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 in terms of attitude to risk, domain knowledge and contacts.
In today’s ATP we discuss how Asia’s Angel Investment network is maturing, where it needs help and, importantly, how startups need to work with this community on favorable terms.
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