My name is Javier Thoo. I am a penultimate from SMU pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management with a major in Finance. I have a keen interest in corporate finance and I actively seek opportunities to explore in the investment banking or private equity space. This is because I believe that the nature of deals in these industries really challenges you both quantitatively and qualitatively. They are generally more bespoke and require tremendous effort to analyze and research before making a decision. As someone who do not shy away from challenges, I am highly motivated to excel in these spaces.
Aside from my career aspirations, I enjoy sports a lot. I have played badminton, football, ultimate frisbee and handball competitively. The adrenaline rush from doing team sports gets me all the time. Now in SMU, however, I have veered away from the sports route and ventured into the arts scene. I am currently in SMU Samba Masala, a distinctive percussion band, and I play the Surdo (a large bass drum). Though it would only be a short stint, I can now proudly say that I have experienced the best of both the sports and arts world.
I first got to know Melvin when I applied for a summer internship at his company, Bizsquare Management Consultants Pte Ltd. As my interviewer, he gave me various insights into the consulting space as well as his company’s background which had piqued my interest. Though I managed to land the internship subsequently, it was unfortunately rescinded due to the COVID-19 situation. However, this setback did not stop me from pursuing my goal. I continued to remain in contact with Melvin and he gave me a wonderful opportunity to attend a Venture Capital (VC) clinic as an audience to gain valuable knowledge in the VC space.
My main 3 takeaways from the sessions:
It has been an eye-opening experience and I am grateful to Melvin for presenting this valuable opportunity to me to learn more about VC. As someone who has a prior interest in business startups and has already watched all seasons of Shark Tank, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience thus far in this small-scaled local version – Seed Tank. With 2 pitches made by 2 different companies within a session, not only was I able to learn the techniques to an effective pitch, I was also able to learn much more about other industries that I had little exposure to before. It has been an incredible experience so far and I will definitely continue to tune in every week!
Yes, definitely. In fact, I have already recommended one of my friends to this programme. In just 1.5 hours of your time, you stand to gain various insights into the VC space. This includes how VCs value a company and how they determine their return on investments. Also, you get to learn how to deliver an effective pitch. In my opinion, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain by attending this programme.
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