Alvin Ang

Associate/Engineer, Computer Software

I'm Alvin Ang, Associate/Engineer at Turn/River Capital

Alvin Ang's Bio:

Alvin Ang is an associate/engineer at Turn/River Capital, a hybrid private equity firm in San Francisco. Turn/River Capital looks for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) businesses between $1-5M revenue to help founders exit & move on to their next exciting idea OR provide founders with growth capital to take their business to the next level.

Engineering Education:

Alvin graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University with a Certificate of Entrepreneurship, a patent pending product, experience as the chairman of the board for a $4M business, won a few business competitions and a ton of great experiences. 

Since graduation, he's started a few companies and worked on a few projects in the IT world. He's ventured into programming since 2012 and accelerated his programming knowledge through App Academy, an amazing programming bootcamp in SF, in 2014. 

Interests: 

SaaS businesses, Ruby on Rails, Angular.js, analytics, growth metrics, networking with people who dare to dream & execute on their ideas

Would love to connect with:

- Founders / Business Owners / Entrepreneurs
- Venture Capitals, Angel Investors, Private Equity firms (hope to send great founders your way)
- Programmers, Growth Hackers

Alvin Ang's Experience:

  • Associate/Engineer at Turn/River Capital

    Turn/River Capital is an untraditional technology focused hybrid private equity fund based in SF. Our focus is to provide growth capital or an exit to founders and grow the business to the next level. We tend to focus on Software-as-a-Service type companies with $1-5M annual revenue - however, we're always happy to chat about your business! My role is to identify and analyze SaaS businesses for potential investment or acquisition opportunities. We talk to a lot of founders on a daily basis and if we cannot help you, we'll do our best to connect you with our friends in this space. Being a programmer/marketer with a constant itch to learn & code, I'm working on an internal tool using Rails API backend coupled with Angular.js on the frontend & dabble with Adwords/SEO stuff from time to time. If you're a founder/business owner/awesome programmer/growth hacker, hit me up - I would love to chat :)

  • Cofounder & Programmer at AS Flux

    AS Flux is a custom software and app development company. We pivot from working with clients in the past to focusing on our own projects. We've created and launched over 20 websites using Wordpress and Ruby on Rails. During my time growing AS Flux, I've scaled a niche website from $0 to $100/day in 3 months by writing code to hook on a few open source APIs, optimize the database, layout/structure of the entire site and a few growth hacking techniques on the SEO/SEM front. Before passing the project off, we have 14M pages indexed, >1,000 daily visits and growing & hooked on to a 3rd party API to create a profitable product.

  • VP of Social Marketing at SSL.com

    SSL.com is a hidden treasure when it comes to SSL certificates. They provide the best customer support for a great price to consumer and enterprises for their SSL Certs. The founder, Leo Grove is a wiz and veteran in this space. I was in charge of social media marketing and outsourcing, site restructuring & launch with focus on brand development, web traffic growth and search engine optimization for relevant keywords. A really fun tool that we developed was the OpenSSL CSR generator to help ease the process of installing a SSL Certificate.

  • Co-Founder at AListPress

    Developed software to help freelance writers create high quality content in less than 5 minutes using a Mad-Libs type approach. Managed social media platforms across all properties Lead new product development Created systematic approach to automate task at hand Craft and implement marketing strategies focusing on product launch and long term goals

  • Cofounder at RollOutGreen

    Lead a team of four to research and developed a revolutionized sheet that enables users to create beautifully designed and optimized flower garden, with an option for customization. Our team turned an idea into an actual product accompanied by a full-blown business plan. RollOutGreen secured the top position in the PolyU Innovations & Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge 2011 in Hong Kong and the third position in the 2011 Burton D. Morgan Business Plan competition at Purdue University.

  • Cofounder at Dentural

    Dentural is an all-natural denture adhesive that is safe to consume. Our team (Ankit Gupta, David Barron, Manaz Taleyarkhan, and myself) created this patent pending product for a competition and took the top prize in 2 competitions (Soy Innovation Competition and the Burton D Morgan Elevator Pitch Competition). The problem with denture adhesive is in one of its composition, Zinc. There has been several lawsuits against denture adhesive's industrial leaders. The goal of Dentural is to create an alternative solution for consumers.

  • Staff Resident at Purdue University

    Hired, supervised and train 21 direct reports. Managed operations in a 800 people residence hall. Develop and implemented progressive discipline for the hall.

  • Research Assistant at Purdue University

    Designed, constructed and updated research group webpage. Analyzed products using Gas Chromatography. Assembled and identified parts needed in reactor design.

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors at Purdue Student Publishing Foundation

    Purdue Student Publishing Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to maintain the vision of Purdue Exponent: a publication free from censorship other than that exercised by the student staff. They are a $4 million dollar company and are among the very few college newspapers who are financially stable independent of the university. I was very fortunate to get involved in Purdue Student Publishing Foundation for most of my college career, from a regular board member, to the Finance Chair and finally, the Chairman of the Board. My role was to lead monthly board meetings, recruit and develop new directors, review monthly financial statements, approve budget proposals and evaluate executive performance. As a pre-graduate engineer with passion in entrepreneurship, PSPF provided me an opportunity of a lifetime. The ability to dive into the financials and operations of a $4M business is phenomenal.

  • R&D Intern at Frito Lay Research & Development

    My goal was to investigate different methods to maximize salt adhesion on pretzels. To achieve that, I designed and performed a full factorial and a response surface modeling experiment to determine the optimum conditions for my test and evaluated a measurement method to quantify salt adhesion on pretzels.

Alvin Ang's Education:

  • Purdue University

    Bachelor of Science
    Concentration: Chemical Engineering
    Activities: Purdue Student Publishing Foundation, Soy and Corn Innovations Competition (1st place), Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition (3rd place), Burton D. Morgan Elevator Pitch Competition, Danone Trust Day Business Challenge, Hong Kong PolyU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge (1st place), MIT Clean Prize, UMCC Case Challenge, Dow Chemical Case Competition, Business Professional of America National Conference, Purdue Innovations
  • App Academy

    Programming
    Concentration: Programming
    Activities: Ruby on Rails, Javascript

Alvin Ang's Interests & Activities:

SaaS businesses, Ruby on Rails