Rishi Israni – CEO at Zimplistic Inventions and Former Founder tenCube
Rishi Israni has been interested in computers and technology for as long as he could remember. Software was his passion and after he moved to Singapore he attended the National University of Singapore and earned a degree in Computer Science. Nokia mobile phones were all the rage, but they were also very expensive. Losing one was problematic and Rishi and his friends founded a company called tenCube and developed a software suite called WaveSecure that allowed phone owners to ‘locate, lock,...>> Go to the full episode page
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Jerome Le Louer – Founder & CEO of Wishbeer, co-Founder of plizz, Managing Partner smeCFO
Jerome Le Louer is building an integrated platform…it may not look like it from the outside, but Wishbeer is not merely a bar. Jerome has a well thought out strategy, honed over time and based on years of experience managing, building and initiating the Finance function at global corporations based in Thailand. Jerome’s history in Southeast Asia is long and started when he came on a university internship in Vietnam. The experience was so compelling and the region so open to growth and inno...>> Go to the full episode page
Caspar Bo Jensen – Founder & CEO Chilindo, CEO Playlab Games
Caspar Bo Jensen understands the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. He has seen them both…more than once. After building successful e-commerce companies in Denmark from scratch, the global financial crisis finally caught up to him and he had to shut down his businesses. Caspar Bo does not give up, however, and he learned a lot from those experiences at home and decided to join some friends in Thailand and try to do it all over again…both bigger and better. Founding Chilindo in October 20...>> Go to the full episode page
Rie Yamamoto – CEO & Co-Founder at EventHub, International Strategy at ALE, Brown University Graduate
Rie Yamamoto outperforms…constantly. If this was not clear when she was 9 years old and moved to Connecticut from Chiba, Japan with her family, it had to have been clear when she told her parents as a high school junior that she was not moving back to Japan with them. She convinced them that she and her dog were staying in Connecticut, graduating from high school (not the dog too!) and then attending Brown University. Looking back, Rie’s life is marked by a well earned independence, a high...>> Go to the full episode page
Nicola Jones Crossley – Director, AKIN ASIA, Female Leadership Advocate
Nicola Jones Crossley is humble, yet determined. She is filled with energy and somehow appears constantly calm and in control. Nicola is also charismatic and deeply committed to her passion of celebrating and supporting women in all aspects of their lives. She has purposefully and determinedly built Akin Asia into a multi-faceted platform that allows her and like minded supporters to "create a space to connect people, share ideas, inspire and educate." The high caliber of the participants and...>> Go to the full episode page
Wayne Farmer – Managing Partner at Islemount Limited
Wayne Farmer is the Managing Partner of a boutique advisory firm and a private-markets professional with fifteen years of originating, leading and structuring pan-Asia investment transactions and selected cross-border / global deals. His focus on the Southeast Asian and China markets gives him a unique perspective on the macro drivers of growth and development in these dynamic markets.>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Jasper Donat – All That Matters, It’s a Girl Thing and FanFest
Jasper Donat is tireless. He would have to be to have accomplished what he and his team have done since launching Branded back in 2002. In what seems a lifetime ago, the team was slowly, but surely preparing for and building towards media convergence and 'direct to fan’ interactions. Built on the idea that connections matter, Jasper created the Matters series of events (including the All That Matters festival), It's a Girl Thing and is co-producer of the FanFest. We talked about how brande...>> Go to the full episode page
Dana Blouin – Super Villain, StartUp Advisor, PhD Candidate
Dana Blouin is a friend and self proclaimed Super Villain. Frankly, I am not sure what that means.
I have known Dana for years and somewhere between his persona and his personality lies an amazing man, deeply intelligent, highly technically skilled and unrelenting in his passionate pursuit of all things media and technology. Dana has been involved in the confluence of online media, digital distribution and deep tech for over 15 years. Oh, did I also mention that he is an MMA referee and ha...>> Go to the full episode page
Jim Sailor – Independent Consultant & Startup Mentor With the Cradle Fund in Malaysia
Jim Sailor has almost two decades of experience doing market and marketing research for some of the world's largest brands. Even more interesting is that he has done most of that work and built most of that business in China. Jim studied Mandarin Chinese before it was cool and it has come in handy in his life’s endeavors. Jim has studied Behavioral Science and is applying it to better understand ‘risk perception’ and its application to the adoption of new technologies. Learning how this a...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Pom Xu – Managing Director of Thailand and Hong Kong for Crimson Education, Math and Science Enthusiast and Mother of Two
Sujaree (Pom) Xu is from Bangkok, Thailand. She attended Triam Udon Suksa School, which is considered the top public high school in Thailand. Pom excelled academically and made time for extracurricular activities as well. She was an incredibly well rounded young adult and a self proclaimed ‘nerdy student’. She vividly remembers a rainy day conversation she had with her mother when she was a young girl sitting in her mother’s car in traffic…her mother planted a seed and encouraged her to t...>> Go to the full episode page
Bernard Leong – The Analyse Asia Podcast
Bernard Leong has been involved in the tech startup space for as long as it has existed in Singapore. He has been (and still is!) a founder, investor, mentor, fund manager and thought leader…among many other things. We had a wide ranging discussion on the development of ‘Analyse Asia’ his flagship podcast and the growth of the technology industry in Singapore. Bernard and I talked about this strategy for building his podcast, which included getting well known interview subjects onto his sh...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Tim Romero – Disrupting Japan
We had a great conversation with Tim Romero. Tim is a long time Tokyo hand whose first introduction to Japan was after signing a record deal for his band. While this did not last long, Tim went back to Los Angeles, worked for a Software company that sent him back to Tokyo and after working in the IT department at a global financial firm, he got bitten by the startup bug. Tim now writes on entrepreneurship, podcasts about startups and advises foreign companies on how to enter the market in ...>> Go to the full episode page
Florian Cornu – Founder & CEO of Future Flow
Florian Cornu originates from France and has been living in Southeast Asia for 8 years. Florian joined the fast moving digital world by starting a company at StartUp Weekend in Singapore.
FLocations was founded on the premise that Southeast Asia provided the perfect opportunity to build a travel site based on destination discovery and weekend getaways as opposed to picking a location first and then determine how to best get there.
Florian’s love of maps lead him and the team to innovat...>> Go to the full episode page
Sangwon Park – Founder Favorite Medium
Sangwon Park is a Math and Computer Science guy…I am already impressed.
I will admit that I tend to like anybody that lists their first employment as ‘guitarist, van driver, map reader’ and then notes that he also has a masters degree in Computer Science. Sangwon is also the Founder and CEO of Favorite Medium…an enterprise that builds digital products with a tangible purpose.
With offices in Singapore, Japan, South Korea and the United States, Favorite Medium is a truely global busines...>> Go to the full episode page
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 ...>> Go to the full episode page
Andrew Nicholls – Managing Director High End Media and GateHouse Publishing
Andrew Nicholls is the Managing Director at HighEnd Media, which is a privately held organisation that serves the luxury lifestyle and fine watch markets in Asia, Europe and North America with a particular focus on the ultra high net worth consumer segment. HighEnd Media connects luxury product and service providers with new prospects and develops existing customer relationships through highly targeted print, digital and event activities. At its core, Luxury is some combination of scarcityof ...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Eileen Seah – Founder The Art of Career
We had a fabulous conversation with Eileen Seah. She is an experienced and dedicated Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist.
Eileen coaches employees and managers to be their best and focuses initially on having them simply understand themselves. This may sound easy, but in practice it takes a fair amount of effort and expertise.
We touched on a multitude of interesting topics, including ‘Does authority come form your title or vice versa?’, creating a work culture that encour...>> Go to the full episode page
Ollie Halimatussadiah – Why Pioneering Female Entrepreneurs Have to Break The Rules
Aulia “Ollie” Halimatussadiah is the founder of Zetta Media in Jakarta, Indonesia.
This is the second time I’ve interviewed Ollie for a podcast; she’s a guest I wanted to come back to because she’s a unique character with her own blend of entrepreneurial guile and rebellious charm (she’s a self-confessed “badass”). That’s not the typical role expected of young women in Indonesia, but as you’ll find out Ollie likes to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable.
Zetta is a content platform ...>> Go to the full episode page
Max Ward – CEO of OpenPort, Logistics for New Markets
Max Ward is the CEO and Co-Founder of OpenPort. Max is a true logistics expert with deep coding and technology experience and a background building customer value across the full spectrum of supply chain services. His knowledge of supply chain management is unparalleled and that knowledge becomes more and more important every day. Max is deeply committed to solving the front to back challenges that the supply chain presents all the way from major shippers to families with two trucks in Sou...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Martin Daffner – Founder at Emerge Innovation
Martin has decades of experience driving innovation and building innovation organizations with firms like Procter & Gamble, Cisco and Avery Dennison. Martin has developed significant expertise in building an organization's capability to consistently drive growth through innovation. This endeavor MUST include reaching out well beyond the walls of the firm. Having spent the last 10 years in China, Martin has created new capability development tools that leverage the entrepreneurial spirit and ...>> Go to the full episode page
Alex Duncan – Surviving and Thriving in Shanghai as a Foreign Entrepreneur
Alex Duncan is the founder of KAWO. In Alex’s own words, KAWO is “like Hootsuite but for the Chinese market”. That means KAWO is fine tuned to China’s unique social media landscape - covering Weibo, Wechat and the demands of its advanced 600 million social media users.
Despite the relatively later explosion in the Chinese social media scene, Alex is no latecomer - he’s been in Shanghai since 2007 when arrived aged 23 with a backpack, a few words of Mandarin and little more than a desire t...>> Go to the full episode page
Yu Tazawa – Building Unique Art Hotel Experiences
Yu “Taz” Tazawa is the co-founder of BnA (Bed n Art) - a concept hotel Japan.
BnA provides guests with ability to live inside and experience installation art. Local artists who need exposure design and create the rooms around unique themes, themes which guests love. BnA has already been featured by a number of Japanese TV programs, as well as in Elle Decor magazine who rated them as one of the 3 hotel experiences you “must try” in Japan.
We also discussed the challenges of entrepreneurs...>> Go to the full episode page
Karena Belin – Building Hong Kong’s StartUp Ecosystem
Karena Belin, Co-Founder of WHub, is a pillar of the Hong Kong Startup scene and passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and fostering the ecosystem. Deeply immersed since 2013, she has taken on engagements as speaker, mentor and judge at events and organisations such as the Chicago Booth GNVC, Google EYE, NexChange (FinTech), IFLR Conference, RISE Conference, Tech Open Air Berlin, Techstars StartupWeekendHK & Startup Next Pre-Accelerator, global Merlin YPO program and Poly U Entreprene...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Damien Ng – Giving Crowdfunded Hardware the Full Retail Experience
Damien is one of 3 co-founders for Backers. Based in Hong Kong, Backers is a retail showroom that sells crowdfunded products.
One of the biggest challenges facing product designers is consumer knowledge. What do people really want? What works? What doesn’t work? Most designers don’t have the time, know-how or resources to source that insight “in the wild”. Most fly by intuition and their limited echo-chambers of personal networks. That makes producing any new product a high-risk endeavor....>> Go to the full episode page
Jonie Oostveen – Redefining Art Gallery Sales
Jonie Oostveen is the founder of Arto, an online gallery that brings the kind of discovery experience you can find at a music app like Spotify to the world of art.
Originally from the Netherlands but now based in Singapore, Jonie’s journey into entrepreneurship started with working at large mobile telcos like KPN before later being involved in more dynamic tech organizations (Spotify, Philips Ventures, Ebuddy and Miyowa). Even though these organizations had startup-like cultures, they coul...>> Go to the full episode page
Surasit Sachdev – CEO of Hungry Hub
Hungry Hub started as a platform for the management of restaurant reservations similar to Open Table. Restaurants happily signed up for this free product / service en masse. The only problem was that the team figured out that neither restaurants nor their patrons had problems managing or booking reservations and hence it was not possible to properly build a business around this concept. Surasit was neither used to failing nor happy about it.
Real entrepreneurs are persistent and do not ...>> Go to the full episode page
Tanin Sammanee – CEO of Setscope and Soilfish Thailand
I was finally able to catch up with Tanin Sammanee after not seeing him for almost two years. I remember when he first came into my office and was explaining to me that he was building Seascope as an outgrowth of some successful tools he had built for himself and his friends that were very interested in trading stocks on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. I remember thinking at the time that the model he was building was not going to work…I may have been right at the time, but I am wrong today...>> Go to the full episode page
Jerome Le Carrou – Next Step Connections Thailand
Jerome left his home in the Brittany region of France when he was 21 years old to do a study abroad program in Utah in the United States. It was his first exposure outside of his small hometown and his home country. He lived in a four story dormitory for a year with students from 50 countries and this opened his eyes to the power and excitement of varying countries and cultures in the world.
Between finishing his undergraduate degree and applying for graduate programs in journalism, he m...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Mike Michelini – Global From Asia
Mike Michelini’s journey started with a hard sell, free seminar on 34th street in Manhattan back in the early 2000’s. As a Stevens Institute of Technology graduate, Mike was accustomed to technology and was interested in online selling…but the inauspicious beginning did not foretell the success to come. Realizing that local knowledge and local connections would help someone that was sourcing product from Asia and selling in the United States, Mike had a choice to make. Do I stay on the con...>> Go to the full episode page
Damien Kerneis – Founder SiamCarDeal
Damien Co-Founder of SiamCarDeal.com , a platform helping car buyers finding the best deals on New Cars in Thailand. Originally from France, Damien has been living in Thailand for 12 years, and after 10 Years in the corporate world, launched his own startup in 2015.>> Go to the full episode page
Anthony Quinn – CEO & Co-Founder of DeeDee Cashback
DeeDee Cashback is an online platform that enables Thai shoppers to save money on their shopping every time they shop online. DeeDee Cashback has nearly 250 stores to choose from ranging from travel, finance, fashion, health & beauty, electronics and many more.>> Go to the full episode page
Carson McKelvey – Unpacking the Asian Shopper’s Mindset
Today we’re going to look at the fast growing retail sector in Asia. Let’s put this into context: China alone is worth $4.8 trillion ($840 is ecommerce) - that’s bigger than the US.
What are the latest trends we need to be looking out for? To do that I’m joined by Carson McKelvey, Managing Partner Tofugear based in Hong Kong. We’re going to look at the growing need to create a unified experience for Asian shoppers, and the challenges in making that happen.>> Go to the full episode page
Guy Hearn – The Future of Advertising in Asia
Guy Hearn and I had an interesting conversation about the modernization of the advertising business. How has technology both helped and hurt the ad business? What is the efficacy and measurability of online campaigns? How do clients and brands perceive the onset and ubiquity of math and computer science specialists as opposed to general researchers? We also talked about how technology allows the barriers to entry to drop for entry into both the content creation and advertising businesses.>> Go to the full episode page
Robert Zepeda – CEO Playbasis
Robert Zepeda is an American entrepreneur living and working in Thailand since 2010. In December of 2012 he founded Playbasis, an award-winning tech startup providing a mobile engagement & loyalty management platform for financial institutions. As CEO of Playbasis, he has raised $2.6M USD in financing from leading regional and global investors, and has worked with global companies such as Unilever, Visa, HSBC, Telenor, DBS Bank to engage and reward more than 7 million users to-date.
Robert...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Michael Ang – Ecommerce in Asia
Michael’s career started as a financial trader and moved into data services with Thomson Reuters…only to move back into the financial world with firms like DBS in Singapore. With the ones of logistics and e-commerce in the region, Michael took all of his finance and data analysis experience and helped build out logistics and supply chain management for Anchanto, one of the service providers in Southeast Asia that competes in the e-commerce facilitation space. Michael had some interesting vie...>> Go to the full episode page
Matt Foley – Entrepreneurialism in Asia Today
Really looking forward to introducing you to my next guest, Matt Foley, founder and MD of Pikohana. Matt’s had a long career in the Asian tech industry from helping build out the Taiwanese internet in 1996 to being involved in IPOs, to living and working in China, South Korea, Hong Kong and now Singapore.
Matt’s Foley family motto which he recently discoveed in Ireland is “that I may be of use”, a maxim that only makes sense when you couple that service with risk. Matt’s story is one of co...>> Go to the full episode page