In Good Company: Venture capital ace Tan Yinglan eyes next tech unicorn

His firm, Insignia, also likes to incubate a couple of firms each year

Mr Tan Yinglan, who came from such humble origins that he used to carry his books to school in a rice bag, is the founder of Insignia Ventures Partners, which invests in early-stage start-ups in South-east Asia. The firm has raised $472 million in fu
Mr Tan Yinglan, who came from such humble origins that he used to carry his books to school in a rice bag, is the founder of Insignia Ventures Partners, which invests in early-stage start-ups in South-east Asia. The firm has raised $472 million in funds, and Mr Tan himself is estimated to have a net worth of $43 million. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Ask venture capital expert Tan Yinglan about his best investments to date, and he is likely to say they are his three children.

The quip is meant to elicit a smile, but there is meaning in the words. Who would want to bring three young lives into this messy world of ours if you weren't confident they would have a reasonable shot at a secure, stable and safe future?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'VC ace Tan Yinglan eyes next tech unicorn'. Subscribe