The startup godfather, Ruangroj Poonpol, also known as “Krating”, is officially moving into the chair at Kasikorn Business Technology Group (KBTG) by January 1.
KBTG is a technology company under the digital-banking leader KBank. It aims to be a technology leader, building a totally digital bank of the future, and in the process providing a better life for its customers, who would be able to live in the digital world without limitations.
The Nation nominated Krating as Thailand’s Businessman of The Year 2016. He also was nominated as a member of the “2017 class” of Asia 21, the Asia-Pacific’s foremost network of young leaders an hosted by Asia Society.
He is managing partner of 500 TukTuks, a micro VC fund focusing on Thailand and Southeast Asia. In three years, he has invested in 57 startups.
He is also a founder of Disrupt Technology Venture, described as the leading startup education and pre-accelerator programme in Southeast Asia, and which has graduated over 1,000 startup founders. In 2017 alone, Disrupt alumni raised over Bt250 million for their startups.
He also founded dtac Accelerate, among the best of its kind in Southeast Asia with a 70 per cent follow-on funding rate.
Krating was also the first Thai selected to participate in the Kauffman Fellow Programme – a prestigious honour for top venture capitalists who combined manage US$60 billion (Bt1.96 trillion) globally.
He is also adviser to the KBank chief executive officer, helping him navigate digital disruption and transformation. The $15 billion bank is the 2nd largest in Thailand.
Krating was previously the global lead product marketing manager of Google Earth, and was Google’s Asia Pacific regional lead of quantitative marketing and located at its HQ in Silicon Valley.
His resume also includes past work as a McKinsey consultant, the investment manager of a PE firm, and the market strategy and planning manager of Rejoice and H&S for P&G Thailand.
Krating graduated from Stanford Business School in 2007 and is a sought-after speaker at international conferences such as Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 hosted by former US president Barack Obama and the White House. He has spoke at MIT Asia Business Conference 2016, Guangzhou International Innovation Conference 2016, and the Singapore FinTech Festival.