Interview with Steve Rhodes in NextInsight

Editor’s note from NextInsight: This article, written by Jennifer Tan, Director, Research & Products,  Equities & Fixed Income, at the Singapore Exchange, originally was published in SGX’s kopi-C: the Company brew series. 

TRENDLINES: Nurtures Game-Changers for Better Future

By Jennifer Tan, Director, Research & Products, Equities & Fixed Income, Singapore Exchange

Trendlines Chairman & CEO Steve Rhodes

Trendlines Chairman & CEO Steve Rhodes: “We decided very early on, when we started the incubators, that we would commit to being intensely involved in each and every portfolio company,” said Rhodes, who holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Growing up in Chicago in the 1960s, entrepreneur Steve Rhodes dreamed of changing the world and improving the human condition.

Those dreams came true decades later when Rhodes, together with partner Todd Dollinger, established The Trendlines Group in Israel in 2007, and listed the technology incubator on Singapore Exchange’s Catalist Board last November.


“When you see the tremendous impact of these medical technologies, you get a real sense of having changed people’s lives for the better,” Rhodes said.

“And that’s a great feeling.”


“We saw many start-ups that had great technologies, but did not know how to execute on the business side, and a lot of them failed,” recalled Rhodes, who spent nine years in commercial banking and another five running a medical devices start-up.

“So we wanted to create an incubator not only to invest in companies, but also to help overcome the inexperience of many of the entrepreneurs, to offer support in terms of technology and business development, finance, capital-raising and marketing communications,” he added.

Read the full interview on NextInsight.

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