Startup Podcasts for the Asian Tech Ecosystem

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NEW ATP450 – Why Asia Matters to the Global Startup Ecosystem

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In this week's Asia Tech Podcast, Graham and Michael discuss why Asia matters. They talk about how attitudes are shifting from a "lack of visibility" in Asia, to pioneering VCs on the West Coast turning to the Pacific for their latest deal flow. Asia tech investment stood at $19.3 billion as of mid 2017, compared to Silicon Valley $16.5 billion. Sure, SV is a fraction of Asia's population and land mass, but times are changing. The conversation covers the latest investment data on Asia, key he...
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NEW Simon Dixon – CEO & Co-Founder of BnkToTheFuture.com, FinTech Angel Investor, Author ‘Bank To The Future’​

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We started our conversation with Simon Dixon back in 2006, when Simon was first introduced to the concepts of Bitcoin. After a few years in the world of investment banking and brokerage, he set out to write a book on the future of money and banking. He was introduced to the concepts of Bitcoin through the writings of Jonathan James Harrison and was immediately convinced that this was the future of money and the store of value. Simon’s knowledge of finance, economics and all things bitcoin ...
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NEW ATP440 – Is Singapore the best Startup City in Asia (the World?)

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Is Singapore the best startup city in Asia? According to our ATP Vote Singapore is, followed closley by Hong Kong then Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai. In this week’s ATP Graham and Michael discuss what makes Singapore a world leader in tech ecosystems as well as plans to take the radio show to Singapore end of November, early December. Listen in to our latest analysis of the Asian tech ecosystem and tour schedule.
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Rina Neoh – Angel Investor | Venture Capitalist | Entrepreneur | Proud Penang Girl

Rina Neoh has more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world. With a solid foundation in BS Computer Science and a keen business sense acquired through an overseas MBA, Rina has delivered multi-million dollar returns from small business enterprises, which she has incubated, coached, invested in or promoted. Rina’s years of investing experience has taught her many things, not the least of which is that the ability to work with someone is paramount. Relationsh...
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Paul Meyers – Head of muru-D in Singapore

Paul Meyers is currently the Head of the Southeast Asian business for muru-D, which is impressive in and of itself. But there is so much more to his story. After moving out to San Francisco post college and building his eponymous media and production company, Paul travelled to Asia in 1995 and has remained ever since. His experience in building and running media properties included animation, live streaming television, music and listing a company on Nasdaq. Paul has worked with or built s...
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Tony Verb – Co-Founder GreaterBay Ventures

Tony Verb wanted to be the mayor…inspired by Sim City 2000, he was fascinated by urbanization, city building and innovation. He now gets to put all of his interests together as the co-Founder of GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors. Building upon years of experience and research, Tony rightfully believes there is a massive opportunity as the re-branded Pearl River Delta integrates the economies of 9 cities in Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau…Tony believes that cities should not be built wi...
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Gang Lu – Founder TechNode

Gang Lu has a MSc and PhD in Wireless Communications and he is a true passionate believer in technology and the internet.  Almost 10 years ago, he started blogging about technology in China and Asia as a hobby and was spending so much time and effort doing so, that he decided to turn his passion into a business.  While still based in the U.K., he began building Mobinode in earnest and turned it into the business we know as technode.com  today. Technode is the leading technology and interne...
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Alvin Wang Graylin – The World of Virtual Reality with China Regional President Vive HTC

Alvin Wang Graylin is the China Regional President of Vive (VIVE.com) at HTC, leading all aspects of the Vive/VR business in the region. He is also currently Vice-Chairman of the 300-member company Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA.com), President of the $18B Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA.com) and oversees the Vive X VR accelerator (VIVEX.co) in Asia. Alvin spoke to ATP at length about how Virtual Reality will literally impact every aspect of our lives…while most pe...
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ATP430 – Vote to Support Asia’s Best Coworking Space for Startups

This week we're all about coworking spaces. With the recent $4.4 billion investment by Softbank into WeWork and the merger of JustCo & Naked Hub, cowowrking in Asia is booming in 2017. So, where are the best spaces in Asia and why is coworking so popular? Graham and Michael discuss coworking in Asia as well as the latest ATP Award for Best Coworking Space Asia 2017.
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Tak Lo – Building Asia’s First Artificial Intelligence Accelerator

Tak Lo is the founder of Zeroth.ai - the Artificial Intelligence accelerator based in Hong Kong. In this interview we covered the “why” questions - why do we need AI-specific accelerator programs for startups? why did Tak get into this space in the first space? why is Tak the right person to mentor and lead a new generation of Artificial Intelligence startup founders in Asia?
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Mukesh Bubna – Founder of Monexo FinTech

Mukesh Bubna spent over two decades woking for Citibank / Citigroup. He joined fresh out of college and in comparison to India’s biggest state owned banks at the time, working at Citizens felt like working at a startup.  Management structure was flat and this allowed Mukesh to jump right into interesting projects and learn the bank’s operations from the ground up.  This lead to moves from India to Singapore and Hong Kong and Mukesh was given the responsibility to help build out the bank’s ...
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Charles d’Haussy – Head of FinTech at Invest Hong Kong

Charles d'Haussy is Head of FinTech at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the department of the Hong Kong SAR Government responsible for Foreign Direct Investment. In 2016, InvestHK has set up a FinTech team to attract leading FinTech companies, entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators from Mainland China and overseas to support their businesses set up and expansion in Hong Kong. The FinTech team is globally distributed between Hong Kong, London and Silicon Valley. They provide practical suppor...
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ATP420 – Asia’s Best Accelerator, Kenny Thing and Adhi Brahmantya

In our weekly update for Asia Tech Podcast we introduce the latest poll for Best Startup Accelerator Program. This is a new poll, launched this week, with 555 votes at the time of writing. We also talk about a few surprises in our Awards, from Malaysia's Kenny Thing to Indonesia’s Adhi Brahmantya.
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Rita Nguyen – Founder and CEO of Jzoo Myanmar

We all have a story…but we all do not have Rita Nguyen’s story.  Rita is Vietnamese by birth and grew up in Canada…her mother and father literally escaped from Vietnam in 1979 after 14 attempts with Rita and her siblings.  After thriving in the corporate world, Rita decided she wanted to go to Vietnam and learn about the tech scene there.  Once there, she realized she loved it so much, she could not leave.  Another trip to Myanmar and another world of opportunities opened up. When Rita arr...
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Sahib Anandsongvit – CEO Seekster

We spoke to Sahib Anandsongvit about the struggles of entrepreneurship, the pressures of failure and the expectations of success. Entrepreneurs that come from entrepreneurial families are a special group and Sahib is squarely in this category.  He is third generation Indian-Thai and his family came to Thailand, built a business and in many ways that experience directly influences the story of Seekster.  Sahib is sharp…and built and conceived Seekster out of his own experiences trying to ge...
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Felix Tan – MD of The FinLab, Corporate FinTech Accelerator

Felix is the Managing Director of The Finlab, a corporate FinTech Accelerator which is a joint venture between United Overseas Bank (UOB) and SGInnovate, previously known as Infocomm Investments.  Felix was one of the pioneers of the Singapore startup and internet scene and started building funded companies as far back as 1995.  His two most famous companies were SilkRoute and ECNet, which we discuss at length.  The stories about the founding, growth, funding and ultimate demise of these comp...
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ATP410 – Who’s Leading the Voting in our 2017 Awards?

Last week we asked Asia to help us identify and showcase the people and organizations that have helped grow our dynamic startup ecosystem in 2017. At the time of writing, 719 people voted across 6 categories. Who's leading the votes? Who's hot? Who are the surprises? In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast we share insights on the who’s who of our 2017 vote.
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Steven Liew – Angel Investor, Mentor, Entrepreneur and co-Founder of Cosmic Cafe

Steven Liew is accomplished on many levels and yet humble in his desire to continue learning and improving.  This helps make him perfect a fabulous partner for his co-Founder and wife Devin Tan.  Together, via an entity they have dubbed ‘Cosmic Cafe’, they mentor and invest in startups. They help entrepreneurs turn their ideas and visions into successful companies. Steven and I talked about Angel Investing and how all of his combined experience and business exposure has allowed him to exce...
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Kyle Ellicott – Exporting a $100m IoT Accelerator to China

Kyle’s one of those entrepreneurs who has the knack of spotting a trend before it becomes “a thing”. He started his first business aged just 14 selling computers to small companies who wanted to get online. He then helped grow ReadWrite - one of the first online publications covering innovation starting back in 2003. ReadWrite has evolved since those early days also spawning an accelerator which has raised over $130 million for its cohorts.  So when Kyle makes a calculated bet on IoT and expa...
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Edmund Lowell – Founder & CEO of KYC-Chain, SelfKey Foundation & FlagTheory

Edmund and I had a multifaceted discussion about all three of the entities in which he is involved.  FlagTheory.com, the SelfKey Foundation and KYC-Chain.  Edmund started a company while still a student at Northeastern University in Boston and that grew into FlagTheory.com.  Reading Tim Ferriss’ “The Four Hour Workweek” convinced him that he could run his company and live anywhere, so he chose Asia…When I asked him where he lived, he jokingly responded with ‘Seat 1A’…clearly a man that spends...
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Vincent Sethiwan – CEO of Magic Box and Launchpad

We spoke to Vincent Sethiwan on the newest floor of Launchpad…Launchpad is meant to be 'the perfect blend of a professional office, a co-working space and a creative space.’  I think it lives up to its billing.  Vincent conceived of this space while trying to build his own company…a game company and software development house that was originally run out of his home and a coffee shop an Central World. Vincent learned many lessons while he was building Charged Concept / Magic Box and Launchp...
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Thomas Pouplin – Startup Life in Fukuoka

Thomas Pouplin is Co-Founder of Ikkai with partner Yasmine Djoudi. Ikkai aims to make people less busy and students richer by connecting students with the short term staffing needs of Japanese companies. This is an area overlooked by traditional Japanese recruitment agencies due to a combination of tradition and fear of trying something new. Thomas and Yasmine are based out of Fukuoka, Japan’s designated “Startup City”. In this interview Thomas shares insights into how they arrived in F...
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ATP400 – Angel Investing, Cryptocurrency and data from our 2017 ATP Power Rankings

There are only 10 weeks left in the year, so let’s take a quick look at where we are with our Asia Tech Podcast project. We’ve recorded 167 podcast episodes, of which we’ve produced 113. While we averaged 4 episodes a week, the bulk of the content came in the last 3 months when we started ATP Stories and announced the Tour. This week we’re looking at the latest data from our 2017 ATP Po...
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Giovanni Zangani – Private Equity in Vietnam

Private Equity is an area we have not covered before, but we had an interesting discussion with Giovanni Zangani on that topic. His journey from Milan to Ho Chi Minh City went through Europe, the United States and Hong Kong before arriving in Vietnam.  Giovanni made a strategic decision to study for his MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and that began his experiences in Asia.  While looking for his initial job after graduating, he found a great opportunity i...
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Ned Phillips – CEO of Bambu, Angel Investor

Ned Phillips, CEO of Bambu joins us again from Singapore to discuss his experiences and views on Angel Investing.  Prior to founding Bambu , Ned started angel investing in startups in Asia.  While having a decent process in place to make investments is important, Ned feels like he can determine whether or not he will angel invest in an early stage company by trusting his gut and knowing within the first five minutes of meeting the founder.  Ned and I talked a lot about investment strategy, se...
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Florian Bohnert – Expanding China Mobike’s Crowdsharing Service

Florian Bonhert was born in France and moved to the United States when he was three years old…which on its face does not seem like a big deal. However, if you listen to his story, that move, at such a young age set the tone for the rest of his life.  He moved back to France at the age of six and then to Massachusetts at the age of ten.  He could not have known then how important this ‘international experience’ would be to the rest of his life. Florian’s global outlook, environmental awa...
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Robert Lomnitz – The Bangkok Venture Club

Robert Lomnitz has been doing business in Asia for almost 25 years.  His experience as an asset manager, investment portfolio builder and advisor lead to his joining and leading the Bangkok Venture Club.  The Club aims to aggregate the experience of many local business builders and angel investors into a platform that invests in seed stage businesses and provide real value to those businesses by using the accumulated network of the Club’s members. We touched on a range of relevant topics i...
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Eli Lyons – Disrupting Genome Science

In today’s conversation we are going to learn about bioinformatics -  an evolving biotech discipline that uses software to help us better understand biological data. Bionformatics is key to innovation in the current drug discovery process and disease prevention.  To that end we are joined by a PhD in Genome Science, based in Tokyo - Eli Lyons, CEO of Tupac Bio. Although Biotech is a highly skilled and technologically driven industry, it can often be slowed by traditional or internally focu...
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ATP380 – What’s Going on in the Angel Investor community in Asia?

Angel Investors provide a critical role in the development of any tech ecosystem. Asia’s challenge is that it doesn’t have the backdrop of risk and depth of exits to create a generation of angel investors as we have seen in the US, Israel or in some parts of Europe. But that doesn’t mean Asia doesn’t have a worthy Angel network, it’s just that it’s going through its own growing pains. There are plenty of investors out there claiming to be “Angels” but who offer little value add to startups...
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Angela Mackay – Managing Director of The Financial Times APAC

I spoke to Angela Mackay today about developments in digital media including podcasting and the growth of video as a platform.  We discussed experimentation in content creation, the current state of advertising, the power of global distribution and partnerships and subscription models versus ad based business. Angela is the Managing Director and Publisher of Asia Pacific for the Financial Times and also sits on its Global Board.  Hence her views on things financial, business development, a...
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Paul Bradley – CEO of Caprica International

Joining us on ATP stories today, we have the Chairman and CEO of Caprica International, Paul Bradley.  His career spans leadership positions in American, Japanese, Chinese and Indian companies. Paul has started 7 ventures, managed multi-cultural businesses spanning 14 countries and has participated in 2 successful IPO’s. He received his MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird, School of Global Management, worked in politics, lead multiple companies in Logistics and Supply Cha...
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Anna Gong – Singapore Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anna Gong spent the following 20 years forging a globe spanning career in the enterprise software space, experiencing both startup life (5 of them) and corporate life (3 multi-national corporations) and in the process creating the perfect training ground for her current role as the CEO of Perx Technologies. Perx was a pioneer in the customer loyalty and rewards space in Singapore with a well defined Business to Consumer model...
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Geoffrey Handley – General Partner of Haitao Capital China

Geoffrey is a global entrepreneur, investor and advisor with over 20 years experience in the global digital business. Raised in Hong Kong and based in Shanghai, he is the Founding General Partner of Haitao Capital, the first China-macro venture fund focusing on highlighting the Chinese startup ecosystem globally. He is a 5-time founder, most notably of Snakk Media (NZX:SNK), The Hyperfactory (aced NYSE:MDP) and Pacific Connections (acqd NASDAQ:CHINA:COM). As founding Board Director of t...
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Benjamin Joffe – Founder of HAX, the World’s #1 Investor in Hardware Startups

We had a fascinating conversation with Benjamin Joffe for ATP Stories.  Benjamin is a Writer, Keynote Speaker, Angel Investor, Founder of a digital innovation consultancy (Plus Eight Star) and the world’s #1 Investor / Accelerator in early stage hardware startups via HAX.  His journey through two decades of development in Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong was nothing short of amazing. We touched on his concepts of how technology ecosystems evolve differently in ...
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Snehal Patel – Founder of MyDoc in Singapore

Dr Snehal Patel is the founder of MyDoc in Singapore. He's also a partner in Saena Partners, an early stage investment firm focusing on Healthcare & Medtech, and Arete Holdings. MyDoc aims to be the global access point for easy and effective healthcare. Healthtech advisory firm Galen Growth Asia says total venture investment into the Medtech sector stood at US$5 billion in 2016, with the number of deals growing to 622 from 574 in 2015. Started in 2012, MyDoc has become Asia’s top digital h...
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Pieter Franken – CEO SafeCast Japan

Pieter Franken joins us on ATP Stories today from Tokyo, Japan. Pieter is an Executive Director of the Monex Group (a FinTech company redefining finanical services), co-founder of Safecast (a non-profit that helps people measure environmental factors such as radiation) and a research affiliate at MIT Media Lab. Pieter has over 25 years in financial services and FinTech, holding executive position at Citigroup, Shinsei Bank, Aplus and Monex.
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Miles Wilson – Senior Director of Global Leadership, Coca-Cola

Miles Wilson is the senior director heading up Global Leadership at the Coca-Coca company based in Asia. Miles has worked in Asia for over 10 years, living in Hong Kong, Shanghai and now Singapore. As a senior exec in one of the world’s most recognizable brands, Miles gets the opportunity to a unique level of access to Asian markets and the opportunity to see them grow from the early days. In this interview Miles shares what his role encompasses at Coca-Cola and life as an exec in Asia.
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Ned Phillips – CEO of Robo Advisory Bambu

CEO Bambu, ex-MD of ETrade Asia, angel investor

Ned Phillips, CEO of Bambu joins us today from Singapore. Bambu is a Robo Advisory that offers digital wealth services to a wide range of clients - from traditional retail banks to telcos. Ned has been in Asia for over 25 years, having first got his start in the Fintech space back before it was called Fintech, in 1999 when his publishing company was acquired by the then nascent E*Trade in Hong Kong. If you’r...
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Frank Lavin – Founder Export Now, former US Ambassador to Singapore

Frank Lavin is founder and Chairman of Export Now, a China ecommerce solutions company that can plan and operate ecommerce solutions in China for international brands. His career spans many years at the most senior of levels in both politics and business. Frank served under Bush Snr and Ronald Reagan as Undersecretary in the Department of Commerce, was Chairman of the Asian Public Affairs practise at Edelman, Principle of the Bank of America and served the US Ambassador to Singapore. In this ...
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Casey Lau – Head of RISE Asia

Casey Lau is head of the breakthrough RISE summit in Hong Kong. He’s also EIR Venture Partner for Blue Startups in Honolulu and Co-Founder of Starups HK. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Casey’s been based in Hong Kong for 20 years (he was there when the British lowered the flag and handed it back to the Chinese). A lot has changed since then, especially in the tech startup space. That makes Casey and the RISE summit well positioned to offer a barometer on what’s happening and what’s hot in...
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Michelle Katics – CEO Portfolio Quest, former Fed Reserve and IMF

Michelle Katics joins us today from Singapore. She’s the CEO of Portfolio Quest and Chairman of Bankers Lab - two organizations focused on shaping fintech, training and talent. Her illustrious career spans roles at the Federal Reserve, The IMF and Standard Chartered. Nominated to the Women in FinTech Power List, a FemTech Leader, Michelle’s story is both curious and inspiring. Meet the banker turned entrepreneur whose lived everywhere from Cleveland to Chicago to Chiang Mai.
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