Hi I'm Isaac, GM for Pollenizer Southeast Asia. I am working on turning Pollenizer into a productive contributor to the Southeast Asia startup ecosystem.
I love many things about my job.
I love using simple technology and process innovation to change human behavior.
I love being forced to take risks and release before I'm ready.
I love Pollenizer's disruptive approach to startup incubation.
Some things I've learned since joining Pollenizer; that there are some amazing people working on startups in Southeast Asia; my max number of quality Pollenizer pitch meetings in one day is five; lean startup gets way more interesting when you start trying to apply it on a daily basis.
Some things I've failed at: I joined a startup at age 20 that failed stupendously in the first dot com crash; I built a number of cutting edge technology products for children that sold poorly; I lived through two of Yahoo's "lost years" :-)
I’ve met with dozens of folks over the past months who are interested in the Singapore startup scene. The questions they asked were often similar, so I thought I would take a crack at writing up my standard responses. For the record, this post is not meant to replace a good coffee chat, just to [...]
The law of the excluded middle states that: “for any proposition, either that proposition is true, or its negation is”. I’ve been thinking about this philosophical pearl as it applies to the holy grail of startup propositions: “[Startup X] has achieved product/market fit”. A strict interpretation of the rule makes the proposition black and white, i.e., either [...]
It looks like I’m a few days late to proclaim 2013 the year for Southeast Asia startups. Props to my old colleague Michael Smith and Asia’s best tech writer Jon Russell for nailing that, and yes of course I agree wholeheartedly. That’s why we’re here! But while we’re on the topic of what’s hot in [...]
It’s hard to believe that it’s been less than half a year since I left the cozy confines of Yahoo to join the Pollenizer roller coaster. It’s been an amazing learning experience on a personal and professional level. As the year draws to a close, I thought I’d share some reflections. This post focuses on [...]
I recently had the privilege of judging at Startup Weekend Manila. The experience got me thinking about what makes a great Startup Weekend pitch. Those thoughts turned in to a blog post, which was published on thebobbery, a tech blog and website focused on the Philippines startup scene. Here’s the same post, reprinted with permission. [...]
We’re pleased to announce the first: Blk 71 Block Party A Monthly Gathering for Blk 71 Denizens and Their Friends Event Details When: Sept. 21 @ 5 PM (to be continued on the 3rd Friday of every month) Where: Outside Blk 71, near where the Smove cars are parked What: Free beer and satay [...]
Pollenizer has now been up and running in Singapore for about a month. We’ve been doing all the things you might expect for our first few weeks of work — introducing ourselves to key players in the ecosystem, flying to Sydney for some fast paced knowledge transfer, and sorting out the best lunch options around [...]