Patrick Grove

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Patrick Grove
Born (1975-04-30) 30 April 1975 (age 46)
NationalityAustralian
Education
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
OccupationInternet and media entrepreneur
Board member of
  • Co-founder & CEO, Catcha Group
  • Co-founder, iProperty Group
  • Co-founder and Director, Rev Asia (0173)
  • Co-founder & Chairman, iCar Asia (ASX:ICQ)
  • Chairman & CEO, Catcha Investment Corp
  • Board Member, Genius Group Ltd.

Patrick Y-Kin Grove (born 30 April 1975 in Singapore) is an Australian internet and media entrepreneur.[3][4]

He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Catcha Group,[5][6] and additionally serves as co-founder and Chairman of Catcha Group portfolio companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, including iProperty Group and iCar Asia. He is also the co-founder of Frontier Digital Ventures, an operator of online classifieds businesses; iflix, a subscription video-on-demand service focused on emerging markets; Rev Asia, a Bursa Malaysia-listed online media and publishing company; Wild Digital, a leading tech conference in Southeast Asia; and Instahome, an online home rentals platform. Grove is also Chairman and CEO of Catcha Investment Corp, a blank check company sponsored by Catcha Group targeting technology businesses in Southeast Asia and Australia.[7]

Between 1999 and 2021, he took six companies from start-up to an initial public offering (IPO).

His accolades include being named by the Australian Trade Commission as one of Australia Unlimited: 50 Global Achievers,[8] by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of Asia's Best Young Entrepreneurs,[9] by Business Week Asia as Top Entrepreneur under 40,[10] and by the World Economic Forum as the Global Leader of Tomorrow and New Asian Leader[11] two years consecutively. He served as a judge, alongside Sir Richard Branson, and Steve Wozniak in the 2014 Talent Unleashed Awards,[12] and also on the judging panel for television series Angel's Gate which was broadcast on Channel NewsAsia in 2012.[13] Grove is also a member on the XPrize Innovation board.[14]

Early life and education[edit]

Grove spent his early years in Singapore and Indonesia, where he studied at Tanglin Trust School, the United World College of South East Asia[15] and the Jakarta International School. He moved to Sydney in 1993 and completed his high school education at the Scots College.

Grove graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce, where he majored in Finance and Accounting.

Career[edit]

Whilst still a student at The University of Sydney, Grove started two companies. Upon graduating in 1996, he joined Arthur Andersen[16] before leaving in June 1999 to start the dot-com company Catcha.com. In an article in Australia Unlimited, he is quoted as saying: "I wanted to start my own business whilst in college but my parents wouldn’t let me. We made a deal that I would finish university and work at Arthur Andersen for three years before I could do anything I want. I left after two-and-a-half years, as I couldn't resist the urge to move back to Asia to start Catcha."[17]

Catcha.com quickly became a high-profile dot-com in Asia[18] and raised over US$12 million from a combination of angel investors, venture capitalists and publicly listed companies.[19] The company received approval in principle from the Stock Exchange of Singapore in early 2000. Whilst on a global IPO roadshow, the NASDAQ crashed in April 2000[20] and the IPO was famously aborted[21] as the company become a victim of the dot-com bubble.

With an aborted IPO, a collapsing media environment and US$1.5m in debt[22] bankruptcy seemed imminent, but Grove managed to turn the company around and is credited with being one of the rare dot-com survivors.

By 2004–2005 Grove and his partners had turned around the business and completed a successful management buyout.[23]

In 2006, Grove moved back into the online space by founding the iProperty Group which was successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2007.[24] He and his partners revamped and grew the business into the largest network of online property portals in Asia, operating in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau with investments in India and the Philippines. Following a meeting with Rupert Murdoch in June 2014, he invested US$100m into the company[25] In February 2016, the company was acquired by REA Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation for A$751m in one of the largest acquisitions of an ASEAN Internet Company[26]

In 2009, Catcha launched Catcha Digital in conjunction with Microsoft to run all their online assets in Malaysia.[27] In July 2011, Grove listed the company, then called Catcha Media Berhad on the Malaysian Stock Exchange. Following the merger between Catcha Media subsidiaries and Says Sdn Bhd, a new company, Rev Asia Media Equity Holdings Sdn Bhd was formed.[28] Catcha Media further announced in July 2014 that it had changed its name to Rev Asia Berhad.[29]

In 2011 Grove launched Dealmates, a Malaysian-based e-commerce site as a joint-venture with Mindvalley founder Vishen Lakhiani.[30] In 2012, Dealmates pivoted from a group buying to a flash sales model that focuses on selling products.[31] It successfully raised US$2 million in venture capital funding from Intel Capital. In early 2014, Dealmates.com was acquired by the iBuy Group and was successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

In September 2012, Grove listed the third company he founded, iCar Asia, on the Australian Securities Exchange.[32][33] iCar owns and operates ASEAN's largest network of online automotive sites in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.[34] In March 2013, Australia's leading online cars classifieds Carsales.com Limited acquired a 19.9% seat in the company,[35] later increasing its shareholding in iCar Asia to 22.9% in March 2014.[36] The S&P Dow Jones Indices announced iCar's inclusion to the All Ordinaries Index on 21 March 2014.[37]

Grove had his fourth IPO with the listing of iBuy Group on the Australian Securities Exchange on 20 December 2013.[38]

Following their success with iProperty, Grove teamed up with former iProperty CEO Shaun DiGregorio in 2014 to launch Frontier Digital Ventures, a digital investment firm focused on online classifieds businesses in emerging markets.[39] The company listed on the ASX in August 2016,[40] marking Grove and Catcha Group’s fifth successful IPO, and currently owns stakes in 15 companies operating in 20 countries across South Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa.[41]

In 2015, Grove co-founded iflix, a subscription video-on-demand service focused on emerging markets. Iflix was sold to Tencent in 2020.[42]

In the same year, Grove co-founded and launched Wild Digital as a platform to bring together the top entrepreneurs, executives and investors in the Southeast Asian digital ecosystem. Today, Wild Digital is one of the leading tech conferences in the region and has hosted speakers including Anthony Tan of Grab, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes of AirAsia, Achmad Zaky of Bukalapak and Leontinus Alpha Edis of Tokopedia.[43]

In 2017, Grove co-founded and invested in co-working space operator Common Ground.[44]

In 2020, Grove co-founded and invested in Instahome, a home rentals platform led by his former Chief of Staff Eric Tan. Instahome aims to improve the home rentals experience in Southeast Asia by featuring 3D virtual tours and HD photos in all listings as well as letting users complete bookings, pay rent and arrange for maintenance services entirely online.[45]

In February 2021, Catcha Group listed a blank check company, Catcha Investment Corp, of which Grove is Chairman and CEO, on the NYSE. The company raised gross proceeds of $300m in their Initial Public Offering to target technology businesses in Southeast Asia and Australia.[46]

Business strategy[edit]

Focusing on investments within the online sector, Patrick Grove has made his mark with a simple strategy: look at what works in the West and bring it to the East.[47] "When I was growing up and I looked at the wealthiest people in Asia, it was never anyone who invented anything. It was just someone who took an idea from the West and brought it to Asia ... I decided to do the same."

Specifically he has, through Catcha Group, targeted the emerging markets saying "I love emerging markets. If there’s a market anywhere in the world that’s emerging, I get it – it’s in my DNA.”[48] He is especially bullish about the business opportunities presented by Southeast Asia.[49]

Grove has gained a reputation and much respect for his perseverance, particularly in the face of adversity, and has spoken at various start-up and entrepreneur events such as Startup Grind and the regional Echelon.[50] He is quoted as saying "The things I have learnt about how to run a business can only be learnt in tough times," he says. "If you have been through [difficulty] before, you don't fear it. You just roll up your sleeves and get on with it."[51]

Today, Grove focuses on partnering and providing growth equity to tech entrepreneurs looking to take their companies public, leveraging his and Catcha Group’s public markets and corporate transactions experience.

Television work[edit]

Grove served as one of the judges on the reality TV series Angel's Gate, which began broadcasting on Channel NewsAsia in February 2012.[52] The show gives budding entrepreneurs in Asia an opportunity to pitch business ideas to investors. Grove also appeared as a guest judge in the second episode of the 2020 TV show airing worldwide, The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.[53]

Recognition[edit]

Among the awards and recognition Grove has received for his entrepreneurial achievements are:

  • 2000: Named a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum[54]
  • 2002: Named a "New Asian Leader" by the World Economic Forum
  • 2004: "Austcham Young Entrepreneur of the Year"[55]
  • 2007: Recognised by KLue magazine among the "Top 40 under 40 to watch"
  • 2008: Named as one of "Asia's Best Young Entrepreneurs 2008" by Bloomberg Businessweek[56]
  • 2011: Inaugural listing on the "BRW Young Rich List", part of the annual BRW Rich 200[57][58]
  • 2013: Named in the Australia Unlimited "50 Global Achievers" list[59]
  • 2014: Judge in Talent Unleashed Awards, alongside Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.[60]
  • 2016: Inaugural listing on the "Forbes Annual List of 50 Richest Malaysians" [Forbes Malaysia's 50 Richest] [27]
  • 2021: The University of Sydney University 2021 Alumni Award for International Achievement.

Personal life[edit]

Grove was born in Singapore on 30 April 1975 to a Singaporean-Chinese mother and an Australian father. He has two brothers and a sister.[citation needed]

In May 2016, Grove's net worth was estimated as A$587 million by the BRW Rich 200 list, an annual list of the richest Australian people.[61] As of 2019, Grove's net worth was estimated by the Financial Review 2019 Rich List as A$885 million.[1] Grove was first recognised in the Forbes 2016 list of 50 richest Malaysians.[62] As of 2019, Forbes estimated his net worth as US$400 million.[2][63] Grove's net worth did not meet the A$472 million cut-off for the Financial Review 2020 Rich List.[64]

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