Paul Srivorakul, CEO of ecommerce enabler aCommerce, joins us for Startup Grind Bangkok's next fireside chat to share his views on the accelerating momentum of ecommerce in Thailand, the market entry of foreign players such as Alibaba, JD.com and 11street, the options for local retail incumbents, and his recent US$65 million blockbuster funding round lead by KKR.
The fireside chat will be moderated by fellow ecommerce veteran Sam Proyothin, founder and CEO of StylHunt and Executive Director of Bangkok Venture Club.
A serial internet entrepreneur and investor based in Thailand, Paul Srivorakul is one of the founders and the Group CEO of aCommerce, a full service end-to-end ecommerce solutions provider founded in 2013, and that recently raised Thailand's largest Series B of USD$65M led by KKR. He is also the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Ardent Capital, an early stage private capital fund focused on Southeast Asia. In the past seven years, he has raised over $30 million from investors such as Softbank, IDG, Recruit, NTT Docomo, Sumitomo, Axiata, Sinarmas, and Siemer and exited three of his past internet ventures at an accumulative value of over $100 million.
Prior to Ardent Capital, Paul was the Group CEO and Co-Founder of Ensogo Group (ecommerce site acquired by LivingSocial), Admax Network (ad network acquired by Komli Media), and NewMedia (digital ad agency acquired by STW Group).
As an industry leader and extremely accomplished digital entrepreneur, Paul is actively invited to share valuable insights at top events and conferences in the digital media, ecommerce, online retail, supply chain and venture capital industry circuit. In addition to his innovative entrepreneurial efforts, Paul has worked as Inside Sales at Ask Jeeves (ask.com), a search engine based in California acquired by IAC. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley.
Surawat (Sam) Promyotin is CEO/Co-Founder of STYLHUNT and Executive Director of Bangkok Venture Club (BangkokVC). STYLHUNT is an e-commerce startup addressing social commerce unique to emerging and mobile-first markets, and BangkokVC is the largest accredited angel investor group in Thailand. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and from Sasin Chulalongkorn Graduate Institute of Business Administration with an Executive MBA.