The 10 lessons learnt in turning around companies in Asia

On December 28, 2011, in China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Tan Yinglan, Turnarounds, by Tan Yinglan



With so much optimism in Asia’s growth, it’s easy to take ongoing prosperity and success for granted. Like any  organism, businesses will spring to life, go thru a sustained period of growth and then hit a period of poor performance due to many possible factors. All successful companies would have ridden economic cycles a few time in its history and would be well stocked with staff who know how to overcome these short term setbacks, so recovering from short term problems may not be an issue but recovering from a long term problem is. What happens when a company stagnates despite positive macroeconomic factors or the company is uncompetitive vs the industry? We define this kind of company as needing a turn around.


Eight Reasons Why Women Make Stellar Entrepreneurs and Leaders in Tech

On December 25, 2011, in China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Entrepreneurship, Tan Yinglan, Woman, by Tan Yinglan


It’s no surprise that female CEOs in tech are underrepresented; however, this statistic is changing rapidly. In a recent American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses report found that between 1997 and 2011, the number of businesses in the US increased by 34%, but the number of women-owned firms increased by 50%; Compared to a growth rate of just 25% for male-owned firms and has allowed businesses owned by females to reach 49% of US firms.

31 High Growth Startups to Watch

On December 11, 2011, in China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum, by Tan Yinglan

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How will the world cope with the crucial issue of water management and treatment? How can individuals and corporations benefit even more from the 24/7, ubiquitous connection to the Internet – and prevent the resulting reputation and security risks? What new approaches to treating rare and neglected diseases will emerge and save lives in the coming years? How can technology help modify behaviours to optimize energy use and bring us closer to a low-carbon economy? The 31 start-ups selected as the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers of 2011 innovatively address these and other challenges of our rapidly evolving society. See the full list here (Credits: World Economic Forum).

Why Success is a Science…and an Art

On November 30, 2011, in Entrepreneurship, by Tan Yinglan
SUCCESS (magazine)

I had the pleasure of speaking to a remarkable and wise serial entrepreneur, Peter A. Howley.

Key Takeaways from Techventure 2011

On November 11, 2011, in China Business Forum, Entrepreneurship, Events, by Tan Yinglan

Techventure was a confluence of captains of industry, venture capitalists and high growth entrepreneurs. One VC who came by mentioned that they finally felt the entrepreneurial “Qi” in Singapore, which was heartening. I was asked why Asia is on a roll? Domestic Consumer Demand in Asia is a key differentiating factor. Another reason is that […]

Triple Helix IX International Conference. Silicon Valley: Global Model or Unique Anomaly? 11-14 July 2011, Stanford University

On July 25, 2011, in China Business Forum, Chinnovation, Entrepreneurship, Events, Venture Capital, by Tan Yinglan

It felt great to be back at Stanford. It was where I met my wife and started my first company.

From “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” to “Government as an Entrepreneur”: The Role of Public Venture Capital

Between Josh Lerner’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Why Public Efforts to Boost Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Have Failed — and What to Do About It and Al and Jamie Link’s Government as Entrepreneur lies a world of pros and cons of government interventions to support innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic research partnerships from public funds. Is ‘Government as Venture Capitalist’ an oxymoron or a counter-cyclical imperative?


Dan Hanson, Founder of Technology Innovation Group, Dallas, Texas USA
Irina Anghel, Secretary General of the South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Bucharest, Romania


Dr. Sofia Avdeitchikova, Assistant Professor, Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Sweden.
Tan Yinglan, Head (Projects) of Singapore’s National Research Foundation under the Prime Minister’s Office, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University
David Smith, SVP Enterprise Ireland, Silicon Valley Office with presentation Innovation Ireland – achieve global success


It was a good discussion moderated by Irina Anghel, Secretary General of the South Eastern European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Bucharest, Romania.


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