March 11, 2024
Navigating Layoffs in SEA: What Should a Founder Do?

Layoffs are incredibly emotionally draining. For everyone involved. The founders who have to make the tough decisions, the impacted employees whose worlds suddenly get turned upside down, the surviving employees who may experience survivor guilt, and even the investors who wonder what could have been done differently.

Continue Reading
June 2, 2022
Hiring a VP of Engineering If You’re An Early-Stage Startup: Dos and Don’ts

To make a great VPE hire, look beyond just technical skills and reflect on the quality of their character along with reference checks

Continue Reading
April 22, 2022
Our Investment in Ordinary Folk: Transforming Healthcare for Stigmatized Health Conditions Across Asia

Across Asia, millions of people find themselves unable to access proper care for traditionally stigmatized health conditions due to cultural norms, inconvenience and cost.

Continue Reading
March 29, 2022
MHV Podcast - Wong Zi Yang: Skipping University, Managing Creator and Personal Risk-Reward & Fundraising Recipes

Co-Founder & CEO of Upmesh, Wong Zi Yang shared what he learned going to the university of life, his thoughts on personal risk-reward and his tips on fundraising in this episode of MHV Podcast.

Continue Reading
March 14, 2022
MHV Podcast - Shi Ling Tai: Growing Up an Engineer, Founder Perspective and Representation

Co-Founder & CEO of UI-licious, Shi Ling Tai, shared her experiences transitioning from an engineer to a founder and CEO and her reflections on representation from the gender lens.

Continue Reading
March 10, 2022
Women in Tech: Reflections of a Female Founder-Turned-VC

This International Women's Day, MHV's Susli Lie takes us through her very own journey as a founder and Partner, and holds out hope for women in the tech ecosystem.

Continue Reading
March 2, 2022
What Does It Take to Break into a VC: An MHV Fellow’s First-Hand Account

My startup journey has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. First, as a founder and, later, as an executive at another VC-backed startup, I had seen a lot of what works and also a lot of what could go wrong.

Continue Reading
March 1, 2022
MHV Podcast - Kuo-Yi Lim: "Keep Moving", First-Principles Driven & Transitioning to VC from Operator

Kuo-Yi shared his experiences being at the frontier of tech innovation, the dot com crash, and transitioning from operator to VC, as well as his thoughts on the first-principles thinking.

Continue Reading
February 21, 2022
Mindful Leadership for Startup Founders: What it Means and Why You Should Care

Startup founders go through an experience many others will never have the opportunity to embrace — building a company from scratch. A founder’s leadership style and the type of organization they create, to a large extent, charts the course for a startup’s success (or failure).

Continue Reading
February 14, 2022
MHV Names Susli Lie as Partner

Monk’s Hill Ventures (‘MHV’), a venture capital firm investing in early-stage tech startups in Southeast Asia, today announced the appointment of Susli Lie to Partner, expanding the senior leadership team.

Continue Reading
October 5, 2021
How Did Ninja Van Build a Culture of Creativity and Innovation

As a Ninja Van co-founder, I would like to share why creativity is essential to boost innovation at work—and how to keep it alive.

Continue Reading
August 31, 2021
MHV Podcast - Susli Lie: Indonesia Childhood, YC Founder & VC Representation

Host Jeremy Au chats with Susli Lie, MHV Venture Partner on the first episode of the MHV Podcast.

Continue Reading
August 10, 2021
Navigating the Singapore Tech Scene: A Who’s Who of Tech Companies Are Hiring

My current role as Head of Talent at MHV means further immersion in the increasingly vibrant local tech startup scene. If you want to understand the current Singapore tech landscape —including the stages and specific companies hiring and growing here— read on.

Continue Reading
July 19, 2021
People, Potential, Passion: What's Driving Continued Innovation and Growth in Southeast Asia Today

Since 2014, Monk's Hill Ventures (MHV) has invested in Southeast Asia's most promising technology companies. Here, MHV co-founder Kuo-Yi Lim reflects on the journey so far and why investment in the region's budding tech startups makes more sense than ever.

Continue Reading
May 21, 2021
As Glints CTO, this is what I want you to know about building an engineering team in Southeast Asia

My philosophy when it comes to building up engineering teams in Southeast Asia can be summed up in two words: intentionality and pragmatism.

Continue Reading
March 30, 2021
The Southeast Asia Tech Talent Compensation Report

Any startup founder will tell you one of the toughest challenges they face in building companies is hiring and retaining the right talent. It is particularly challenging when there’s limited data.

Continue Reading
March 30, 2021
Monk’s Hill Ventures and Glints’ Report Identifies 8 Trends in Building Teams and Attracting Startup Tech Talent in Southeast Asia

Monk’s Hill Ventures (MHV) and Glints today launched the “The Southeast Asia Tech Talent Compensation” report.

Continue Reading
March 23, 2021
Startup Spotlight: Bot MD, An Interview with EMPEA

EMPEA spoke with Co-Founder & CEO Dorothea Koh about how her experience working for large healthcare companies informed the need to build better information tools for doctors, the strategy behind a doctor-first model, expansion plans in Asia, and the digitization of the medical industry during the pandemic.

Continue Reading
March 3, 2021
What I Learned from My Fellowship at a Southeast Asia VC

During my stint, I learned a lot about the venture capital industry and the Southeast Asia tech startup ecosystem. Apart from conducting research and attending various virtual networking events, I also met (virtually) with many interesting founders.

Continue Reading
December 12, 2023
MHV Fellows 2024

The MHV Fellows Program aims to provide accomplished individuals with the experience of working with a top venture capital firm investing in early-stage tech companies, in Southeast Asia.

Continue Reading
January 24, 2014
Is It Possible to be Both a Founder & a Daddy?

“You can’t have kids and run a startup.” That made me do some deep introspection. Was I doing a disservice to my startup since I was now a father?

Continue Reading
May 4, 2014
The Democratization of Entrepreneurship

A new generation of tech entrepreneurs from around the world have opportunities not available to previous generations. The democratization of entrepreneurship is a new phenomenon that will change the global tech landscape.

Continue Reading
November 23, 2014
Sometimes Doing The Right Thing Should Suck

Recently I caught up with an old friend and colleague. My friend is one of the most competent, smartest, and hard-working executives I know. He is also one of the most principled.

Continue Reading
April 5, 2016
Founders vs. Professionals: Who Makes the Better CEO

At MHV, we invest in the early period of a company’s life cycle. By this stage, the start-up has only been in operations for 1-2 years, and usually the entire team has less than 20 people.

Continue Reading
October 4, 2016
Let's Talk Compensation

In 2016, we ran a survey on compensation in tech startups in Singapore. This topic is very much top-of-mind for many founders. Compensation data - base pay, bonus, stock options etc - are hard to come by.

Continue Reading
May 22, 2017
A Chance Meeting Leads to Opportunities: On Making Your Own Luck

I often say that success is half luck and half what you make of it. But the thing is, you can make your own luck.

Continue Reading
November 9, 2018
Why Entrepreneurs Should Think About the Social Impact of Their Social Media

Society is now developing a better understanding of how our social media accounts impact our lives in the physical world, and startups have a new chance to disrupt the market and move beyond some of the mistakes that major social media platforms are dealing with today.

Continue Reading
June 30, 2018
Find a Robust Mentor, Then Adopt Their Strengths

As innovators, we often aim high when seeking out a mentor, hoping that proximity to a Steve Jobs or Elon Musk-type character will help us to reach our own ambitious goals.

Continue Reading
March 1, 2018
So You Want to Join A Startup (in Southeast Asia)

VCs evaluate a lot of startups. This gives us a good look into how they operate, what they care about, and the type of people they want to hire. VCs also meet a lot of people, including those who are looking for their next job.

Continue Reading
January 14, 2019
Watch, Absorb, Trust: Your Job as a Mentee

Being a mentor is challenging. No question about it. It requires time, energy, and dedication. Not everybody is cut out for the gig. But here’s what no one tells you (or at least no one told me): being a mentee is also challenging.

Continue Reading