Tan Yinglan is CEO and founding managing partner of Insignia Venture Partners, an early stage technology venture fund focusing on Southeast Asia that was established in 2017. He also serves on the Singapore government’s Pro-Enterprise Panel. Yinglan is also an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University and author of three books: The Way Of the VC (Wiley, 2009), Chinnovation (Wiley 2010) and textbook New Venture Creation - An Asian Perspective (Mcgraw Hill 2011). Yinglan has been named as an Eisenhower Innovation Fellow (2018), World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012 – 2017), a WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee Panel (2015-2017), Top “40 leaders under 40” by Prestige magazine (2015), Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle (2016), one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium (2010), 100 Global Thinkers (2011) by think-tank Lo Spazio della Politica, a World Cities Summit Young Leader (2014), a WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and a Kauffman Fellow.
Following a historic week of change in US politics and China tech, Yinglan shares his thoughts on the broader narrative of innovation across the Pacific and the important role Southeast Asia’s own ecosystem innovation will play on the world stage in the years to come.
Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao Smart Logistics Network had reportedly delivered the first 100 million parcels from the Singles Day Global Shopping Festival in just 2.6 days, illustrating that the e-commerce giant is quite simply on a whole another level to the logistics companies in Southeast Asia which are beset by infrastructure challenges.
Just last week, DHL launched a new service to allow the unbanked in Southeast Asia to buy online through its Cross Border Cash-on-Delivery (COD) service. This follows other new-age players like Grab/Go-Jek aggressively launching initiatives of their own to provide financial services to people who don’t have banking accounts.