COO by day @MetaPals, Managing Partner by night @Chapter3, Masters of Science in Technopreneurship & Innovation @NTU. Just a guy from Singapore who indulges in tech, economics and history.
Root Verb: Empowering companies to be innovative.
Filecoin techstars Accelerator Seattle ‘22
Protocol Labs Launchpad Paris ‘22
SMU BIG Incubator Singapore ‘22
Creating life on the metaverse with MetaPals. Backed by techstars, Protocol Labs Ventures, Acequia Capital, BlueYard Capital.
Managing Partner of Chapter3 where we are consulting Web2 companies going into Web3.
Transforming corporations supply chain around the world through SCF Global as a Senior Consultant.
VC Network who are interested in investing gaming related startups in Web3.
Angel’s and Web3 founders interested in joining a syndicate specialising in investing in Web3 companies based in Southeast-Asia.
Web3 projects who are facing challenges in creating a sustainable business model, struggle with a product strategy or wants to tap into the Southeast-Asian market.
Southeast-Asia founders who are interested in mentoring youth leaders.
Web3 service providers or consultants who are interested in joining Find X partner network to collaborate on deals together - we welcome anyone who provide services such as community management, market makers, tokenomics design, exchanges, marketing (anything from digital to influencer management) and more.
Southeast-Asian Web3 founders who are looking for advisorship or funding in your business.
I consider myself a serial entrepreneur and currently, the Managing Partner of
, a blockchain startup on a journey to create your companion in the metaverse. I’m an innovation leader who believes in constantly reinventing the way we experience the world and beyond – through introducing new methods, ideas and products.
A brief on my past roles back when I was 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 reach new markets through digital and innovation by connecting corporates and government with startups and the community to consider business challenges and co-create solutions.
(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.
Others have also sought after me as startup mentor, judge and speaker having previously been part of programmes such as
If you feel that you want to start any of these ideas on your own, go ahead and launch it. I couldn’t care less if anyone steals them because I have plenty and it would be a pity to see them as mere ideas as it would be impossible for me to launch all of the them in my lifetime while providing 100% commitment to it.
Skolif (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
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
Vitora (Personalized Health - Supplement Subscription):
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
The goal is to onboard web3 designers into the platform to create their portfolio stored using decentralised storage. It not only help promote artist work but also create a database of web3 art that might not be seen in marketplaces. Validation with web3 designers would be an issue together with convincing them them on how to use the platform. Technical challenges will come in the form of user onboarding since existing competition is quite simple to adopt though usually charged. Some key insights are how top projects artist are not credited for their work compared to project owners (Seneca from Yuga Labs). There’s also no dedicated platform to commission specifically web3 work since platforms like Fiverr have designers that reject web3 commission. A quick prototype would be connecting a simple user dashboard that allows uploading of portfolio and connect to NFT.Storage while automatically creating a gallery for users to share a unique link to their profile page.
[TBC] The Referral Network (Web3 Recruiting Platform):
What I’m good at.
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)
My startup experience - MetaPals (Backed by Techstars).
My startup experience - Surge Bots (Backed by PlugNPlay).
Freebies for you.
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.
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.
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:
“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, Oct ‘21
“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, Sep ‘21
“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, Apr ‘21
“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, Jul ‘21
“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, Dec ‘18
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