Dan Liebau

Lightbulb Capital

Daniel (Dan) is the founder of Singapore based Lightbulb Capital. The firm was founded in 2014 in Hong Kong to help realize the potential of innovation and emerging technologies to transform financial services. Today the company focuses on advisory work for fintech and blockchain startups and Innovation education programs for corporates and universities.

Dan is appointed affiliate faculty of Singapore Management University. Dan is also a lecturer at Rotterdam School of Management’s Executive Education arm in Erasmus University. Previously, he was a visiting professor at IE business school in its top-ranked Master in Finance program, where he received the teaching excellence award for his fintech business models class. Dan teaches courses on 1) fintech & innovation in finance as well as on 2) blockchain, cryptocurrencies and digital assets. More recently, he started working and publishing on 3) data science and AI in financial markets. In 2019 he received the best paper award in his category for the paper on ICO scams (co-authored with P. Schueffel) from the editorial board of the Journal of the British Blockchain Association (JBBA). Dan is also a review editor for Frontiers Financial Blockchain academic journal and works on research projects. Also, he is a frequent speaker at seminars on blockchain and innovation in financial services. ​

Before starting the firm, Dan was Chief Operating Officer (COO), board member and an Executive Director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited, a MAS capital markets services license holder for dealing in financial products. He was previously also the IT Head of HSBC’s investment bank in Singapore and Japan. Dan has over 20 years of investment banking technology experience at UBS in both Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in both Singapore and Tokyo, as well as Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown.