HungryGoWhere founder quits Co, joins VC firm

Dennis Goh, one of the three co-founders of Singapore’s popular restaurant review website HugryGoWhere has quit the company to join the US-based venture capital (VC) firm Wavemaker.

The Wavemaker has two funds and invests in a broad range of technology-driven companies in the US and the Southeast Asia, says the company’s website. It has 98 investments across 88 companies, and so far, its exits include, three listings and four acquisitions, says crunchbase.

HugryGoWhere that was acquired by SingTel in 2012 for $12 million. In the same year, one of its three co-founders, Tan Yung Yih, left the company.

Following Goh’s exit, HungryGoWhere is left with only one of the original three founders. Wong Hoong An,  the third remaining co-founder, continues to be involved in the day-to-day activities of the restaurant reviewer.

“Dennis Goh joins us as partner based in Singapore. He is a regional digital media pioneer. After the acquisition (of HungryGoWhere by SingTel), Dennis stayed on with Singtel and led its international expansion as director of international digital media operations. Prior to becoming a tech entrepreneur, Dennis served in the Singapore government as an in-house futurist as deputy head of the strategic policy office under the office of the prime minister,” VC firm Wavemaker said in a statement.

Wavemaker further announced that Nix Nolledo, the CEO of Xurpas, the largest mobile consumer technology company in the Philippines, had also joined it. Nix is an active angel investor with investments in over 20 technology businesses in the e-commerce, new media, and digital advertising spaces.

In their respective roles, both Dennis Goh and Nix Nello will be seeking out new investments, supporting founders and developing relationships that will benefit the firm’s portfolio companies, added Wavemaker.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.