I came to Singapore in 1993 with $50. Every-time I felt like giving up, I would go to Holland Village and stand in front of a bungalow mansion, and tell myself what it would take to own one. I’d get inspiration, eat a $2 lunch and go back inspired. There was something about this house which I have not quite figured out till today, but still see it in my dreams from time to time.
What values have you built your startups on?
I have always believed in values around teamwork - “We before I” - un-compromising integrity, driving excellence and striving for continuous improvement and sharing wealth and knowledge.
Are you still learning from the founders you meet?
Learning agility and first principles-based problem solving are two things that continue to fascinate me in our founders and I have learnt a lot from them. The other thing that I admire in our founders is resilience - their ability to take hard blows, fall down flat and get right back up on their feet to run again.
Prior to co-founding Jungle, Anurag Srivastava enjoyed a thriving career in the technology industry as a senior executive with companies such as HCL, Hewlett Packard, Interwoven, PTC and Endeca in Singapore, London and India. His driving force and inspiration throughout his career has been building cutting edge, growth-oriented global companies. In 2006, he co-founded Space Matrix Group in Singapore with his wife and has since led the firm to become the second largest interior design firm in Asia, with a presence across 7 countries. Most recently, Space Matrix acquired Blink Design Group, a high-growth hospitality design company.
His angel investments prior to this include the likes of Eloqua (NASDAQ Listed), Encentuate (acquired by IBM) and HolidayIQ (backed by Tiger & Accel) and Make My Trip.
Anurag is an active member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization Singapore and also sits on the investment committee for Accel India Fund-1. He co-founded Billion Bricks, a foundation with a vision of no homeless person in the world.