Wong Meng Weng recently moved back to Singapore after a career as a technologist and entrepreneur in Philadelphia and Silicon Valley. During this time, he founded two Internet dot-coms, led the SPF opensource standard (RFC4408 & RFC6652) to successful worldwide rollout, and learned several painful lessons about early-stage entrepreneurship. His two previous ventures, pobox.com and karmasphere.com, explored the email security industry and developed Internet-scale big data analytics for reputation systems.
In Singapore, Meng is deeply engaged with the startup ecosystem in several roles: as an angel investor, a board member of the Business Angel Network of South-East Asia, and most recently as founder of JFDI.Asia, Singapore’s first seed accelerator. He designed a map of the money for the Media Entrepreneurs Guide to Singapore and maintains a web page for people new to the ecosystem. He invests in Internet start-ups that are based on original technologies serving new markets. These start-ups must exploit or answer a fundamental human need. He believes that after Web 2.0, energy, and biotech, the next rich wave of investment will be in the area of secular ethics, or Religion 2.0.
As one of Tim O’Reilly’s “alpha geeks” and a co-founder of Hackerspace.SG, he has organized and participates in Startup Weekend, TEDx, Barcamp, Startup Grind, and similar events spanning infocomm technology, media, and next-generation investment. He volunteers as a mentor with the Founder Institute and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the INSEAD Business School. At JFDI.Asia he mentors startups from idea to investment-readiness in 100 days, and continues to coach founders on leadership and management until they reach Series A funding.
Meng earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania (SEAS ’97) and took MBA classes at the National University of Singapore (2000) while simultaneously working toward a Master of Knowledge Engineering. Prior to that he passed through the GEP at Raffles Institution and Anglo-Chinese Primary School. He programs in Perl, edits in emacs, totes a MacBook, and works in Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom. He subscribes to the software development practices of Agile programming and opensource software, the customer development philosophies of Steve Blank and Eric Ries, and the business development models of Geoffrey Moore and Clayton Christensen.