About

Founded in 2017, we are a team of crypto enthusiasts with complementary backgrounds and interdisciplinary perspectives. We believe that the crypto natives are the engine of innovation, and what they build will spillover to the mainstream via cross-pollination with other domains. The Signum team is ready to assist the founders to deploy their ideas, and to facilitate the adoption of their products both inside and outside the crypto community.

We are a registered fund management company with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. We are currently managing two active funds, one of them co-manage with UOB Venture Management:

› Signum Capital Investment fund

› UOB-Signum Blockchain fund (USB Fund)

TEAM

John Ng Pangilinan
John Ng Pangilinan

John was the founder of Signum Capital Pte Ltd, a personal investment holding company which specialized in crypto startups with a realized IRR of 122%. He holds advisor roles in Kyber Network and Ren Protocol, Sentinel Protocol, Sparrow Exchange, Oasis Labs, and is a founding member of the Aelf Innovation Alliance.

John’s first foray into business was at the age of 11 when he sold used textbooks and comic books outside of schools’ bus stops. That spirited him off to a journey of learning sales from an early age of 13 and he has never stopped working till this day.

John started his education in Mechatronics and later switched to a degree in business, with his first job as a banker with Standard Chartered Bank. After leaving the bank, John started various companies at the age of 23. The most recent venture was the creation of Makan Bus, Singapore’s first hop on and off food tour.

John’s passion in venturing into businesses is fueled by the success in growing a business and its staff.

YY Lai
YY Lai

YY has spent more than 10 years in the startup industry to help to grow promising startups. He was previously the Lead of PayPal Fintech Incubator which invests and incubates Fintech startups including blockchain startups. He was head of Incubation in NTU Ventures which help to identify and grow high tech startups. Having founded and worked in different tech startups before, he is an engineer by training and has a MBA from NTU.

YY has been influential in supporting several high growth startups with their strategy in the region. His network of investors and founders spans across Asia and he leverages his insights in technology and growth.

Ian Lee
Ian Lee

Joining OvenBaked Ideas in September 2014, Ian was in charge of all operational aspects of the businesses and arms, evaluating business ideas, and forecasting revenue and expenses. For the investment arm of OvenBaked Ideas, Ian often gives critical point of view when evaluating business risk especially for start-ups and companies in their early-stages.

As a principal with Signum Capital, Ian performs due diligence and analyses the project concepts. He has been providing valuable inputs as well as strategic plans. A number cruncher at heart, he is tasked to keep track of the company’s portfolio.

Melvin Tan
Melvin Tan

Melvin joined Signum Capital from F10, a leading global incubator and accelerator focusing on fintech and blockchain startups where he played an instrumental role in launching a pioneer crypto incubation program. Melvin is no stranger to the startup ecosystem as he was an entrepreneur himself, having launched a social networking app in 2015 which is now still used by many in Singapore.

He has extensive experience working with early-stage startups helping to validate MVPs and understand their pain points, assisting founders with growth strategies and most importantly, working with them on their fundraising needs.

Before his entrepreneurial journey, Melvin was an institutional equity execution trader for 8 years in a bank-backed brokerage firm. He started crypto investing in 2017 and has since been an advocate of blockchain technology. Melvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Queensland and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Victor Xu
Victor Xu

Victor has been supporting the web3 and decentralized network for the last 5 years. He actively involves in new decentralized networks by participating in their validation network activities, especially in the testnet phase and launch of mainnet.

He has participated in the validation for the following projects in very early stage: Harmony, Elrond, Kusama, Polkdot, Oasis Labs, Near, Avalanche, Solana, Mina protocol, and was an early miner on Arweave and Kadena.

He holds a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS).

Shuyin Ong
Shuyin Ong

Shuyin is the Head of Compliance at Signum Capital. Where commercial law has been an area of interest, she has moved onto the future of the blockchain economy and focuses on legal questions in the ambit of financial technology sector. She holds a LLM. from Singapore Management University and LLB. from the University of London.

Adna Purnomo
Adna Purnomo

Adna joined Signum Capital in 2021 as an Administrative Manager. Prior to joining Signum Capital, she was an experienced Market Researcher and an Educator.

Passionate in the utility of Blockchain that is transforming industries, she focuses on the operational tasks and streamlining of Signum Capital’s business initiatives.

Adna grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and holds a Postgraduate Degree in Marketing Management.

Ash Liew
Ash Liew

Ash is an investment lead at Signum Capital where he helps the investment team across the DeFi and Gaming sectors.

Prior to Signum, Ash was an analyst at Dialectic which is a Swiss-based family office. In a previous life before discovering crypto, Ash also worked in the Advisory department at KPMG Singapore.

Ash graduated from the University of Nottingham, where he majored in Economics and Management. He is a self-proclaimed foodie and is interested in all things fitness, having represented Malaysia’s national team in powerlifting

Gabriel Goh
Gabriel Goh

Gabriel is an analyst at Signum Capital with a focus on investments leveraging the next wave of digital transformation. He has had experiences across the different stages of Private Equity investment. Prior to Signum, he was on the investment teams of Ardian and TNB Aura.

Gabriel enjoys sports, and has represented Singapore on their Water Polo team.

Jethro Kwan
Jethro Kwan

Jethro is an analyst at Signum Capital with an obsession with the start-up ecosystem and a firm belief in the adoption of web3 decentralization. Started from trading CSGO skins to moving to crypto and NFTs, Jethro has always been interested in digital assets and the potential for wide scale adoption.

Prior to Signum, Jethro was on the investment team at Vibranium, and is currently the President of Investment Banking Club of Nanyang Technological University. Jethro is currently pursuing a BBA at Nanyang Technological University with a specialization in Finance.

Michelle Quek
Michelle Quek

Michelle is an analyst at Signum Capital with a keen interest in digital assets investments since her polytechnic days where she worked on a crypto project for her Final Year Project.

Prior to Signum, Michelle was on the Assets & Wealth Management team at PwC, and is also currently an active committee member of the VC/PE portfolio under Investment Banking Club in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Michelle is currently a penultimate business undergraduate at Nanyang Business School, with a specialisation in Banking & Finance.

Michelle has a huge passion for sports, currently an active varsity team athlete for NTU Netball, and has previously represented Singapore Netball under a few national squads.

Nikos Karamangiolis
Nikos Karamangiolis

Nikos is an intern at Signum Capital with enthusiasm about the use of blockchain and the application of this technology in different industries. He strives to deliver opportunities and open new fields of usage in the Europe area.

Started with Signum Capital, Nikos wants to expand his knowledge and gain more insights into the company. Prior to Signum, Nikos entered the crypto and the WEB 3 space as an early investor in several projects.

Nikos is currently finishing his Financial Analyst course with a specialization in Business intelligence.

ADVISORS

Dr Loi Luu
Dr Loi Luu

Loi is founder of Kyber Network, an early decentralized exchange launched on Ethereum. Loi is a researcher working on cryptocurrencies, smart contract security, and distributed consensus algorithms. He is also a regular invited speaker at Bitcoin and Ethereum workshops such as DevCon2, EDCON. Loi believes in the force of the Ethereum and Blockchain technologies and much of his work revolves around this community. He developed Oyente, the first open-source security analyzer for Ethereum smart contracts. Loi also cofounded SmartPool, another open-source project which embraces the decentralization of mining pools in existing cryptocurrency. He continues to champion decentralization and trustless properties of the Blockchain with Kyber Network, taking inspiration and developing value for the community.

Varun Mittal
Varun Mittal

Varun Mittal is experienced at the cross-section of digital business building and financial services in South East Asia and global emerging markets. He undertook his MBA at the National University of Singapore and graduated with computer science engineering as his undergraduate major.
Currently he leads digital for Singlife, and is a founding member of Fintech Choupal ASEAN, the largest and most active fintech community in South East Asia.

As a pioneer backer for decentralized financial solutions in Singapore, Varun has been associated with the first crypto debit card, crypto payment gateway and crytpo robo advisor in Singapore, helping founders navigate regulator landscape in the region.

Stephen Phua
Stephen Phua

Stephen Phua teaches Income Tax, Goods and Services Tax, Corporate Taxation, International Tax and Business & Finance for Lawyers in the Faculty of Law, NUS where he also serves as Tax Director, EW Barker Centre for Law and Business. He was a visiting scholar/professor to several leading universities in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Switzerland and the USA. He served as a member for more than a decade on each one of the three tax tribunals in Singapore (Income Tax Board of Review, Goods and Services Tax Board of Review and Valuation Review Board).

Michael Arrington
Michael Arrington

Founder of TechCrunch and Arrington Capital

Wu Jihan
Wu Jihan

Founder of Bitmain and MatrixPort

Samuel Bankman-Fried (SBF)
Samuel Bankman-Fried (SBF)

Founder of FTX and Alameda Research

VENTURE PARTNER

De Ming (DM)
De Ming (DM)

Deming is founder and managing partner of SUSY Labs, a boutique advisory firm shaping the blockchain venture ecosystem in China since 2017. He started his VC career in New Access Capital as VP in 2009 where he led multiple successful early stage investments in consumer internet companies. He’s deeply involved in cross-border innovations and serves as advisor to European Institute of Innovation and Technology in China for its climate tech initiative. Before his venture capital roles, Deming was an investment banker with Bank of China International in Hong Kong. He was also product manager in Alibaba Group in 1999 as its very early employee. Deming graduated with an MBA degree from University of Oxford and was a Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum.

Guichong Jia
Guichong Jia

Jia is based out of Shanghai, is currently an analyst in a tier 1 Chinese Security & Investment firm. He graduated with a Ph.D. from NTU (Singapore). He is an early blockchain enthusiast with extensive experience in blockchain technology development and digital asset investment. Jia is an early investor of a broad spectrum of blockchain companies and projects, such as ETH, QTUM, Kyber, EOS, Zilliqa, Polkadot, Cosmos, Filecoin. He is also a good coordinator for the Chinese blockchain community. Jia advises Signum Capital on technical whitepapers and inputs his thoughts after carefully inspecting the technology implementation.

TEAM

John Ng Pangilinan

John was the founder of Signum Capital Pte Ltd, a personal investment holding company which specialized in crypto startups with a realized IRR of 122%. He holds advisor roles in Kyber Network and Ren Protocol, Sentinel Protocol, Sparrow Exchange, Oasis Labs, and is a founding member of the Aelf Innovation Alliance.

John’s first foray into business was at the age of 11 when he sold used textbooks and comic books outside of schools’ bus stops. That spirited him off to a journey of learning sales from an early age of 13 and he has never stopped working till this day.

John started his education in Mechatronics and later switched to a degree in business, with his first job as a banker with Standard Chartered Bank. After leaving the bank, John started various companies at the age of 23. The most recent venture was the creation of Makan Bus, Singapore’s first hop on and off food tour.

John’s passion in venturing into businesses is fueled by the success in growing a business and its staff.

YY Lai

YY has spent more than 10 years in the startup industry to help to grow promising startups. He was previously the Lead of PayPal Fintech Incubator which invests and incubates Fintech startups including blockchain startups. He was head of Incubation in NTU Ventures which help to identify and grow high tech startups. Having founded and worked in different tech startups before, he is an engineer by training and has a MBA from NTU.

YY has been influential in supporting several high growth startups with their strategy in the region. His network of investors and founders spans across Asia and he leverages his insights in technology and growth.

Ian Lee

Joining OvenBaked Ideas in September 2014, Ian was in charge of all operational aspects of the businesses and arms, evaluating business ideas, and forecasting revenue and expenses. For the investment arm of OvenBaked Ideas, Ian often gives critical point of view when evaluating business risk especially for start-ups and companies in their early-stages.

As a principal with Signum Capital, Ian performs due diligence and analyses the project concepts. He has been providing valuable inputs as well as strategic plans. A number cruncher at heart, he is tasked to keep track of the company’s portfolio.

Melvin Tan

Melvin joined Signum Capital from F10, a leading global incubator and accelerator focusing on fintech and blockchain startups where he played an instrumental role in launching a pioneer crypto incubation program. Melvin is no stranger to the startup ecosystem as he was an entrepreneur himself, having launched a social networking app in 2015 which is now still used by many in Singapore.

He has extensive experience working with early-stage startups helping to validate MVPs and understand their pain points, assisting founders with growth strategies and most importantly, working with them on their fundraising needs.

Before his entrepreneurial journey, Melvin was an institutional equity execution trader for 8 years in a bank-backed brokerage firm. He started crypto investing in 2017 and has since been an advocate of blockchain technology. Melvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Queensland and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Victor Xu

Victor has been supporting the web3 and decentralized network for the last 5 years. He actively involves in new decentralized networks by participating in their validation network activities, especially in the testnet phase and launch of mainnet.

He has participated in the validation for the following projects in very early stage: Harmony, Elrond, Kusama, Polkdot, Oasis Labs, Near, Avalanche, Solana, Mina protocol, and was an early miner on Arweave and Kadena.

He holds a degree in electrical and electronic engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS).

Shuyin Ong

Shuyin is the Head of Compliance at Signum Capital. Where commercial law has been an area of interest, she has moved onto the future of the blockchain economy and focuses on legal questions in the ambit of financial technology sector. She holds a LLM. from Singapore Management University and LLB. from the University of London.

Adna Purnomo

Adna joined Signum Capital in 2021 as an Administrative Manager. Prior to joining Signum Capital, she was an experienced Market Researcher and an Educator.

Passionate in the utility of Blockchain that is transforming industries, she focuses on the operational tasks and streamlining of Signum Capital’s business initiatives.

Adna grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and holds a Postgraduate Degree in Marketing Management.

Ash Liew

Ash is an investment lead at Signum Capital where he helps the investment team across the DeFi and Gaming sectors.

Prior to Signum, Ash was an analyst at Dialectic which is a Swiss-based family office. In a previous life before discovering crypto, Ash also worked in the Advisory department at KPMG Singapore.

Ash graduated from the University of Nottingham, where he majored in Economics and Management. He is a self-proclaimed foodie and is interested in all things fitness, having represented Malaysia’s national team in powerlifting

Gabriel Goh

Gabriel is an analyst at Signum Capital with a focus on investments leveraging the next wave of digital transformation. He has had experiences across the different stages of Private Equity investment. Prior to Signum, he was on the investment teams of Ardian and TNB Aura.

Gabriel enjoys sports, and has represented Singapore on their Water Polo team.

Jethro Kwan

Jethro is an analyst at Signum Capital with an obsession with the start-up ecosystem and a firm belief in the adoption of web3 decentralization. Started from trading CSGO skins to moving to crypto and NFTs, Jethro has always been interested in digital assets and the potential for wide scale adoption.

Prior to Signum, Jethro was on the investment team at Vibranium, and is currently the President of Investment Banking Club of Nanyang Technological University. Jethro is currently pursuing a BBA at Nanyang Technological University with a specialization in Finance.

Michelle Quek

Michelle is an analyst at Signum Capital with a keen interest in digital assets investments since her polytechnic days where she worked on a crypto project for her Final Year Project.

Prior to Signum, Michelle was on the Assets & Wealth Management team at PwC, and is also currently an active committee member of the VC/PE portfolio under Investment Banking Club in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Michelle is currently a penultimate business undergraduate at Nanyang Business School, with a specialisation in Banking & Finance.

Michelle has a huge passion for sports, currently an active varsity team athlete for NTU Netball, and has previously represented Singapore Netball under a few national squads.

Nikos Karamangiolis

Nikos is an intern at Signum Capital with enthusiasm about the use of blockchain and the application of this technology in different industries. He strives to deliver opportunities and open new fields of usage in the Europe area.

Started with Signum Capital, Nikos wants to expand his knowledge and gain more insights into the company. Prior to Signum, Nikos entered the crypto and the WEB 3 space as an early investor in several projects.

Nikos is currently finishing his Financial Analyst course with a specialization in Business intelligence.

ADVISORS

Dr Loi Luu

Loi is founder of Kyber Network, an early decentralized exchange launched on Ethereum. Loi is a researcher working on cryptocurrencies, smart contract security, and distributed consensus algorithms. He is also a regular invited speaker at Bitcoin and Ethereum workshops such as DevCon2, EDCON. Loi believes in the force of the Ethereum and Blockchain technologies and much of his work revolves around this community. He developed Oyente, the first open-source security analyzer for Ethereum smart contracts. Loi also cofounded SmartPool, another open-source project which embraces the decentralization of mining pools in existing cryptocurrency. He continues to champion decentralization and trustless properties of the Blockchain with Kyber Network, taking inspiration and developing value for the community.

Varun Mittal

Varun Mittal is experienced at the cross-section of digital business building and financial services in South East Asia and global emerging markets. He undertook his MBA at the National University of Singapore and graduated with computer science engineering as his undergraduate major.
Currently he leads digital for Singlife, and is a founding member of Fintech Choupal ASEAN, the largest and most active fintech community in South East Asia.

As a pioneer backer for decentralized financial solutions in Singapore, Varun has been associated with the first crypto debit card, crypto payment gateway and crytpo robo advisor in Singapore, helping founders navigate regulator landscape in the region.

Stephen Phua

Stephen Phua teaches Income Tax, Goods and Services Tax, Corporate Taxation, International Tax and Business & Finance for Lawyers in the Faculty of Law, NUS where he also serves as Tax Director, EW Barker Centre for Law and Business. He was a visiting scholar/professor to several leading universities in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Switzerland and the USA. He served as a member for more than a decade on each one of the three tax tribunals in Singapore (Income Tax Board of Review, Goods and Services Tax Board of Review and Valuation Review Board).

Michael Arrington

Founder of TechCrunch and Arrington Capital

Wu Jihan

Founder of Bitmain and MatrixPort

Samuel Bankman-Fried (SBF)

Founder of FTX and Alameda Research

VENTURE PARTNER

De Ming (DM)

Deming is founder and managing partner of SUSY Labs, a boutique advisory firm shaping the blockchain venture ecosystem in China since 2017. He started his VC career in New Access Capital as VP in 2009 where he led multiple successful early stage investments in consumer internet companies. He’s deeply involved in cross-border innovations and serves as advisor to European Institute of Innovation and Technology in China for its climate tech initiative. Before his venture capital roles, Deming was an investment banker with Bank of China International in Hong Kong. He was also product manager in Alibaba Group in 1999 as its very early employee. Deming graduated with an MBA degree from University of Oxford and was a Global Leadership Fellow with the World Economic Forum.

Guichong Jia

Jia is based out of Shanghai, is currently an analyst in a tier 1 Chinese Security & Investment firm. He graduated with a Ph.D. from NTU (Singapore). He is an early blockchain enthusiast with extensive experience in blockchain technology development and digital asset investment. Jia is an early investor of a broad spectrum of blockchain companies and projects, such as ETH, QTUM, Kyber, EOS, Zilliqa, Polkadot, Cosmos, Filecoin. He is also a good coordinator for the Chinese blockchain community. Jia advises Signum Capital on technical whitepapers and inputs his thoughts after carefully inspecting the technology implementation.