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June 2023 Newsletter

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Glad to share that the BRAVE podcast has now hit 20,000+ listeners thanks to all your support! We’re hosting our second Phoenix offsite, a curated virtual gathering for entrepreneurs who are moving on from their startups and embarking on the next chapter of their professional journey. There will be collective journaling reflections, along with an off-the-record panel comprising former founders who have successfully ventured into new startups, investment, or executive roles. Confidential, virtual and pro bono. June 10, Saturday, 10am-12pm SGT. Feel free to share the Eventbrite link with them to apply and RSVP.

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Joshua Wang, founder and CEO of VerImmune (cancer immunotherapy), was featured for the successful completion of the Type B pre-IND meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their treatment of multiple solid tumors. Check out his episode on transitioning to a founder from PhD and killing cancer using trickery.

The BRAVE founder community had another wonderful time exploring nature with a two hour walk along the Green Rail Corridor on May 28!

We’d like to congratulate the following changemakers for being recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia!

Best Read

How to Trick Investors & VCs by OnlyCFO made me reflect on VCs and executive teams in Southeast Asia can improve how we do financial reporting and due diligence. Mistakes are made due to ignorance of accounting standards, naivete about how to represent the true managing operating reality, desire to avoid bad news and sometimes wilful bad faith shenanigans. One common error that I personally see is forgetting to include accurate contribution margins in Lifetime Value (LTV) calculations. This can significantly impact the operator and board’s understanding of product-market fit, the timing to scale aggressively and thus the eventual cash runway.


“Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” Rainer Maria Rilke

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Jeremy Au