Steve is a board advisor, investor and award-winning tech entrepreneur with 28 years’ building businesses in Asia and Europe. This includes scaling teams from 2 to 1,300 people, raising over $300M funding, leading M&A deals and investing in and mentoring greentech start-ups. He’s passionate about entrepreneurship, climate change and social equality.
In 2007,Steve co-founded PropertyGuru in answer to his own personal house-hunting frustrations.He led the business as CEO for first 10 years, growing it from scratch into a proptech unicorn backed by TPG and KKR, used by 35 million people in 5 countries and with 1,300 staff today. Steve serves on the board.
Steve founded Planet Rise in 2019 to help companies tackle climate change and social inequality– using tech to achieve impact at scale. He has invested in, advises and is on the board of start-ups in clean energy, clean water, clean air, clean food, sustainable finance, migrant worker rights and women-led enterprises.
Steve is a member of Asian Venture and Philanthropy Network (AVPN) and Top Tier Impact(TTI). He is also sponsor and mentor for HabitatForHumanity’s Sheltertech affordable housing accelerator, Capitaland’s Sustainable Buildings accelerator and judge/investor for Temasek Foundation’s The Liveability Challenge, recognising the best sustainability tech companies globally. Steve supports some charities including FoodBank, Asia Startup Network (low income families) and LightHouse (migrant workers).
Steve has supported the development of South East Asia’s start-up ecosystem over the last 16 years.He is an angel investor and mentor to 26 start-ups, as well as LP and part timeventure partner at Wavemaker Partners, one of South East Asia’s leading VC’s, since 2018.
Previously,Steve invested in and then led ComiAsia, a Singapore mobile content start-up. Previously, he founded Business2Profit in Europe to help enterprises to innovate and start-ups with scaling. Prior to this, Steve held leadership roles in the tech sector for 10 years, his last position was director of a $500 million turnover business at Cable & Wireless helping internet, content, emerging telco and mobile players.
In 2007, Steve was awarded the “Spirit of Enterprise Award” in recognition of contributions to entrepreneurship in Singapore. He is a keynote speaker and regularly interviewed by media on start-up, venture investing and sustainability topics.