Golden Gate Ventures: Justin Hall’s prosperous investment strategies

By Asha Gutierrez


The man to look for when in need of flourishing investments

             Justin Cornelius Hall is the principal at Golden Gates Ventures. As the principal and ‘gatekeeper’ of the company, he focuses on the investments and on the inbound and outbound of businesses. Justin Hall manages Golden Gate Ventures’ existing portfolio while sourcing investments across APAC.

He is also a director for the Golden Gate Ventures Annex Fund, as it focuses on follow-on funding for existing portfolio companies. He graduated in the National University of Singapore. (NUS) He is very pro-entrepreneur and he started working at Rakuten in New York city after finishing his degree in college. This is where he was introduced to programs and investment schemes.

Justin Hall is a New York transplant and a fitness fanatic. His motivation is meeting new people because it enables him to have the opportunity to have an acquaintance with driven and passionate people in regards with their businesses. “I like the exciting mentality. I like to see how peoples’ brains work and see their potential. I find that interesting.” he said. He is also a huge fan of Chicken Rice and Kopi Gau, a strong iced coffee with condensed milk.


Successful companies are not formed in isolation

Golden Gate Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund based in Singapore. It is now investing across Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. To date, they have already invested in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. This company is looking for other companies interested in extending beyond Southeast Asia. Right now, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and the U.S. have an interest in Southeast Asia as well. All of the founding partners in Golden Gates Ventures have spent time in Silicon Valley and have built start-ups. This is the reason why they can help with everything from product development, to technical strategy, to growth hacking techniques.

Asides from his obligations at Golden Gate Ventures, Justin Hall also is responsible in Kauffman Fellow and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD. He is the co-founder of many community-building events,  such as the SuperHappyDevHouseSG and WalkAboutSG. He was previously an Account Manager for Rakuten LinkShare Corporation, which is based in New York. Here, he managed online e-commerce sales for prominent web-based retailers and service providers. He believes in working with heart and good intentions at all times. “For me, sheer empathy and the willingness to work with an entrepreneur. This is the most important aspect, to be a sincere human being.” Justin emphasizes during the interview. Understanding is a key definitely.

              Golden Gate Ventures can help a company invest in numerous investments. “Start-ups in Southeast Asia that leverage technology and the internet to scale rapidly and disrupt existing industries- from e-commerce to payments, marketplaces to content portals, mobile apps to B2B, loT to SaaS platforms.” If one needs to be successful in their business, Golden Gate Ventures can give proper guidance even in the aspect of proper research and building up the company from scratch. They take responsibility in the investment side. They will look at the market, the team, and the solution to the given problem.


Golden Gate Ventures Responsibilities

             Golden Gate Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing across Southeast Asia. Founded in 2011, this firm has invested in over 30 companies across more than 7 countries in Asia. It gives investments in internet and mobile start-ups throughout many sectors such as the e-commerce, payments, marketplaces, mobile applications, and SaaS platforms. If you are in need for an investment for a company, then Justice Cornelius Hall is the man that you should look for. “It all comes to knowing what the investors are looking for.” he said. They also provide operational experience, sales experience, and product design.

              Justin Cornelius Hall has a passion to build-up a start-up properly.

He believes that a founder needs to know his/her sacrifices in order to see how much he/she is willing to sacrifice. Golden Gate Ventures is a simple yet efficient version for a start-up because it has the research ability and knowledge on what a company needs for investment. He knows how to build up more strategy for a company’s success.

If you are interested in Golden Gate Ventures, you can check their website here.