Yaw thrives in the world of tech startups. He believes that venture-backed startups are a new way of organizing people and resources to drive technological progress and make the world a better place. He’s a veteran in international expansion and partnerships on both sides of the Pacific, and the cultural nuances of doing business across two continents fascinate him.
Fun Fact Yaw is a tinkerer at heart and delights in figuring out how things work under the hood. He built his first 486 computer when the “internet” was still running on BBS and dial-ups. He continues to tinker with infrastructure platforms powering the internet in his professional career.
Full Bio Yaw is currently the GM of International Product and Business for CDN, Edge Computing, Video and cPaaS under Alibaba Cloud. As the product and business leader, Yaw leads several product teams to build global products and drive international business growth.
Prior to Alibaba, Yaw was responsible for new market expansion in the Asia-Pacific region for Twilio. He has been intimately involved in the Twilio journey since the early days, and was fortunate to have a front row seat in witnessing Twilio’s growth from a startup of 50 employees, to a publicly-traded company of 2,500 employees. Yaw started working with Twilio as an investor in 2012. He joined Twilio as employee #1 in Asia-Pacific and led Twilio's deployment and business expansion across the region. Yaw was also part of the Wireless project team in 2017-2018 to build and launch Twilio Super SIM, an IoT SIM that provides programmable connectivity in more than 180 countries globally.
Before Twilio, he was the founding Investment Director at Infocomm Investments, a growth stage fund headquartered in Singapore. He launched and oversaw Infocomm Investments' operations in the United States for four years. His investments include Twilio, DataXu (acquired by Roku), Quid and BubbleMotion (acquired by SingTel).