About

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.

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 holds a degree in electrical engineering 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.

Rae Deng
Rae Deng

Rae Deng brought to Signum Capital her over four years of experience investing in the blockchain and crypto space. Prior to joining Signum Capital, Rae was a Partner at Du Capital, a crypto-native fund whose portfolio covers some of the best performing projects in the crypto history. Before stepping into the world of crypto, Rae was a Senior Advisor to boards at public companies in Asia on hostile takeover defence, shareholder engagement, and corporate governance. She started her career in Washington D.C. as an analyst in commercial diplomacy, where she worked with former government officials helping multinational companies tackle regulatory hurdles in China. Rae graduated from Georgetown University.

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.

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.

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.

ADVISORS

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).

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.

Dr Loi Luu
Dr Loi Luu

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.

VENTURE PARTNER

De Ming
De Ming

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.

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