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Vanessa Tan

Vanessa is a Product Manager at Tech in Asia and more affectionately known to the team as Lao Niang (Old Mother). She 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.
"Mindsets are still firmly placed that once receiving a degree, children honour their family to get secure iron rice bowl jobs." --> I can relate to this. I had this conversation with my father once when I spoke of my entrepreneurial aspirations. He was very much against it only because he understood the risks and uncertainty that a "merchant" would go through, and didn't want his children to be going through the same hardship he and/or my grandfather went through building the business.

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Is Singapore still relevant after 50? An entrepreneurial view.
Awesome piece, as always!

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Choosing your next technology stack
HAHA!

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Ask TIA: What’s your favourite startup quote?
This is so true. Love this!

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Ask TIA: What’s your favourite startup quote?
Hahahahahahaha so cute!

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Show TIA: Breakout space at your office
Yes Peter, it's creepy....

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I’m Rui Ma, Partner for Greater China at 500 Startups. AMA!
Not too sure how I'm supposed to respond to that, but yes...

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Hello, React.js
Hi Nikhil, I believe you can do better than this :).

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Hi TIA, I’m Hugh Mason from JFDI. Ask me anything!
This is very interesting Hugh :) Thanks for sharing!

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Hi TIA, I’m Hugh Mason from JFDI. Ask me anything!
Hey you look familiar!

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Hello, React.js
I enjoyed the quiz Terence!

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Quiz: How well do you know ecommerce in Asia?
Hi Chok Leang,Thanks for doing this AMA :)Was the switch from being at an investment bank to startup life difficult? You mentioned you were from Malaysia and how did you end up in SV? Can you tell us more about your background? How was it like working with Sam at Loopt?CheersVanessa

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I left Wall Street for a SV startup and started one after it was acquired. AMA!
Hi Florian!Thanks for doing this AMA :) Some questions:1) Tell us more about the engineering culture at Box. How was it like initially, how did it evolve, and how was it like when you left? 2) What was one of the biggest engineering challenge you faced while at Box and how did you solve it then?3) What was that one project you worked on at Box where you were extremely proud of? 4) What are you working on at the moment? :)CheersVanessa

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I was the first engineer at successful Silicon Valley startup Box. AMA!
So enlighten me - how are the dynamics different for girls?

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Singapore’s Paktor gets $7.3M to become more than a dating app
Both Easycare and Nexpaq look interesting!

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We weren’t blown away by the typhoon, but we were blown away by these 5 Hong Kong startups
I might sound a little silly here but me as a user, why would I want to switch over to Paktor when I already have Facebook and (almost) my entire social circle is on it and I can meet new folks while on the platform?

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Singapore’s Paktor gets $7.3M to become more than a dating app
Really? Can I join too?

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3 speakers you need to meet at Singapore’s Product Hunt Meetup
Have you tried it before? How was the experience?

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BerryKitchen boxes up delicious $1.25M series A funding to expand catering services
It's common for many founders to mention about localization but I'm particularly keen to hear your experience on localization.1) How do you assemble a local team? Where does one start?2) Were you based physically in one area during the expansion efforts? How do you decide how long you should stay in one country before moving to the next?Thanks Tomas :)

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Living out of a suitcase, we scaled HotelQuickly to 15 countries in less than two years. AMA!