Singapore & Silicon Valley

I received an email interview request from a reporter at Business Times after meeting and chatting with her at yesterday’s Tech Venture event. I decided to reproduce my responses for the purpose of record and transparency, and hope that it can maintain the quality of conversation that our nascent ecosystem needs. Hey James, nice talking to you yesterday at TechVenture. Q1 …

James ChanSingapore & Silicon Valley

NRF TechVenture 2013 starts with extra S$50M for Series A

NRF’s marquee event, bringing together entrepreneurs, capitalists and researchers, kicks off at 9am at the Suntec Convention Hall 403/404 with a short speech from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, announcing an infusion of S$50M in 1-to-1 matching for early stage venture funds. Details are scarce for now since we’re less than 10 minutes post-announcement, but based on my observation …

James ChanNRF TechVenture 2013 starts with extra S$50M for Series A

US$200M Viki acquisition by Rakuten makes me beam

Well well, I guess someone forgot to draw the string on the proverbial bag and let the cat out earlier than it was supposed to. Kara of AllthingsD got the scoop; lucky her! By now, Viki’s purported US$200M acquisition by Rakuten is all over Singapore’s online tech news, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve also been inundated by well wishes and congratulatory …

James ChanUS$200M Viki acquisition by Rakuten makes me beam

littleBits in Singapore

I recently started Get Hacking with a couple of old friends from high school to teach, make and sell components, kits and finished products that can help kids and adults learn STEM and make things, and in so doing bring a bit more of the DIY and Maker Movement to Singapore and Southeast Asia. One of the first things I did was to reach out …

James ChanlittleBits in Singapore


My lifestyle has changed dramatically over the past week, ever since the Sumatra-peatland-fire-inspired haze has enshrouded Singapore. It’s actually an annual phenomenon in Singapore, but somehow this year, the haze situation has deteriorated quickly. We’ve hit record PSI readings. I’ve cancelled and rescheduled meetings when the haze hits 300 and above. My family and I have cooked and eaten in almost …

James ChanHazeCast