About Dave


I am a polymath, provocateur, pioneer and possibilist...

My passion is "Growing ideas to reality"

Life experiences so far:
founding curator TEDxSingapore, founder IdeasWorthDoing, venture capitalist in The Pacific Rim, Silicon Valley start-up team, co-founder Fellowship of Inventors.org, social scientist, digital environmentalist, strategist, marketer, central banker, economist, global fund manager, computer programmer, educator, art museum tour guide, world traveler, cook, poet, the story continues...

Talk to me about...
Ideas and innovation
Building innovative cultures and teams
Crowdsourcing and creatocracy
Designing new enterprises, both for-profit & not-for-profit.
Investment and venture finance
Creativity and create-tivity
Economic development and history
What you are passionate about
What will give you peace


English, French, Malay

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDGlobal 2009

Areas of Expertise

Venture Capital, Art and Design, Innovation Culture, Economics and history, New venture design and launch

An idea worth spreading

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
~ poet Muriel Rukeyser.

"Explore your mind, discover yourself, then give the best that is in you to your age and to your world. There are heroic possibilities waiting to be discovered in every person."
~ author Wilfred Peterson.

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."
- Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, founder of Buddhism, c500 B.C.

"It's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities,
that yields us the results that make our heart sing"
- Steve Jobs 1957-2011

"To attain knowledge, add things every day.
To attain wisdom, subtract things every day."
- Lao Tze, philosopher, born 604 BC

"When you are busy judging someone,
you have no time to love them."
~ Mother Teresa

I'm passionate about


I am passionate about human creativity, ideas, invention, building innovative cultures, and helping people build and grow their ideas into reality. Also dinosaurs

Talk to me about

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bringing people together to build new endeavors.

People don't know I'm good at

Cooking global cuisine from paella to penang laksa.
Giving art tours as a volunteer museum guide
Adventuring: Circumnavigated the planet 6 months on backpack, Coast-to-coast Australia and America

My TED story

I've been a fan of TED and a member of the TED.com community since its earliest days.

Do read the story and journey of TEDxSingapore at the TEDx Blog:

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Dave Lim
Posted over 2 years ago
Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - The Bene Gesserit Littainy against Fear, DUNE by Frank Herbert
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Dave Lim
Posted over 2 years ago
Practical application - how to design a carpark to make it easier for customers to find their vehicles
Some carparks I've come across use icons of animals, colours and numbers as mnemonics. I also came across car parks that installed stack of little location paper cards which you could pick up and put into your wallet (tho needs constant refilling and not very enviromental either). Some smartphone apps with GPS can easily be used to record the locations, though may not work so well in multi-storey car parks. With the proliferation of mobile phones with cameras these days, how about just having friendly reminders and signage suggesting that drivers to take photos of the location of their cars as a reminder for themselves? Hope these ideas and approaches help.
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Dave Lim
Posted almost 3 years ago
Richard Seymour: How beauty feels
our day goes from daylight into darkness of the night ... slowly our darkness goes from dark to morning light ...slowly. the natural world has programmed our nature...
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Dave Lim
Posted almost 3 years ago
What are the defining qualities of today's youth?
Possibilities, potential yet imagined from their unprecedented ability to connect and empower with each other. I am reminded of quotes from Dune: "The sleeper has awakened." "We shall change the face of Arrakis. Listen!."
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Dave Lim
Posted almost 3 years ago
Who is your Everyday Hero?
"YOU ARE MY HERO BECAUSE...." Would you go up to your everyday hero and tell them that you consider them your hero, and share why? If you like, come back and do share with us what happened after... (Even if the person is yourself, you can tell it aloud to yourself in front of the mirror)
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Dave Lim
Posted almost 3 years ago
Please share: What TED Talk has brought tears to your eyes?
"Ueli Gegenschatz soars in a wingsuit" A human being with so much pure joy, wonderment and soaring spirit of adventure. He spoke about his forthcoming flights speaking about the danger, and he died while attempting it. A unique person who pushes the boundaries and moves the human race forward. http://www.ted.com/talks/ueli_gegenschatz_extreme_wingsuit_jumping.html