About Me

Ex Bain, private equity and family office investments, now into all things digital. I love anything tech, geeky, crypto and health. Day dreamer, Stoic, Essentialist, bona fide geek on fleek.

Interests: Automation, app scripts, web design and development, no code, NLP/NLG, chatbots, Spark AR / Instagram filters, ashtanga, lifting heavy weight. Obsessed about optimising my health and sleep. Currently pondering the meaning of life.

Weird Shit I've Done

  • I can type at 117wpm with 99% accuracy.
  • I danced as a magic butterfly in a TV show called The Magic Durian.
  • I performed in the 1990 National Day Parade as a flag twirler (youtube, 45:45 to 53:24)
  • I was also a tap dancer in a Cambridge version of the Broadway show 42nd Street.
  • I founded the Newnham College Dance Club and taught hip hop dance classes at Cambridge in exchange for cash. We used the money to buy a stereo, CDs and hip hop clothing.
  • I directed a music video called Spice Bainees. It’s somewhere on youtube.
  • I co-produced a short film in London called Night Lives. It’s even on IMDB so it must be legit.
  • I have more than 20 Twitter accounts. Most of them are bots and at least 3 have been permanently banned by Twitter.
  • I had one viral tweet which garnered >1.2M impressions, >28K engagements, >8,000 likes, >3,900 retweets. Data scientists loved it.
  • I built an Instagram AR filter with 65M impressions, just for fun.
  • I was an Airbnb superhost for 2 years.
  • I also got a cease and desist from Airbnb’s lawyers after building an Airbnb chatbot and Twitter bot.
  • I bought a (manual) Honda Civic for £1,000 in London and never had an accident in three years.
  • I bought an (automatic) CLK convertible for £6,000 and crashed it three months later.
  • I built three schools in Laos.
  • I had lunch with Warren Buffett in Omaha. We went to his favourite steak restaurant, Gorat’s Steak House. He gave us a ride in his car. The licence plate read “THRIFTY”.
  • I dated a Grammy award winning musician and watched him play on stage in Glastonbury in front of 70,000 people.
  • I met Adele at the Brit Awards, Lily Allen at O2 Festival and Duran Duran in Paris.
  • I had dinner with Yoko Ono and went clubbing with Leonardo Di Caprio in New York.
  • I went to a Jordanian billionaire’s house party in London (randomly invited on Facebook). There were ~500 women and about 20 men and 50 Cents rolled in at 1am.
  • I worked with elite athletes for two years. Some of them were Olympians.
  • I was a top writer in Artificial Intelligence on Medium in 2018.
  • Steve Worswick, five time winner of the Loebner Prize Turing Test, wrote a chatbot tutorial based on a tutorial that I wrote. He even credits me in his blog post.
  • I minted and sold a rare digital sneaker NFT for 99 SOL.
  • I lost 26 kg in 15 months.
  • I am a certified yoga teacher (RYT200) but have never taught a yoga class in my life.
  • I can squat >1X my own bodyweight and deadlift > 1.5X bodyweight (60kg and 90kg respectively).
  • I have an app on my phone called WeCroak that reminds me five times a day that I will die.
  • I like query formulas more than pivot tables.
  • I wake up at 5:30am every day.
  • I don’t work past 3pm and happy hour starts at 4pm.
  • I have gone dry (no alcohol) every year in February for the last four years (2019/2020/2021/2022).
  • I eat exactly two brazil nuts every day. An excellent source of selenium.
  • I have never had bubble tea in my life.

My Favourite Podcasts

  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • The Drive by Dr Petter Attia, MD
  • Huberman Lab by Dr Andrew Huberman
  • Making Sense by Sam Harris
  • People I (Mostly) Admire by Steve Levitt (Freakonomics)

My Favourite Books

Atomic Habits – James Clear
The Daily Stoic – Ryan Holiday
Essentialism – Greg McKweon
Show Your Work – Austin Kleon
The Molecule of More – Daniel Z. Lieberman MD, Michael E. Long, et al.
Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl

Some of My Work

Digital Discovery – where I write about social media and marketing
Medium – where most of my chatbot articles and tutorials reside, including those featured in Chatbot’s Life and Chatbot’s Magazine
Singapore Sailing Federation – redesigned in 2018
NTUC Health – grew traffic from 40K to 680K visitors over 4 years
Level – currently working on website, digital marketing, social media
ColorMeHappy Cosmetics – winner of SWA Website Award 2017 (depreciated)

Just For Fun

Build A School With Me – one of the first websites I built using Weebly for my fundraising for Pencils of Promise
Debbie Discovers Github – the first website built writing code from scratch
Debbie Discovers Strikingly – another early personal website
Stuff I’ve Designed – a portfolio built on on Tumblr
My Swipe File – a swipe file built on Tumblr

Contact

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