Patrick Grove, ranked as one of Asia's best young entrepreneurs by both Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the World Economic Forum, is a successful Eurasian media entrepreneur and Group CEO of Catcha Group. He is also the co-founder and Deputy Chairman of iProperty Group (IPGA).
With his company once facing bankruptcy after the 2001 dot com crash, Grove managed to turn his company around and is credited with being one of the rare Dot Com Survivors. Catcha Group is now one of Southeast Asia's most dynamic online investment groups with several portfolio companies worth over US$150m in total and successfully founded and led 2 companies from start-up to IPO.
Grove's entrepreneurial journey began in University, where he started two companies: JDI (a night club promotions business) and Vibecom (a chain of mobile phone shops). He went on to start Catcha.com in 1999 and in 2001, Catcha launched a publishing arm which has since become one of the largest Magazine publishers in South East Asia. Their portfolio of titles includes JUICE, Stuff, K-Zone, Evo, MiNT, Fairways, Clive and Prestige.
In 2007 Grove noticed the renewed success of online companies in Australia and moved back into the online space by acquiring iProperty.com.my. Together with his partners they radically revamped and grew the business into the largest network of online property portals in Asia. They successfully listed the company on the Australian Stock Exchange in September 2007. In July 2011, Grove listed Catcha Media Berhad (www.catchamedia.com) on the Malaysian Stock Exchange.
Besides the two listed companies, IPGA and Catcha Media, Grove also controls several private companies including CDA (www.catchadigital.asia), Dealmates.com, and Catcha Ventures.