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NEW ATP480 – Why Asia Matters: Silicon Valley No Longer Has a Monopoly on Innovation

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In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast broadcast from Bangkok and Singapore, we discuss the growing importance of Asia in the global tech startup ecosystem. We look at the latest research data from the Google Temasek study which shows just how robust the South East Asian online economy is, reasons why Nutonomy chose Singapore as testing ground for its autonomous vehicles, and the importance of the Chinese Unicorns Alibaba and Tencent in growing the Asian ecosystem. But to kick off, a quote from Mic...
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ATP470 – The Asian Startup Ecosystem needs More Conversation, Less Entertainment

In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast, we share what we’ve learned from a year of getting out there and traveling around Asia talking to startup founders and investors. How effective are startup events really? Do we really need more demo days and speed dating to grow the Ecosystem or should we focus more on substantive conversations that help Founders and Angels connect the dots in Asia? In this episode, we also share our plans for 2018 and our inaugural podcast round tables which we’ll be bringin...
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ATP450 – Why Asia Matters to the Global Startup Ecosystem

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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ATP440 – Is Singapore the best Startup City in Asia (the World?)

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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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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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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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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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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ATP390 – The Asia Tech Podcast Power Rankings

In today’s episode of Asia Tech Podcast we introduce the ATP Power Rankings for 2017. Here's why we're creating the Power Rankings now:
  • The Asian startup ecosystem has grown so fast in the last 5 years, we need to build a map of who's who
  • We want to showcase the best in the ecosystem so people can learn through example
  • Here's a chance to help our network get some publicity
  • It's a bit of fun, so why not?
The challenge facing a rapidly expan...
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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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ATP370 – Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

In today’s ATP we want to share 4 inspiring stories of entrepreneurs we published this week. Each story features a different path to success, but the theme that unites them all is the same: life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Each of these 4 entrepreneurs featured on ATP Stories consciously chose to leave behind a comfortable, well-known life to embark on an adventure into the world of the unknown. Their ability to get comfortable with the uncomfortable is a critical element to su...
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ATP360 – The Asian Tech Ecosystem Scorecard

In this week’s episode of Asia Tech Podcast, we talk about our plans to build a Scorecard for the Asian Tech Startup Ecosystem. Our goal is to map and measure each startup city in Asia. We want to learn what makes the startup-ready (or not as the case may be) and objectively rank these cities according to criteria relevant to startup success.
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ATP350 – Huawei Connect in Shanghai China

We bring Asia Tech Podcast to Shanghai China as guests of our friends at Huawei. Huawei are one of the largest IT services and infrastructure companies in the world and they run the backbone of the internet in most countries. Being such a large IT company, especially being from Asia presents its own unique challenges - for example, who exactly are Huawei and what is their story? In this episode, we discuss what the challenges facing a large Asian brand going global are and how elements of the...
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ATP340 – Fukuoka Startup City: Hype or Reality?

We just got back from 4 days in Fukuoka in Kyushu Japan. Our goal was to go check out Fukuoka’s credentials as a great place for a startup. A few years back, the Japanese government designated Fukuoka as the national “Startup City” and since then a lot has changed. We’ve seen the introduction of new coworking spaces, government programs to help get startups funded and a new startup visa. We’ll talk about all of these in today’s Asia Tech Podcast, as well as insights into life in Fukuoka, the ...
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ATP330 – How to build a podcast in Asia

This week we’re looking at our strategy to build Asia Tech Podcast in Asia from scratch. Our goal is to interview 100 of the most exciting names in the Asian Tech Ecosystem by the end of 2017. That’s a pretty big ask! As with any creative effort, you need a good system behind you to do the heavy lifting and a story to tell. We also talk about the importance of building an offline element in your marketing strategy to make the online more meaningful. That leads in to the latest updates about o...
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ATP320 – The Latest Trends in Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and ICOs

In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast we walk through the latest trends in the Initial Coin Offering space. Asian companies like OMISE who initially raised $25 m have seen the market valuation of their issued coin rise to over $600 million in a matter of weeks. What is behind this incredible rise in valuations? Do ICOs now represent a valid option for Asian startups seeking funding without having to either issue equity or entertain venture capitalists?
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ATP310 – Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality in Asia

In today’s episode of Asia Tech Podcast we talk about the latest trends in the bleeding edge of AR and VR technology. With Google, Apple and Facebook all throwing their Virtual and Augmented Reality hats into the ring, what are the prospects for this growing sector in Asia? We discuss the impat of AR and VR impact on education, gaming, medical tourism and travel in Asia.
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ATP30 – The best startup conferences in Asia (and how to get the most out of them)

Which are the best conferences to attend in Asia if you're a startup investor or founder? With so much choice in the startup event space, it can be difficult to work out which conference or event you should invest your time in. In this episode of Asia Tech Podcast, we discuss what's going on in the Asia startup conference space. We also share advice on how to get the most out of your time at a conference, what (and who) to avoid, and how to network like a pro.
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ATP29 – The 6 Most Exciting Startup Ecosystems in Asia

We’re packing our bags and hitting the road to find out what’s hype and what’s real in Asia’s burgeoning startup city. Starting end of August we’ll be visiting 6 startup cities that aren’t Silicon Valley but are full of entrepreneurial hustle, bright ideas and a sense of change.
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ATP28 – What Makes a Great StartUp City in Asia?

In today’s episode of Asia Tech Podcast we share an in-depth look into some of the hottest cities in Asia to startup your business.

How do they compare both within Asia and to outside alternatives (e.g. Silicon Valley?) We walk through each city and discuss the startup culture, access to capital, technological infrastructure, cost of living and coworking spaces.

Featured cities this week: Bangkok, Sydney, Fukuoka, Singapore and Hong Kong
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ATP27 – BlockChain, CryptoCurrencies, Ethereum and Initial Coin Offerings ICOs

So much to talk about in the cryptocurrency space!

Everyone seems to be aware that BTC prices have soared in recent months, but is this indicative of a maturing market or just hype?

In today’s Asia Tech Podcast we look at what’s happening beyond the currency tokens, and how developers are building out the blockchain as well as using Initial Coin Offerings to fund new ventures.
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ATP26 – Dave McClure: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups, announces he’s stepping down this week on the back of a series of sexual harassment allegations. Not a big surprise! Rather than dissect the news, we’re going to look at this in the light of the recent episodes we broadcast on female entrepreneurs. How does the startup world’s macho culture inhibit female founders? What good will come of this news long term?
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ATP25 – What does the $13.7bn Amazon Wholefoods deal mean for Asia?

The recent mega deal announcing Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market in the US has profound implications for E-Commerce both in the US and Asia. In this episode, we discuss the deal, what it means for e-commerce globally and also who in Asia - Alibaba, Flipkart, Rakuten, ZoZoTown, Snapdeal, Lazada etc.. can stand up to Amazon?
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ATP24 – Connecting the Dots as an Investor in Asia

This week we're talking about The life of a startup investor and advisor in Asia. The life of a startup investor and advisor in Asia, As investors we get to see a diversity of ideas and people every day.  We learn new things constantly related to so many topics…We want to cover some of the things that we come across every day. In this episode we’ll talk about: TripAlly, SocialGiver, YDIN, Uteeni and Real Estate throughout the Continental US. Here are some the startups Michael is w...
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ATP23 – Female Entrepreneurs in Asia Part 2

Featuring Vicki Chen, Nikki Assavathorn and Roshni Mathani. Following on from last week's episode on Female Entrepreneurs in Asia, we're back to showcase more inspiring case studies. Last week we started talking about some of the prominent female entrepreneurs / founders /ecosystem participants and builders in Southeast Asia. In the middle of recording last week’s episode it occurred to us that there simply was not enough time in one episode to discuss all of the important women in this cat...
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