About Contributor

Vanessa Tan

Vanessa is a Product Manager at Tech in Asia and more affectionately known to the team as Lao Niang (Old Mother). She is also an NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) alumnus and derives much joy serving the audience at Tech in Asia. Vanessa loves new ideas, tech, travel, and dogs too. You can follow her on Twitter, add her on Linkedin, or email her at vanessa[at]techinasia[dot]com.
I usually book my tickets and hotels online actually! I feel like I'm "perfect knowledge" environment because I'm able to compare prices from different sites.

Commented 13 mins ago on

The state of Asian online travel (Infographic)
You're right Rose. IMHO it's important to look at how big the market is and then look into the potential gaps. That's when you identify a great idea, and the execution will be carried out by a great team :)

Commented 3 hours ago on

What makes a successful startup? (Infographic)
Thanks Peter! Quite a good summary, but I think money and timing are equally important too :)

Commented 3 hours ago on

What makes a successful startup? (Infographic)
Got a summary for some folks to have a quick read-through? :)

Commented 3 hours ago on

What makes a successful startup? (Infographic)
You sound like you have something interesting to share regarding timing - care to explain more? :)

Commented 3 hours ago on

What makes a successful startup? (Infographic)
Hi Talha! So why is Pakistan the next startup gold rush? Also I'm clueless what's happening in the Pakistan startup scene! How many startups are there (approx) and how's the investment scene like?

Commented 6 hours ago on

Why Pakistan is the next startup gold rush. AMA!
Thanks Remy - we appreciate your feedback! Before Ben replies I just wanted to let you know that the feature you've mentioned - allowing users to preview - is currently in the works! We will let you know once it's up and do give us your comments then :) Meanwhile, I really love ur posts and I look forward to seeing more from you! P.S. Don't charge us for ur great content pls :P

Commented 1 day ago on

How a good UI design can increase conversion
It's back!!!!!

Commented 1 day ago on

6 features to check out on Tech in Asia
Oh dear... >.< Re TIA Stories - We'll be bringing it back so I'll keep you updated and thank you for the feedback!

Commented 3 days ago on

6 features to check out on Tech in Asia
Hi Sumit, Thanks for the feedback! Do you have an email that we can contact u on? Alternatively my email is vanessa[at]techinasia.com and we would love to hear more from you on how we can improve your experience at Tech in Asia :) Cheers Vanessa

Commented 3 days ago on

6 features to check out on Tech in Asia
? What are you trying to ask?

Commented 6 days ago on

Hi TIA, I am Adrian, CEO of Ardent Capital. AMA!
Hahahahahaha this is cool @techinasia-c7d7a54da0f35a8abde8961b6897abe1:disqus! Looks very typical of a web 1.0!

Commented 1 week ago on

I’m Porter Erisman, a former Alibaba Vice-President & author of ‘Alibaba’s World’. AMA!
We tried bringing in a dog for our Tech in Asia Singapore office and it does help with the stress levels within the office. Here's a pic!

Commented 1 week ago on

How to focus at work (Infographic)
Hey Porter, I'm curious! How was it like as a foreigner working for Alibaba during it super early stage? I'm sure there's a difference 10 years ago and now. Cheers Vanessa

Commented 1 week ago on

I’m Porter Erisman, a former Alibaba Vice-President & author of ‘Alibaba’s World’. AMA!
@techinasia-d61e0dab436d2a75c7ec983d78c4a2cd:disqus: Hahahaha our dear CEO needs sleep! You can reach out to our entire team at product@techinasia.com and we'll be glad to assist!

Commented 1 week ago on

Tech in Asia raises $4M from SB ISAT Fund, Facebook’s Saverin and more
It'll be available soon! We'll let you know once it's up :) Nice dp btw

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Singapore’s startup ecosystem in an infographic
I see, so your role as a front end is to primarily write Medium articles that our engineers have been circulating?

Commented 3 weeks ago on

We’re team Pie, building deliciously simple chat for work. Ask Us Anything!! (AUA)
This question goes to Zihui (he says he will mope in one corner if I don't ask him any question). So what do you exactly do at Pie? Can you tell me a typical work week for you?

Commented 3 weeks ago on

We’re team Pie, building deliciously simple chat for work. Ask Us Anything!! (AUA)
Glad to have your team "polluting" our site @techinasia-6f8c673720168eb65f33ef15f9802a0b:disqus! For the 3rd point --> What publications do you read for product management?

Commented 3 weeks ago on

We’re team Pie, building deliciously simple chat for work. Ask Us Anything!! (AUA)
Thanks Nikhil! I'm sure @techinasia-6f8c673720168eb65f33ef15f9802a0b:disqus makes a good mentor :) Sounds like you love it at Pie (yes, Zihui tells me a lot about the scandals). Will you join Pie full time then?

Commented 3 weeks ago on

We’re team Pie, building deliciously simple chat for work. Ask Us Anything!! (AUA)
And Nikhil - What do you do as an intern? How is it different from other internships (assuming this is not your first)?

Commented 3 weeks ago on

We’re team Pie, building deliciously simple chat for work. Ask Us Anything!! (AUA)
Yeah! @techinasia-6f8c673720168eb65f33ef15f9802a0b:disqus I've always wondered if the name Pie came from your name.

Commented 3 weeks ago on

We’re team Pie, building deliciously simple chat for work. Ask Us Anything!! (AUA)
Thanks @techinasia-6f8c673720168eb65f33ef15f9802a0b:disqus! Couple of questions: 1) Tell us about your background. What were you doing before starting Pie with Thijs? 2) What is a typical workweek for you and the team? 3) What kind of tools do you use for product management? 4) I'm pretty new to product management myself and would like to know what are the top 3 things you swear by in product management?

Commented 3 weeks ago on

We’re team Pie, building deliciously simple chat for work. Ask Us Anything!! (AUA)
Congratulations!

Commented 3 weeks ago on

Online property portal PropertyGuru bags $129M investment
Hey Sheji, Thanks for supporting our discussion platform! Curious - how is your typical day like at work? What are your roles and responsibilities as the CMO of aCommerce? Cheers, Vanessa

Commented 4 weeks ago on

AMA about e-commerce marketing aka “moneyball” marketing
White shirts FTW.

Commented 4 weeks ago on

Hey there, my name is Saemin and I run Rakuten Ventures. AMA
Do you handle all the investments by yourself? How big is your team at the moment?

Commented 4 weeks ago on

Hey there, my name is Saemin and I run Rakuten Ventures. AMA
Thanks for this Nazmul! I can empathize and admit that this is pretty common for most Asian families. Just curious - so every single time when you receive the call from your parents with the same type of questions, e.g. When are you going back to your old profession etc - How do you reply them? Just to add on - I'm sure it's not just the cashflow and the parents - but also the emotions you have gone/are going through while embarking on the startup journey. How do most founders out there overcome these challenges?

Commented 1 month ago on

Is it tough to quit a successful job to build your own startup?