Mr Douglas Gan
Young Professional of the Year, 2011
Douglas founded PureHostings.net, one of the pioneer webhosting companies in Singapore when he was just 16. The Ngee Ann Polytechnic IT graduate has also founded GlobalWiz.com.sg, Sunnypost.com, WithinBudget.net and LiveDNRS.com. All these successful businesses were later sold to Skydio in 2005.
Douglas also founded OhGenki.com, a top youth-based web forum, in 2002. The forum was ranked globally as one of the top 2,000 websites in 2003 according to ALEXA. OhGenki diversified into aggregating movie information with the launch of OhGenki Movies in late 2005. StreetDirectory.com later bought OhGenki in 2006.
With experience and contacts gained from 7 years of doing business in the information technology sector, Douglas has become the web consultant for StreetDirectory.com, GARENA.com, PropertyGuru.com.sg, COMPANEDIA and various Southeast Asian forums and entertainment portals. StreetDirectory.com was acquired by JobsDB in August 2008.COMPANEDIA was bought by Global Yellow Pages in July 2010.
In March 2008, Douglas founded ShowNearby with good friend Lee Chang Jin. The company is now 20-staff strong and has attracted Global Yellow Pages to invest SGD3.5 million in the start-up. ShowNearby exists as both a web and mobile location-based service that furnishes users with information on places of interest.
The ShowNearby application is free for download on Android, BlackBerry and iPhone platforms, and has garnered many awards and accolades. Not only is it popular among users, the application has become an avenue for business owners to run deals, discounts, and connect with their customers.
His leadership, business insight and boundless energy have helped develop ShowNearby into the top location-based service provider in the country. Douglas's keen eye for opportunity currently has him looking to expand the brand into other countries.
Douglas is also a grassroots leader, having been part of the Siglap South Community Center Management Committee and Joo Chiat constituency publicity committee since 2008.