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 success for any startup. It’s that ability to hustle and to thrive in an environment where the rules are unwritten, where nobody tells you what to do, where success or failure ultimately come down to your own actions. Entrepreneurs featured in today’s ATP are Marty Roberts (Entouch Japan), Jakob Lykkegaard (Lykke Studios Thailand), Anna Gong (Perx Singapore) and Bart Bellers (Xpdite Ventures Thailand).
Who are the Asia Tech Podcast Hosts?
Graham D Brown (Tokyo)
Graham D Brown is an entrepreneur, published author with 15 years experience in mobile telecommunications and investor based in Tokyo. After exiting his telecoms business, he retired at 40, and has spent the last 5 years traveling world with family. As a former financial advisor and startup CEO, Graham now advises founders on their growth strategy. Graham is also an endurance athlete & Ironman triathlon finisher.
Entrepreneur & investor
Retired at 40, 5 years traveling world with family
Endurance athlete & Ironman triathlon finisher
Published author with 15 years experience in mobile telecommunications
Michael I Waitze (Bangkok)
The Venture Capitalist
Michael I Waitze is one of South East Asia's best known private equity investors and advisors. Michael is a limited partner at Ardent Capital, based in Bangkok. He is a former senior trader with 25 years experience at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Macquarie, Citigroup and UBS Securities. Michael is now an active startup mentor, angel investor and advisor to VC funds across South East Asia.
Senior trader with 25 years experience at Macquarie, Citigroup, UBS Securities, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley
Startup advisor & angel investor across South East Asia
Limited partner at Ardent Capital
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
Startup Founders & Investors Featured in this week’s ATP
Marty Roberts – Redefining Pharma Sales in Japan
We are joined today in the ATP Stories studio by Marty Roberts - CEO of Entouch in Japan, a startup in the medtech / healthtech space. Entouch connects doctors and medical reps through some innovative routing technology.
Like myself, Marty is a psychologist like myself (although he is far better qualified). While his business is redefining the pharmaceutical sector, it’s might not be obviously apparent how psychology comes into play. But this isn’t just about building a cool CRM system fo...>> Go to the full episode page
Jakob Lykkegaard – Augmented Reality Entrepreneur
Jakob is a Danish entrepreneur and the founder of Lykke Studios, a privately held studio creating Augmented Reality experiences. Prior to this he has, from Bangkok, built and sold 2 companies, Playlab and Pagemodo, the first of which employed 100 people and served 28 million players.
Jakob came to Bangkok in 2009, a journey in itself which is quite inspiring. He dropped out of college in year 1 to go and seek his future in Asia, contrary to the advice of those around him. Was it a good de...>> Go to the full episode page
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...>> Go to the full episode page
Bart Bellers – Startup Studio Xpedite Ventures
Bart is currently setting up a new venture: a startup studio called Xpdite Ventures, that expedites travel tech startups in Asia Pacific to scale to Series A. The startup studio is a hybrid model to achieve product-market fit by investing in startups and providing an operating platform to build great companies.
As founder and CEO of Atum Consulting, a management consulting company specializing in innovation, business development and collaboration between startups and corporations, he held ...>> Go to the full episode page