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 headline figures for demographics and the role of the “Unicorn Creators” (of which Tencent has already invested in 19 Unicorns alone).
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