SINGAPORE (Aug 27): The fifth floor of Duo Tower in Bugis houses the offices of Golden Equator, a private equity and venture capital fund manager that also runs a family office and business consultancy. Tables are neatly grouped in clusters for the various units of the company; there are booths for meetings, reading areas with newspapers, as well as a café.

But there is more to Golden Equator’s -offices than meets the eye. At one end of the floor, set in the wall, is a hidden panel. It offers, to the in-the-know, access to an exclusive space for dealmaking. A wall slides open to reveal a Gatsby-esque room, with leather banquettes and an impressive collection of whisky. This is Door XXV, which the likes of Japanese venture capitalist Taizo Son frequent.

It used to be that entrepreneurs and businessmen spent their weekends playing golf and networking on the greens or in country clubs. But places such as Door XXV are fast gaining popularity. Shirley Crystal Chua, CEO of Golden Equator, which runs Door XXV, says the space is “a speakeasy-like enclave for C-suites and decisionmakers, where they can have private discussions”. Members do not just go there for drinks, but to meet the right people and get the right help.

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