After nearly 6 years building NerdWallet, I left at the end of March to move back to my home country, Singapore. It's been nearly 18 years since I first arrived in the US to start university at Stanford. I never imagined I would be here so long, and now it's time to begin navigating my return.
My motivation: I have an almost-two year old daughter - I want her to experience growing up in a safe place, surrounded by family in a geography that is poised to experience a ton of secular growth. I want her to know what real char kway teow tastes like =). I don't want to worry that she's going to be shot in school by some crazy person. =(
- My American friends: "What a great adventure! Is this forever? Can we come too?"
- My Singaporean friends: "Huh? Why you come home? California is so nice"
- Singaporean taxi drivers: "Why? In America, don't have to work can collect welfare, what" He refused to believe me when I said that being poor in America is actually pretty terrible
- Singaporean civil servants: "Good, nice to have Singaporeans come home"
My process: I've been spending the last 5 months traveling in the region, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, meeting entrepreneurs and investors, trying to build a mental model of what I think is exciting and fun to do, and where I can be of service. I was basically choosing between a) joining a company, b) starting a business, and c) raising a fund. After over 100+ conversations, I finally decided to join two of my oldest friends, Elizabeth Yin and Eric Bahn at their new pre-seed fund, Hustle Fund. More on that decision in my next blog post!
Upcoming blog topics:
- Why I joined Hustle Fund
- Why operators should do angel investing
- Why women should take more risk in their portfolios
- Communication - why you have to say everything more than once, in multiple channels