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Douglas was born in Malaysia but we won’t hold that against him. He has had an illustrious professional and entrepreneurial career across a number of Asian markets.

Douglas began his professional career in an advertising agency named Ogilvy & Mather back in Malaysia. He thought it was hilarious to be paid well to have fun. Shortly after that, for bad behaviour, he was banished to Jakarta to run the media department of Ogilvy & Mather. He languished there for a few years before being exiled to Beijing with J. Walter Thompson. He soon ran the Beijing office of MindShare as the powers that be thought he was capable! After four years, he was exulted to the position of Regional Managing Director based in Hong Kong, developing and rolling-out the digital arm of MindShare across the vast empire of Asia Pacific.

Douglas led a dual life. While in Beijing, he co-founded a number of internet start-ups. The first being Shawei.com, a sports portal, which was sold to Lee Ka-Shing controlled Tom.com in 2000. His last venture was a meta-search engine, Qunar.com, which Baidu acquired a major stake in 2010. The company has since been listed on the Nasdaq (QUNR) and has been a phenomenal success.

These days, Douglas spends most of his time travelling, piloting planes, racing classical cars and photography. He occasionally spends time mentoring start-ups, at least the ones that he thinks has a modicum of chance to succeed.

Catch Douglas at Startup Weekend Georgetown 2015 this weekend @ Wisma Yeap Chor Ee!

Yin Wai Wan