Technology transforming financial services - tryb Group

Technology transforming financial services

tryb is a financial technology platform bringing global capital markets closer to underserved ASEAN consumers of capital by investing in global financial technology companies

Technology transforming financial services

tryb is a financial technology platform bringing global capital markets closer to underserved ASEAN consumers of capital by acquiring, developing and operating financial infrastructure
ACQUIRE

Buy-and-build financial technology companies to accelerate revenue growth and drive margin expansion with tryb’s ASEAN ecosystem

DEVELOP

Build and implement technology projects with local entrepreneurs and partners in ASEAN to extend tryb’s financial infrastructure network

OPERATE

Drive growth for tryb ecosystem companies through cross-selling and streamlining operations to achieve economies of scale

TRADE, SME AND MICRO CREDIT

tryb enables better access to global capital markets for underserved consumers of credit in ASEAN. We acquire, develop and operate financial technology for institutions in trade finance, SME finance and micro-credit

Our solutions enhance origination, syndication and distribution activities

THE ASEAN OPPORTUNITY

GROWTH ECONOMY

MSMEs contribute 60% of GDP and employ 90% of the workforce, yet fewer than 60% of MSMEs have access to traditional financing

FINANCING GAP

Developing Asia represents 40% of global manufacturing capacity against a backdrop of a US$1.5 trillion global trade gap (in 2017)

OPPORTUNITY

A lack of digital infrastructure bridging global capital markets to regional borrowers increases the local cost of capital

MARKUS GNIRCK
MARKUS GNIRCK
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
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VEIVERNE YUEN
VEIVERNE YUEN
CIO & CO-FOUNDER
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LIEN CHOONG LUEN
LIEN CHOONG LUEN
COO
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JESLEY CHUA
JESLEY CHUA
CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT
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MICHELLE HUANG
MICHELLE HUANG
OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
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SCOTT KRIVOKOPICH
SCOTT KRIVOKOPICH
VP INVESTMENTS
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ALLAN ONG
ALLAN ONG
INVESTMENTS ASSOCIATE
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HERSTON POWERS
HERSTON POWERS
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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JASON STRIMPEL
JASON STRIMPEL
VP TECHNOLOGY
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Markus Gnirck

CEO & Co-Founder

Markus is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of tryb. Prior to tryb, Markus co-founded Startupbootcamp FinTech, the largest innovation program in the FinTech industry, with startup accelerator programs in London, Singapore and New York. He led investments in 20 FinTech startups worldwide and sits on the board of multiple companies in Europe and Asia. In his position of expanding Startupbootcamp to Asia, he played an instrumental role in building up FinTech ecosystems across the region while driving policy change. He is now rated as one of the key FinTech influencers in ASEAN and voted in Forbes’ Asia list #30under30.

Over the last two years Markus has worked with more than 100 early stage companies in Asia to create partnerships with financial institutions. He is driven by the goal to fundamentally change the way consumers and businesses execute and experience financial services.

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Veiverne Yuen

CIO & Co-Founder

Veiverne is Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of tryb. He is a private equity professional previously a Vice President at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC Pte Ltd). At the GIC, Veiverne was a founding member of the Integrated Strategies Group, a direct investment team focused on large structured deals in private equity, PIPEs and credit. During his 5 years at GIC, Veiverne led and worked on over US$5billion in deals across a broad range of sectors including financial services, technology, infrastructure and commodities.

Prior to his time at the GIC, Veiverne led Rabobank’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory desk in Southeast Asia. In this role, he led multiple deals including the China-Singapore Jilin Food Zone and the Northern Corridor Economic Region in Malaysia. Veiverne’s team also provided regular commodity price forecasts used the bank for trade finance, equities and credit activities.

Veiverne has also held roles at the Monetary Authority of Singapore in Capital Markets Supervision and Rolls-Royce plc in the United Kingdom as a design engineer.

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Lien Choong Luen

COO

Prior to joining tryb as Chief Operating Officer, Lien was the Southeast Asia Head for McKinsey Centre for Government, with focus on the consumer, technology and healthcare industries. Most of his consulting career had been in China and Southeast Asia, though he spent six months with the Sierra Leone government assisting in their post Ebola crisis reconstruction of the healthcare sector.

Previously he spent 14 years in the Singapore Armed Forces as a Commando Officer, where his day job was jumping out of fully functioning planes (thankfully equipped with a parachute). During his time in the military, he led teams of all sizes, ranging from small units of elite Commando troopers to battalion command of several hundred soldiers. He graduated from US Special Forces training, served as a United Nations Peace keeper in East Timor, spent a year with the Malaysian Armed Forces and trained with several regional Special Forces. While in MINDEF HQ, he swapped his parachute for a pen and dreamt about innovative disruption, long term defence strategy and scenario planning.

An advocate of life long learning (or evidence that he didn’t do it right the first time round), Lien has Mathematics degrees from Berkeley and Cambridge, an International Relations degree from the University of Malaya and an MBA from the London Business School.

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Jesley Chua

VP Corporate Development

Jesley is Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at tryb. Her role spans strategic investments, stakeholder engagement and new business areas.

Prior to joining tryb, Jesley was an early member of the Integrated Strategies Group at GIC, a direct investment team with a mandate to invest in large and structured deals across the capital structure, where she invested close to US$1 billion across the financial services, technology and consumer sectors.

Jesley also has experience in macro research, asset allocation, and corporate strategy. She worked closely with executive management on several corporate level strategic projects in areas such as global relationship management, changes in asset allocation, and GIC’s adoption of its New Investment Framework. She was lead ASEAN economist/strategist at GIC for 5 years.

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Michelle Huang

Operations Associate

Michelle is involved in operations and investor relations at tryb and her role spans research, investor relations support and tryb internal operations. Prior to joining tryb in September 2016, Michelle founded an EdTech startup and a business consulting firm. She also has accumulated experience in market research and analytics.

As an entrepreneur with a research background, Michelle has skillsets in operations as well as business strategy.

Michelle graduated with a degree in Marketing and Business Management from Nanyang Technological University. During her time at NTU, Michelle was selected as a market research assistant and was actively involved in working with a resident professor in developing consumer behavior research papers.

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Scott KRIVOKOPICH

VP Investments

Scott is on the investments team at tryb and his role spans deal sourcing, analytics and execution. Prior to joining tryb in December 2016, Scott worked as Director and Office Head leading the corporate finance and CFO services practice of Moore Stephens in Shanghai. At Moore Stephens, Scott worked closely with EU- and US-based boards and financial sponsors to manage financial operations for their investments in Asia, providing investment planning, restructuring and financial due diligence, while serving as regional finance head for 22 companies.

Scott graduated with a degree in Finance and Investments from Baruch College and is a Certified Management Accountant. Scott started his career in New York, modeling fixed income derivatives in PwC’s Fixed Income and Credit Group. Scott has previously served as Board Treasurer and Executive Committee member for the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

In his free time, Scott enjoys assisting social entrepreneurs with finance and accounting issues and has been a lecturer at kanthari.org’s India campus since 2013.

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Allan Ong

Investments Associate

Allan is on the investments team at tryb and his role spans deal sourcing, analytics and execution.

Prior to joining tryb in September 2016, Allan was a director at Vosco Metal, a façade engineering company in Singapore. At Vosco Metal, Allan oversaw the day-to-day operations covering project management, business operations, strategy, business development, finance, legal and sourcing for partners for the firm in China.

Allan graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Finance from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord (EDHEC Business School). He is a Chartered Accountant (CA). Allan started his career in Ernst & Young’s Risk Advisory Services performing IT advisory work covering data analytics, fraud investigation and ERP systems security audit.

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Herston Powers

VP Business Development

Herston has over a decade of experience in financial services and investor relations. Prior to joining tryb, Herston was Vice President at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) in their Investment Services division responsible for their Southeast Asia depositary receipts business. In 2015 he was relocated to Singapore to establish their presence and lead their Southeast Asia and India strategy. Much of his focus was spent building relationships and leading sales to financial institutions and banks in the region.

He spent five years in Hong Kong where he built BNY Mellon’s value-added advisory platform for their Asia-Pacific clients. He also advised unlisted pre-IPO and listed companies on investor relations and market access strategies. He has extensive experience in supporting technology companies and their advisors with respect to IPOs and US listings. Herston began his career in New York where he focused on connecting international companies with North American institutional investors.

He is passionate about creating value for stakeholders, supporting companies in generating sustainable revenue growth and financial technology.

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Jason Strimpel

VP Technology

Jason is Head of Platforms at tryb where his role spans deal evaluation for strategic investments, integration of technologies and the management of projects to be built in house at tryb.

Prior to joining tryb in August 2017, Jason was the Chief Information Officer, APAC at COFCO International, overseeing the enhancement, support and integration of 40 global, enterprise applications across Finance, Treasury, HR, Corporate Affairs, Market Risk, Ops Risk, Credit Risk, Legal, Audit and Compliance.

Jason has experience managing global teams of software engineers doing so as Global Head of Rapid Application Development at BP plc where his team provided cross functional technologies across BP’s global derivatives trading business. His team’s main focus was building and maintaining production risk platforms and infrastructure.

He has accumulated experience in trading, capital markets and operational roles in financial services, holding project and operations management positions at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Jason holds a Master of Science degree in Quantitative Finance from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

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NELS FRIETS
NELS FRIETS
DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER
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GIRIJA PANDE
GIRIJA PANDE
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
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MARKUS GNIRCK
MARKUS GNIRCK
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
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JONAS LINDSTRÖM
JONAS LINDSTRÖM
SENIOR ADVISOR
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ROLAND SCHWINN
ROLAND SCHWINN
SENIOR ADVISOR
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VENKY SETHURAMAN
VENKY SETHURAMAN
SENIOR ADVISOR
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Nels Friets

Director & Co-Founder

After a lengthy career in finance, Nels currently serves on the boards of Fullerton Fund Management and Bulldog Innovation Group as well as the Finance Committee of Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD, a joint venture with MIT).

He started his career as a management consultant, first with Strategic Planning Associates and then with SRI International. He was a member of SPA’s first team in Asia and was the first research analyst to be promoted directly to associate. During his eleven years, he worked across multiple geographies, industries and functions for public, private and government clients.

Nels then moved into financial services – first with CLSA then with Citigroup where he ran the equities business for Southeast Asia. While at Citigroup, he chaired the SGX-ST Advisory and Disciplinary Committees and served on the Monetary Authority’s Capital Markets Review Committee. After retiring from Citigroup in 2008, Nels provided advisory services (most notably for Chi-X Asia) and assisted several not-for-profit entities (including serving on the Investment Committee for the Singapore Tote Board). In 2011, he joined the Singapore Exchange for two years to help restructure the securities market and then acted as an advisor for strategy and new products until 2015.

Nels graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1983, where he majored (with distinction) in Applied Mathematics, specialising in Operations Research.

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Girija Pande

Independent Director

Girija spent over a decade with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Ltd, based in Singapore, with his last role as Chairman of TCS, Asia-Pacific. Girija established TCS’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore in 2001 and as CEO, pioneered its business growth in Asia. He was awarded best CEO award by Singapore Government’s HR Institute (SHRI).

Girija was also the Vice Chairman of TCS’ joint venture with the Chinese Government in Beijing in 2001. Girija’s also served as the Economic Advisor to the Mayor of Guangzhou, China’s third largest city. As a banker with ANZ Banking Group over two decades, he held senior postings in Korea, Hong Kong, Bahrain and India.

In addition, Girija has served on professional and government think tanks in Singapore and India. He was a council member for the Singapore Government’s Manpower Council set up by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and serves on the advisory board of Singapore Management University (SMU). He serves on the board of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) and the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), which is affiliated to the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is a Trustee of Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) and on the board of the Singapore’s National Council of Social Services.

Girija is currently on the Boards of eAF Pte Ltd., Micro-Mechanics (Holdings), Ascendas India Trust and Ascendas Property Fund Trustee. He holds an engineering degree and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.

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Markus Gnirck

CEO & Co-Founder

Markus is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of tryb. Prior to tryb, Markus co-founded Startupbootcamp FinTech, the largest innovation program in the FinTech industry, with startup accelerator programs in London, Singapore and New York. He led investments in 20 FinTech startups worldwide and sits on the board of multiple companies in Europe and Asia. In his position of expanding Startupbootcamp to Asia, he played an instrumental role in building up FinTech ecosystems across the region while driving policy change. He is now rated as one of the key FinTech influencers in ASEAN and voted in Forbes’ Asia list #30under30.

Over the last two years Markus has worked with more than 100 early stage companies in Asia to create partnerships with financial institutions. He is driven by the goal to fundamentally change the way consumers and businesses execute and experience financial services.

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JONAS LINDSTRÖM

Senior Advisor

Jonas is CEO and Partner of Blibros, an investment company based in Singapore and Stockholm with a focus on companies participating in the current digital transformation.

Jonas led a successful merger between SunGard’s major cash and derivatives trading systems (where he was CEO of SunGard Front Arena), which eventually became a single cross-asset platform brought by the merger. Under his charge, the company grew significantly and an additional 11 offices were successfully established internationally.

Jonas has led many companies to make breakthroughs in management, organisational structure, business development, international brand building and sales. jonas also vast experience in international expansion of companies and has successfully led many organisations to establish businesses and offices across the world.

Jonas has strong experience with acquisitions and integration of complementary companies, both in Sweden and internationally. He holds numerous board assignments and advisory roles in companies based in Sweden and Singapore. He is Chairman of the Board of LynxEye AB, a brand consulting company, Lincube AB, a business intelligence solutions company, Storyfire AB, a creator, producer and publisher of film and TV and Blibros Fastigheter AB.

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Roland Schwinn

Senior Advisor

Roland Schwinn is a senior financial market expert with more than 25 years background in derivatives trading and clearing, international exchange market infrastructure and financial markets business development. Being based in Singapore, he spent the last 10 years expanding his client base and developing cooperations as an executive director of a large international financial market infrastructure provider.

Roland also serves as a shareholder-director on the board of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and is a research fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).

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VENKY SETHURAMAN

Senior Advisor

After spending two decades in equities, Venky now spends time mentoring startups in Singapore and India. His active investment style involves deep engagement. Working closely with the founders, Venky looks to bring discipline and a focus on profitable growth. Venky started his career at Citigroup in cash management but quickly moved to the fast-paced equities world when the Indian economy opened up to foreigners. After being involved with two startup equity brokerages in the sales function, Venky joined Citigroup again as part of core team starting the equities business in India.

After establishing the India-based Citigroup business, Venky moved to Singapore to join the Citigroup Asian equities team. Following a successful sales role, Venky moved to management and became the Head of ASEAN Equities. Venky quit Citigroup in 2010, took a sabbatical and rejoined equities when Standard Chartered Bank was setting up in Asia. After Standard Chartered Bank closed the equities business globally, Venky decided to hang his equities boots and concentrate on using his expertise in identifying promising startups, investing in and nurturing them.

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TONY FANECO
TONY FANECO
COMMODITIES & FREIGHT
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GARY LEE
GARY LEE
FACTORING & INVOICE FINANCE
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KHEMARA ROS
KHEMARA ROS
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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DENIS TENCHURIN
DENIS TENCHURIN
CAPITAL MARKETS
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WAYNE YAP
WAYNE YAP
SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISE
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Tony Faneco

Commodities & Freight

Tony is the Managing Director TFSC Pte Ltd Singapore offering consulting services in management, shipping and commodity markets around Asia.

Prior to May 2016 Tony was the Managing Director and COO of Thurlestone Shipping’s offices in Singapore and Australia. Thurlestone Shipping is a dry cargo Shipbroker focused on Capesize, Panamax and Handysize Chartering sales and purchasing. Before Prior to Thurleston, Tony worked at BHP Billiton in Singapore as LPG Marketing Manager developing and implementing a marketing strategy to sell LPG witin the Australian and international markets. Prior to his LPG position Tony worked with BHP Billiton’s iron ore division and was instrumental in building its CFR business in China through 2000-2010.

Tony has over 25 years of experience in the commercial shipping and commodities fields. He has been deployed as an expert witness in legal disputes on shipping and commodity contracts, consultant to draft commodity and shipping contracts and adviser on existing and new physical shipping/mining projects.

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Gary Lee

Factoring & Invoice Finance

Gary holds a Bachelor of Law from Melbourne University and is a member of the Victorian Bar. He has worked on the two largest mergers in Malaysia, which created Malaysia’s biggest listed company and largest integrated oil and gas service provider respectively. In his role as principal of a boutique advisory and investment company, Gary has worked closely with industry-leading companies in the plantation, finance, food, oil and gas, timber, property and construction, food and beverage and technology sectors.

Being a tryb Advisor, Gary is fiercely passionate about providing tryb portfolio companies with insights and access into Malaysia.

 
 

Khemara Ros

Entrepreneurship

Khemara is passionate about promoting private sector-led growth. Through over a decade of professional experience in private sector developent, Khemara designed and managed several reform projects to improve the business environment and access to finance for SMEs in the Mekong region with leading development organisations including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and the Asian Development Bank.

Khemara has served most recently as a Regional Access to Finance Manager for the ADB/DFAT-funded Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), designing and implementing projects to build stronger private sector through policy advocacy, alternative financing, innovation and the startup ecosystem in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Khemara is actively working with regulators and private sector participants to promote angel investment and FinTech development in the region.

Khemara is a Cambodian national and holds a bachelor of Business Administration and a Master Degree in International Relations from Japan.

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Denis Tenchurin

Capital Markets

Currently holding a quantitative research position at Jump Trading, Denis has expertise and insights in capital markets and trading. Prior to his current role, Denis gained experience in high frequency trading, designing a post trade analysis system and writing latency-sensitive market data gateways for market makers.

Post graduation, Denis began his career at Microsoft as a Sub Divisional Engineer. Following that, he was involved in finance as an investment analyst at AddVenture as an M&A TMT analyst. He was also involved in research and academic work at University of Oxford.

Denis has a Masters of Philosophy degree in Economics from University of Oxford.

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Wayne Yap

Small & Medium Enterprise

Wayne Yap is Executive Director at the Association of Process Industry (ASPRI) in Singapore.

Previously he held roles as Lead Consultant at PwC Singapore where he helped family-managed companies and their owners navigate each stage of the business lifecycle and as Senior Manager at Spring Singapore where he was responsible for enterprise development. Wayne identified, developed and implemented sectorial strategies to foster a competitive SME sector and helped to catalyse winning partnerships between MNCs and SMEs to promote technology adoption.

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