Antler, a Singapore-based global early-stage venture capital firm, has announced a trio of significant appointments – Shao-Ning Huang and Lorenzo Peracchione as Venture Partners, and Tudor Coman as Investment Director.
Antler said in a statement on Thursday that these appointments are a testament to Antler’s dedication to building a global community of founders, investors, and operators, further solidifying its position in the Southeast Asia region.
At present, the firm has invested in more than 900 companies across 30 cities worldwide and has an accumulated portfolio value of more than $4 billion.
According to the statement, these senior-level appointments underscores Antler’s commitment to backing founders from day zero, serving as both the earliest investor and long-term capital partner for early-stage startups.
Huang brings over two decades of expertise to Antler. As Chief Angel and Partner at AngelCentral, she has spearheaded a thriving community that fuels startup growth through strategic investments and mentorship.
Under her leadership, JobsCentral evolved into a major player in the online recruitment industry, ultimately leading to a successful acquisition by CareerBuilder in 2011.
As Huang continues to hold her existing roles at AngelCentral, she will also be leveraging her deep industry insights and sector expertise to further Antler’s investments across Southeast Asia.
“I see immense potential in harnessing the power of startups to drive meaningful change in Southeast Asia,” said Huang.
“Through my journey with AngelCentral, I have witnessed the transformative impact of strategic investments and mentorship on early-stage startups. With Antler’s global network,
“I am excited to contribute towards the growth of innovative founders and groundbreaking ideas in the region. Together, we will continue to empower entrepreneurs and create a lasting impact on the startup ecosystem,” she added.
Meanwhile, Peracchione comes with more than 12 years of experience as an entrepreneur, most notably founding Lummo, a business to business (B2B) software company.
Prior to Lummo, Peracchione was part of Lazada’s early team in Indonesia.
Separately, he was also responsible for launching Luxola, a beauty e-commerce startup that was later acquired by Sephora, in Thailand.
In addition, Peracchione has made angel investments in various early-stage companies in both Southeast Asia and Europe. He is also actively serving as an advisor to several startups.
“Startups play a pivotal role in driving innovation and progress. Hence, I am extremely humbled and excited to join Antler to further support early-stage founders in South East Asia,
“The ‘zero-to-one; phase is possibly the most exciting stage for startups, and with Antler as a global platform to back the most driven founders in the world, I look forward to empowering founders in building the companies of tomorrow,” said Peracchione.
Coman, on the other hand, joins as Investment Director, bolstering Antler’s operational and investment expertise.
His recent role as Chief Product Officer at Workmate, an on-demand staffing platform acquired by Persol Group, a human resource service provider in Asia Pacific, and his journey with Flocations, a travel marketplace acquired by Venture Republic Group (VRG), provide him with unique insights into the firm.
In his role at Antler, Tudor will play a pivotal role in working closely with founders to get their startups launched and funded in 10 weeks as part of the residency program at Antler for pre-seed startups.
“Joining Antler is an exhilarating next step. Having been on the founder side of the table, I deeply understand the challenges and triumphs of building a startup from the ground up,
“I look forward to applying my experience to support new founders in realizing their visions, helping them launch disruptive ideas, and empowering them to create impactful and sustainable businesses that shape a positive future,” said Coman.
Jussi Salovaara, Co-founder and Managing Partner Asia, Antler said their remarkable journeys, combined with their passion for fostering entrepreneurship, will be invaluable as the firm continues to drive impactful investments across Southeast Asia.
“Their proven track record and dedication to supporting startups align perfectly with our mission,” he added.
According to the statement, Antler is on a mission to fundamentally improve the world by enabling and investing in the world’s most exceptional people building the defining companies of tomorrow.
It said founders can scale their companies faster with the Antler residency program, through which they can build a team, join a global community of founders, and access capital to accelerate growth.
The firm has helped create and invest in more than 900 startups across a wide range of industries and technologies, with the goal of backing more than 6,000 by 2030.