33 Questions with Patrick Grove

January 24, 2016



5 min read



In 2015, Vogue, the iconic fashion and lifestyle magazine interviewed 13 celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Nicole Kidman, with 73 quick-fire questions, captured on video, in one take. I loved it and got inspired by it. And so, this is my version of the 73 questions (minus 40, sans video). I hope these offbeat, unconventional and somewhat fun questions will reveal a little bit more about the industry leaders in addition to the business questions, they often get during media interviews.


To kick-off this new, short and snappy segment, is none other than the legen...wait for it...dary! Patrick Grove!


Patrick is the Co-founder and CEO of Catcha Group. Catcha is a leading international investment firm that focuses on unearthing value in the media and technology sectors in Asia. Their investments range from four publicly listed internet-related companies to privately held internet start-ups. 


Some of the primary investments are:

  • iProperty.com – The largest online property portal group in Asia

  • iCar Asia – ASEAN’s largest network of automobile portals

  • Ensogo Ltd – SEA’s leading e-commerce player

  • REV Asia - SEA's leading new media company

  • iFLIX.com - SEA's leading internet TV service

  • Catcha Ventures

  • Frontier Digital Ventures


Patrick's journey to awesomeness was an epic one. In 2000, he was set to list Catcha Group on Singapore Exchange when right before its float, the Nasdaq plunged and started the first Dot Com crash. Patrick and his partners found themselves with more than US$2 million in debt. He did not give up, of course. He persevered and met with all the banks, brokers, private equity firms, venture capitalist, and high-net-worth individuals that he could find. After 74 rounds of rejections and knocks backs, it was the 75th meeting that changed it all, where he successfully raised US$2 million for a 10 percent stake in iProperty. Referred to as the Dotcom's Comeback Kid, Patrick not only survived the dotcom crash, he steered his company back from the brink of bankcruptcy, and went on to build many more successful internet companies. Fast forward to November 2015, in another epic move, Patrick sold iProperty.com for $534 million to REA Group, majority owned by News Corp Australia. 


Patrick has been independently and widely recognised as an industry luminary in the Asian region, with numerous international awards such as Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, New Asian Leader by the World Economic Forum, Entrepreneur of the Year by the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Top Entrepreneur under 40 by Business Week Asia and Australia Unlimited's "50 Global Achievers".


So, here it is, 33 questions with Patrick Grove...


1. We’ve all heard and read the stories in the media about how you brought Catcha to life. But what is the untold story? What is the real guts and glory? Can you please share your tear-jerking, heart-wrenching, heart-warming and laugh-out-loud stories?

PG: The untold story is working 7 days a week, 15 hours a day for 15 years. lol. And Yes, a few tears along the way!!


2. If an entrepreneur comes to you with an idea, what would you say to him or her? Let’s say in these 3 scenarios…

a. Just an idea

PG: Ideas mean nothing, its all about the execution!

b. An idea with a potential to be disruptive

PG: Ideas mean nothing, its all about the execution!

c. A great disruptive idea

PG: Ideas mean nothing, its all about the execution!


3. What advice would you give someone, who wants to be the next Patrick Grove?

PG: Don’t. Be someone better!


4. Were you named after a famous person?

PG: Nope!


5. What is the first thing you notice about someone?

PG: Face.


6. Your most used word in your meetings.

PG: ummmmmmmmm. haha.


7. Top 3 most used app on your phone.

PG: Whatsapp, Yahoo Stock, Mail.


8. What was the last thing you bought online?

PG: Xmas gifts!


9. Dumbest purchase?

PG: A company called hauteavenue.com. Idea was good, but execution probably wasn’t as great as we liked.


10. Describe your power breakfast.

PG: Banana smoothie, and that’s it! Eat light!


11. What colour describe you best?

PG: Red, Fire!


12. What object represents your personality?

PG: A handphone. Distracting and annoying, but you can’t live without it!


13. What would be the title of your autobiography?

PG: PatrickGrove.com


14. What would be a good theme song for your life?

PG: Kanye West “Harder Better Faster Stronger"


15. What’s your one biggest pet peeve?

PG: Interviews with more than 34 questions. :)


16. Describe your team.

PG: Rockstars, all of them!


17. Best invention?

PG: In South East Asia, Air Con!


18. Here’s a philosophical question. You’re lost, far out at sea on a boat with Socrates and Plato. There is only enough food for 2. Who do you throw off the boat?

PG: None, need all hands on deck to catch more fish!


19. In Matrix the movie, would you choose the blue pill or the red pill?

PG: I’m greedy, both.


20. Beach or mountain?

PG: Beach any day.


21. Mark Zuckerberg is building an “Ironman-type of-artificial-intelligence-butler-named-Jarvis” version in 2016 to help him with his life at home and at work. What would you build?

PG: A disruptive mega company based in Asia that changes the World.


22. The most annoying question you’ve ever been asked.

PG: Are you Robert Groove?


23. The one superpower you wish you had…

PG: 100% Health!


24. If you bought a boat or a yacht, what would you name it?



25. What were you doing the last time you looked at a clock and realized you had lost all track of time?

PG: Emails!


26. What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on?

PG: Inception


27. What period of history most fascinates you?

PG: Now, the digital revolution is the greatest game changer in the history of mankind.


28. If you could be one person in history…

PG: Me.


29. What is the one thing you still have from your childhood?

PG: The memories!


30. What’s a skill that you think you can never master?

PG: Chinese.


31. What is your kryptonite?

PG: When Peggy has Famous Amos Cookies.


32. If you’re a hip hop artist, what would your stage name be?

PG: Notorious P A T


33. If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?

PG: Earth 100 years from now! I want to see what comes next….


Thank you Patrick a.k.a Notorious P A T for answering my 33 questions. #SoAwesome






Reference sources: Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, BRW.com.au, TechinAsia.com and CatchaGroup.com 





M Consulting, the branding and marketing strategy development and activation consultancy was founded by Mawarni Adam, an award winning marketer with over 14 years of experience in branding and integrated marketing across multiple industries in the ASEAN region. It is her passion in building, revamping, turning around a portfolio, leading change and breathing new life into stagnant business situations that propelled her to establish her own marketing consultancy. Helping others make a positive difference in their businesses excites her. Her direct experience in the Internet TV Service, Airline, Insurance, Loyalty, E-commerce, Banking, Venture Capital and Advertising industries, will bring an integrated perspective and valuable marketing input, strategy development and execution to any organization.


She recently started her new consultancy role as the Head of Brand, Marketing and Communications with Tune Hotels Group.


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