#Asia At Echelon Thailand we teach you how to exit like a pro


The ‘Startup Compass: Exit Strategy 101’ panel will take place at Echelon Thailand 2015 on November 26-27 at Bangkok’s BITEC venue


It is not uncommon to hear statistics like nine out of 10 startups may fail. That out of the 10 startups, no matter how good the product is, there is usually just one highly successful startup that will pay its investors multiple returns on the company’s investment portfolio –from either IPO-ing or being involved in a significant acquisition.

Learn from this panel of veterans who have all been there, done that at Echelon Thailand 2015 on how to be that one startup among the 10. They will shed light on how they navigated through this arduous journey — from bootstrapping to exiting — and share not only best practices but actionable tips and tricks for those who’d like to emulate their achievements.

Also Read: Will your startup get funding? Echelon Thailand will give you the answer

Moderator: Dirk Van Quaquebeke

Dirk Van Quaquebeke is a Founding Partner at Alps Ventures and works with companies to improve day-to-day operations. He is Lead Partner and Founder of Clusterhaus as well as a Partner at BEENEXT.

Prior to founding Alps Ventures, he founded KochAbo, as Lead Partner of i5invest, and led its expansion to Germany. KochAbo is now a market leader in its field offering its online grocery service in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

Prior to this, he founded five companies in the UK, Singapore and India. He started his career in London’s private equity and banking industry where he worked for five years.

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Panelist: Jonah Levey

Jonah Levey is an entrepreneur and angel investor in web/mobile startups in Southeast Asia. He’s also a Non-executive Director of Mekong Capital, a Vietnam-focussed private equity firm.

Levey founded VietnamWorks.com, Vietnam’s number one job website and Navigos Search, the country’s largest executive search firm in 2002. He was Chairman and CEO until late 2014 when the company was acquired by en-japan. At the time of acquisition VietnamWorks/Navigos Search had over 300 Dream Makers (what the company called its employees), over 9,000 corporate customers and supported millions of jobseekers to move up in their careers and achieve their dreams.

Panelist: Pawoot (Pom) Pongvitayapanu

Pawoot Pongvitayapanu, known popularly as Pom in Thailand, wears many hats as an online entrepreneur and an e-commerce and online media business leader. He currently holds the position of Managing Director and Founder at Rakuten Tarad. Prior to this, he held positions in both ThaiSecondhand.com and TARAD.com, the biggest e-commerce service in Thailand.

Panelist: Nikki Assavathorn

Nikki Assavathorn founded MeetNLunch, the number one dating company in Thailand, which was acquired by Lunch Actually Group in October 2015. The group is now the largest dating company in Southeast Asia having arranged 50,000 first dates so far, with a scalable platform in five countries.

She is a serial entrepreneur and also founded Infinity Levels Studio, one of the best mobile gaming studios in the region, which is funded by InVent.

Panelist: Jeremy Fichet

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Echelon Thailand 2015 runs on November 26 and 27, from 830 AM to 530 PM with an exclusive after-party that runs till late. The event will be hosted at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC). Tickets are available for purchase online. Exclusive to e27 readers, use promo code e27Subscriber to enjoy awesome savings.

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