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Jac
Executive Assistant

Jac’s experience spans from being a sales engineer to a teacher in a non-profit organisation. She worked extensively as a team leader establishing standard operating procedures and conformity.

  • B.A English Language and Literature
  • Word Processing
  • Office Management
  • Bookkeeping

Jac
Executive Assistant

What drives you?

I am driven by compassion towards others – I try to help people in distress, minorities or the underprivileged in my spare time. I passionately believe the world can be a better place.


What do you love about your job?

That it’s beyond clerical, with diverse opportunities to be involved in new projects.


Tell us a secret.

When I’m done swimming and painting I secretly pretend to be Wonder Woman – I want to save the world!

Jac

Jac
Executive Assistant

Lucy
Lawyer

Having spent more of her career in Asia than the UK, Lucy has extensive experience around region, in particular in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the last 5 years she has focused specifically on technology law and startups.

  • Oxford University, B.A.
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2009
  • Tech
  • Crypto
  • Investment
  • Structuring

Lucy
Lawyer

What drives you?

Poverty made me ambitious, but a scholarship to a top private school gave me the opportunity to excel. In turn that drives Upstart’s mission to give poor startups the same opportunities as rich corporates.

What do you love about your job?

After years of corporate slavery it is so inspiring to spend my days with people who are trying to change the world – one of our clients is a self-taught rocket scientist!

Tell us a secret.

I am a qualified massage therapist. It was really rewarding work but I hung up my professional thumb muscles many years ago now!

Lucy

Lucy
Lawyer

Cameron
Lawyer

Arriving in Singapore via London and Dubai, Cameron has over 18 years’ experience in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. His key practice areas comprise venture capital investment, content licensing & distribution, and motion picture production (credits including Star Wars VII, Fast & Furious 7, War Machine, Top Gear, and Sesame Street).

  • BA(Hons) Oxford
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2003
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Media
  • Crypto
  • Venture Capital

Cameron
Lawyer

What drives you?

I like to work hard and play hard, splitting my time between Bangkok and Singapore gives me the chance to do both!


What do you love about your job?

It’s exciting knowing that each new client could be the next unicorn.


Tell us a secret.

I like great guitar music and terrible football teams. Also I advised on films like Star Wars VII and Fast & Furious 7!

Cameron

Cameron
Lawyer

Claire
Lawyer

Claire has built her career in employment and remuneration from different professional angles: as a lawyer, a remuneration consultant and most recently in-house head of reward. This means she can advise on all aspects of employment and pay, from technical legal advice to pragmatic day-to-day operations.

  • BA Modern Languages, Oxford University
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, qualified in 2005
  • Employment and remuneration including share incentives

Claire
Lawyer

What drives you?

I love the satisfaction of finding solutions for clients and making their lives simpler. I believe a good adviser is someone who understands the challenges and finds a way for you to do what you want to do.


What do you love about your job?

We're in a unique position, as a start-up ourselves advising other start-ups on their own journeys from idea to success. It means we understand what our clients are going through and get to work with so many exciting new businesses along the way.


Tell us a secret.

I don't like vegetables!

Claire

Claire
Lawyer

Tim
Lawyer

  • LLB. Hons Law
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2002
  • Disputes
  • Commercial
  • Data Protection
  • Compliance

Tim
Lawyer

What drives you?

To ensure that, whether it is work or play I never leave anything ‘out there’ – that no matter what happens I couldn’t have done more.


What do you love about your job?

Being in on the ground floor of exciting new business projects and seeing them succeed.


Tell us a secret.

I spent years as a serious surf bum (long hair and everything!) travelling the world and surfing with future world champions.

Tim

Tim
Lawyer

Siti
Corporate Secretary

Being in the corporate secretarial and compliance world for the past 15 years, has given Siti with a wide range of exposure and various platforms to further strengthen her skills and experience. She is able to juggle well handling her portfolios, be it in a team or on her own.

  • Diploma, Business Administration
  • Diploma, Private Secretary
  • ACRA Filing Agent
  • Incorporation
  • Corporate Secretarial
  • Compliance

Siti
Corporate Secretary

What drives you?

I want to understand everything perfectly, so I know exactly where I stand at all times (and always good to have Plan B as back-up if Plan A doesn’t work!)

What do you love about your job?

The satisfaction when you see that big grin on your client’s face on the accomplishment of their projects.

Tell us a secret.

I actually love being in my own world, plugging in my headphones with some Hip Hop and a good book!

Siti

Siti
Corporate Secretary

Laura
Tech

Laura’s experience spans over 20 years. She has experience in solution architecture, software design and development, and business analysis.

  • BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis
  • BA (University of Toronto)
  • Enterprise IT
  • Scrum Master
  • Business process improvement

Laura
Tech

What drives you?

My desire to set a good example for people around me, especially my kids. I couldn't possibly encourage others to live their dream and enjoy the ride if I'm settling for ho-hum. Singapore is part of living the dream!


What do you love about your job?

The diversity of our clients and learning about their amazing journeys (the discounts our retail clients sometimes give us for helping them get their businesses online are great too!


Tell us a secret.

At home I am a part-time zookeeper to our many household pets. We currently have 3 hamsters Snowball, Shoes and Nibbles and 2 guinea pigs called Donut and Teddy!

Laura

Laura
Tech

Sami
Tech

Sami’s experience spans over 20 years of consulting, program management and professional services from various industries including pharmaceutical clinical trials, compliance and IT/software.

  • HND – Music Technology and Electronics
  • Enterprise IT
  • Project Management
  • Compliance
  • Risk and transaction solutions specialist
  • Fluent in English, French & Arabic

Sami
Tech

What drives you?

Connecting with people at all levels and discovering new ideas and solutions. I have an open minded outlook and am always there to support my friends, colleagues and strangers!


What do you love about your job?

I really enjoy the diversity of the projects. Upstart’s plans for our platform are really broad and ambitious, so I am excited to drive them forward.


Tell us a secret.

I used to be a professional DJ touring the UK & Europe!

Sami

Sami
Tech

Cam
Tech

Cam has over 10-years experience in the advertising industry specializing in translating user needs into insights to drive compelling communications and product designs. His career spans experience and product design for web and apps, brand strategy and development and communications planning and execution.

  • B.A Political Science University of Western Ontario
  • Design Thinking
  • User Experience Design
  • Brand Planning and Strategy

Cam
Tech

What drives you?

Curiosity. Curiosity makes every day interesting and exciting. I love uncovering why people do what they do and how we can help them. We are all so interesting!


What do you love about your job?

I love working with a diverse team striving toward a collective goal. Our goal is helping people build the business they've always wanted. If that can't make you strive for greatness i don't know what will.


Tell us a secret.

I’m a Deadhead and I was once deserted on island hours away from any civilization!

Cam

Cam
Tech



 
Jac

JAC
Executive Assistant


 

Jac’s experience spans from being a sales engineer to a teacher in a non-profit organisation. She worked extensively as a team leader establishing standard operating procedures and conformity.

  • B.A English Language and Literature
  • Word Processing
  • Office Management
  • Bookkeeping

What drives you?

I am driven by compassion towards others – I try to help people in distress, minorities or the underprivileged in my spare time. I passionately believe the world can be a better place.

What do you love about your job?

That it’s beyond clerical, with diverse opportunities to be involved in new projects.

Tell us a secret.

When I’m done swimming and painting I secretly pretend to be Wonder Woman – I want to save the world!



 
Lucy

LUCY
Lawyer


 

Having spent more of her career in Asia than the UK, Lucy has extensive experience around region, in particular in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the last 5 years she has focused specifically on technology law and startups.

  • Oxford University, B.A.
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2009
  • Tech
  • Crypto
  • Investment
  • Structuring

What drives you?

Poverty made me ambitious, but a scholarship to a top private school gave me the opportunity to excel. In turn that drives Upstart’s mission to give poor startups the same opportunities as rich corporates.

What do you love about your job?

After years of corporate slavery it is so inspiring to spend my days with people who are trying to change the world – one of our clients is a self-taught rocket scientist!

Tell us a secret.

I am a qualified massage therapist. It was really rewarding work but I hung up my professional thumb muscles many years ago now!



 
Cameron

CAMERON
Lawyer


 

Arriving in Singapore via London and Dubai, Cameron has over 18 years’ experience in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. His key practice areas comprise venture capital investment, content licensing & distribution, and motion picture production (credits including Star Wars VII, Fast & Furious 7, War Machine, Top Gear, and Sesame Street).

  • BA(Hons) Oxford
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2003
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Media
  • Crypto
  • Venture Capital

What drives you?

I like to work hard and play hard, splitting my time between Bangkok and Singapore gives me the chance to do both!

What do you love about your job?

It’s exciting knowing that each new client could be the next unicorn.

Tell us a secret.

I like great guitar music and terrible football teams. Also I advised on films like Star Wars VII and Fast & Furious 7!



 
Claire

CLAIRE
Lawyer


 

Claire has built her career in employment and remuneration from different professional angles: as a lawyer, a remuneration consultant and most recently in-house head of reward. This means she can advise on all aspects of employment and pay, from technical legal advice to pragmatic day-to-day operations.

  • BA Modern Languages, Oxford University
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, qualified in 2005
  • Employment and remuneration including share incentives

What drives you?

I love the satisfaction of finding solutions for clients and making their lives simpler. I believe a good adviser is someone who understands the challenges and finds a way for you to do what you want to do.

What do you love about your job?

We're in a unique position, as a start-up ourselves advising other start-ups on their own journeys from idea to success. It means we understand what our clients are going through and get to work with so many exciting new businesses along the way.

Tell us a secret.

I don't like vegetables!



 
Tim

TIM
Lawyer


 
  • LLB. Hons Law
  • Solicitor of England & Wales, 2002
  • Disputes
  • Commercial
  • Data Protection
  • Compliance

What drives you?

To ensure that, whether it is work or play I never leave anything ‘out there’ – that no matter what happens I couldn’t have done more.

What do you love about your job?

Being in on the ground floor of exciting new business projects and seeing them succeed.

Tell us a secret.

I spent years as a serious surf bum (long hair and everything!) travelling the world and surfing with future world champions.



 
Siti

SITI
Corporate Secretary


 

Being in the corporate secretarial and compliance world for the past 15 years, has given Siti with a wide range of exposure and various platforms to further strengthen her skills and experience. She is able to juggle well handling her portfolios, be it in a team or on her own.

  • Diploma, Business Administration
  • Diploma, Private Secretary
  • ACRA Filing Agent
  • Incorporation
  • Corporate Secretarial
  • Compliance

What drives you?

I want to understand everything perfectly, so I know exactly where I stand at all times (and always good to have Plan B as back-up if Plan A doesn’t work!)

What do you love about your job?

The satisfaction when you see that big grin on your client’s face on the accomplishment of their projects.

Tell us a secret.

I actually love being in my own world, plugging in my headphones with some Hip Hop and a good book!



 
Laura

LAURA
Tech


 

Laura’s experience spans over 20 years. She has experience in solution architecture, software design and development, and business analysis.

  • BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis
  • BA (University of Toronto)
  • Enterprise IT
  • Scrum Master
  • Business process improvement

What drives you?

My desire to set a good example for people around me, especially my kids. I couldn't possibly encourage others to live their dream and enjoy the ride if I'm settling for ho-hum. Singapore is part of living the dream!

What do you love about your job?

The diversity of our clients and learning about their amazing journeys (the discounts our retail clients sometimes give us for helping them get their businesses online are great too!)

Tell us a secret.

At home I am a part-time zookeeper to our many household pets. We currently have 3 hamsters Snowball, Shoes and Nibbles and 2 guinea pigs called Donut and Teddy!



 
Sami

SAMI
Tech


 

Sami’s experience spans over 20 years of consulting, program management and professional services from various industries including pharmaceutical clinical trials, compliance and IT/software.

  • HND – Music Technology and Electronics
  • Enterprise IT
  • Project Management
  • Compliance
  • Risk and transaction solutions specialist
  • Fluent in English, French & Arabic

What drives you?

Connecting with people at all levels and discovering new ideas and solutions. I have an open minded outlook and am always there to support my friends, colleagues and strangers!

What do you love about your job?

I really enjoy the diversity of the projects. Upstart’s plans for our platform are really broad and ambitious, so I am excited to drive them forward.

Tell us a secret.

I used to be a professional DJ touring the UK & Europe!



 
Cam

CAM
Tech


 

Cam has over 10-years experience in the advertising industry specializing in translating user needs into insights to drive compelling communications and product designs. His career spans experience and product design for web and apps, brand strategy and development and communications planning and execution.

  • B.A Political Science University of Western Ontario
  • Design Thinking
  • User Experience Design
  • Brand Planning and Strategy

What drives you?

Curiosity. Curiosity makes every day interesting and exciting. I love uncovering why people do what they do and how we can help them. We are all so interesting!

What do you love about your job?

I love working with a diverse team striving toward a collective goal. Our goal is helping people build the business they've always wanted. If that can't make you strive for greatness i don't know what will.

Tell us a secret.

I’m a Deadhead and I was once deserted on island hours away from any civilization!


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