I'm passionate about the deep details of sustainable development, and how to create innovations (and build companies) to achieve it.
My main role is as the co-founder and COO of Interseed.co (together with Surya)
Interseed's mission is to green innovation. We focus on driving innovations in food & agriculture, clean energy, and the circular economy to advance the reduction of greenhouse emissions, pollution, and resource depletion.
Interseed; /ˌɪntəˈsiːd/ = Intercede + Seed
- Intercede: To make an intervention (an active choice to take action)
- Seed: Planting knowledge and ideas to grow into insights and companies (a progressive journey)
Home | Interseed
As an impact founder, you deserve the best support to scale your impact. Barriers to funding, networks, talent or resources should no longer stop you from bringing your organisation to the fullest potential.
We are building a platform to help impact founders attract talent and navigate funding.
We believe that:
- Mapping and navigating systems is a collective effort
- Selecting uncommon challenges inspires unique solutions
- Value creation and value capture are not at odds
- Creating impact transcends any one organisation or person
Sustainability & Business Knowledge Resources. Circular Economy | Energy Transitions | Food & Agriculture
We curate actionable insights for anyone interested to make an impact
We write about:
- Specifics of business and technical challenges related to our focus areas.
- Mechanics of starting, sustaining, and scaling companies and innovations for impact.
I am also currently:
An adjunct tutor at the NUS Institute for Engineering Leadership
The Frugal Innovation module is all about learning how to create more value with less. Frugal innovation avoids over-engineering by adopting a "good-enough" technology approach to meet the needs for an identified market constrained in different ways such as requiring reduced cost or addressing unique usability or societal considerations.
I help teach MT5912: Frugal Innovation, where I was a student myself back in 2018, and a teaching assistant back in 2019.
Frugal innovation avoids over-engineering by adopting a “good-enough” technology approach to meet the needs for an identified market constrained in different ways such as requiring reduced cost or addressing unique usability or societal considerations.
This module provides a unique action-learning experience that assembles cross-disciplinary teams to work on identifying technological solutions for specific pre-selected real problems in the emerging markets and from industry.
I (try my best to) learn in public
I aspire to learn in public through the journey to be a full-stack founder because I was inspired by three foundational articles:
Writing is Thinking: Learning to Write with Confidence
Edit: Thank you to the 100k people who have read this piece. Writing continuously surprises me in just how far it can reach. Learning to write in a way that will make people listen is a powerful skill that I hope all people gain access to. Happy writing!
Building a Second Brain: An Overview - Forte Labs
This is a summary of Building a Second Brain, my online course on capturing, organizing, and sharing your knowledge using digital notes. How many brilliant ideas have you had and forgotten? How many insights have you failed to take action on? How much useful advice have you slowly forgotten as the years have passed?
I create a trail of what I know...
My Writings and Decks (coming soon)
Some Talks I've Given (coming soon)
...because I consume a LOT of media
I've done pretty interesting things in the past, where I used to:
Be a Biomedical Engineering student (and researcher) in NUS Engineering
I graduated with a B.Eng and dropped out of my M.Eng (I was attempting to do research on microfluidic devices to optimise chemotherapeutic dosage at the Micro-Tissue Engineering Lab).
Lead YSI SEA and its three innovation programmes as the COO
Our mission was to empower Southeast Asian youth to solve sustainability challenges. We created online-offline hybrid innovation programmes (before COVID made it cool).
Do business development for biotech company Cellivate Technologies
Cellivate Technologies developed and patented nanotechnology that enables cells to adhere better and accelerate their growth while maintaining vital cellular markers.
Coach Negotiation in Tembusu College and NUS Business School
I coached and coordinated the Heart of Negotiation Workshop, and assisted in BMA5406: Negotiations and Conflict Management.
I did research on point-of-care sensors for ions in blood, and did product development for a portable 3D-bioprinter.
Write for Biotechin.Asia, which is focused on biotech and healthcare news.
I wrote about open access bio- and med-tech, along with some other topics.
Be a part-time marketeer at Padang & Co
Home | Padang & Co - The Innovation Catalysts | Singapore
Padang & Co accelerates innovation to solve big problems and develop opportunities through Open Innovation with corporations, government, startups, and communities.
I helped set up inbound marketing dashboards, while handling their social media presence.
You can find me on:
Connect with me, but please introduce yourself!
My musical exploits
Drop me an email!
Make an Appointment
Book a time with Irsyad Ramthan on Superpeer
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Shoutout to communities I am affiliated with
ChangemakerXchange - Global community of young social innovators
ChangemakerXchange brings together some of the world's top young social innovators who dedicate their lives to solving a social or environmental problem and have the skills and mindset to collaborate for collective impact.
I was part of the 2019 CXC Hangzhou batch, and continue to be a part of the community that values collaboration, trust, sharing & authenticity, wellbeing, and fun & creativity.
Home - Projectshea
What Will The FutureCommunity Look Like? The future community is beingcrafted by like-minded visionariesfrom multidisciplinary domainswith a shared vision https://projectshea.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/landingvideo_0308.mp4 Project Shea supports the visionaries to build and realise a sustainable future with mentorship and funding. Find Out More How Much Do You Know About Our Environment?
Project Shea is a joint initiative by Eco Labs Centre of Innovation for Energy and Mistletoe Inc. to bring about a change in the design of future cities with the concept of sharing and conscious living to sustain.
The Shea platform aims to engage people to adopt a sustainable mindset and drive the whole community towards its vision.
The Countdown to 2030
The Countdown To 2030 │ Padang & Co in support of the SDGs.
We have just entered a new decade. The world as we know it - and its peoples - face real challenges. In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) with targets to be achieved by 2030. At their core is the eradication of poverty and hunger.
Padang & Co is looking to contribute positively to the achievement of the SDGs. We will relate the specific goals to each project we work on. Their work will always be viewed through the lens of the SDGs to maintain our focus.
E-Magna was set up with a common vision of creating & capturing value through engineering, technology and people. Through E-Magna, IEL hopes to connect like-minded talent to create value through opportunities for professional & personal development. IEL hopes to support our young engineers as they step up to take up leadership challenges through professional & [...]
I am Grateful for my Mentors
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Organisations and People I Admire
Prakash Lab Stanford University Shriram Center, Room 64 443 Via Ortega Stanford, CA 94305-4125 Manu Prakash Office: 009 Shriram Center 443 Via Ortega Stanford University Email: email@example.com Lab Admin: Jasmine Desiderio Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Affiliations: Department of Bioengineering Graduate Program in Biophysics Affiliate Member, Stanford Woods Institute Institute Fellow, ChEM-H Fellow, Leading Interdisciplinary Collaborations, Stanford Woods Institute BioHub Investigator HHMI Faculty Fellow
Circular Economy - UK, USA, Europe, Asia & South America - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
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Grow Asia | A multi-stakeholder partnership platform
Grow Asia is a unique multi-stakeholder partnership platform that brings together farmers, governments, the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders in Southeast Asia to lift the productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability of smallholder agriculture in the region. We do this by facilitating multi-stakeholder sectoral coordination around macro-level issues and the development of inclusive and sustainable agriculture value chains.
The OpenMRS community is a worldwide network of volunteers from many different backgrounds including technology, health care, and international development. Together, we're working to build the world's largest and most flexible technology platform to support delivery of health care in some of the most challenging environments on the planet.
Zipline - Vital, On-Demand Delivery for the World
Enabled by the fastest and most experienced drone delivery service Zipline delivers critical and lifesaving products precisely where and when they are needed, safely and reliably, every day, across multiple countries. We've made 6,487 commercial deliveries - and counting. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies.
iFixit: The Free Repair Manual
iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. Let's fix the world, one device at a time. Troubleshoot with experts in the Answers forum-and build your own how-to guides to share with the world. Fix your Apple and Android devices-and buy all the parts and tools needed for your DIY repair projects.
News Deeply designs topic-driven communities, built around high-quality information and strategic stakeholder reach. Since 2012 we've built our own award-winning community platforms and partnered with leading companies and foundations to design tailor-made digital convening strategies. In an increasingly fragmented information environment our goal is to surface the vital insights and stakeholder connections that can move the issues that matter, deeply, to our world today.
People I know and their endeavours!
Creative collaborations | Lihong Chew
Hi I am Lihong and I work on sustainability innovation in the public sector. I also act (I'm learning at ), write (for and outside of work, produce (right now, a with Irsyad Ramtham), dance, make (I like fabric and clay) and basically constantly try and learn new things in order to connect the dots and have more fun living life, I guess.
Cancy makes - an art portfolio - The Catalogue of Ships - Senior thesis, 2015 - Out the Window - Kaspar T. Locher scholarship project, 2014 - Cancy is a book artist and printmaker. She is interested in exploring historical craft processes and materials, and their ties to traditions and places.
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