Our Founding Story

United by the idea of building an ecosystem for founders in Southeast Asia, Peng T. Ong, So-Young Kang, and Roger Hamilton started the Founders Coaching Pause (FCP) in 2015. The 3-day program was built to provide founders with the necessary frameworks and tools to scale their companies facilitated by experienced startup coaches.

In 2017, Tomas Laboutka joined forces with the FCP team to launch SEA Founders. Two additional programs were introduced: the Masterclass Series (quarterly events) and the Local Forums. The organization was established in four cities—Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Bangkok. November 2017 saw the first Masterclass.

Today, SEA Founders runs as an independent, member-funded, not-for-profit organization. Our vision: Support growth-stage founders to scale in Southeast Asia, faster.

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Board of Directors

CEO & Founder, Perx Technologies

Anna Gong is a serial tech entrepreneur and executive who wears many hats and titles. She was part of a Silicon Valley team that helped build a $400M business which was acquired by CA Technologies in 2006. In Singapore, she turned around a failed B2C startup and later pivoted Perx Technologies into a leading enterprise SaaS company. She’s a keynote speaker on tech and leadership, a young charismatic leader with multiple awards and nominations.

Director of Digital Transformation, Mekong Capital

Max-F. Scheichenost is the Founder of Alps Venture which incubated & invested in more than a dozen consumer internet businesses in SEA. He was Co-Founder of DailyDeal which was acquired by Google in 2011. He’s now coaching and advising investee companies at Mekong Capital in Vietnam.

Co-founder & Former CEO of HUBBA

Amarit Charoenphan is an enthusiastic entrepreneur. He was the co-founder of Hubba, Techsauce and is the ASEAN Director of Impact Collective. He grew and coached over 1000+ startups founders, angel invested for 20 adventures and is passionate to build a dynamic startups community.

Former Co-Founder & CXO of Hmlet

Zenos Schmickrath is a tech enthusiast, polyglot and a serial entrepreneur. Starting from humble beginnings, he became a Microsoft nerd at 19, a Globetrotter at 25, then went on to build a company with his brother before founding several other companies of his own, among which was Hmlet – SEA’s largest co-living company.

Founder & CEO of Hiip

Phi Nguyen is the founder & CEO of Hiip, the leading influencer marketing technology company in Southeast Asia with offices in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. Prior to building Hiip, he managed the business for Agro Indus in SEA and founded several companies.