Dr. Finian Tan on impact investing: looking after the future can further your bottom line

Singapore-based luxury lifestyle magazine The Peak featured a piece on the impact of investment venture capitalist Dr. Finian Tan, and his opinion on why supporting change-makers is necessary – and profitable.

Since 1984, The Peak Magazine has specialized in publishing profiles and interviews with “C-suite executives, captains of industry and successful entrepreneurs in Singapore.” Dr. Finian Tan is no exception to the high calibre criteria, having worked as the Deputy Secretary of Trade and Industry for the government of Singapore, the Asian trading arm of Goldman Sachs, and other major venture capital firms.

Dr. Tan’s long career in investing has left him an expert in the field, no stranger to the tenets of exponential growth and calculated risk. However, unlike many in the investment industry, Dr. Tan also recognizes the great importance of “investments in sustainable and inclusive growth areas that create paths towards a healthier planet and society.”

Vickers Venture Partners, a venture capitalist firm co-founded by Dr. Tan in 2005 boasts a portfolio that embodies the sentiments in The Peak article. The firm is an investor in Eavor Technologies Inc, and Dr. Tan sits on the green tech company’s Board of Directors. In the article, he hints at Eavor’s mission while explaining why impact investing has benefits far beyond social impact.

“There are hardly any market risks in such breakthrough investments. The demand for a cure for cancer or sustainable baseload geothermal energy is large, known and ready,” said Dr. Tan. “Compare this to a new social app that is supposed to enthrall users in a new way — a next-generation TikTok, for instance. A crystal ball is needed to predict the success of the latter.”

In addition to a low level of market volatility, investing in tech with demonstrated feasibility is another factor impacting the level of market success, and subsequently investment return. As the popular proverb says, necessity is the mother of innovation – and Dr. Finian Tan agrees: “The world’s most pressing problems are great opportunities.”

To read the full article on The Peak Magazine.com, click here.

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