Steve is an award-winning entrepreneur with 28 years’ building businesses, including 3 start-ups. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, climate change and social equality.
In 2007, Steve co-founded PropertyGuru in answer to his own personal frustrations in finding a new home. He led the business as CEO for first 10 years, growing it from 2 people into a leading proptech firm with 25 million monthly users in 5 countries. Today, Steve serves on the board.
Steve has supported the development of South East Asia’s start-up ecosystem over the last 15 years and is an active angel investor and mentor. In 2019, he founded Planet Rise to help companies tackling climate change and social inequality. The portfolio comprises start-ups in clean energy, clean water and oceans, clean air, clean food, migrant worker rights and women-led social enterprises. He’s a member of Asian Venture and Philanthropy Network (AVPN) and Top Tier Impact (TTI) and judge/investor for Temasek Foundation’s The Liveability Challenge, recognising the best sustainability tech companies globally.
Steve has been an LP and part time venture partner at Wavemaker Partners, one of South East Asia’s leading VC’s, since 2018. Prior to PropertyGuru, Steve invested in and then led ComiAsia as CEO, a Singapore mobile content start-up. Previously, he founded Business2Profit in UK to help large enterprises to innovate, and supporting start-ups with funding/growth. Prior to this, Steve held leadership roles in the telco sector for 10 years, his last position was director of a $500 million turnover business at Cable & Wireless.
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 on start-up and sustainability topics.