Telehealth for Pets):
This is something that I hold dear to my heart as it’s from my personal experience where there are certain behaviour and traits which can be solve if only I have access to certified veterinarians who could provide me with quick feedback on lifestyle changes which I would have to adapt for my pet. This could then be further improve through patient management system, pharmaceutical supply chain integration and pet insurance to create a pet wellness super app for pet owners. Inspired by
The Everything Index (Alternative Asset Class Index Tracker):
Collectable items are rapidly growing with the popularisation with NFTs as investment products. However, trying to find out an accurate estimated value has been quite difficult. Firstly, there aren’t any market standards to price a specific market item. In addition, there are multiple marketplaces and auction platforms that sells similar products at different value without a single consolidated source of data to refer too. What if we are able to create a Index say for pokemon card collectables? Now you would be able to track the top 100-500 collectables price compared to yours or even better a consolidated database of all collectable last transaction. Inspired by
Enterprise Sales - getting a corporate client to pay for a product/service (if there is one)
Pitching - convincing partners and clients that your product is worth it (whatever that means)
Sales Process - creating a system that acquires a corporate client to pay for a product/service
Product Management - building a product that customers love and raves
Pilot Management - collecting data/insights on users behaviour and validating hypothesis
B2B Product Launch - letting the world know about your product and why the benefits are awesome
UI/UX Mockups - creating a fake app/website that looks and feels like the real thing
Monetization Strategy - making sure that you are making enough money to pay for your expenses (you have no idea the crap I’ve seen in startups when it comes to pricing)
Interesting things about me.
I did a pitch on the GMAX Extreme Swing and won:
Attended and collected over 180+ technology events/conference passes
Did a podcast where I share my experience in sales and how I took the unconventional path:
Participated and won quite a few in over 80+ Startup Pitch Competition, Innovation Challenges, Hackathons, Accelerators and more.
2021 - Mercury Hackathon 2021 by Tribe & KryptoSeoul (
2021 - Design4Impact by MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation (
2021 - Startup Weekend Global (
2021 - Startup Weekend Singapore (
2021 - SCAPE x Isentia Hacking the New Normal Sustainability (
2021 - MIT Building for Digital Health Hackathon (
2020 - Razer Fintech Digital Hackathon (Top 20 Finalist)
2018 - Slush Singapore Pitch@GMAX (
2018 - Unilever Foundry Battle (Finalist)
2018 - HSBC Innovfest Unbound (Finalist)
2018 - Krunsri Rise Batch 3 (
2018 - FedEx Accelerator Programme (Regional Finalist)
2018 - SG:D Techblazer (Finalist)
2018 - $1 Million StartCon (Finalist)
2018 - Third Shanghai FTZ Overseas Talents Innovation Conference (
2017 - Startup Autobahn Singapore Accelerator Mercedes Benz Batch 1 (
2017 - Techsauce Singapore (Top 10 Finalist)
2017 - Startup Games Singapore (Top 12 Finalist)
2017 - Hitachi Vantara codeSG (2nd Place)
2017 - Startup Weekend Singapore Woman's Edition (1st Place)
2017 - Echelon Singapore (
2017 - Slingshot@Switch (Top 40 Qualified Finalist)
2017 - NTU Ideas Inc Incubator (Top 40 Finalist)
2017 - Oracle Accelerator Singapore (Top 35 Finalist)
2017 - Rockstart AI Accelerator (Top 20 Global Finalist)
2017 - T-Hero Innovation Challenge Singapore (Top 4 Finalist)
2017 - "Your Way 2 Silicon Valley" by Befast.TV (Top 16 Singapore Finalist)
2017 - DFF x Rockstart Pitch Competition (
2017 - Zero Gravity Accelerator (Finalist)
2016 - Startup Weekend Singapore (
My startup experience - Surge Bots.
As part of an AWS Startup Scout, I'm able to provide the following benefits through the AWS Activate Programme to technology startup looking for low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business.
is a program with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS. Join some of the fastest-growing startups in the world and build your business using AWS.
$5,000 in AWS Activate Credits valid for 2 years
1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $1,500).
80 credits for self-paced labs
Email me if you are interested to apply.
Open Scout Founders Network:
Open Scout's Founder Network is a group of aspiring and active founders that shares relevant resources and exclusive events with. I understand that founders are busy and this is meant to be a more passive resource than Investor Days which are specifically geared towards fundraising founders.
Do remember to include me as the referring scout by providing my name and email.
Padang Ecosystem Network:
As part of my day job as an open innovation consultant, Padang Ecosystem is a platform for corporates and startups to come together for collaboration. If you are a startup targeting large multinational companies, I highly encourage you to sign up as a startup to be notified of new opportunities.
If you're a startup or SME that is seeking help in different aspects of your business from technology, product, marketing, sales to pitching and funding assistance then I may have a solution for you. I run a personal consultancy with a network of startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalist to industry experts who would be able to consult you on various aspects of your business.
Feel free to reach out to me for a free 1 hour consultation:
More can be found on my Linked page.
“Daryl was a start-up mentor in the Expara VirTech Global Accelerator. He shared knowledge from his personal start-up experience, as well as provided expertise on B2B sales. Moreover, acting as an AWS scout, he recommended the AWS activate program and supported companies in the application process. I would highly recommend Daryl not only as a mentor, but also a great connector of start-ups and investors.” - Paulina Bialek, Business Development Director, Expara Ventures
“Daryl has been one of the first support and advisor in Talis, and part of our success comes from his insights and innovative ideas. His knowledge of the ecosystem of seed businesses and his eye to spot on opportunities helped us until we released our whitepaper. With his expertise in strategy and product, he provided us with some still valid input, such as the design of the NFT Value Index and valuable tweaks in our tokenomics and go-to market strategies, for example. Overall, Daryl is an amazing collaborator who we'd like to have the opportunity to work with in the future, and I believe he would be valuable to any organization he does so with.” - Elor Henrard, Founder, Talis Protocol
“Daryl was a mentor for Magorium for the period of the Ideasinc competition in 2020. He gave us valuable advice and input as a mentor regarding our competition deck which led us to win first place in the competition. Additionally, he explored other relevant sustainability programs of interest with us. All in all, he was a dedicated mentor for Magorium and we really appreciated the time he spent working with us.” - Oh Chu Xian, Co-founder and Forbes 30 under 30, Magorium
“I first met Daryl four years ago when we were batchmates in the same accelerator, when he was the co-founder of Surge. From the get-go, he impressed me with how he carried himself, how passionate he was, and how well he sold his ideas. After we parted ways from the accelerator, he went on to grow his business which culminated in an enviable exit. He then went on to work in a role in a company where he secured high-visibility B2B contracts which was pretty darn amazing. After my own exit and the founding of my second company, he was the first person I thought of to get help for my B2B strategy. Daryl is affable, helpful, and astute – enlisting his help was a great decision. He is a rare blend of strong execution and strategy and is able to look at things from various perspectives. Not only is he a great part of my life, but I count myself fortunate to have him in my life. Whoever you are reading this, you too will benefit from having Daryl in your organization, company, or programme. Please do not hesitate to contact me via LinkedIn or email. if you need more clarification or if you want more details which are not stated here.” - Jackie Tan, CEO and Forbes 30 under 30, UpLevel
“Daryl is a well-rounded leader and business developer. Excellent in startegy, he is also experienced in the execution portion, allowing him to take insights from the ground and perfect his strategy. It was a pleasure working with Daryl at Botbot.AI. He directed me on strategizing and churning executable tactics for our marketing effort, as he also shared his rich understanding of the enterprise chatbot market. Working together with Daryl is fruitful, he's not just a good leader but also an avid learner and an effective mentor.” - Theresia Marten, Project Executive (Digital Transformation), Finexis Advisory