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March 2024 Newsletter

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Community News

We’d like to congratulate Trasy Lou and the whole Fluid team for raising $5.2 million in a series A round led by Insignia Ventures Partners. Check out her episode on fintech founder learnings and balancing motherhood & entrepreneurship.

Congratulations to Tiang Lim Foo and Forge Ventures for leading a $2M seed funding for Singapore’s coffee startup Prefer. Read about his insights on capital investments as influenced by Haruki Murakami and maximizing founder potential.

Matt Abrahams, Stanford MBA Professor and author of “Think Faster, Work Smarter” was featured by CUInsights for offering leaders his insights on audience-centric and concise communication. Check out his episode on anxiety’s biological roots and a personalized approach to public speaking.

Janine Teo, CEO of Solve Education!, showcased how AI can enhance educational access without significant resources to increase student engagement and learning outcomes. Read about her insights on Indonesia education gamification and learning with insatiable curiosity

Alina Truhina, Managing Partner of The Radical Fund, was featured by e27 for steering climate-resilient ventures in Southeast Asia and focusing on sustainable development and local impact. Learn more about her perspective on Southeast Asia’s climate change realities and the entrepreneurial approaches to ESG.

Congratulations to Fengru Lin and TurtleTree for earning its vegan certification for its precision fermented lactoferrin, LF+, marking a pioneering step in animal-free dairy with ethical and sustainable food system goals. Check out her episode on balancing commercial and scientific decisions and TurtleTree's progress towards commercialization.


  • Elaine Ann on the Tiny Dragon podcast: The dynamic Southeast Asia startup landscape and the importance of cultural understanding in navigating product-market fit with founders
  • The Guiding Voice with Naveen Samala: The significance of mentorship, strategic decision-making, and risk-taking within the Southeast Asian VC scene.

Best Read

Morgan Beller's 'AI Is Like Water' explores the generative AI landscape, likening its ubiquity and necessity to water, and underscoring the diminishing tech differentiation in AI as a protective moat for startups. She argues for a shift in focus towards distribution, branding, and user experience as key differentiators in a crowded market, drawing parallels to the bottled water industry's success through strategic marketing despite the fundamental sameness of the product.



“Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the "ideal moment." Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person - nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need. This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.” – Paulo Coelho



“Be prepared to make mistakes. You should not compare yourself to others because what you feel good about isn’t necessarily the same for them. Experiment as much as you can because by doing that, you will be able to figure out what kind of investor you want to be.” Anthony Tjajadi

Anthony Tjajadi, Founding Partner of Trihill Capital, has been part of a family that’s been in the agriculture sector for 30 years. His desire to explore new horizons drove him to leave the familiarity of his family’s business behind and into the unknown territory of venture capital to support innovation across the region.

Anthony's journey is a reminder that stepping into the unknown can be a powerful catalyst for personal growth. For anyone looking to expand their horizons, Anthony's journey illustrates the importance of embrace change, even if it means leaving behind comfort and certainty. Sometimes, the most rewarding paths are those not yet taken

How do you approach risk-taking in your professional life?

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Jeremy Au

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