Singapore: Golden Equator ropes in serial entrepreneur Taizo Son as special advisor

Taizo Son, Founder of Mistletoe Inc.

Golden Equator has announced the appointment of serial entrepreneur Taizo Son, founder of venture investor Mistletoe Inc, as its special advisor. The appointment forms a part of a larger partnership between Golden Equator and Mistletoe.

Golden Equator is a group of Singapore-founded companies with businesses covering finance, consultancy, and a technology and innovation business club. Mistletoe is a hybrid accelerator and incubator.

Golden Equator, together with Son, is planning to pursue transformational initiatives in six sectors: healthcare, education, financial, food, housing and fashion.

Son said, in a statement, “Mistletoe is intending to build a startup ecosystem with government agencies in Singapore for the Asia Pacific region, so our ethos is closely aligned with Golden Equator and Shirley’s around supporting the start-up ecosystem holistically. We can achieve this together by contributing to people development and education, curating connections and networks for entrepreneurs, and finding a new path to success for start-ups and businesses.”

The partnership is targeted at accelerating the growth of enterprises based in Singapore within Asian markets, as well as facilitating connections between relevant investors and government organisations, as well as entrepreneurs.

Most recently, in September 2017, Golden Equator signed an MoU with C&R Healthcare, appointed by City of Seoul BioHub and Korean Health Industry Development Institution (KHIDI) to provide a suite of services for healthcare firms looking to expand into Southeast Asia.

On 16 January 2018, Golden Equator will also be officially launching its curated technology and innovation business club, SPECTRUM, which claims to be the first-of-its-kind in the city-state.

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Singapore Reporter/s

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.

Singapore Reporter/s

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.