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Derrick Kwa

“Marketer, Storyteller, Chef, Web Developer & Creator. Left school at 16 to forge my own path. Digital nomad, originally from Singapore.”


About Me

I left school at 16, with no network and no idea what I would do. I just knew I couldn’t keep going through the motions anymore. I had to forge my own path. So I left school, and started living the life I wanted to, on my terms.

It was extremely scary, but I did it anyway. And I’m pretty happy with the results.

Since then, I've had stints as a web-developer, digital marketer, and chef (also had a period in between of playing poker semi-professionally)

Some of the things I’ve done that I’ve most proud of include:

  • Completing a virtual internship with Seth Godin
  • Being one of the first 100 graduates of Seth Godin’s altMBA program
  • Traveling to 10 countries in two years
  • Playing in professional poker tournaments against some of my favorite celebrity players
  • Co-organizing the Social Media Breakfast | Singapore
  • Participating in the StartupBus 2011
  • Contributing to the Age of Conversation 2
  • Starting Thousand True Fans, a marketing agency where we worked with brands like QuickBooks Asia and ONI Global
  • Worked with multiple startups in Europe, Asia and North America, in all aspects of digital marketing, including content strategy, paid ads, email automation, and more.
  • Creating and hosting a podcast to showcase the stories of people who have made a career switch to do what they love
  • Working in the kitchens of award winning fine dining restaurants in 3 different continents
  • Created menus for a number of boutique hotels around Sri Lanka
  • Held my own fine dining pop-up dinners, with menus and food that engage the diner and built around encouraging connection

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At This Fine Dining Pop-Up, You’ll Eat A 7-Course Meal Based On Your Personal Values

In a collaboration with Crane, Chef Derrick Kwa is hosting Conversations, a limited time event designed to foster deeper connections between diners

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