Michelle Katics – CEO Portfolio Quest, former Fed Reserve and IMF

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CEO Portfolio Quest, former Fed Reserve and IMF

Michelle Katics joins us today from Singapore. She’s the CEO of Portfolio Quest and Chairman of Bankers Lab – two organizations focused on shaping fintech, training and talent. Her illustrious career spans roles at the Federal Reserve, The IMF and Standard Chartered. Nominated to the Women in FinTech Power List, a FemTech Leader, Michelle’s story is both curious and inspiring. Meet the banker turned entrepreneur whose lived everywhere from Cleveland to Chicago to Chiang Mai.

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10 Inspiring Women Shaping Asia’s Startup Ecosystem

There will come a time when we will stop talking about "female entrepreneurs" and only “entrepreneurs"... but we are not there yet. There is a long way to go. But here in Asia, we are seeing rapid progress. It’s not a shortage of ambition or talent, it’s a shortage of media coverage. It’s all very organizing programs to support female entrepreneurs, but real change happens in the stories we share and tell to the next generation.  The more successful female entrepreneurs we showcase, the mo...
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6 Entrepreneurs Redefining the $100 Billion Fintech Market in Asia

The Asian fintech market was worth $100 billion in 2017.  Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo compete to lead, even surpassing global fintech capitals of London, New York and Silicon Valley. With the emergence of large groups of middle class consumers combined with advanced payment systems, Asia is poised to become a global leader in fintech. From insurance to cryptocurrency to financial trading, we interview 6 Startup Founders who are redefining fintech in Asia today. Featuring: Ned Phillips,Mich...
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Published Interviews: Singapore

Jonie Oostveen – Redefining Art Gallery Sales

Jonie Oostveen is the founder of Arto, an online gallery that brings the kind of discovery experience you can find at a music app like Spotify to the world of art. Originally from the Netherlands but now based in Singapore, Jonie’s journey into entrepreneurship started with working at large mobile telcos like KPN before later being involved in more dynamic tech organizations (Spotify, Philips Ventures, Ebuddy and Miyowa). Even though these organizations had startup-like cultures, they coul...
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Surasit Sachdev – CEO of Hungry Hub

Hungry Hub started as a platform for the management of restaurant reservations similar to Open Table.  Restaurants happily signed up for this free product / service en masse.  The only problem was that the team figured out that neither restaurants nor their patrons had problems managing or booking reservations and hence it was not possible to properly build a business around this concept.  Surasit was neither used to failing nor happy about it. Real entrepreneurs are persistent and do not ...
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Guy Hearn – The Future of Advertising in Asia

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Guy Hearn and I had an interesting conversation about the modernization of the advertising business.  How has technology both helped and hurt the ad business?  What is the efficacy and measurability of online campaigns?  How do clients and brands perceive the onset and ubiquity of math and computer science specialists as opposed to general researchers?  We also talked about how technology allows the barriers to entry to drop for entry into both the content creation and advertising businesses.
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Michael Ang – Ecommerce in Asia

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Michael’s career started as a financial trader and moved into data services with Thomson Reuters…only to move back into the financial world with firms like DBS in Singapore.  With the ones of logistics and e-commerce in the region, Michael took all of his finance and data analysis experience and helped build out logistics and supply chain management for Anchanto, one of the service providers in Southeast Asia that competes in the e-commerce facilitation space. Michael had some interesting vie...
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Matt Foley – Entrepreneurialism in Asia Today

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Really looking forward to introducing you to my next guest, Matt Foley, founder and MD of Pikohana. Matt’s had a long career in the Asian tech industry from helping build out the Taiwanese internet in 1996 to being involved in IPOs, to living and working in China, South Korea, Hong Kong and now Singapore. Matt’s Foley family motto which he recently discoveed in Ireland is “that I may be of use”, a maxim that only makes sense when you couple that service with risk. Matt’s story is one of co...
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Tiang Lim Foo – Partner SeedPlus

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We spoke to Tiang Lim Foo about a wide range of topics ranging from the building of an investment thesis, Apple AirPods (We did our entire interview while he was using his AirPods.), how Evernote is the Inbox for Life and how building genuine relationships is not only a successful way to run an investment business, but also the best way to have a fulfilling life. As the Operating Partner at SeedPlus, Tiang gets to put to work all of the experience he gained launching Evernote’s business in...
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Praveen Velu – CEO of AI Powered Assistant EVIE

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If you ever ask my next guest Are you free to catch up Next Wednesday?  You may find his Personal Assistant EVIE step in and arrange that schedule with you. What you may not know is that EVIE isn’t a real person but an AI Personal Assistant, and it’s pretty impressive too… I’m an AI graduate so I’m pretty aware of most AI-looking things from chatbots to the Turing Test… but the first time I interacted with Evie, I thought she was a real person, it was that good… So, to lift the lid o...
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Paul Bradley – CEO of Caprica International

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Joining us on ATP stories today, we have the Chairman and CEO of Caprica International, Paul Bradley.  His career spans leadership positions in American, Japanese, Chinese and Indian companies. Paul has started 7 ventures, managed multi-cultural businesses spanning 14 countries and has participated in 2 successful IPO’s. He received his MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird, School of Global Management, worked in politics, lead multiple companies in Logistics and Supply Cha...
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Harprem Doowa – FinTech Entrepreneur

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Harprem (Prem) Doowa comes from a multigenerational, entrepreneurial family.  Two generations ago, his family immigrated to Thailand from India and began a trading business.  As the business started to grow and prosper, more family members joined in Thailand to help build that original business and branch out into other businesses.  Prem learned at an early age that reinvesting into a growing business is one of the best ways to fuel its growth, as opposed to using the profits to enhance perso...
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Anna Gong – Singapore Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

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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...
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Phil Townend – Ad Tech Entrepreneur

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Phil Townend is an  Ad-tech entrepreneur, angel investor and  Chief Commercial Officer Unruly APAC, which describes itself as  one of the world ’ s leading social video platforms.  Notable successes in his career include  helping raise $25m for Unruly as well as getting into the digital marketing and video space about as early as feasibly possible (nearly 20 years now). In this interview, Phil joins us from Singapore, to share his experience as an entrepreneur making the move to Asia, and …  ...
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Caroline Essame – Social Entrepreneur

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Joining us at ATP today is Caroline Essame. Caroline is a social entrepreneur with a clinical and educational background harnessing technology to get global expertise in the special needs and early childhood field out to the bottom of the pyramid. She came to us through Kineret Karin, one half of the team that set up Impactech, the social innovation acclerator based in Singapore. Caroline talks about using technology to empower parents and educators in markets where information and skilled...
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Steven Okun – CEO of APAC Advisors

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Amazing conversation with Steve Okun ranging from the Trans Pacific Partnership and President Trump's impact on global multilateral trade agreements to Impact Investing and Venture Entrepreneurship.  He touched on the East Bali Cashew company and its founder Aaron Fishman and Aaron’s commitment to earn a profit and have a positive and scalable impact on East Bali by. Among other things, building an Early Learning Center for the residents of the community in which he operates and running the E...
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Steve Feiner – CEO of A Better Florist

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Steve Feiner is the Founder of A Better Florist - a flower delivery service based in Singapore. Delivering an outstanding experience is often what differentiates you from the next guy in this space. So how do you build a business from scratch around something as simple as the smile of your delivery driver? If anyone knows how to solve that problem, it’s going to be Steve. Ex-Googler with extensive consulting background, his whole career has been solving one problem after another. But, as w...
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Yoav Elgrichi – ImpacTech, The Social Innovation Accelerator

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One aspect of the Asian Tech Ecosystem we haven’t talked enough about lately here on ATP Stories is social tech - i.e. technology used in a way to address social issues.  To do that, we’re joined on Asia Tech Podcast today by Yoav Elgrichi. Yoav is a  Mentor at Singapore Management University and co- Founder of ImpacTech with Kineret Karin (a guest on our show). Impactech  describes itself as a Social Tech Startup Accelerator,   a program for startups that use technology in an innovative w...
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Snehal Patel – Founder of MyDoc in Singapore

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Dr Snehal Patel is the founder of MyDoc in Singapore. He's also a partner in Saena Partners, an early stage investment firm focusing on Healthcare & Medtech, and Arete Holdings. MyDoc aims to be the global access point for easy and effective healthcare. Healthtech advisory firm Galen Growth Asia says total venture investment into the Medtech sector stood at US$5 billion in 2016, with the number of deals growing to 622 from 574 in 2015. Started in 2012, MyDoc has become Asia’s top digital h...
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Miles Wilson – Senior Director of Global Leadership, Coca-Cola

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Miles Wilson is the senior director heading up Global Leadership at the Coca-Coca company based in Asia. Miles has worked in Asia for over 10 years, living in Hong Kong, Shanghai and now Singapore. As a senior exec in one of the world’s most recognizable brands, Miles gets the opportunity to a unique level of access to Asian markets and the opportunity to see them grow from the early days. In this interview Miles shares what his role encompasses at Coca-Cola and life as an exec in Asia.
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Ned Phillips – CEO of Robo Advisory Bambu

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CEO Bambu, ex-MD of ETrade Asia, angel investor

Ned Phillips, CEO of Bambu joins us today from Singapore. Bambu is a Robo Advisory that offers digital wealth services to a wide range of clients - from traditional retail banks to telcos. Ned has been in Asia for over 25 years, having first got his start in the Fintech space back before it was called Fintech, in 1999 when his publishing company was acquired by the then nascent E*Trade in Hong Kong. If you’r...
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Kineret Karin – 2 Successful Exits in Singapore

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Kineret Karin is an Israeli entrepreneur based in Singapore. Kineret made the move from working in the safe environment of pharmaceuticals to starting her own business in food retail with Yoav Elgrichi. Her initial iteration of Singapore Dine struggled to gain traction but after a significant pivot, the company grew rapidly. Singapore Dine was eventually acquired by Food Panda for undisclosed terms. Kineret says regardless of the money, she’d still want to be actively working on new projects ...
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Jon Tanner – Startup Talent in Asia

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Jon Tanner joins us from Singapore today. Jon’s Group CEO of Mitchell Lake Group, a global executive search & advisory for startups and international growth. His clients include Square, Fitbit, Snapchat, Etsy, Dropbox and McKinsey Digital. Originally from Tasmania, Australia, Jon now calls Singapore his home. In this interview, Jon shares his views on talent, the movement of talent into Asia from countries such as Australia and how he personally took the leap to move to Singapore. 
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