Adrian is a veteran early stage investor and technologist in the Digital Media space, spending most of his career in Silicon Valley in various venture backed startups. Adrian spent ten years with Blumberg Capital in San Francisco (most recently as CTO for this $100M early stage digital media focused fund, where he was also CEO of two portfolio companies). Formerly he was CTO of Sausage Software (and board member at its IPO), CTO of LookSmart (IPO on Nasdaq) - two of Australia’s earliest and largest internet successes. He was also a Group Manager at Microsoft in the US.
Paul Srivorakul, Co-Founder & Chairman
Paul Srivorakul is a serial internet entrepreneur and investor focused on e-commerce in Southeast Asia. He is the Group CEO of aCommerce, the leading full service end-to-end e-commerce solutions provider the region with global and regional partners such as L'Oreal Group, MatahariMall.com, Lazada Thailand, Nestle, HP and more. In the past seven years, he has raised over $30 million from investors such as Softbank, IDG, Recruit, NTT Docomo, Sumitomo, Axiata, Sinarmas, and Siemer. He exited three of his past internet ventures at an accumulative value of over $100 million.
Piers Bennett, Co-Founder & Partner
Piers was the CFO of Ensogo and most recently LivingSocial in SEA, and former CFO of DMS Group. He has nearly 20 years of finance, management, business development, strategy, and sales experience in the IT, online and telecom industries in Asia, the UK and the United States. Some of the companies he has worked for include British Telecom (BT), Look Smart (Japan) and ValueCommerce. Piers has a BA (Hons) in Engineering from Cambridge and is certified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants In England and Wales. He is currently based in Singapore.
Tee Plern Suraphongchai, Head, Ardent Ventures
Prior to joining Ardent Capital, Tee spent several years with Central Group – the largest retail conglomerate in SE Asia - as a senior manager working in strategy, business development, and brand marketing. She has also worked for a venture-funded e-commerce apparel business in the US and co-founded two companies in the Food & Beverage space where she helped manage investments and set up operations. Earlier in her career, Tee spent three years at Lehman Brothers in New York. She has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ian Cooper, COO, Ardent Capital
Ian joined Ardent Capital in January 2015. He previously spent 10 years with Intel Capital as an Investment Director, managing over $70m of investment in 20 transactions in European technology firms, including Amplidata (acquired by Western Digital), Atempo (acquired by Allen Systems Group), MySQL (acquired by Oracle) and Workshare (acquired by Skydox). Prior, Ian worked as an investment banker with Bryan, Garnier & Co. in Paris, IBM, and as CEO of a data security startup. Ian has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town and a MBA from HEC in Paris.
Frankie Shum, Head of Finance, Ardent Capital
Frankie was previously a Co-Founder and VP of Teshkeel Media Group, the creator of the world acclaimed children entertainment property ‘THE 99’, which has won major awards and recognitions, for being “One of the Top 20 Trends Sweeping the Globe”. He has over 12 years of finance and operations experience having started his career at an e-finance technology solutions company and later Addax Investment Bank. Frankie is a Certified Valuation Analysts with an MBA from Maastricht Business School, and a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Manchester.
Araya Noon Hutasuwan, Associate, Ardent Capital
Prior to joining Ardent Capital, Araya spent 4 years at Phatra Securities – Thailand’s top investment bank where she was responsible for the execution of several of the largest M&A transactions in Thailand in healthcare, property development, and insurance industries. She also spent a year as business development manager leading an expansion of a Thai garment manufacturer to Myanmar. She has also co-founded and managed several fashion retail brands with branches in the US and Thailand. Araya has a BA from Thammasat University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.