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Yinglan Tan

Insignia Venture Partners

Tan Yinglan founded Insignia Venture Partners in mid-2017. Previously he was with Sequoia Capital for 5 years. Yinglan was part of Indian team as a Venture Partner based out of Singapore, where he set up the firm's Singapore office and managed the firm's investments.

Previously, Yinglan was the Head (Projects) at the National Research Foundation in the Prime Minister's Office (Singapore). In his role, he oversaw the National Framework for Innovation and Enterprise and served on the boards of high-tech growth ventures and venture capital funds in Asia. Earlier, Yinglan was the first Director for China at a joint venture between private equity firm 3i and INSEAD, where he developed and managed IPO and M&A strategies in Asia. Yinglan also served as the Senior Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore). During graduate school at Stanford, he co-founded, raised angel funding for, and sold an online dating startup (which is still featured as a case study in Stanford University).

Yinglan is the author of The Way Of the VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board (Wiley, 2009) and Chinnovation - How Chinese Innovation is going to Change the World (Wiley 2010). He has been featured on China Central TV (China's largest TV network), Dragon TV, The Deal, China Daily, Korean Times, and many others.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

A Certified Risk Analyst, Yinglan was educated at Harvard (JFK Fellow), Stanford (Master's in management science) and Carnegie Mellon (dual degrees in ECE and economics). Yinglan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University and also teaches modules on entrepreneurial finance and entrepreneurial management at Singapore Management University; he is also a guest lecturer at Fudan University, Shanghai.

Yinglan was named a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship in 2011 and one of "100 Leaders Of Tomorrow" by the St. Gallen Foundation for International Studies in 2010.

Yinglan served his fellowship at the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office (Singapore). He is a member of Class 15 and served under the mentorship of Charter Class member Phil Wickham, President & CEO of the Center for Venture Education.