Startup Asia Singapore 2014 Pre-Conference Meetup: What to do differently when raising 50K, 500K and 5M


suasg logoBefore we dive into two full days of fireside chats, talks, and startup pitches at Startup Asia Singapore 2014, we’re bringing you an additional pre-conference meetup to help kick off the madness.

This panel discussion features three different companies, each of which is at a different stage of development. We’ll look into how each startup has grown, what fundraising entails, and the differences between raising big rounds and small rounds.

If you are interested in attending this event, please join us on May 6, 7:30 pm at Singapore Microsoft Auditorium. Tickets for the pre-conference meetup are free, but grab them fast while they’re available. Please click here to register.


  • 7.30pm – 8.00pm: Registration

  • 8.00pm – 8.45pm: Panel Discussion: What To Do Differently When Raising 50K, 500K and 5M

  • 8.45pm – 9.00pm: Q&A


Singapore Microsoft Auditorium
Level 21
One Marina Boulevard
Singapore 018989


  • Prakash Somosundram, Co-Founder of Yolk (acquired by Grey)

About the speakers:


Aravind Ravi Sulekha, Founder of Scrollback [Rounds Raised: Seed 1 of US$25K (through incubator, Seed 2 of US$50K]

Aravind Ravi Sulekha has been programming since he was 12, and has degrees in engineering at IIT Kharagpur and management from IIM Ahmedabad. He headed product management and development at four different startups before co-founding Scrollback.

DARIUS CHEUNG, Founder, [Rounds Raised: Series A]

Darius Cheung is the founder of, a rental apartment search company that delivers an honest, transparent and delightful experience. Prior to founding, Cheung was the founder and CEO of tenCube, a Singapore-based mobile security startup, which was acquired by McAfee in 2010, where he served for 2 years as Director for Consumer Mobile Technology after the acquisition. At tenCube, Cheung grew the startup to a team of 26 people in 2 locations over 5 years, raised 2 rounds of financing, created award-winning mobile security product WaveSecure and led the startup to profitability. For his role at tenCube and his participation in the local startup community, he has been selected as one of BusinessWeek’s Best Young Entrepreneurs in Asia and is a recipient of the Singapore Youth Award. He is also an angel investor in more than a dozen startups, a venture partner at Golden Gate Ventures, and serves on the steering committee for Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE).

Alexis Horowitz-Burdick, CEO and Founder, [Rounds Raised: Seed of US$740K, Series A (undisclosed), Series B of US$10M]

Alexis Horowitz-Burdick is currently the CEO and Founder of, South East Asia’s leading skincare and beauty destination. She founded Luxola in May 2011 from a desire to partner with both brands and customers to bring the best beauty products in the world to SEA through an easy and fun online shopping platform. Prior to Luxola, Horowitz-Burdick founded The Sweet Spot, a high-end group buying site focused on the Singapore market (acquired by JigoCity in July 2011). Horowitz-Burdick was a founding team member of Frontier Strategy Group (backed by Spark Capital), a Washington D.C. based subscription consulting firm, and was responsible for starting and building their Asia operations.

Horowitz-Burdick is recognized as a leader in the digital and online space in SEA and has spoken at universities such as INSEAD and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as anchoring panels at events such as Startup Asia (the largest startup event in the region), The Internet and Mobile Show Asia, and more. Alexis has resided in Singapore for the last 6 years and holds an M.A. Political Science from San Francisco State University and a B.A. Political Science from California State University San Marcos.

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