Monk’s Hill Ventures is a partnership of seasoned entrepreneurs who have built and backed global companies based both in Silicon Valley and Asia. We are a venture capital firm investing in post-seed stage tech startups that will take advantage of the fast growing Southeast Asian markets.
We are entrepreneurs. We believe that, above everything else in the startup world, it is the entrepreneur who creates value. The right entrepreneurs have the smarts to correct mis-defined products, the charisma to bring onboard expertise they themselves do not have, and the mental strength to stick through the tough times. With our operating background, we contribute more than just capital. Having built companies ourselves, we collaborate with founders as fellow entrepreneurs to make their vision a reality. Entrepreneurs backing entrepreneurs.
We are technologists. We believe deeply in the positive and increasing impact of technology on our world. Investing in technology companies has never been more attractive, as technology adoption reaches an inflection point. There are now nearly 5 billion mobile subscribers and more than 3 billion internet users globally. With quantum improvement in computing, building and scaling a technology company costs less than 10% of what it took 15 years ago. Leveraging technologies like big data, mobile, and cloud to build significant business is not only possible, but well within economic reach, especially in emerging markets. Innovation is now global.
Monk’s Hill Ventures invests in top entrepreneurs in post-seed companies in Southeast Asia. Think of us as your trusted partner in Asia.
Global winners in Asia
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SOUTHEAST Asia as a fast growing market
We are driven to help companies from Southeast Asia expand globally. Relationships are important in Asia. We know this through the many businesses we have built across Asia - from Japan and China to India and Indonesia. With these relationships and experiences, we help our companies navigate the nuances and specifics of various countries in the region.
Our home bases are Singapore and Jakarta. We are bullish on the attractiveness of Southeast Asia as a region in Asia with rapidly growing opportunities. Singapore has proven to be a great strategic location for expanding to the rest of Asia, while Jakarta is at the heart of a booming consumer economy in one of the most populous countries in the world.
We are excited with the rapid rise of entrepreneurial talent in Southeast Asia over the last ten years. We have seen great companies born in the region built by world-class entrepreneurs. Southeast Asia, with a population of over 600 million, represents enormous potential on a global scale. With some of the most social and mobile users in the world, the region presents fertile ground for the emergence of technology startup winners.
Over the past decade, we have also become trusted advisers and partners to leading VCs in Silicon Valley. We have helped leading growth-stage startups tap the growth veins across Asia. We have helped companies overcome the challenges presented by the region and take advantage of the opportunities. If you are thinking about Southeast Asia, you should talk to us.
Navigating the regulatory landscape in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets might seem daunting, yet many entrepreneurs have already done so successfully. They’ve changed lives by launching successful startups, and they’ve also blazed a trail for others to follow. The problems at stake are too big and the potential benefits too great for entrepreneurs to risk sitting on their hands. Here is a quick playbook on navigating regulations in Southeast Asia and other emerging markets so that regulations become a runway rather than a roadblock.
VIETNAM—Vietnam’s thriving startup ecosystem is expected to reach $33 billion by 2025. But so far, the top tech companies have mostly cloned successful companies elsewhere rather than brewing something specific to Vietnamese culture and society. Tiki is Vietnam’s Amazon, Foody is its Meituan, and VNG is its Tencent.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with clones. In fact, they’ve brought a lot to Vietnamese society. These tech companies are making Vietnam more productive, more accessible, and more open. Thanks to them, we’re poised for the next wave, when entrepreneurs steeped in local culture begin brewing startups that specifically address Vietnamese issues and problems.