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Airbnb

AirBnB operates an online community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodations worldwide 

Founders: Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk

Year Founded: 2008 

Year Invested: 2017 

Aspiration provides financial technology firm offering retail banking and investing services built for everyone
Founders:  Andrei Cherny, Joseph N. Sanberg
Year Founded: 2013
Year Invested: 2017

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BBP

BBP provides innovative technology solutions combined with financing solutions that help customers reach their energy efficiency goals
Founders: Poyan Rajamand and Ong En-Ping
Year Founded: 2012
Year Invested: 2015

BeMyGuest

BeMyGuest is an online tour-booking platform aggregating tour and travel activities in Asia
Founders: Clement Wong and Blanca Menchaca
Year Founded: 2012
Year Invested: 2017

BioImmunate

Bioimmunate is a medical device company that offers a breakthrough precision blood filtering medical technology for select autoimmune diseases
Founders: Dr. Sigalit Carmel
Year Founded: 2014 
Year Invested: 2017 

Tik Tok

Invested via ByteDance, the parent company of Tik Tok and Toutiao

Caolion

Caolion is the first Korean natural skincare cosmetic brand created for sensitive skin
Founders: Eunhee Joo
Year Founded: 1995
Year Invested: 2018 

Carro

Carro is an automotive marketplace and car financing startup
Founders: Aaron Tan
Year Founded: 2015
Year Invested: 2018 

ContinUse Biometrics

ContinUse Biometrics develops remote and non-touch sensing technology that both authenticates users and monitors their physiological state
Founders: Asher Polani, Evgeny Beiderman, Zeev Zalevsky
Year Founded: 2015
Year Invested: 2017 

Cicil

Cicil provides a financing technology platform that provides easy access to financing for students
Founders: Leslie Lim, Edward Widjonarko, Ricky Jeremiah
Year Founded: 2016
Year Invested: 2018 

Grab

Grab is a mobile technology company offering ride-hailing transport, logistics services, food delivery and payment solutions
Founders: Anthony Tan and Tan Hooi Ling
Year Founded: 2012
Year invested: 2014

iflix

Iflix is a free and subscription video on demand (VOD) service focused on emerging markets Founders: Patrick Grove, Mark Britt Year Founded: 2014 Year Invested: 2017 

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Airbnb

Travel

Aspiration

Finance

BBP

Real Estate

BeMyGuest

Travel

Bio-immunate

Healthcare

Tik Tok

Media (Invested via ByteDance, the parent company of Tik Tok and Toutiao)

Caolion

Beauty

Carro

Automotive

Cicil

Finance

ContinUse

Healthcare

EMA

EMA global

Healthcare

First

First Ambulance

Healthcare

Grab

Ride-sharing

iflix

Media

IglooHome

Property Management

JD Logistics

Logistics

Logivan

Logistics

Lomotif

Media

Lottery.com

Charity Raffles

Moladin

Automotive

Nio

Automotive

Ohmyhome

Real Estate

Optimate

Marketing

Pathao

Ride-sharing

soCash

Finance

Sofi

Finance

StockViva

Finance

Tarana

Telecommunication

Toutiao

Media (Invested via ByteDance, the parent company of Tik Tok and Toutiao)

Zanadu

Travel

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Grab to integrate public transport data in Southeast Asian mega cities - Nikkei Asian Review

Chan Zheng Xiang

Analyst

Zheng Xiang graduated from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in 2018, where he was a College Scholar, and was the valedictorian for his graduation cohort. During his education, he participated in both engineering and finance related internships at companies including Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Great Eastern Life.

Outside of his professional life, Zheng Xiang is passionate about street dance and has competed at both national and international levels.

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KUOK Meng Xiong​ (“MX”)

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Prior to Ethos, MX was extensively involved in property development across the world, spending the last 10 years as Executive Director of Development for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and developing new hotel projects across 16 cities in China, UK, Turkey, Japan, Mongolia, Tibet and Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, MX developed two large mixed-use properties and chaired the investment entity whose investment represented the largest foreign direct investment in the country for 2016 and 2017. During his tenure, MX was responsible for a total development value of over $2 billion and chaired the asset management committee for 39 Shangri-La hotels. During this time, MX also served as a director for the Beijing World Trade Centre.

MX is an active angel investor with a worldwide footprint having invested in many real estate, travel and healthcare related tech startups. He has invested in recognisable investments such as Grab, iFlix, BBP, Kaligo, BeMyGuest, Lomotif, Igloo Home, Toutiao, Next EV, JD Express, Bio-immunate, Continuse, Air BnB, Aspiration Capital, Renova, and Tarana Wireless.

MX currently serves as a senior advisor to TPG Capital and Evolution Media Capital, and is also a Director for Kuok Investments (Singapore) Ltd., Gunung Madu Plantation (Indonesia), and BBP Pte Ltd (Singapore).

MX graduated from Cornell University and participated in Tsinghua University’s EMBA program. He is passionate about aviation and maintains an FAA Commercial Pilot license with command type-ratings on Gulfstream G-IV, G-V, Citation Sovereign and Citation X+. MX is also a commissioned officer of the Singapore Armed Forces.

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ANG Kong Hua​

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LIM Keong Hui​

ZHANG Yiming​

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Anthony TAN​

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YAM Tunku Ali Redhauddin ibni Tuanku Muhriz​

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Marc STAD​

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Chris SCHAEPE​

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Christine NEE

Christine previously worked at Lindsay Goldberg, a middle-market private equity firm based in New York which focuses on long term investments and works closely together with management teams. There, she was a part of the acquisitions team and worked on a range of transactions including leveraged buyouts and dividend recapitalizations while engaging in the management of several portfolio companies.

Before joining Lindsay Goldberg, Christine worked in Morgan Stanley’s real estate investment banking team in New York. Christine currently serves as a Director in DC&V Insurance Company, a captive insurance company, based in the US.

Christine is originally from the US, but has lived around the world including Japan, Hong Kong and now Singapore. Christine graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biology. She enjoys traveling and target shooting.

Dexter SIM

Director – Strategy & Operations

Prior to Ethos, Dexter worked at ofo, a China-based urban mobility tech venture, as a regional expansion manager in its Asia Pacific team. He successfully built the local launch team and established ofo’s business in India within 3 months and scaled it to one of the fastest growing international businesses of the company. ofo achieved 1.1 million transactions within the first 11 weeks in India. He subsequently oversaw ofo’s Asia Pacific business operations across 11 cities in India, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Dexter started his career with Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore where he secured investments worth over $200 million into Singapore. These investments included the set-up of regional HQs, digital manufacturing plants and research & development projects. He was involved in the development and execution of strategies towards Singapore’s development of smart urban infrastructure and industrial sectors. After EDB, Dexter worked in Robert Walters’ tech consultancy team in Tokyo, helping multinational companies and new ventures with the acquisition of tech talents. Dexter graduated from National University of Singapore (BSc Real Estate) where he was an NUS Overseas College scholar.

Dexter is originally from Singapore but has lived around the world including China, India, Japan and Australia. He enjoys traveling, krav maga, and underwater rugby

Nithi MANIAM

Senior Manager – Investments

Nithi previously worked within the real estate division of the Sime Darby Group, the largest listed conglomerate in Malaysia for five years, with most of his tenure spent handling various property investment and asset management projects.

Nithi has managed the execution of real estate transactions worth over $700 million spanning commercial, industrial and hospitality asset classes. These transactions include the set up of a private fund, a reverse takeover of a public REIT, joint-venture developments, and various divestitures.

Nithi was awarded with the Sime Darby Excellence Scholarship for Higher Education and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012. He is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Nithi is originally from Malaysia but has also lived in the UK and Singapore. Outside his professional career, he is passionate about downhill mountain biking and blues guitar.

YU Minjie (“MJ”)

Partner

Prior to Ethos, MJ was a director at Hi-P International Limited, a global leading manufacturer in the telecommunications, lifestyle, computing and automotive industries. MJ spearheaded the group’s M&A initiative and was a core member of the management team.

Before joining Hi-P, MJ spent five years at Dymon Asia Private Equity and was a part of the pioneer team which built the Southeast Asia private markets investment arm of Dymon Asia. While at Dymon, MJ sourced and led the analysis, structuring, and execution of investment opportunities across Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. He also managed the implementation of operational initiatives and oversaw the divestment of portfolio companies.

MJ began his career in the investment banking, M&A division of Morgan Stanley Hong Kong. He subsequently joined Primus Capital, a private equity fund focused on investments in financial institutions, before moving back home to Singapore.

MJ graduated from the University of Michigan (BSc Magna Cum Laude). He is an ardent fan of tennis, motor-biking and is a recreational triathlete. MJ is a commissioned officer of the Singapore Armed Forces.

Shaun NG

Chief Operating Officer & Partner

Shaun has spent more than a decade focusing on legal, regulatory and tax aspects of private investments in equity, real estate, infrastructure and debt transactions. Most recently, Shaun led the legal and transaction services team in Asia at Partners Group where he worked closely with investment teams across East Asia, India and Australia across all aspects of transactions – from initial acquisition to divestment. Shaun led legal and structuring efforts on Partners Group’s notable Asian investments including the acquisition and subsequent sale of Trimco International, provision of debt to Baring for their acquisition of Vistra Group, an investment in a Japanese solar platform and an investment in a renewable wind energy platform in Australia.

Before Partners Group, Shaun worked at Shook Lin & Bok, a Singapore law firm, where he was part of the debt financing team. He worked on a range of transactions including bond listings in Singapore, bilateral lending, senior and subordinated syndicated facilities, Islamic financing facilities and restructurings.

Shaun is originally from and currently based in Singapore but has lived around the world, spending time in Australia, Taiwan, China and the UK. Shaun graduated from the University of Bristol and completed his LPC at BPP Holborn in London. He is an avid reader and ballroom dancer but also dabbles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and snowboarding.

TAN Peng Wei (“Peng”)

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Peng has been an active investor in private equity / real estate having worked on transactions representing over $10 billion in value across Asia and the US.

Prior to Ethos, Peng was at Blackstone as a principal in its Asia investments team where he led and executed the acquisition and management of various notable Blackstone investments in Japan, Australia, Singapore and China. These investments include Blackstone’s acquisition of GE Capital’s Japanese and Australian real estate companies, various Japanese acquisitions including the privatization of the UK-listed Japan Residential Investment Company and the privatization of the Singapore-listed Croesus Retail Trust.

Before joining Blackstone, Peng worked in New York at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, a global real estate fund focused on opportunistic investments, where he was responsible for new investments and investment management. Prior to Apollo, Peng worked in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking team in New York.

Peng is from Singapore but has lived around the world including the UK, US, Hong Kong and now Singapore. Peng graduated from Cornell University (BSc Summa Cum Laude) where he was a Merrill Presidential Scholar. He enjoys traveling, skiing and racing triathlons. Peng is also a commissioned officer of the Singapore Armed Forces.