1. Born in 1983, Joel Neoh is the youngest son of two educationists.
He is born and raised in Kuala Lumpur.
2. He graduated as one of the top 3 students from his course in Monash University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2005.
Joel Neoh was a Monash scholarship holder.
3. During university, he won the annual Warman student Design-and-Build Competition.
He is also a former national representative for rock climbing and squash.
4. Joel completed his executive education at Harvard Business School.
He attributed his education at Harvard Business School really transformed him. He learnt that “whether you are an entrepreneur or a corporate leader, you have the same responsibility: to influence an organisation of people towards a mission that is bigger than yourself.”
5. At the age of 20, his first business venture was a fast-growing student agency
It matches graduates with employers. He was still in the university then.
6. In 2007, he participated in The Firm, Malaysia’s first corporate reality television programme produced by Popiah Pictures and ntv7.
Joel was the youngest of 10 contestants at the age of 23. He became the show’s inaugural winner.
7. In 2008, he started a business venture called Youth Asia, a social technology company
It was responsible for running its flagship annual youth event, The Youth Festival – Malaysia’s Largest Youth Festival. The festival was known as Youth’08, Youth’09 and Youth’10 respectively, and gathered over 100,000 young Malaysian within 3 years.
8. Before the start of 2011, Joel became the CEO of Groupon Malaysia
In August 2010, Joel Neoh’s team in Youth Asia started GroupsMore, a social e-commerce startup mimicking the Groupon business model. Within 4 months, the company joined Groupon via acquisition and rebranded itself to Groupon Malaysia.
9. He stood in as CEO of Groupon Taiwan in 2012
On top of his role in Malaysia, his role expanded to the Taiwan market. Later on, he stepped up to be the Regional Lead for the Southeast Asian markets, responsible for operations in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and India.
10. A year later, Joel became the Vice President of Groupon Asia-Pacific
He was directly responsible for the 12 markets: Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia.
11. In 2012, Joel Neoh was named as Ernst & Young’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.
He was also named as World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader in 2013.
12. At that period, Joel helped startup Says.com
His team started YouthSays Sdn Bhd, an online youth opinion community under the Youth Asia umbrella based in Malaysia. YouthSays was later rebranded as Says.com and joined Catcha Media in a merger in 2013.
13. He was appointed to the board of directors of Rev Asia.
As a result of Says.com merger with Catcha Media, Joel was appointed to the board of directors of the newly rebranded Rev Asia as a non-executive director.
14. Joel left Groupon and started KFit
In May 2015, it was announced that Joel’s next entrepreneurial venture was KFit, which managed to raise a seven-figure US dollar seed funding round from 500 Startups, SXE Ventures, and Founders Global. Two angel investors also joined in – Daniel Shin, founder and CEO of Ticket Monster and Danny Yeung, the former CEO of Groupon Hong Kong.
15. KFit was later rebranded to Fave
After it has acquired Groupon Indonesia (followed by the acquisition of Groupon Malaysia and Groupon Singapore), KFit has since rebranded itself as Fave Group, which now consists of Fave, KFit, Groupon Singapore and Groupon Indonesia.
16. He is also the co-founder of the mobile medical application BookDoc.
Joel Neoh and former Managing Director of BP Healthcare Group, Chevy Beh launched the BookDoc in Malaysia in July 2015.
17. Joel Neoh is currently learning how to play the piano
He was inspired by the movie La La Land.
18. He is also learning Mandarin and trying out tennis.
“When you’re learning sports, it’s physical, it’s muscle memory, it’s technique. With language, you exercise your brain to form and words to respond to the questions. It’s also memorising. With the piano, it’s a creative, emotional process. It’s also a muscle memory, but closer to a music memory.”