Saturday, 2024 March 2

VMTV #8: Dr. Finian Tan—A man with foresight

KrASIA’s Venture Matters TV is excited to host Dr. Finian Tan, founder and chairman of Vickers Venture Partners, on September 24, 7pm SGT!

Perhaps most well known for leading Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s (DFJ) early investment into Baidu—securing 25% of the then growing giant and two seats on the board—Dr. Finian Tan undeniably seems to be a man with foresight.

At the heart of it, he’s an investor with his senses tuned to the long-term game.

Now leading Vickers Venture, with a keen focus on medtech and deep tech, we ask Dr. Tan which part of his investment philosophy has served him well throughout time and what has evolved. Moreover, as the global internet business has matured exponentially, what created long-term value back in the early 2000s might not create long-term value now. We’ll be picking his brain to understand what he defines as long-term value and how that aids in discerning deal flow.

Tune in to this conversation if you want to hear about:

  1. Successfully navigating the Chinese market as a Southeast Asia-based investor
  2. The impact of COVID-19 on medtech
  3. Where does the long-term value of technology lie beyond 2020?

RSVP here and send in your questions to Dr. Tan!

Date and time: September 24, Thursday, 7pm (SGT)
Moderator: Zhao Xiaochun, Managing Director, 36Kr Chuhai


In 2005, Dr. Finian Tan founded Vickers Venture Partners, which has grown to become one of the best-performing funds in the world. Prior to this, he was managing director at American venture capital company Draper Fisher Jurvetson and led the firm’s investment into Baidu. He was also deputy secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, supervising the billion-dollar TIF fund. With his wealth of experience, Tan possesses great insight into investment trends across multiple markets.

Vickers Venture Partners is a global venture capital firm established in 2005. Headquartered in Singapore and with offices in China, the United States, and the United Kingdom, it focuses on early-stage investments, covering a wide range of verticals, from science and technology to media and telecommunications. Many of the firm’s partners have doctorate degrees in specialized areas like engineering, biotechnology, and AI. Vickers Venture Partners is ranked sixth in the world across all funds, the most highly awarded Asian VC.

See you all there and don’t be shy—ask a question!


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