Managing Partner, FarSight Capital
Having founded Singapore’s first internet company SilkRoute Ventures back in 1994, MIT graduate Wong Toon King (TK) made history by growing one of Singapore’s largest and most well known internet companies in the 1990’s. He was voted Asia’s Internet Visionary of the Year in 2000, won the World Economic Forum’s Global Leader of Tomorrow award, and conferred the National Youth Award for Entrepreneurship in 2001.
The boom of the Internet brought TK to Silicon Valley to set up his global headquarters for ECnet, a B2B supply chain e-commerce platform, in a bid to become a global technology player, raising over $80M from some of the most blue chip venture capital companies in the world. The catastrophic global dotcom bust brought him back to Singapore.
During this time, he sold part of his company SilkRoute at a valuation of over $125M, was involved with several pioneering internet companies including the first online content company in Asia listed on NASDAQ (Asia Content), and Sembawang Media (Pacific Internet) where he was a key member of the executive team led by Chairman Philip Yeo.
As a technology venture capitalist today, he brings an unparalleled perspective to the accelerating revolution of Internet 3.0 and beyond, having been a pioneer since its inception. TK’s subsequent decade of retail and consumer branding experience operating Ben & Jerry’s stores comes in useful as more tech brands become part of the consumers lifestyle.
Through his company, FarSight Capital, TK is involved in investing and nurturing high tech startups, mentoring future generation of entrepreneurs and guiding corporate brands through their digital transformations.
TK has had a wide exposure across many industries in technology, media, hospitality, and sports having served on boards including public-listed Raffles Holdings (Hotels & Resorts), Mediacorp (National TV, print and online broadcaster), IDA (Govt Infocom Authority), Spring (Govt Enterprise Dev’t), Sentosa Dev’t Corp (Tourism and property devt), Sports Singapore, and public-listed tech company Take Solutions (India). He also served on social enterprise boards including the Community Chest and the National Youth Council.
Outside of technology, TK is also co-founder of Singapore’s first and largest fencing academy Z Fencing established in 1993.