Soo Boon Koh

Founder & Managing Partner, Singapore

Soo Boon founded iGlobe in December 1999 when venture capital (VC) was experiencing the onset of globalisation. As a veteran in the global VC industry with a specialisation in technology investing, she has achieved consistent top quartile fund return for her investments. Working alongside prominent VCs such as Sequoia Capital, IVP, RRE, Tencent and Qualcomm Ventures, she has since established herself as a prominent leader in the investing community.

Soo Boon led some of the notable exits, including u-blox AG (SWX: UBXN), Telenav Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV), Celestry Inc. (sold to Cadence), Aicent Inc. (acquired by TA Associates) and Anacle Systems Ltd (HKGEM: 8353).

Currently, Soo Boon serves as a board observer of several VC-backed companies based in San Francisco. This includes Nerdwallet Inc. and Matterport Inc. Soo Boon is also a board member of Hoolah (Singapore), The Great Room (Singapore) and ForteMedia Inc.

Unless you look for the unexpected, you will never find it.

In late 2018, we witnessed 2 public listings, in spite of volatile stock market conditions. Twist Bioscience was listed on Nasdaq (TWST) on Oct 31 and ACSL was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother's Board (TSE:6232) on 21 Dec 2018.

Prior to founding iGlobe, she held senior management positions in Vertex Management Inc. (previously the venture capital arm of Singapore Technologies and now under Temasek Holdings). Soo Boon played a critical role in establishing the operations of Vertex, based in Redwood City in 1988 and ran the operation until October 1996 when she set up Vertex Europe based in London. During that period, she was closely associated with several companies based in Silicon Valley, such as Lattice Semiconductor, Quick Logic, Pie (merged with Quickturn), Premisys Communications, Proxim Inc., and European companies e.g. SCM Microsystems (Germany ), Brokat (Germany), Gemplus (France ) and ActivCard (France) etc.

Soo Boon's ability to nurture founders and connect syndication co-investors across continents came from her experience in DBS early in her career. Her clients range came from a range of industries, including electronics, financial services and petrochemical. With this experience, she has built a network of trusted partners whom she rode through multiple business cycles with.

It is with her experience that she is inspired to support women leaders in tech and actively promote board diversity especially in tech companies. In 2009, she was appointed the Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI). She also held the position of the Chairwoman of SCCCI's Career Women Group from 2009 to 2019. She is currently a member of the Singapore chapter of Women Corporate Directors and the International Women Forum, where she mentors professional women on private and public boards. It is therefore no surprise that she was given the "Honorary Outstanding Women Award" by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in celebration of Thai Women's Day in Honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on 1st August 2016.

She is currently a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), where she provides students with guidance and serves as a partner in SUSS' industry outreach and research activities.

With her strong experience in technology investment, she can speak on topics such as deal sourcing and women in technology.