Abhilash Tripathi is the Chief Deal-maker at Rutledge Vine Capital and General Partner at GITPx Investments. He is a seasoned executive with close to two decades of Investments and Business Management experience gained within multi-national corporations as well as Start-up Businesses. His expertise is in the areas of early stage technology Investments, Business Growth & Market Development and Profitability & Risk Management
In the past as part of senior management of various large corporate ventures, he has started and scaled-up numerous successful businesses, turned-around failing businesses and run established businesses and teams across multiple geographies in Asia, Africa, Europe and Americas.
Abhilash is passionate about new technologies and solutions that help shape a better world. He is keen on making all start-ups successful and loves to support and advise technopreneurs and new technology businesses in Strategy formulation, Scale-up models & Market planning, fund raising and financial management. He has an MBA in Marketing and Finance.
Chou Fang Soong is the Chief Mentor at Rutledge Vine Capital and General Partner at GITPx Investments. He
has over 30 years of Technology, Management and Start-up experience. He is best
known for his pioneering work with Gemplus (now known as Gemalto), a world
leader in smart card & secured transactions. He started their Asia operation in Singapore in 1989 and
was instrumental in Gemplus’ phenomenal growth in Asia and grew the business from a start-up to an
established Multi-National operation with major sales, R&D and manufacturing facilities throughout the region. He was presented with the
medal for “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite’’ from the French Government on 27 July 2005 for his contribution to and
promotion of Smart Card Technologies in Singapore and the Asian Region. He was
also recognised by the industry with the D'ucoty Business Leader of the Year
2005 award by Frost & Sullivan.
During this time, he led the creation of a start-up company in Smart Card
Loyalty Solution in 1997 funded jointly by Gemplus and a major regional Bank.
The company became a major solution provider in Asia, and was subsequently
merged with Welcome Realtime of France in 2001. He participated in the set up
and management of a US$6M Smart Lab Fund jointly held by Gemplus & EDB Investment in 1999 that funded many local technology start-up companies.
His unique experiences in pioneering smart card technologies, starting up
software solution companies and nurturing local start-ups has honed his passion
in funding and mentoring start-up companies with innovative solutions.
Yair under Sledgehammer Management Ltd, is an external Advisor to Rutledge Vine
Capital in Israel and Europe. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of High-Check
Control Ltd, a start-up specializing in dynamic monitoring systems for water
and waste water. Prior to his involvement with High-Check Control Ltd., he has
had many years of senior business management experience at Etz-Lavud Group, an
industrial group of companies with an investment arm.
As an entrepreneur himself, Yair understands the start-up scene in Israel and
appreciates the challenges of start-up founders and entrepreneurs seeking funds
and building their companies. In his free time, he enjoys advising startups and
first-time entrepreneurs and mentoring students. Yair holds a BA in Economics
and an MBA (cum laude) from the Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Israel and Europe Investment Advisor
Khine Zaw Win Myint a.k.a. KZ is the Chief Hacker for Rutledge Vine Capital. He
has over 9 years of experience in the Information and Communications (ICT)
industry including traditional Client/Server Applications to Mobile Apps,
Virtualization and Cloud Computing. In the past, He has worked as Senior Web
Application Specialist at MediaCorp Technologies and as Research Associate at
Thailand Accident Research Center where his research area covered accident data
modelling, smart CMS, ontology and semantic web. Currently he looks after
Corporate infrastructure in a fully virtualized Cloud-based environment, ERP
system integration and process automation. He holds a Master degree in
Information Management and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology.
Patrick De Silva is the Chief Investment Officer for Rutledge Vine Capital and Chief Angel at GITPx Investments. He has over 25 years of
Leadership, Management and Investment experience, having been at the helm of
multiple Organisations and providing the necessary vision and strategy for
growth & expansion.
In the past as CEO of Rutledge Oilfield Group, he was instrumental in creating
highly successful joint ventures and expanded the Company’s services footprint from being a South East Asia company to a global company
operating on multiple continents. He was also able to significantly expand the
client base to include large corporations like Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, BP, Shell,
Total, Petronas and many more.
As General Manager of the Harilela Group Patrick made significant contributions
in property development and acquisitions. His vast experience and background as
a Chartered Accountant helps him appreciate the investment process and being a
valuable help to start-ups.
Sruthy Parvathy Kumar is the Investment Inquisitor & Portfolio Watchdog at Rutledge Vine Capital and Investment Analyst / Portfolio Coordinator for GITPx Investments. She has 3 years of experience in organising numerous events directed at nurturing the local innovation ecosystem as the co-lead of Start-Up@Singapore and as one of the curators of TEDxNUS. Her industry experiences include a writing stint with a regional innovation and technology blog and an attachment in Israel with Kinrot Ventures, a leading water technologies incubator, where she supported three of Israel's leading water technology startups with their marketing strategy and market research.
Sruthy holds a B.Eng in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the National University of Singapore.
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