Rob Milsom. Beast from The East.
Born and brought up
Born in Bath, UK. Grown up in Bangkok, Thailand.
Best friend in Thailand
During my time here I’ve made a couple of really good friends that I think of more as brothers, the first is Morcar McConnell, who I first met playing rugby at the British Club back in 2002, the second is Neil Walker (a ginger) who came to join a startup I was working with in 2013. We worked at two companies together and are now the co-founders of a business together.
CEO & co-founder of Medvine.com, a B2B e-commerce & supply chain solution for the medical device industry in ASEAN.
Tell us more about your business
I first came up with the idea for Medvine with my friend and co-founder Neil back in 2016. I’d worked for over 10 years in the Medical Device manufacture and distribution industry, and that experience coupled with our time together working in tech start-ups allowed us to find a tech solution to disrupt and bring efficiencies to the old style distribution systems that plague the ASEAN medical industry.
How long have you been here?
Moved here in March 2001, so that means I’m currently in my 19th year here – amazing to think that I’ve now been here for more than half my life.
How good is your Thai?
What brought you to Thailand?
The sole reason I came to Thailand is because of my older brother (18 years older) Neill. He had been here managing Nokia Networks since ‘96 and had just started his own management training and consulting business in Thailand in 2000. I was unsure what I wanted to do back home and he offered me the chance to come to Thailand and help build his business with him. Everything I have done and accomplished has been a result of my brother bringing me here and I owe it all to him. Unfortunately my brother passed away back in June 2010, and it was his passing that kick started me to get in the gym, get back into rugby and then eventually make my way into Strongman.