Steve is an award-winning entrepreneur who has built high-growth companies in Asia and Europe over the last 25 years.
Steve co-founded PropertyGuru in 2007 in answer to his personal frustrations in finding a new home. He was CEO for the first 10 years, leading and growing the business (with co-founder Jani) into Southeast Asia’s leading online property group used by over 25 million buyers monthly in 5 countries – fast growing and profitable. This has included raising over $420M in funding and leading M&A projects regionally.
Prior to PropertyGuru, Steve was the CEO of an Asian social network firm. Previously, he served as an advisor to digital media, venture capital and start-up companies in Asia and Europe including Skype, AOL, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Extreme Media, iPass and Ariadne Capital. Steve also led global teams and a US$500 million turnover business unit for Cable & Wireless.
In 2007, Steve was awarded the ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’ in recognition of his contributions to entrepreneurship in Singapore. He has also helped PropertyGuru secure many industry awards including Hitwise #1, CNBC World’s Best Property Portal, SVCA Best Performing VC/PE-Backed Firm, SiTF Best E-Enterprise, Marketing Magazine Mob-Ex Awards and Influential Brands® Top Brand For Online Property Search In Asia.
Steve is passionate about tech, entrepreneurship and social enterprise. He is a Venture Partner at SEA’s leading B2B venture capital firm Wavemaker Partners, advisor to Young Founder School, on the board of 3 companies and has been investing in, and mentoring, early stage companies for the last 15 years. His main focus is smart cities, environmental and social impact.