Why Asia Matters: Silicon Valley No Longer Has a Monopoly on Innovation
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 Michio Kaku (co-founder of String Theory) this week, “Silicon Valley no longer has a monopoly on innovation”.
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Explore the key engines of Asia's miraculous economic growth: Megacities. How is Asia emerging from The West's shadow to become a self-sufficient market no longer reliant on Silicon Valley?
Learn how Asian megacities are vying to position themselves as world leading startup ecosystems in 2018. Who are the leading startup accelerators making a difference? Which cities have got their act together and are challenging to become the world's centre of startup excellence?
With the rise of technical excellence and a burgeoning middle class in Asia, which vertical sectors stand to grow most in the coming decades? We explore the Asian startup scene in travel, luxury, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles and Fintech.
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