Billion Dollar Moves™ with Sarah Chen Global

Sarah Chen Global

Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia founders, funders and execs. From the growing pains of a unicorn journey to IPO, scaling a venture capital firm, to building empires in new markets; all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. Join venture capitalist & strategist, Sarah Chen as she asks the hard questions, and learn through the triumphs, failures and hard lessons of the crème de la crème — so you too, can make #BillionDollarMoves in venture, in business & in life. https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/

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This week we dive deep (pun intended) with  Paralympics Gold Medalist Susie Rodgers on winning, mental health, reinventing yourself and so much more. Video credits: Channel4, 1000Londoners, Women's Sport Trust, British Swimming and Dorset Orthopaedic--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm.-- 👊🏻 3 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- Why ownership of your career path matters- Managing career transitions & how to dissociate your identity/worth with your career - Managing mental health & the pressures of constant "high-performance"--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro03:12 - How Susie found sport with the intention of connection 05:50 - A practical upbringing to be told "you just have to adapt"08:07 - Finding her 'Ikigai'13:54 - Mental health: Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, the expectation to win and perform17:58 - Career and Identity20:16 - Taking stock of winning 27:59 - Billion Dollar Questions--About Susie: (https://www.susannahrodgers.com/)Susie wears prosthetic limbs on her left side and orthotics for her right foot. She has lived a life of disability since birth. She understands the complexity of inclusion, but is a strong believer in ability and capability, having used her determination to succeed in every aspect of her life. Susie believes that no one should be left behind; in education, work and in government and public life, as well as in society in general. Susie is an advocate and speaker on inclusion and diversity and is a role model and mentor to other people with disabilities, showing what is possible, through openly speaking about her own experiences as a disabled woman. Susie is also a former professional athlete who competed at two Paralympic Games winning a total of 30 international medals including 17 Gold. She became Paralympic Champion in the 50m Butterfly at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, her first, she came away with three Bronze medals, British and European records. She went on to become multiple European and World Champion across her disciplines including 50m, 100m and 400m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke. It wasn't until eight years after the start of her journey as a professional athlete, that she finally won individual Gold in the women's S7 classification 50m Butterfly at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She set a European record of 35.07 and her shocked expression and reaction became a media highlight of the Games. Susie conducted her entire career as an athlete whilst still maintaining her professional career with a part-time role at the British Council as well as sitting on various Boards as a Director. 

Nov 26

33 min 6 sec

"My biggest fear? Not achieving the potential of what I think this business can do, and achieving this vision I see"This week, we dive deep with John Brisco, CEO and Co-Founder of Coherent,  Hong-Kong grown insurtech startup on a mission to to build next-in-class technology platforms and data intelligence engines to help insurers and their partners transform and grow. From sales enablement to product development, Coherent is helping the insurers move away from legacy backend challenges. Building on their success in closing their series A round of funding in late 2020, Coherent is now expanding their business from Asia to the world.--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.  From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How to transition from C-suite corporate executive to an entrepreneur: is it worth it? - What it takes to disrupt problems in an age-old industry? - Taking an Asian-grown product global- Hiring and scaling great teams from day one- Choosing the right investor for the long-run--On Coherent:https://www.coherent.global/More on John Brisco: (https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnbrisco/)John is the leader and co-founder of Coherent. Every day, John works to inspire the Coherent team to create a brighter, more inclusive future for the insurance industry.Having started his career in AXA and EY, John has accumulated a wealth of global experience in the insurance sector, most recently as COO and CIO at Manulife Asia. In his career to date, he has led teams in more than 45 countries across 5 continents.With less than 10% of Asia’s population having any form of insurance, John is committed to helping the insurance industry become more inclusive. He believes that Coherent’s technology-enabled and data-intelligent products will help our customers to drastically improve the level of insurance penetration across Asia and other parts of the world.--Be sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up:https://tinyurl.com/SarahChenGlobalGet ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/Like this content? Share this with a friend and write us a review!

Oct 8

46 min 7 sec

"The hardest lesson for me as a leader? I've chosen to be in this position. I chose to build this business. So it starts with me and it ends with me" The family office was initially created to look after the wealth of ultra high net worth families. But today, the modern-day family office does far more than that and is in fact, acting a whole lot more like a venture investor. Today we talk to Field Pickering, COO, General Counsel and Head of Venture Investing at Vulpes, a family office built off the wealth of Stephen Diggle, who founded Artradis Fund Management. Artradis was an Asian long volatility biased multi strategy alternative asset manager, and at its helm grew assets under management from US$4 million to US$4.7 billion at its peak in 2008. --Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.  From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 3 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How to ask and advocate for what you want in your career - The evolution of family offices, particularly in Southeast Asia- How Vulpes is taking a hunting, uninhibited approach to venture and reaping the rewards--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro, what's on tap for this week02:48 - Why you need to advocate for your own career - Field's journey from an unwilling lawyer turned venture investor07:13 - Artradis making $3Bn from the Asian Financial Crisis, and how the family office began09:55 - The growth of family offices in Asia Pacific12:54 - Dealflow, building pipelines 13:06 - An unfettered approach to venture investing: too early, too late?15:39 - Vulpes Special Opportunities Fund20:06 - Portfolio construction and strategies30:50 - Billion Dollar Questions--More on Field Pickering: (https://vulpesinvest.com/teams/field-...)Be sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/SarahChenGlobal Get ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/Like this content? Share this with a friend!HIT PLAY on #BillionDollarMoves Playlist: 

Oct 1

35 min 27 sec

"When times are hard, hold on to your vision. Remember why you started in the first place."In a never-before like interview, we dive deep into the business of drones with the Malaysian power couple Kamarul A Muhamed and Azita Azizan who founded Aerodyne group, which is set to be the global leading provider of drone-based enterprise solutions, with over $30M raised, presence in over 35 countries, and over 350,000 assets inspected. --Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.  From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. Hosted by venture capitalist & strategist @SarahChenGlobal, expect unfiltered stories from the crème de la crème, so you too, can make #BillionDollarMoves🤓-- 👊🏻 3 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- Why picking your co-founder is the most important choice you can make, the secret in choosing people to work with - What it takes to build a global footprint, can you expand too fast?- The future of drones and aerial robotics, should you be afraid?--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro02:29 - Why this idea, why now?06:16 - Acquiring new customers, and proving the business case10:52 - Taking the leap - how the power couple came to be14:08 - Validating outside the country?23:36 - Building for global growth - what strategy worked?26:08 - Choosing the right partners and leaning into your intuition30:52 - Rising expectations of the industry, aerial robotics and more36:54 - Opportunity out of a crisis39:12 - Billion Dollar QuestionsOn Aerodyne:Aerodyne Group (https://aerodyne.group) is a DT3 (Drone Tech, Data Tech, and Digital Transformation) drone-based enterprise solutions provider, and a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence as an enabling technology for large-scale data operations, analytics, and process optimization. Aerodyne is ranked second in the world by Drone Industry Insights (DII) in its ‘Drone Service Provider Ranking 2020’; was named Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Asia Pacific UAV Services Company of 2019’; and is a recipient of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Malaysia’s ‘Industry Excellence Gold Award 2019’. The company’s founder and Group CEO, Kamarul A Muhamed, is 'EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020'.

Sep 24

49 min 35 sec

"If not now, then when? I had no job, nowhere to stay but I had to try. Even if I failed, I would have the peace of mind that at least I tried. I would have always wondered, what if?"From the rise of Impossible Foods to McDonalds announcing their McPlant menu, plant-based food has undeniably taken the market by storm. Beyond the mainstreaming of veganism, fast-forward to 2021, a global crisis and global lockdowns drove consumers to reassess what they eat and their impact on the planet. Riding this wave is Clara Foods (www.clarafoods.com), a Silicon Valley venture-backed company making animal protein without the animals. Led by Arturo Elizondo, Clara Foods is disrupting food technology, developing performance protein products and making the world's first animal free egg white protein. Using advanced fermentation to brew protein that is cleaner, greener and kinder to our environment today, this week, we take a personal deep dive with the man behind the vision of eggs without chickens. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How to execute on a vision, as a non-technical founder: including dealing with imposter syndrome- Career transitions and deciding to take that leap- How eggs could be made without a chicken! (P.s. a $200B opportunity)- Plant-based foods, alternative proteins and the scale of food technology today - Building for the long run in biotech and leveraging the first mover advantage--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:14 - Intro, what's on tap for this week02:04 -Arturo finding his purpose, and taking a one-way ticket to San Francisco, obsessing about eggs05:26 - Personal revelation to action and building a startup11:05 - Non-technical founder on the hunt for a team  15:38 - Wait, but how are you making chicken-less eggs again? 23:58 - Breaking news! The world's first animal-free protein?27:26 - The landscape for alternative proteins30:30 - Building moats!32:09 - Where to expand to first?37:57 - Abundance mentality and the future of alternative proteins49:07 - Billion Dollar Questions!--More on Arturo: (https://www.linkedin.com/in/arturoe/)Arturo is the founder and CEO of biotech food company, Clara Foods, based in Silicon Valley that has raised over $50M in funding and makes real animal protein without the use of a single animal – starting with the world's first chickenless egg proteins. Prior to founding Clara in 2014, Arturo served under Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Credit Suisse. He has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30, the 2019 Person of the Year by the National Hispanic Institute, and one of 10 Latinos who inspire the United States by BBC World News. Arturo hails from Laredo, Texas, and grew up living on both sides of the US-Mexico border. He

Sep 17

50 min 38 sec

Indonesia’s startups have been making headlines in the last few years, including most recently the news that online mall Bukalapak is set to raise $1.5 billion in the country’s largest-ever initial public offering - setting the stage for a wave of tech listings, with fellow unicorns GoTo and Traveloka to follow suit. Home to the region’s largest population, it is no surprise, Indonesia is in it’s primetime for entrepreneurs. This week, we begin to scratch the surface of the Indonesian startup storyline with veteran digital entrepreneur and evangelist Shinta Dhanuwardoyo.--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top Asia-US funders, founders and execs.  From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- The IPO scene in Indonesia - what's going on? Bukalapak, raksasa GoTo and more- Primetime Indonesia: the opportunity for digitization - The secret sauce of building unicorns in Indonesia- Indonesia’s rising youth spending power- Building in Indonesia: challenges and opportunities--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro, what's on tap this week04:17 - Architect turned entrepreneur, an Indonesian girl's curiosity07:29 - Teaching herself to code and build websites09:45 - Bubu's initial go to market17:27 - Indonesia's startup growth story - how do we think about Indonesia?21:29 - Domestic/dual listings, are the fundamentals there - Bukalapak, Gojek + Tokopedia25:26 - Secret sauce of Indonesian unicorns?29:56 - 17,000 islands - what about underserved markets?35:03 - Billion Dollar Questions with Shinta! --More about Shinta (@shintabubu):Shinta is a tech industry veteran and trailblazer. Since the inception of her first company Bubu.com in 1996, the award-winning entrepreneur has impacted Indonesia's digital landscape in countless ways.Her first company, Bubu.com, started as a web development company that now houses multiple ventures targeting the Indonesian youth— from the hottest gaming competition to a collaboration agency bridging brands.At the end of December 2019, she launched a new venture called Startupindonesia.co, which is an online platform to help connect all the startup ecosystems in Indonesia. The online platform is looking to democratize network and knowledge for Indonesia's tech startup ecosystem, especially those with a strong socio-economic impact. It is developed as Indonesia's online startup directory and online education center for tech-entrepreneurship. Shinta is currently the Head of the permanent committee for Digital Business, e-Commerce and Startups Development at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Indonesia (KADIN) and she is also on the Board of Trustees of The Nature of Conservancy (TNC Indonesia).--Be sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/SarahChenGlobal Get ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/Like this content? Share this with a friend!HIT PLAY on #BillionDollarMoves Playlist: https://tinyurl.com/bdm-playlistNOW on Spotify! Tune in: https://tinyurl.com/bdm-spotifyand Itunes - https://tinyurl.com/bdm-itunes(and wherever you find your podcasts!)#venturecapital #scaleup #startup #innovation

Sep 10

40 min 10 sec

In today's Billion Dollar Moves Breakdown, we bust some myths on the emerging markets and venture capital with THE emerging markets analyst, Mikal Khoso, VC at Wavemaker Partners, a cross border venture capital firm dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Singapore and has raised over $580M across multiple funds.-- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- GoTo, Grab, Shopee - who will win in this multi-billion e-commerce showdown?- Primetime Emerging Markets: the opportunity for digitization, leapfrogging- The secret sauce of emerging markets- Byjus, the best kept secret in edtech?- SPACs: Real deal or a cover for the lack of fundamentals--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro: what's on tap this week?01:25 - Why emerging markets, why now?03:34 - Exploding population05:39 - Leapfrogging08:35 - Political uncertainty? What's the risk premium here?10:55 - Golden era of startups - analyst top picks23:00 - GoTo: marriage of convenience?29:16 - The exit story for emerging marketsMore about Mikal (@mikalkhoso):Mikal is based in LA with Wavemaker, focused on sourcing new deals, collaborating with partners on diligence and further iterating on the investment process and tech stack. He writes a popular weekly newsletter Emergent on the fastest-growing businesses in emerging markets. (reademergent.com)Prior to joining Wavemaker Mikal was a partner at First Round’s Dorm Room Fund, a student-led venture firm that invests exclusively in student-founded companies. In his time at Dorm Room Fund he led two investments that have collectively raised $45 million in follow on funding. Prior to that he was an Associate at Underscore VC in 2017 where he led two investments as well that collectively have raised $40 million in funding.Prior to that he worked at the New Ventures Team at Northeastern University, a corporate innovation team tasked with building Edtech companies for the university. Mikal graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Philosophy from Northeastern University.--Be sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/SarahChenGlobal Get ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/

Sep 3

34 min 7 sec

"You can imagine the guilt - here I was building my startup when my actual baby was not coping well in school; with a learning disability, and recent epilepsy incident."We love rooting for the underdog- but what does it really take to rise despite the odds, as THE underdog? Rosaline Koo founded CXA Group from her living room in 2013 after a storied career with multinationals, with ambitions to transform health benefits for employees. Tune in to her story from risking all her family savings to build her startup; to scaling to over a million users, raising over $50M from the likes of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin's B Capital Group, EDBI, Openspace Ventures and more.--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.  From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How an underdog emerged to challenge global insurance players- The opportunity for digitization in insurtech- How to actually expand into new markets- The sacrifice of a founder- the toll on personal relationships- Building for the long run--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro, what's on tap for this week03:24 - Rosaline's life "a series of accidents", from a father that came to the US on a Dragon Boat12:34 - "I think I needed to help execute" - startup journey begins in Malaysia13:11 - A mother's guilt 15:29 - Coming to a hard decision18:50 - Taking all of the family's savings to start CXA22:52 - Taking the leap: being bold enough to solve an industry problem29:28 - Acquisition strategy: going head to head as a no-name brand50:18 - Billion Dollar Questions!--More on Rosaline:Rosaline is the founder and CEO of CXA group, Asia’s only integrated flex and wellness portal (https://www.cxagroup.com/)Rosaline invested $5M of her savings and borrowed another $5M to build CXA after 5 years trying to convince her previous firm to invest in Asia. Now CXA has over a million users across 20 countries in Asia and is being white-labelled as the SME bancassurance SAAS platform. CXA has been awarded Insurtech of the Year, Top CEO, Global Innovations in Healthcare, Asian Human Capital Leadership Award, Asian Insurance Innovations and HR Vendor of the Year for Corp Wellness and Comp & Benefits. Rosaline supervised Procter & Gamble factory lines in Iowa and then worked at Bankers Trust on Wall Street. She launched two dot-com start-ups before moving to ACE insurance. Rosaline also grew Mercer Marsh Benefits' 14 APAC countries 800% over 8 years. She graduated from UCLA Cybernetics and Columbia Business School.--Be sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/SarahChenGlobal Get ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/Like this content? Share this with a friend!HIT PLAY on #BillionDollarMoves Playlist: https://tinyurl.com/bdm-playlist

Aug 27

58 min 57 sec

This week, we dive deep with Rajive Keshup in Singapore, Investment Director at Cathay Innovation, an early and growth stage venture capital firm with $1.5B AUM across San Francisco, Paris, Shanghai and Singapore, and closely affiliated with Cathay Capital Private Equity, a global private equity firm with $3B in AUM.From the lens of a management consultant turned operator turned funder, Rajive talks about what it takes to be an entrepreneur’s first phone call in great and not-so-great times, and the real landscape of growth stage companies in SEA. --Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.  From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- If you're not learning, you better be earning- The current state of play of venture in Asia: are we drinking our own kool-aid in Asia? Inflated valuations, the hype of SPACs- How to actually expand into new markets- The arbitrage opportunity of Asia-US- Building for the long run--More on Rajive:Rajive is an Investment Director at Cathay Innovation, based out of the Singapore office. (https://cathayinnovation.com/)Prior to joining Cathay, Rajive played instrumental roles in scaling a number of Southeast Asian startups. Before moving to Singapore, Rajive was a Managing Director at PwC Strategy (formerly Booz & Co.) in New York City where he led the TMT sector for the firm’s Private Equity practice. Rajive started his career at AT&T doing corporate strategy & development in Dallas, Texas. He is also a former-founder having built, scaled and successfully exited a US-based startup in the pet services space. Rajive earned an MBA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and a Bachelor of Science from Bentley University in Waltham, MA.--Be sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/SarahChenGlobal Get ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/Like this content? HIT PLAY on #BillionDollarMoves Playlist: https://tinyurl.com/bdm-playlistNOW on Spotify! Tune in: https://open.spotify.com/show/6FmOdgF...and Itunes - https://tinyurl.com/bdm-itunes(and wherever you find your podcasts!)#venturecapital #scaleup #startup #innovation

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Aug 20

56 min 26 sec

“If I was being invited into a room, it was for a reason. So it's about being confident in that I had something to offer. I wasn't going to sit at the periphery of the table and not speak” — Alethia JacksonThis week, we make a trip to The Hill with America’s Top Lobbyist, Alethia Jackson making some #BillionDollarMoves​! As VP of Federal Relations & Head of Advocacy for Walgreens, Alethia is expanding patient access to pharmacy services while advancing the role of pharmacy in the healthcare system. As Chair of the Vaccine Equity Taskforce, she sees first hand, Corporate America’s healthcare battle especially during this time we are all living in. We unpack what it means to lead with your voice, the complex healthcare landscape and how to build partnerships that matter.--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How to be heard, and help others feel heard- What it takes to make it in Corporate America- The healthcare battle of our generation- The quadruple aim of healthcare & how senior executives are thinking about it- How digitization is affecting the future of healthcare--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:11 - What's on tab for this week: the healthcare battle of our generation, 02:29 - Alethia's DRIVE and where it came from04:55 - The disparity of care07:09 - How to find your voice, and come back from being perceived not in a way you'd like11:14 - On power in Washington DC15:11 - The quadruple aim of healthcare, the challenges19:57 - Politics vs government; the politicization of healthcare?24:08 - The retailization of healthcare26:53 - Guest CAMEO! Nur Afifah & Renwei Chung - fake news, reimagining healthcare's front door39:04 - BILLION DOLLAR QUESTIONSBe sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal​​Get ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next? https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/Tell a friend and tag us @SarahChenGlobal @AlethiaMJacksonLike this content? HIT PLAY on #BillionDollarMoves Playlist: https://tinyurl.com/bdm-playlistNOW on Spotify! Tune in: https://open.spotify.com/show/6FmOdgF...and Itunes - https://tinyurl.com/bdm-itunes(and wherever you find your podcasts!)#BillionDollarMoves #ExecutiveLeadership #VentureCapital #Startups #Innovation

Aug 13

44 min 4 sec

Enterprise technology companies attracted $30 billion in funding, outpacing their consumer-tech peers (by a third) for the first time in five years. This trend reflects a deeper evolution at play, at the intersection of software development, adoption of cloud technology, and data analysis—and as many investors have said we’re still at the early stages of this massive sea change. But how did we arrive at this inflection point and what next?--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.  From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How to actually manage diversity & not falling into the culture 'fit' trap- Why conviction is core to succeeding as a new partner- The tale of two cities in healthcare- What makes a billion dollar founder?- Ethics in investing - where do you draw the line?More on Cathy:As a daughter of a software engineer and a small business owner, Cathy has been steeped in technology and entrepreneurship from an early age and today Cathy focuses on B2B SaaS, digital healthcare, and data businesses as partner at Sapphire Ventures, a leading venture capital firm that partners with visionary teams and venture funds to build companies of consequence. For nearly two decades, Sapphire has been investing capital, resources and expertise in innovative startups and technology-focused venture funds around the world with more than $6.8B in AUM across Sapphire Ventures, Sapphire Partners and Sapphire Sport, and with team members in Austin, London, Palo Alto and San Francisco. (https://sapphireventures.com/)Get ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/

Aug 6

57 min 26 sec

"Tolerate failure but don't tolerate incompetence. Till this day, I regret how I let a company go bankrupt— I've learned from that" From microbiome manipulation, to genomic sequencing, biotechnology promises an unprecedented future. But what  does it really take to build a biotech company that will last?This week, we chat with, Brian Conn, serial biotech CFO, who has raised over $300M, completed 20 M&A deals and is currently CFO of genomic sequencing company, Quantapore, co-founder of synthetic biology company, Levadura and advisor to VC firm, General Inception.--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How a non-technical founder can play a big role in building biotech- How an unfocused strategy, is a strategy- The evolution of biotech - have we leapfrogged?- Navigating competition - Key fundraising tips - should you care about dilution?--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro: What's on tab for this week: biotech, role of startup CFO, fundraising02:49 - Brian's lucky start in biotech07:47 - The lousy accountant turned CFO11:49 - The long road of biotech14:45 - Biotech vs non-biotech19:34 - Dilution, funding "and then we're done" - hard lessons 24:10 - Evolution of biotech, have we leapfrogged? 33:01 - Dealing with competition36:20 - Special! Cameo from Dr. Sarah Richardson, CEO, MicroByre50:20 - Billion Dollar Questions--Be sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal​​Get ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/

Jul 30

56 min

From leveraging the $500Bn impact investing opportunity to building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm, and most importantly the willingness to PLAY IT BIG, as athletes in our own fields. This week, we took a different turn in examining high-performance and went deep with Dr.Jen, the first female NFL Coach on what's not playing big right now in the world of sport.Dr. Jen Welter tackled her football career with tenacity and an unprecedented track record of pioneering firsts. Building on her career in women’s football, that included 2 Gold medals with Team USA, 4 World Championships and 8 All-Star selections, Dr. Jen busted into the men’s game, as the first female running back signed to a men’s professional team. She broke through the biggest boys club of all, the NFL, as the first female coach in the league and the Madden NFL 20 video game.Now that's some #BillionDollarMoves​ we all want in on. 👊🏻  FIVE THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How to defy crazy odds, even when you're told you can't- How to not let fear define you- How to turn being seen as the 'token' woman to being taken seriously as a team player- Getting to the big table and bringing your voice- The disparity between men and women's sport and what we must do⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro05:14 - Being Told She Wasn't Going To Be Good Enough07:33 - Shifting Mindset Through Negativity11:00 - Dr. Jen's Epiphany 13:29 - Getting The Call From Texas Revolution18:16 - Are Companies Doing The Right Thing in Diversity Drives?20:41 - Developing Allies23:13 - Being The First & Only23:58 - NCAA, Sedona Prince, The Disparity In SportsGet ON THE LIST, want to appear as a special guest next?https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/

Jul 23

30 min 5 sec

Dive into our post-show Clubhouse discussion Apr 16th 2021 with fellow VCs in the region, where we went deep on the rise of startups in Southeast Asia, fresh of Grab's announcement that week valuing it at close to $40Bn, Bukalapak netting $234M and more! Special cameo by: Rajive Keshup, Investments Director, Cathay InnovationGail Wong, Managing Partner, Her CapitalCarlo Delantar, Head of Circular Economy, Gobi Partners Venture capitalist, Michael Lints of Singapore-based Golden Gate Ventures shares some #BillionDollarMoves​​​ we all will want in on.👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How Southeast Asia's startup scene came to be- How venture capitalists are viewing Southeast Asia right now- The unique challenges of building & investing in Southeast Asia- The impact post-pandemic on markets, and how startups are innovating- How the racial reckoning is affecting others around the globe--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm.More on Michael:Michael Lints has over 20 years of experience helping innovative businesses obtain the resources, insights, and expertise they need in order to be successful.  Michael has been a startup operator, investor, and mentor, and is currently a Partner at the Singapore-based venture capital firm Golden Gate Ventures.  He joined the firm in 2013 and is currently leading growth venture efforts, which include LP fundraising and portfolio management for Golden Gate Venture's investments at Series B and beyond. Outside of work, sport is an essential part of Michael’s life. He is a former member of the Dutch karate team and the former ambassador for Treknology (Trek bikes distributor in Singapore). Michael actively participates in Ironman 70.3 races and marathons. He is also passionate about social justice and uses sport as a vehicle to raise awareness for important issues such as civil rights, economic opportunity, and education. Besides sport, Michael is an active writer and writes articles regarding life, balance, and venture capital on michaellints.com.

Jul 16

22 min 53 sec

From our live show Apr 16th 2021, we went deep on the rise of startups in Southeast Asia, fresh of Grab's announcement that week valuing it at close to $40Bn, Bukalapak netting $234M and more! Michael shares some #BillionDollarMoves​​​ we all will want in on. 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How Southeast Asia's startup scene came to be- How venture capitalists are viewing Southeast Asia right now- The unique challenges of building & investing in Southeast Asia- The impact post-pandemic on markets, and how startups are innovating- How the racial reckoning is affecting others around the globe--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. --⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro01:29 - Michael's personal journey through resilience09:11 - Southeast Asia's hot week: Grab's SPAC, Bukalapak's raise & more14:20 - The challenge of building & investing in Emerging Asia18:59 - 700+ startup exits in Southeast Asia? 21:07 - Post-Pandemic view on markets24:15 - Michael's view on the moment in time, and the racial reckoning27:50 - Michael's advice to foundersGET ON THE LIST of BILLION DOLLAR MOVERS & SHAKERS, looking to make a cameo as a guest? https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/Be sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal

Jul 16

34 min 24 sec

Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. This week, we went deep on the new reality that is remote work with none other than Brian Elliiott, former GM of Platform at Slack, and now Head of Future Forum — reimagining work. From building for inclusivity to sending the right message from the top - he shares some #BillionDollarMoves​​ we all will want in on. Do you agree with his tips? We'd love to hear from you!👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- Why 83% of knowledge workers DO NOT WANT to return to the office- How executive leaders can lead effectively remotely in 2021 and beyond- The unique challenges of work from home for different groups and what leaders can do- The impact post-pandemic for the future of work- How to rethink productivity metrics to bring out the best in your distributed teams⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro02:36 - Brian's career mantra 04:26 - The Lift & Shift - 83% of knowledge workers do not want to return to the office08:00 - Social isolation affecting different groups differently11:42 - Leaders rethinking culture, tackling different challenges including systemic racism 14:12 - Global work and distributed teams16:50 - The future of work21:36 - Power dynamics, trust and empathy in the C-suiteBe sure to HIT subscribe to get notified when full recordings are up: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal

Jul 9

27 min 20 sec

“Even if you’re drowning, give it one last shot” Ride-hailing giant Gojek and marketplace Tokopedia, Indonesia’s two largest startups, said a couple of days ago that they’ve merged their businesses to form GoTo Group, on track for a $35-$40B IPO end year.This sets more fuel to the fire of SuperApps rising in Southeast Asia: a trend that is actually moving from East to West. But is it all that it's cut out to be?Muneeb Maayr, Founder of Bykea joins us this week on #BillionDollarMoves to unpack the news & share his game plan for Bykea, Pakistan's hyper-local marketplace powered by a network of Motorcycles (p.s, there are 17 million in Pakistan!)From the rise of SuperApps to the unique challenges of the two-wheeler opportunity in a country like Pakistan, to the fear of a meaningless life, Muneeb Maayr and I cover it all! --Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.  From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- Will everything eventually be a Superapp & why?- What a hyper-local strategy actually means- The immense competition of global brands & how that impacts a local startup- The payments revolution - cash on delivery in the East? - How Bykea is thinking about the future of digitization and building trustMore on Bykea: https://www.bykea.com/Catch part of the show on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal​Tag us @SarahChenGlobal @MuneebMaayr @BykeaGet tips, tools, thoughts from Sarah - join our 10k+ community of movers & shakers making #BillionDollarMoves: https://bdm.sarah-chen.com

Jul 2

1 hr 1 min

Over a decade ago, JPMorgan and the Rockefeller Foundation, published a report claiming that impact investment was an emerging asset class that would reach between $400 billion and $1 trillion in assets under management by 2020. Many thought this was an ambitious prediction but fast forward, we now see how those doubts were misplaced with markets hitting $715 billion in assets under management in 2020. Against the backdrop of the reckoning of 2020, our lens on impact dollars has become tremendously important. But is there far too much sensationalization of impact? How do we stay grounded on metrics that really matter? We talked with Karen Wawrzaszek to unpack this, in March 2021 on our very first episode recorded!From growing up in poverty to advising some of the wealthiest families, endowments & foundations; having held roles including MD of Rockefeller Capital Management to now Chair of the Meyer Foundation and BNY Mellon Regional President- we learn from her #BillionDollarMoves and challenge how impact investing has gone wrong — and what more needs to be done.In this episode, you will learn:- What it means to have lived in poverty, and how you can channel personal scars into purpose - Impact washing and this moment in time- The triple threat of inequality- How do we DESIGN & measure impact – is doing no harm, good enough?- Key investment trends arising from the rise of millennials and environmental, social, governance (ESG) Catch part of the show on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal Tag us @SarahChenGlobal #BillionDollarMovesGet tips, tools, thoughts from Sarah - join our 10k+ community of movers & shakers making #BillionDollarMoves: https://bdm.sarah-chen.com

Jun 25

37 min 59 sec

“Never build a startup without a technical founder”“Never go to a VC without a well thought out pitch deck”“Never hire people from Craigslist”From breaking all these rules and more, this week's guest, serial entrepreneur and now investor, Jack Smith, somehow turned a terrible idea into a $780M+ exit. This snippet reveals Jack in his rare raw form being brutally honest with the audience on Clubhouse. @_jacksmith has co-founded multiple startups: Vungle, Coin, Shyp and advised many others. We talk everything from his startup outgrowing him to his lack of focus getting him to the right place & right time. --Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. --Catch part of the show on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal Tag us @SarahChenGlobal @_jacksmithGet tips, tools, thoughts from Sarah — join our 10k+ community of movers & shakers making #BillionDollarMoves: https://bdm.sarah-chen.com

Jun 18

33 min 47 sec

This week we went deep on the growing pains of a startup, from PR nightmares to co-founder breakups, the challenge of shifting from a scarcity to growth mindset, and so much more with Jack Smith, serial entrepreneur & investor. @_jacksmith has co-founded multiple startups: Vungle, Coin, Shyp and advised many others. We talk everything from his startup outgrowing him to his lack of focus getting him to the right place & right time. --Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders, and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. --👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How Jack's curiosity from a tender age carried him through as an entrepreneur- The value of an incubator - should you join one?- What it takes to get to product-market fit, and then scale- What it means to outgrow your startup, and what you can do- The harsh reality of a startup's PR nightmare⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00​ - Intro02:29​ - Jack's early start in entrepreneurship05:03​ - Mediaroots evolution into Vungle08:36​ - Hacking screen record & how that led to San Francisco10:49​ - Should I join an incubator? Jack's learning from AngelPad 16:31​ - The crappy engineer, launching to the next few stages21:33​ - What metrics mattered, that affirmed the Vungle vision?24:42​ - Jack's reflection on how the startup outgrew him28:06 - Micromanaging to enabling others30:50​ - Handling a PR nightmare, and standing by his co-founder32:40 - Jack's reflection on "making it" with the BIG exit Catch part of the show on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal Tag us @SarahChenGlobal @_jacksmithGet tips, tools, thoughts from Sarah - join our 10k+ community of movers & shakers making #BillionDollarMoves: https://bdm.sarah-chen.com

Jun 18

38 min 49 sec

[BONUS] Includes the post-show discussion on Clubhouse this week where we went deep on the Global Entrepreneurial Revolution shaping our future with renowned American investor & entrepreneur, Christopher Schroeder. From the dominance of big tech, to the digital divide to startups rising in the Middle East - we cover it all.Chris is the co-founder of Next Billion Ventures, a venture capital (VC) fund focused on the next billion digital consumers across global emerging markets and is also a Network Partner for Village Global, an early VC fund backed by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sara Blakely, Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman et al. Chris started in politics with the George W Bush (Senior) presidential campaign before becoming the CEO of the Washington Post/ Newsweek interactive. He then co-founded Health Central which was backed by the likes of Sequoia, Polaris Ventures and the Carlyle Group and was acquired by Remedy Health in 2012. In 2013, Chris published the first book on the Middle East & North Africa’s entrepreneurship scene called: Startup Rising — The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East — with a forward by renowned investor Marc Andreessen. Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders, and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. --👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- What it takes to shift from being an intrapreneur to entrepreneur- How entrepreneurship has become a global lingua franca- Startups thriving across the world and yet a growing digital divide- The challenge of big tech and increasing monopoly, can markets self-correct?- Landscape of innovation in different regions: the rise of superapps--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro02:49 - Chris' personal chapters as founder to funder & actualizing multiple visions04:49 - Are entrepreneurs born or made?06:16 - Shifting from intrapreneur to entrepreneur12:06 - The lens of a venture capitalist and the lingua franca of entrepreneurship17:06 - The Venn diagram between impact and profit closing in on each other18:39 - The role of government and entrepreneurship, big tech25:33 - Copycat models or real innovation?27:50 - Chris' interest in Middle East and the startup revolution in the region31:33 - Chris' advice for founders34:34 - Post show discussion with VCs+wider audience--Catch part of the show on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/sarahchenglobal On Christopher SchroederTag us @SarahChenGlobal @CMSchroed Get tips, tools, thoughts from Sarah —join our 10k+ community of movers & shakers making #BillionDollarMoves: https://bdm.sarah-chen.com

Jun 11

49 min 38 sec

This week, we went deep on the Global Entrepreneurial Revolution shaping our future with renowned American investor & entrepreneur, Christopher Schroeder. From the dominance of big tech, to the digital divide to startups rising in the Middle East - we cover it all with Chris. Chris is the co-founder of Next Billion Ventures, a venture capital (VC) fund focused on the next billion digital consumers across global emerging markets and is also a Network Partner for Village Global, an early VC fund backed by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sara Blakely, Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman et al. Chris started in politics with the George W Bush (Senior) presidential campaign before becoming the CEO of the Washington Post/ Newsweek interactive. He then co-founded Health Central which was backed by the likes of Sequoia, Polaris Ventures and the Carlyle Group and was acquired by Remedy Health in 2012. In 2013, Chris published the first book on the Middle East & North Africa’s entrepreneurship scene called: Startup Rising — The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East — with a forward by renowned investor Marc Andreessen. --Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders, and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. --👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- What it takes to shift from being an intrapreneur to entrepreneur- How entrepreneurship has become a global lingua franca- Startups thriving across the world and yet a growing digital divide- The challenge of big tech and increasing monopoly, can markets self-correct?- Landscape of innovation in different regions: the rise of superapps --Catch part of the show on YouTube: https://youtube.com/sarahchenglobal Tag us @SarahChenGlobal @CMSchroed ⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - Intro02:49 - Chris' personal chapters as founder to funder & actualizing multiple visions04:49 - Are entrepreneurs born or made?06:16 - Shifting from intrapreneur to entrepreneur 12:06 - The lens of a venture capitalist and the lingua franca of entrepreneurship17:06 - The Venn diagram between impact and profit closing in on each other18:39 - The role of government and entrepreneurship, big tech25:33 - Copycat models or real innovation?27:50 - Chris' interest in Middle East and the startup revolution in the region31:33 - Chris' advice for foundersGet tips, tools, thoughts from Sarah - join our 10k+ community of movers & shakers making #BillionDollarMoves: https://bdm.sarah-chen.com

Jun 11

34 min 52 sec

"If you are waiting for perfection, you've waited too long"From Sequoia Capital to now leading Asia's next unicorn, Ankiti Bose is making some #BillionDollarMoves! At 23, Ankiti co-founded Zilingo in 2015 with the vision of bridging the technology gap within the fashion and lifestyle supply chain to help small merchants and traders go digital. Under her leadership, Zilingo has raised over $300 million, scaled to over 8 countries, with over 10,000 merchants and 7 million active users.This week we unpack what it takes to scale in Asia, and the business of fashion.--Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs. From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. -- 👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:- How to bring an idea you're inspired by to conviction- Thinking about a pivot? Making that big decision and what it takes- What metrics matter at a stage of hypergrowth- The digital uptake & uprising across markets- The cost of fast fashion & what we must all do for real sustainability in a world of an inferno of desire--⏳ TIMESTAMPS00:00 - What's on tab for this week: fast fashion, digitizing fashion02:58 - Intro- from an idea to building an empire04:45 - From inspiration to conviction: testing the market07:15 - The big pivot?13:47 - What metrics matter in hypergrowth?18:12 - ESG & fast fashion24:55 - The inferno of desire & the problems of consumerism, big tech32:27 - Global patterns, the future of e-commerce36:20 - From Southeast Asia to the world?43:08 - Special! Cameo from the audience53:26 - BILLION DOLLAR QUESTIONSMore on Zilingo: https://zilingo.com/Subscribe to catch part of the show on YouTube: https://youtube.com/sarahchenglobal​Tag us @SarahChenGlobal @AnkitiB @ZilingoGet tips, tools, thoughts from Sarah - join our 10k+ community of movers & shakers making #BillionDollarMoves: https://bdm.sarah-chen.com

Jun 4

56 min 12 sec

It's Happening! Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia founders, funders and execs.From the growing pains of a unicorn journey to IPO, scaling a venture capital firm, to building empires in new markets; all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm.Join venture capitalist & strategist, Sarah Chen as she asks the hard questions, and learn through the triumphs, failures and hard lessons of the crème de la crème, so you too, can make #billiondollarmoves in venture, in business & in life.Sign up so you don't miss a beat! https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/

May 12

2 min 17 sec