Thank you for participating as a China Conference: Southeast Asia (CCSEA) delegate, scheduled for February 18-19, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. We would like to share updates about our event with you.

We have been carefully monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus, the recommendations by the World Health Organization, as well as health and international travel advisories. In the interest of your safety, we are postponing the event. We will be in touch shortly with a new conference date.

We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to having you join our conference later this year.

Thank you very much.


Thomas Tsao

Co-founder, Gobi Partners

About me

Thomas Tsao co-founded Gobi Partners in 2002. Gobi’s regional platform supports entrepreneurs from the early to growth stage, and has expanded to eight offices across Asia. 

In China, Mr Tsao and his partners were first-round investors into Airwallex, Dianwoda, Kr Space, Tuniu and UR. He was named on the Forbes List of China’s Top VCs from 2013-2015 and 2017. For two years, he served as CEO for DMG and created the world’s first subway soap opera starring Huang Xiaoming. Mr Tsao also leads the team that manages the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, which has invested in companies like DayDayCook, GoGoVan and WeLab. 

In 2015, Mr Tsao relocated to Kuala Lumpur where he set up several funds with MAVCAP, Malaysia’s largest VC firm. Gobi has invested in nearly 50 companies in Southeast Asia, including Carsome, Hermo and Mainspring. Mr Tsao is now building Gobi’s TaqwaTech investment practice focused on innovative startups serving Muslim communities. 

Mr Tsao graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Economics and was the inspiration for Seinfeld’s ‘Movie Phone’ episode. In 2006, he founded SEO China, a non-profit organization, which has provided more than 170 internships for underserved college students.