วันนี้มีข่าวฝากจากหนึ่งในทีมงาน LaunchPad พร้อมเปิดตัวกับ thumbsup ก่อนใคร ว่าได้ร่วมก่อตั้งกลุ่ม M8VC เพื่อผลักดันและสนับสนุน Startup ไทย พูดง่ายๆ ก็คือเป็นทั้ง Incubator และ Technology Investment Firm นั่นเอง
หนึ่งในผู้ร่วมก่อตั้งคุณ Vincent กล่าวว่า ?การที่ผู้ประกอบการรายใหม่ที่แม้จะมีพลังและแรงบันดาลใจอยู่มากก็ยังไม่ง่ายที่จะเติบโตในระดับภูมิภาคได้เหมือนกับผู้ประกอบการในซึกโลกตะวันตก เพราะมีปัจจัยหลายๆ อย่างที่แตกต่างกัน ดังนั้น M8VC จึงเกิดขึ้นด้วยเหตุผลดังกล่าว?M8VC ?เกิดจากการรวมตัวกันของคน 8 คนที่มีประสบการณ์, เงินทุน และเครือข่ายที่ช่วยผลักดันสนับสนุน Startup ไทย ทั้งในแง่การให้ความรู้และเชื่อมโยงกับกลุ่มนักลงทุนได้ และเราเชื่อว่าจะช่วยผลักดันให้ Startup ไทยสามารถเติบโตได้ในระดับภูมิภาคอย่างแท้จริง?
สำหรับรายละเอียดและประวัติที่ผ่านมาของ 8 ท่านนั้นมีใครอยู่บ้าง เราไปดูรายละเอียดกันเลยดีกว่า ซึ่งหนึี่งในชื่อที่คุ้นเคยก็มีคุณ ป้อม ภาวุธ อยู่ในนั้นด้วย
Ponthep (Vincent) Sethiwan
A creative and catastrophic entrepreneur at heart, Vincent started his own venture since the second year in college. After receiving a Bachelor and Master degree from Carnegie Mellon University he went on to start his next venture, whichwas funded by an incubator in Pittsburgh, PA. Three years after coming back to Thailand, he has started ChargedConcept, an iOS development firm specializing in UX/UI design and 2D/3D games. He has also created LAUNCHPAD, Bangkok?s largest co-working space, and also co-founded a new project in Japan called Anipipo. He not only brings to M8VC his background in the Tech and Design, but also his deep-rooted family background in the Rice and Real Estates businesses.
Shakrit (White) Chanrungsakul
Mr.White is a Digital Experience Specialist who works with many leading brands in Thailand. Utilizing technology and design in the most creative way possible to boost a company?s revenue is his specialty. He works with multi-billion dollar companies and has revolutionized their business to become number one in their industry. His background consists of a strong foundation in business insights, good command in?design language, and?branding with a strong passion in technology. A rareliving mixture that is priceless for anybusiness.
Pawoot (Pom) Pongvitayapanu
Pom, has accumulated his Online and Internet business experience since 1998.?The founder of Thailand?s largest and most successful E-Commerce website, TARAD.com. He has recently merged TARAD.com withRakuten Group, the No.1 E-Commerce Site in Japan and is now working on a new startup, ZocialInc,an Online & Social Network Monitoring tool.?He is also the VP of Thai E-Commerce Association, He is?a columnist in Bangkok Biz Newspaper Top Business news paper in Thailand. He holds a master degree in Internet & E-Commerce at ABAC University and an Executive MBA from SASIN Business School with Kellogg School of Management USA.?Pom is often referred as “Thailand?s Internet Icon & Pioneer”.
Kit, after earning BS in Industrial Engineering from Chulalongkorn University and MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, spent four years working as an investment banker at HSBC stationed both in London and in Hong Kong. He then went back to Stanford Graduate School of Business to get his MBA. Upon Graduation, Kit was offered the position of Thailand’s Country Manager for AIG Private Equity with the responsibility of overseeing the group’s investment in various business in Thailand. Later, he then co-founded Kaps, a pan-asia investment advisory firm that deals in energy, technology mining and real estate sectors. While there, he spearheaded one of the first alternative energy investments with investment size of more than US$100m in Thailand. On the side, he also co-own Chowhaus, an Asian fusion restaurant in Shanghai which was recently voted as 2012 best Asian Contemporary Restaurant by Shanghai’s Timeout Magazine.Currently he is the CEO and founder of PRIVEPASS.com, an online lifestyle travel club which acts as a ‘portal’ between users and lifestyle/travel products.
Sua’s passion at M8VC is to see Thai entrepreneurs take to the global stage. He enjoys working with startup and passionate about seeing their product develops into a global success. Prior to joining M8VC, Sua works as a Director at Auxesia Holdings. He focuses primarily on deal sourcing, as well as on deal structuring and strategy. Sua initiated and oversaw the?formation of?the?Thailand office during his first year at Auxesia. Sua had also?consulted for Capvision Partners in Shanghai, and worked in financial structuring at Merlin Capital Advisory in Bangkok.?Sua holds a B.S. in Computer System Engineering from Boston University and an MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Varut (Andrew) Bulakul
Varut (Andrew) kicked off his career as a financial advisor at Bank of Ayudhya, a Thai bank in partnership with General Electric. He later moved to the Brooker Group public company limited, as an assistant vice president in investment banking department where he structured various deals including debt restructuring, distress asset acquisition, and project financing. Varut graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 with a bachelor degree in business administration and concentation in computing and information technology. Apart from finance, he has developed a strong passion for the tech industry and actively wants to contribute to the development of Thai startup community. Varut is also?the founder and memeber of President’s Youth Organization Thailand Chapter, an organization for young business leaders and an affiliate to the world wide Young Presidents’ Organization and World Presidents’ Organization (www.ypo.org). He is currently pursuing his master degree at Sasin University.
Permsiri (Sam) Tiyavutiroj
Permsiri (Sam) started off his career as a simple Software Engineer at Thomson Reuters (Thailand) Co., Ltd where he was quickly promoted to a senior.? He was placed into Reuters? Global Potential Talented Employee where he was equipped with robust business and management skills.? He quickly realized his potential and decided to come out to start his own first Startup, GOOPA Inc. with 2 of his co-founders. They later found another venture together, Charged Concept Co., Ltd, which is a designed focus iOS and web development firm.? His passion for Startup didn?t stop there as he also helped set up Thailand?s largest coworking space, Launchpad Co., Ltd. He wants to help bring Thailand?s Startup Community up from under the water into the open spotlight.
Krisd acquired MA. in Economics from Chulalongkorn University (1997) and MSc. in IT from Nottingham University (1999). He started his full time professional career as mobile developer (1999) with a Swedish firm in Bangkok and left as a business development manager from NTT Data -Thailand (2009). He has written and reviewed abundant amount of business plans in the IT industry and has gotten funded several times.
From 2009 ? Present, apart from a full time serial entrepreneur, he also contributes his ?startup ? fund raise? experience to the new generation of tech startups.