Earlier this year, Alibaba Entrepreneur Fund, Cyberport, and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks announced the launch of Jumpstarter 2017, a US$3 million start-up competition, which grabbed the attention of every start-up within Asia. The program finds the best tech business and helps them grow in the Hong Kong ecosystem.
Last Wednesday, they announced Bambu as one of the top 12 FinTech finalists heading to Hong Kong on 31 May to compete for the top three FinTech startups spots. A huge opportunity to learn from the world's leading Fintech business and we greatly appreciate being chosen.
On another note, we are moving but still within the Lattice 80 space. We have outgrown our current space with 13 people in our team so we will be shifting to the office space across which greets us with the additional benefit of a prime window view.
Have a great month and we will check in again in June.
Ned Phillips & the team
We are very proud to say Standard Chartered Bank has chosen to initiate a Proof of Concept project with Bambu. It is a huge honour as an emerging technology company to gain the confidence of one of the world's leading financial institutions. We look forward to working with Standard Chartered Bank on this new and exciting project.
We are also hugely thankful to Janos Barberis and his SuperCharger team. Our experience through the 3-month SuperCharger accelerator program has exceeded our expectations. The program delivered all it had promised: partners, clients and connections to supercharge our business above and beyond where we were.
Bambu has been selected to be part of the Singapore delegation for TiEcon 2017, the world's largest entrepreneurship conference, in Silicon Valley on 5 & 6 May. Bambu is one of the 11 startups representing Singapore.
Finally, we welcome three new members to the Bambu team - Ezra Hu, Omar Tazi-Mzaalek and Lim Yi Fan.
Ned Phillips, Aki Ranin & the team
Joining SuperCharger accelerator program was one of the best decisions made for our startup. Janos Barberis and his team have created a unique and valuable environment.
If you are a startup, this program will truly accelerate your business; and if you are a financial institution, they are the filter needed to cut through the FinTech noise.
Check them out
Janos Barberis and the SuperCharger team, we thank you.
Introducing our new team members!
Meet our new Project Manager, Omar Tazi-Mzaalek who oversees the management and delivery of our projects. Prior to Bambu, he was VP of Business Analysis and Development Manager at TD Securities.
Ezra Hu, our Financial Analyst Intern, graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He has a strong interest in machine learning and will be assisting in the development of our Deep Learning project.
Lim Yi Fan joins us as Business Development Intern for the next few months before starting a Degree in Commerce at University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Building a new business is a combination of factors - a great team, an in-demand product, timing and sheer determination - to make it work. Within the last month, we presented our product in London, Tokyo, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Vizag. Starting this week, we will be travelling to Hong Kong (again), Seoul and Taipei.
We have also upgraded the product for our current client, Crossbridge Capital, that recently went live. It is the essence of what we continually do to change and improve our product and service. Robo-advisory is a new business that is evolving quickly. We learn from the product, take on feedbacks and improve them. This is essential in any fast moving environment as FinTech currently is in.
However, we still have a long way to go and we can see that it will take singular focus to be in the front pack. If you would like to find out more about Bambu, Robo-advisory or even join our team, please feel free to contact us. Our doors are always open and we are keen to listen and learn from the whole community.
Ned Phillips & the team
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12 months later, our team has expanded to a total of 12 members (missing Qi Yu & Rohith). Taking our first team photo at a small lane in Tanjong Pagar to the main road along Robinson Road, we might need to take on a major highway to capture the next team photo.
*No one was harmed in the making of this shot*
(Photos: Little Shoes Photography)