The team behind Extream Ventures is uniquely qualified to develop scalable startup companies in the IDM space. The management team has an average of 18 years of experience in venture capital, angel investing, entrepreneurship, management, operations, consulting, teaching, and financial services. Our team members have been involved in early-stage companies in Singapore for the last 5-8 years as investors, entrepreneurs, and mentors.
Douglas Abrams is the founder and CEO of Expara and Expara IDM Ventures, a business accelerator for interactive and digital media companies and a mentor in the iJam Micro-financing scheme.. He is also a founding partner of Parallax Capital Management, a funds management company. All three companies are based in Singapore. Prior to coming to Singapore, Mr. Abrams managed information technology at J.P.Morgan for 14 years. From 1997 to 1999, he was Global Markets Head of Internet Marketing, and from 1991 to 1997, he was VP and Manager of Investment Banking Technology.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Business School, where he has taught since 2001 and is a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship for the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He has served on the organizing committees for the Start-Up@Singapore, Global Start-Up@Singapore, Start-Up Asia and Stanford Global Entrepreneurship Challenge business plan competitions. He has served as the academic supervisor for the NUS in Bio-Valley Program, as a judge, guest speaker and mentor in the Start-Up@Singapore business plan competition and was a judge in the Lee Kuan Yew Global business plan competition, the Wharton business plan competition, Asia Moot Corp, and INSEAD Business Venture Competition Mr. Abrams is a director and former co-deputy chairman of the South East Asia Business Angel Investor Network. He was previously a member of the steering committees for the NUS Venture Support Fund (VSF) and the NUS FUSE Fund for student businesses.Mr. Abrams has served on the board of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and is a member of Media & Communications Manpower, Skills & Training Council of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. He also serves as an advisor to many start-up companies, including those started by his former students.
Mr. Abrams graduated from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications and received an MBA from The Wharton School.