Asia Tech Podcast

Michael Waitze Media

All Things Asia, All Things Tech

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It was back to the studio to welcome Darshan Mehta, the founder of iResearch.com. iResearch was designed to empower companies to easily, quickly, and affordably conduct insight sessions anytime and in any language. Some of the topics that Darshan covered: Growing up in an entrepreneurial household Loved case studies and that led to management consulting The realization that he was more interested in branding and marketing strategy Building iResearch to be Easy, Affordable, and Powerful The importance of insights The underlying 'why' is what makes people do things The difference between focus groups and surveys The benefits of building startups in Thailand for foreigners Fake genies Other titles we considered for this episode: I Don't Mind Problems, I Just Love Solutions The Best Tool for Anyone is Experience There Is a Real Difference Between Surviving and Striving

Dec 4

41 min 30 sec

Yan Lee, the Founder and Managing Partner at Hive Ventures joined the Asia Tech Podcast for a wide-ranging conversation about the startup ecosystem in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Some of the topics that Yan and I discussed: The listing of ICLK in Nasdaq and all of its associated issues Taiwan and Hong Kong's first home-grown software startup to be listed on Nasdaq The importance of having a strong management team How every startup is different Making the move into venture capital Similarities between parenting and early-stage VC investing How the structure of Taiwan's economy impacts its VC landscape Data, Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Software, and Automation How Taiwan's startups create their edge How to combat investment myopia Working with a lot of other funds Other titles we considered for this episode: Almost Going Bankrupt 18 Times You Don't Learn This Stuff in MBA That's the Fire You Wanna Light There Are Probably a Million One Ways to Fail Everyone Is Looking to Plug Something Into Their Ecosystem It's So Culturally Nuanced We no Longer Live In a Silo

Nov 30

37 min 14 sec

We have wanted to speak to Derek Handley for a while now.  Derek is a Founding Partner at Aera VC and one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking investors I have encountered. Some of the topics that Derek and I covered included: Picking something and going deep Building things in response to what becomes possible The intersection of technology and sustainability The art and science of living Innovation in food technology and its impact on climate The fear of losing a company one has built and doing something more impactful The feelings that founders have when they exit Wiser Conversations - How do you design and live life? Portfolio construction and being a climate-focused venture fund Other titles we considered for this episode: Architecture Is Really Just a Concept You Can Build Something to Respond to That You Have to Build Things You Are Committed to Building Is This the Contribution I am Meant to Be Making I Didn't Not Do It The World Was Still

Nov 27

39 min 41 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast went back to Vietnam to talk to Quan Nguyen (https://www.linkedin.com/in/quannguyen89/), a co-Founder and the CEO of GIMO (https://gimo.vn/en), a fintech startup in Vietnam offering on-demand pay for blue-collar workers. Some of the topics we covered: His experience as a finance professional How corporate life demotivated him Getting an MBA and how it changed his mindset Amidst good success at work, Quan decided he needed to do something more meaningful and quit his job Meeting the co-Founder of GIMO and pivoting the business Early Wage Access and why GIMO focused on this product Many Vietnamese are left out of traditional financial services The overall state of financial services in Vietnam Financial literacy and its impact on service accessibility Partnerships and building an ecosystem Raising capital and family support (https://gimo.vn/en/insights/fintech-startup-gimo-bags-19m-in-seed-round-led-by-integra-partners-) Other titles we considered for this episode: Enjoying the Relaxing Lifestyle Parents...They Always Worry Is It Going to Die?

Nov 23

48 min 19 sec

We had Ronen Mense on the show...wow! More of a wow was that we recorded this episode face-to-face in the Michael Waitze Media studio at True Digital Park.  What a great experience... Ronen is the President and Managing Director, APAC at AppsFlyer based in Bangkok, and the story leading up to how he got there was quite interesting. Some of the topics we covered: Ronen is the third generation of his family to be born in China Going to the University of Oregon Returning to Asia via Hong Kong after graduation One of his first jobs was selling industrial-sized milk powder in China What he learned working with the Chairman of a Chinese company Started his own mobile marketing company in 2005 Struggling to figure out app download attribution Developers had no idea where app installs came from How he found and was ultimately hired by AppsFlyer How different tech giants define privacy differently Metta World Peace and predicting Facebook's name change How marketers need to move to an aggregated world Privacy and data security as a core company principle Other titles we considered for this episode: Forgot To Ride the Milk Expansion Wave The Auditor of the Mobile Industry Self-Imposed Exile

Nov 20

45 min 12 sec

We went back to the ADDX well about 6 months after our thoroughly enjoyable conversation with ADDX's Chief Commercial Officer, Oi-Yee Choo.  This time we were excited to welcome Darius Liu, a co-Founder and the Chief Operating Officer of ADDX.  The ADDX team is world-class and Darius is no exception...his career prior to founding ADDX can only be described as start-studded.  As for ADDX, a lot has changed since we published the initial episode in May and we really wanted to catch up. Some of the topics that Darius covered: What it was like working at GIC and having a 20-year investment horizon Worked for the establishment including the Ministry of Finance His deep domain knowledge in asset management The name change from iSTOX to ADDX The launch of structured products on the ADDX platform The excitement of building a company from scratch The next leap of competitiveness will have to be driven by tech and innovation in the regulatory space How Singapore is already laying the foundation for the next generation The Sembcorp sustainability bond as a seminal moment Fractional ownership Some of the other titles we considered: That Level of Trust Has Been Built The Amazon or AliBaba of Private Markets Really, It's About Execution There Are So Many Unknowns In the Future, We See Everything as Being Digitized So Many Stars Have to Align for All of This Stuff to Work Fractionalization Is Securitization

Nov 16

41 min 4 sec

It was very interesting to converse with Barbara Ex, the Founder, and CEO of WhiteSpace.  WhiteSpace provides an O2O platform that provides flexible and affordable co-meeting spaces on-demand. Some of the topics that Barbara and I covered: Being expatriates to London early in her career Moving to China and starting the Asia office of JMJ Working on a huge project in Korea Having a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT gave her the credibility needed to cross-cultural barriers Jumping into the world of entrepreneurs Why WhiteSpace was started as an on-demand collaboration space How COVID catalyzed flexible working WhiteSpace's operations, services, and technology Meeting rooms as a service The importance of listening to your customers Other titles we considered for this episode: It's Always Nominally a Two-Year Contract I Am Laughing at the Word 'Strategy' How About in 2006? Off-Balance Is a Great Place to Start When You Are Doing Culture Change The Queen of the Korean Shipyards The Couple that PowerPoints Together Stays Together It Would Still Be Better Face-to-Face

Nov 12

39 min 12 sec

We could not have been happier to have Smita Aggarwal, Global Investment Advisor at Flourish Ventures, join us on the show. Smita is an investor that seeks new business models across South Asia and Southeast Asia in the FinTech innovation space, that drives value creation for all stakeholders.   Flourish Ventures is a venture firm investing in entrepreneurs whose innovations help people achieve financial health and prosperity. As an evergreen fund, Flourish deploys patient capital with a long-term perspective. Flourish's team is growing the portfolio built within Omidyar Network over the last decade. Some of the topics we discussed with Smita: Her early career in project finance for large corporates The excitement of being part of the new consumer banking innovations in India Setting up a rural lending business from scratch Working at the Reserve Bank of India and getting a peek into the policymaking process The hotbed of innovative business models in South and Southeast Asia The importance of financial inclusion Flourish Ventures Embedded finance The excitement and challenges of operating in frontier markets Taking learnings from one market and applying them to another So much more... Other titles we considered for this episode: I Am an Accidental VC You Might Need to Get Into Many Adjacencies Yourself There Are Some Building Blocks Essential for Every Country to Have Huge Respect for Anyone Who’s an Entrepreneur The World Around You Changed They Pivoted, Adapted…Changed

Nov 9

36 min 1 sec

Asia Tech Podcast spoke to Ethan Lou.  Ethan is a journalist and author, whose most recent book, "Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West", was published on October 19.   According to the book's summary on Amazon, "Ethan Lou goes on an epic quest through the proverbial cryptocurrency Wild West, through riches, absurdity, wonder, and woe. From investing in Bitcoin in university to his time writing for Reuters, and then mining the digital asset ― Lou meets a co-founder of Ethereum and Gerald Cotten of QuadrigaCX (before he was reported dead) and hangs out in North Korea with Virgil Griffith, the man later arrested for allegedly teaching blockchain to the totalitarian state." Ethan and I talked about his trip to North Korea that ultimately led to Virgil Griffith's recent guilty plea to "to conspiring to violating U.S. law by traveling to North Korea to give a presentation on how to use blockchain technology to launder money and evade sanctions." Other titles we considered for this episode: Millennial Gold Money Is a Collective Delusion

Nov 5

39 min 7 sec

ATP was delighted to have Wen Shaw, a co-Founder and the CEO of Cooby, on the show.  Cooby enables businesses to take control of their WhatsApp and supercharge it for work. Some of the topics Wen covered: Going to California and starting his first company right after grad school Working at Facebook and Dropbox The cultural differences between Facebook and Dropbox start with their products The culture at Facebook encourages moving really fast Messenger apps versus eMail Cooby's value proposition The idea that enterprises will all adopt messaging apps Data usage and sales intelligence A look back at a massive Facebook outage Other titles we considered for this episode: It Was Not a Surprise to Anybody Messaging Is Replacing eMails Companies Want to Close Deals They Lose a Lot of Fidelity Fill In the Gaps, Wherever There’s a Gap It’s Either the Bank or My Parents

Nov 2

33 min 27 sec

Even though we had just met, I felt like I had known Andy Tian for years.  Andy is the CEO and a co-Founder of Asia Innovations Group, which was built to become the largest global social entertainment platform.  Some of the topics that Andy and I discussed: Being born in China and raised in Queens, New York Growing up in Queens reinforced Andy's multicultural views that still resonate with him today How the excitement of being in a new place outweighs the difficulties of adjusting Joining Google in 2005 as one of China's earlier team members Running Google's mobile business in China and helping Andy Rubin bring Android to China Starting one of the first social gaming companies in 2008 and then selling it to Zynga in 2010 Asia Innovations Group was built to bring the most innovative products to a global audience Why Google really left China The importance of company culture which is simply the default mode of operation Being execution-oriented Be CEO - Be Pirate - Be Hero What is live social? Are financial services an opportunity? Other titles we considered: The Domain Was Available We're Doing Live Social Right Now We Are Just In the First Phase of Being Live Social As a Proper Husband, I Can Not Make a Shopping Decision Alone The Social Element Gives It Fun

Oct 29

50 min 56 sec

Taku Tanaka has a plan.  In a way, it seems like he has always had a plan.  Taku is a co-Founder and the CEO of Kamereo.  This should not surprise anyone that knows him.  Whether it was the challenge of going to the University of Washington as an exchange student or joining Credit Suisse to learn more about Finance and improve his English, Taku has always taken action with purpose. Some of the topics Taku and I discussed: A strong belief in yourself is important for success His family was involved in Food and Beverage (F&B) supply chain business Always wanting to open his own restaurant Studied a lot of Japan's listed F&B businesses while at Credit Suisse Researched developing countries' F&B businesses Determined that emerging markets were a more interesting place to build Sent a cold e-mail to the founders of Vietnam's Pizza 4 Peace to try to get a job At Pizza 4P, Taku became the COO and Pizza 4P grew from 1 shop to 12 In Vietnam, the F&B supply chain is highly fragmented The founding of Kamereo - Vietnam's one-stop-shop for F&B supply chain Kamereo's potential FinTech opportunities Raising money during the COVID-19 pandemic

Oct 26

28 min 25 sec

If you still thought that blockchain and distributed ledger technology were not ready for enterprise prime time, listening to this conversation with Brendon Howe, VP, GM Blockchain at VMware will change your mind.  Brendon spent most of his career with early-stage companies in the infrastructure and software services space, in a way, preparing for this role at VMware. Some of the topics that Brendon discussed: Developing a new product inside a large company that already has great products Understanding when the right time is to scale opportunities How DLT fits perfectly into VMware's core business as an application platform for the enterprise The importance of non-functional requirements when building any enterprise-level software Building a high-performance team in a new technology space Asset tokenization and digitization Co-innovating as a trusted business partner The interest in DLT products in Asia Some real-world examples of VMware's blockchain implementations in Australia and Malaysia Other titles we considered for this episode: It’s Not for the Faint of Heart These Are Digital Transformation Initiatives We Are Very Active Participants in our Customers’ Use Case Definition

Oct 19

40 min 8 sec

It was good fun to talk to Ed Barker, a Senior Associate at Square Peg in Singapore. Square Peg has invested in some of the region's seminal startups, including Canva, Doctor Anywhere, Pluang, and many others. Some of the topics Ed discussed: As a youngster, Ed loved to tear down tech and put it back together His first job was repairing computers at ANZ Bank How he realized he loved technology but did not like IT Was fortunate to have his consulting roles take him to Europe, the US, Asia, and Australia Getting stuff done in a big organization is tough…need to have a 10X solution The joy of going deep on things when he gets excited about them Learning every single day Some of the things you can not know about Southeast Asia unless you are on the ground The employment of data to make better investment decisions How to provide greater access to new services Value creation versus value capture - finding the balance How to effectively use talent globally Some of the other titles we considered for this episode: Taking Things Apart and Putting them Back Together We’re Very Early in the Capital Journey The Opportunity to Fundamentally Improve People’s Lives Through the Use of Better Technology How Do We Reduce Friction?

Oct 12

32 min 15 sec

It was really enlightening to talk to Oussama Labib, the CEO and Founder at aeqlia, an all-in-one team development platform.  Oussama found his calling early in life and it is obvious that he is in the right place from his super positive attitude.   Some of the topics that we covered: Oussama was born to French-Moroccan parents who had migrated to France for their education As a teenager, he knew he wanted to work in the Human Resources field Spent a year in Bora Bora working in the hospitality business while at University Commuting with turtles versus commuting on the Paris metro Upon graduation from business school, bought a plane ticket to Singapore with a friend and started looking for a job Rose quickly to a leadership position at Ikea The reason he left his job to start his own business Why aeqlia was founded and why Oussama focused on EdTech aeqlia is an Arabic word that means mindset Companies are organized by teams, but most learning is focused on individuals Experiential learning increases retention Game-based learning is NOT Gamification Building highly personalized team development journeys Did Oussama coin the term "Instant Learnification"? The four stages of becoming a high-performance team Other titles we considered for this episode: The Point Was to Travel I Don't Look at My Choice as Weird It Makes My Life a Little Bit More Purpose-Driven Hit Repeat Every Single Day It Was the Best Year of My Life I Knew I Was No longer Going to Close Doors Myself It Sets the Bar Quite High Ideally, This Is a Never-Ending Process

Oct 5

41 min 2 sec

"The Irony Was Not Lost On Me" (a potential title for this episode...) was something Victor J. Chow, the Founder, and CEO of 3 Square,  said to me when we were discussing his return to Taiwan.  Victor's parents emigrated to the United States from Taiwan, settled in Connecticut, and built a successful, if not sprawling, food and beverage business. Like many children of successful immigrants, Victor wanted to carve his own path and made his way to Wall St... Some of the topics we covered in more depth: The expectations for the eldest son in a traditional Asian family His lack of interest in his family's business and his path to Wall St. His desire to head back to Taiwan was announced to his family more than it was discussed with them Victor's desire to have a concrete plan for something to do in Taiwan led him to a scholarship to study Mandarin After graduating from an intensive Mandarin course, starting a Montessori-style cram school Created two branches of the school and sold the business 5 or so years later Had been conceptualizing a 'digital food court' network for years Launched 3 Square - An optimized and upgraded version of a cloud kitchen Each kitchen is built to handle multiple brands and food styles With one shopping cart, you can order from all the brands at one location Uses data and data analysis to determine the optimal restaurant locations Raised $1.2MM seed round to get started and is now raising more to expand in Taiwan and North and Southeast Asia Some other titles we considered for this episode: I Am Going to Go Back to Taiwan and Check It Out It’s Foreign, But Not Totally Foreign All of a Sudden, I Am Teacher Victor The Irony Is Definitely Not Lost On Me I Will Humbly Say That I Am Not That Surprised

Oct 1

36 min 2 sec

I had so much fun recording this conversation with Rosina Mazumder and Yawar Mehboob, two of the four co-Founders of Arogga, Bangladesh's online pharmacy.  You may hear us joking about Rosina's 'audio technician' at the beginning of the episode...that is actually Yawar, her husband and Arogga's CFO.  Rosina is the CEO of Arogga.  The other co-Founders are Shamim Hasan, the CTO and Fahad Hossain, the COO...quite an unbelievable team. Some of the topics that were covered: Both originally worked at investment banks in London Left that life to become entrepreneurs in the world of cake and publishing Rosina worked with Facebook on “She Means Business” When COVID hit, took some time to reassess what they wanted to do Got introduced to the world of startups in their native Bangladesh This wife and husband team really work together well and have complementary skillsets Arogga - a service that delivers medicine directly to your door In Bangladesh, the pharmacy market is quite fragmented and disorganized Complicating the customer journey is the fact that 20% of medicine in Bangladesh's pharmacies are counterfeit Building a strong company culture Managing through 40% month over month growth Word of mouth matters, so service has to be key What it means to be role models and also learning from the younger generation of founders Other episode titles we also considered: It Was Really Interesting Going from Corporate to Creative Authentic, Less Expensive, and Convenient There's Just Enormous Opportunity Right Now What Has Been Amazing for Us Has Been the Word of Mouth I Have Five Stents in My Heart There Is a Definite Sense of Pride

Sep 28

41 min 14 sec

Paul Salnikow, the Chairman and CEO of The Executive Centre joined the Asia Tech Podcast to discuss flexible work and what started as a niche product has grown into the centerpiece of not only the future of work but how we work today. Some of the topics that Paul covered included: Why he decided to attend Sophia University in Tokyo and the impact it had on his career Working for a Japanese real estate company and getting sent to London to help open the office there How the real estate market microstructure in London sparked the idea of a 'hotel for companies' Moving to Hong Kong and setting up the office there The founding of The Executive Centre after the Japanese real estate company decided to pull back from its foreign businesses The evolution of The Executive Centre and the role that technology played How the clientele has changed over time The launch of the iPhone and the impact on office space usage WeWork became the largest tenant in London and Manhattan! The demise of WeWork, the hubris of its founders and investors, and why it ultimately failed The future of work and flexible working spaces Other titles we considered for this episode: The Desks Shrank Your Entire Office Existence Is In Your Telephone I Had to Make Hong Kong Work or I Had to Pack My Bags Technology Has Been the Most Important Driver of the Emergence of Flexible Office Space

Sep 22

33 min 2 sec

Asia Tech Podcast was joined by Greg Krasnov. Greg is the Founder & CEO of Tonik, the first neobank in the Philippines. Tonik is backed by major international Venture Capital investors, including Sequoia Capital and Point72. Prior to Tonik, Greg co-founded many other successful Asian FinTech companies (FORUM, Credolab, and Solarhome) and a consumer bank in Emerging Europe (Platinum Bank).  An entrepreneur at heart, Greg launched his first business at the age of 18, earning his way through college through coding and PC repair. Some of the topics Greg discussed: Greg was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States when he was 16 years old Most of his early career was in finance and private equity FORUM was set up as an investment vehicle for Southeast Asia after watching what occurred in emerging Europe Reviewed GDP per capita comparisons of the penetration of unsecured consumer finance in Southeast Asia What he found was that in emerging markets at about USD 3K to 5K GDP per capita, you start to get exponential growth in the penetration of consumer finance Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines are all at that cusp of the GDP per capital inflection point Why the team decided to launch in the Philippines Putting your cash in a stash One of Tonik's corporate values is having a sense of humor Data and predictive analytics Financial literacy and why it matters Other episode titles we considered: We’re the Opposite of That A Fundamental Reshaping of the Value Chain

Sep 17

31 min 17 sec

Asia Tech Podcast thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Bianca Ho, a co-founder, and COO of ClareAI and WATI. Bianca is an ex J.P. Morgan Banker turned tech entrepreneur.  ClareAI helps companies to have personalized conversations at scale by building customer engagement software based on WhatsApp Business API. Some of the topics covered in this great conversation: Business processes matter Where can AI technology serve enterprises better The impact of the NOW economy on the B2B landscape Expectations for small businesses are very different than large enterprises Walked through an example of how WATI can be used for a small business The emergence of a no-code, low-code movement The necessity to communicate and be close to your customers Sequoia Surge The importance of taking time out to think

Sep 14

34 min 34 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast welcomed Shiyan Koh, a Managing Partner at Hustle Fund.  Watch the video...it will all make sense.  So many great nuggets came out of this conversation. One of my favorites was, "Great execution meeting high velocity." Some of the other great topics we covered: Built a financial services marketplace while living in San Francisco called Nerd Wallet Prior to founding Nerd Wallet, did a tour of the financial services industry including a year working at Bridgewater Associates in Connecticut Getting the right dev team in place and learning how to communicate the customer insight and customer problems effectively Leaving the United States after living there for almost 20 years Joining the Hustle Fund after being an LP in the first fund Traveling around Southeast Asia talking to founders and realizing there was definitely a need for investors that had operating experience The thing you are trying to optimize for in the early stage is learning and the faster you learn the better The Angel Squad and the importance of angel investing One of the goals is to get more women and minorities on cap tables Other titles we considered for this episode: I Was the Trains-On-Time Person The World Is Incredibly Connected In Ways That You Could Never Expect We Were Figuring Things Out as We Went Along Survival Is a Prerequisite for Success

Sep 9

41 min 25 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast hosted Ee Ling Lim, Head of APAC Business Development at 500 Startups.  I first met Ee Ling when we recorded her first ATP episode about Smarter Me.  As the startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia continues to mature, we wanted to bring her back on the show to talk about the importance of entrepreneurship and ecosystem building. Some of the topics covered include: The sheer amount of change that has occurred since her last appearance on ATP The continuing inspiration Ee Ling gets from young (even teenage!) founders The synergies between 500 Startups and Smarter Me Customer centricity is not just a buzzword Creating value and delivering impact Empathy for Founders and startup stakeholders Maintaining an emphasis on team culture How 500 Startups works with governments that want to build and nurture startup ecosystems Corporate innovation and facilitating internal startups What will the next five years look like? Digitalization, Virtualization, Health and Wealth Security, Education, and Sustainability

Sep 6

39 min 30 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast switched gears a bit and welcomed Bryan Falchuk to the show.  Bryan is the Founder and Managing Partner of Insurance Evolution Partners.  Bryan is an extremely talented and experienced advisor to the Insurance industry and a former C-level Property and Casualty Insurance and InsurTech executive. Bryan is the best-selling author of "The Future of Insurance: From Disruption to Evolution: Volume I. The Incumbents" and "The Future of Insurance: From Disruption to Evolution: Volume II. The Startups" Some of the topics covered in our discussion included: Moving from the carrier side to the InsurTech side The subtle differences between mutuals and reciprocals Selling technology to incumbent insurers Capacity needs to be treated strategically Communication between re-insurers, insurers, and InsurTechs is paramount Capacity, Underwriting, Reinsurance and what these terms mean Some of the incredible stories in his most recent book Purpose - The idea that you can not imagine NOT doing it Do incumbents worry about Amazon The future is about partnerships and collaboration Parametric insurance Some of the other candidates for this episode's title: I Like Fixing Things Taking the Risk Out of the Equation The Grass Is Not Green Anywhere Unless You Garden

Sep 2

58 min 2 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast welcomed Florian Reichert, a Partner at Picus Capital.  Picus invests in early-stage technology ventures and follows a very long-term investment approach investing significant amounts throughout the lifecycle of a company. Some of the topics that were covered included: Florian has been brainstorming FinTech ideas for as long as he can remember Picus is the perfect combination of investing and entrepreneurship Why Picus focuses on early-stage investing Leveraging the network and having a great sparring partner Viewing sustainability as having a positive impact on society A growing focus on India and Southeast Asia How Asia is not one monolithic market Government support is good but ecosystems can evolve without it Already making some investments in Africa

Aug 31

35 min 3 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast welcomed Weerada Sucharitkul, the CEO of FilmDoo to the show for a truly inspiring conversation. The mission of FilmDoo has always been to connect to the world through film.  While the method for making these connections continues to expand and evolve, the mission remains the same. Some of the topics that Weerada and I covered included: Being the daughter of a Diplomat and the impact of being a third-culture kid on cultural understanding Her role models for entrepreneurship included her Mom and Christoph Schmidt The influence media has on real life and vice versa The role of media and film in inspiring change How FilmDoo helps people discover international films The different pressures on male and female founders Getting accepted in 500 Startups Global Launch Singapore program 80% of FilmDoo's traffic was coming from language-related searches Leveraging the power of film to help with language learning and diversity and inclusion training FilmDoo Academy and the future of learning FilmDoo's fundraising status Southeast Asian School Competition at FilmDoo Academy

Aug 28

49 min 33 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast finally had the chance to catch up with Christian Mischler, a co-Founder of Deskimo.  Christian is really so much more than that... Christian grew up in a family of educators, with no substantive business experience, yet he was always interested in business.  He started his first business in high school, building websites for Swiss-based SMEs.  While at university, Christian started his second company - making flashcards and writing summaries to help students get into university and rolled this out across Switzerland. Some of the other topics Christian and I discussed: The Swiss Army and joining Credit Suisse after graduation Worked at CS for two years and enjoyed the work, but made more money from his ventures Came to Asia with Rocket Internet to help build FoodPanda, his bosses at CS thought he was a bit crazy The great story behind the founding of HotelQuickly The birth of the Swiss Founders Fund Not living paycheck to paycheck, but not living a luxurious lifestyle How entrepreneurs see the world through the lens of opportunity, not problems The excitement of building things and working with a cool team on something new How the pandemic has changed the way people collaborate and work The evolution of Central Business Districts and the repurposing of office buildings Deskimo - an asset-light extension of a corporate office

Aug 24

1 hr

The Asia Tech Podcast had a killer conversation with Kiran Mysore, a Principal at The University of Tokyo Edge Capital (UTEC).  UTEC is a seed/early-stage technology-focused venture capital firm associated with Japan's University of Tokyo. Some of the many topics that Kiran and I covered: Kiran comes from a 'small' city in India that helped shaped many of his views He studied engineering at university and noted that a lot of people do that in India and then graduate and figure out what they really want to do He started studying entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial models when he was 21 including Indian pioneers like Tata, Americans like Carnegie and Rockefeller (ruthless capitalism), and Shibusawa Eiichi from Japan His inspiration from Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan An explanation of stakeholder capitalism What is University of Tokyo Edge Capital Deep tech is anything that is Intellectual Property led and difficult to replicate Building long-term relationships in Japan matters Operational excellences matters It is never too early to talk to your customers Portfolio companies Bugworks and OPALai The concept of adjacent possible

Aug 17

45 min 28 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was honored to have Helle Priess as a guest.  Helle is currently the Founder and CEO of DoersCircle.com.  Originally from Denmark, Helle has spent more than half of her life in Asia (I know how that feels!). Helle launched DoersCircle in March of 2019.  With more than 23 years of experience establishing and scaling businesses internationally, Helle is well-positioned to empower the global community of independent workers.  She is motivated by reshaping the world to support this huge and ever-growing group of independent people - the future of work. Some of the topics that Helle and I discussed: Moving to Beijing to study at university as an 18-year-old Most of her peers were more likely to go to the United States or London Always moving out of her comfort zone The biggest challenge in her career was her age...was always quite young for her position Always acted like an entrepreneur, even inside a larger organization Making the leap to self-employment The idea that being an entrepreneur is not stability driven The poor treatment of independent workers and the genesis of DoersCircle Close to 50% of the global workforce are independent doers It should be just as easy for an independent doer to get a credit card, obtain insurance, and purchase other products and services as it is for a corporate employee

Aug 11

39 min 4 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was excited to be joined by the rising stars Weilyn Chong and Alexandra Debow, the co-Founders of The Entreprenuers Network (No. That is not spelled incorrectly.). The Network started with a podcast that is focused on female entrepre女ers from around the world. Weilyn and Alexandra met while they were students at HKIS (Hong Kong International School) and have continued their friendship after moving on to university.  Weilyn is a rising sophomore (I can not believe I wrote that...) at Princeton University and Ali is the same at NYU in Shanghai. Some of the topics we discussed included: Getting into Princeton and NYU Shanghai and the impact of the pandemic on freshman year Weilyn and Ali's separate paths to entrepreneurship The intersection of entrepreneurship and service Thankful Thursdays Social Innovation and leading with change and habits of gratitude The birth of The Entreprenuers Network Why don't more people know the name of the Spanx founder? Women are not taught to value themselves - Know Your Value Balancing university studies and business building

Aug 9

51 min 1 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast learned a lot from Mary Jo Schrade, Assistant General Counsel, Regional Lead, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Asia.  Mary Jo oversees the initiatives, programs, and strategies related to Microsoft Asia’s efforts to prevent or disrupt organized cybercrime and online tech support scams through public-private partnerships, coordinated enforcement, and customer engagements relating to cybersecurity and Microsoft's digital trust commitment to its customers. Some of the topics that Mary Jo and I discussed included: The digital security landscape and the trends in Asia Statistics on the sophistication and complexity of recent cyberattacks The nature of tech support scams and the impact on individuals and companies The impact of COVID-19 on the number and scope of cyberattacks in the past 12 months What consumers can do to protect themselves from any kind of cyber attack, digital security breach, and scams in general Microsoft's strategy to combat scams The role that governments play in this space The importance of collaboration between companies and governments to tackle such scams Read more about such scams from Mary Jo's blogpost and check out the full Microsoft 2021 Global Tech Support Scams Research Report

Aug 4

28 min 45 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was joined by Lorenzo Peracchione, a co-Founder and COO at Bukukas, a financial bookkeeping application and potentially so much more for Indonesia's MSMEs and Warungs.  You may notice in the recording the moment in which Lorenzo and I realize we had met each other in person, years earlier, in Singapore. Some of the things that Lorenzo and I covered in our conversation: Most of Lorenzo's professional life has been in Southeast Asia The early days of building Lazada in Indonesia Moving to Thailand to launch Luxola until it was acquired by Sephora The founding of BukuKas and Lorenzo's friendship and professional relationship with his co-Founder Krishnan Menon What makes a great founding team The massive gap of available digital services for 60 million MSMEs and Warungs in Indonesia tailored to their needs The power of the entrepreneurial culture in Indonesia The simplicity of use and understanding for BukuKas' first product Tokko and the integration of Social and Conversational Commerce The importance of data and data analysis The mantra that states, "If BukuKas can help make the merchants successful, then BukuKas can be successful."

Jul 26

38 min 21 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast had an enjoyable and interesting conversation with Claudia Kolonas, a Founder of Pluang, an all-in-one investment app that is meant to promote financial inclusion in Indonesia. Some of the topics Claudia and I covered: Financial literacy on the road to financial inclusion Many Indonesians are introduced to finance on Facebook and Instagram The impact of ‘influencers’ Making an investment should have low monetary barriers to entry and should be frictionless How her background help shaped her views on financial inclusion The importance of portfolio diversification across varied asset classes and currencies Both commodities and crypto have a proper place in a portfolio Harvard Business School and Business at the “Base of the Pyramid” The importance of liquidity and compounding Building a company culture of experimentation Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Jul 21

41 min 42 sec

Tanya Rolfe, a Managing Partner at Her Capital,  joined the Asia Tech Podcast for an across the board awesome discussion about women in tech and venture capital.  Her Capital is a female-led seed fund in Singapore investing in female-founded, scalable businesses operating in Southeast Asia. Some of the topics Tanya and I covered included: The founding of the Ladies Investment Club (LIC) Investing in transformative technologies The buying power of female consumers Sustainable solutions for the world’s most pressing social challenges The importance of women becoming investors How to enable organizations to be diverse from the outset and beyond Do female-founded companies outperform? Are the ROIs better? Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Jul 14

41 min 39 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was joined by Paul Meinshausen, a co-founder of Aampe. Aampe uses automated, rapid learning to personalize notifications. Paul’s career started doing statistical analysis for the U.S. Department of Defense – which included a deployment to Afghanistan. His role was to try to understand why people do things and get them to do some things less and some things more.  It was here that Paul learned a lot about the limits of behavioral science in complex environments. Some of the topics that Paul and I discussed included: Building a startup in India and exiting What are the real reasons apps get developed? With low barriers to entry and almost unlimited competition, user engagement design needs to evolve The era of spending large sums of money on Facebook ads to acquire ads is over Continuous, automated experimentation is just as important as machine learning on raw data Not understanding the subtle differences can cause investment in the wrong level of data science Companies like Facebook and Google have succeeded as much due to massive experimentation as to traditional machine learning The implication of the scarcity of time and attention What personalization means for media companies The state of tech and startups in Southeast Asia Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Jul 7

41 min 58 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was joined by Dr. Ayesha Khanna, a co-Founder and the CEO of ADDO AI. ADDO AI leverages data asa strategic asset to help companies become more competitive. Some of the topics we discussed: Growing up in an open-minded family that always encouraged her Always feeling accepted in male-dominated fields throughout her education Entrepreneurialism and building your own things from scratch Supporting female entrepreneurs through HSBC Jade and #SupportEntrepreneHER Being a role model for other entrepreneurs Some common challenges faced by female Entrepreneurs Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Jun 30

35 min 57 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast ventured (virtually) Down Under to James Fyfe and Blake Lockley, the co-Founders of Portant. Portant is an automated reporting platform that empowers you to create stunning reports with less effort...but the goal is to be much more than that. These two guys were great and they took the recording so seriously that they actually went to a studio and used some super microphones and even had a green screen with the Sydney Harbour Bridge displayed behind them. They were also quite serious about building Portant into something large and influential. Some of the topics we discussed included: The founding of Portant and the belief that people are wasting their potential on monotonous tasks at work James and Blake (sounds like a duo in a buddy cop movie) want people to have a better work-life balance The understanding that people enjoy the creative parts of their jobs the most and do not want to get bogged down in repetition The work that can be automated should be automated so that humans can do the creative work that only humans can do They take their company seriously, but their titles...no so much

Jun 23

34 min 56 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast enjoyed speaking with Xania Wong, a co-founder and the CEO of JOBDOH. JOBDOH is an AI-based HR and Fintech solution offering end-to-end services from job search to payroll stretching for employers and employees. Some of the topics that Xania and I discussed: The difficulty in hiring in this environment, particularly for part-time workers Digital transformation across the job hiring and payments spectrum Canadian born and raised in Hong Kong Building multiple businesses, including a wine business How she can be quite nerdy, but that may not be immediately obvious How her CFA is super handy now that JOBDOH is also building financial products What it means to be part of the ‘Slash’ generation Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Jun 16

25 min 43 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was excited to be joined by Gokul Ganapathi and Vikas Anand from botminds.ai. Gokul is the co-founder and the CEO while Vikas is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The Botminds platform contains all of the intelligent modular building blocks to combine and create no-code intelligent automation. Some of the fascinating topics we discussed included: What is Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) and why is it important? How is IDP different from what most enterprises are doing now? How does IDP work in a no-code environment? What are some of the challenges to getting document capture correct? Can seemingly unrelated documents be recognized as related by IDP? How can Artificial Intelligence be applied to Robotic Process Automation to create scalable Intelligent Process Automation (IPA)? Are enterprises ready for a no-code environment? How has the exponential increase in compute power, the decrease in storage costs, and the ubiquity of cloud computing changed the way enterprises can take advantage of both Intelligent Document Processing and Intelligent Process Automation? Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook - Michael Waitze Facebook - Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn - Michael Waitze Twitter - Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Jun 9

42 min 25 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast had a lot of fun talking to Hayden Hughes, a co-founder and the CEO of Alpha Impact. Alpha Impact is a social trading platform for cryptocurrencies that lets users keep funds in their own accounts. Built by two banking veterans with experience in the crypto and traditional financial services industries, the founders’ philosophy is that investing in cryptocurrencies needs to become safer and better understood in order to gain mass adoption. Some of the topics that Hayden and I covered: Participating in the Antler program in Singapore Dropping out of the University of British Columbia and building his first business Social trading and copying the trading strategies of verified and vetted top crypto traders Non-custodial trading and why it is better to keep your money in your own account The benefits of being in Singapore and its progressive regulatory and funding environment The non-traditional way in which Alpha Impact raised funds for business expansion Finding an investment and trading strategy that works best for you It is still early days in the crypto trading markets Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Jun 2

40 min 7 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast hosted Rosalind Quek, the GM of Modern Work, Asia at Microsoft.  Rosalind and I had an insightful and wide-ranging conversation.  We took a detailed look at Microsoft’s ‘Work Trend Index’ and a report entitled, “The Next Great Disruption is Hybrid Work – Are We Ready?“ Some of the topics we covered included: 2020 was a year like no other and had a profound impact on the way people work Hybrid Work – What it is, what it means, and why it is not going away How Hybrid Work has fundamentally changed the talent landscape and the idea of what an office should look like and provide What are some of the emotional and mental challenges faced by employees as a result of remote work? How employee expectations have evolved due to flexible work How, in many cases, employees feel much more productive in hybrid work environments Have different generations reacted and adapted differently to this new and developing environment? How remote work has changed the way employees interact?  What drives new, serendipitous meetings? Has remote work shrunk employees’ networks and what is the impact on collaboration? Has a new authenticity emerged between colleagues and is this important? What is the ‘Democratization of Opportunity”? What are the recommendations that can be given to business leaders as this new work environment continues to evolve? Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

May 26

38 min 32 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast had a chat with Atul Monga, a Founder of Basic Home Loan.  Founded in 2020, BASIC Home Loan is a fintech company, developing an automated platform for home lending in India. It aims to provide consumers with end-to-end fulfillment, through technology for faster loan disbursements. The company’s vision is to change the way Bharat (India) finances its affordable homes. Some of the topics that Atul and I discussed: The drastic change in India's socio-demographic structure Extended families are becoming more nuclear The impact these socio-demographic changes have on the housing sector, especially in tier-2 and tier-3 cities How 'Phygital' (blending an offline, physical approach with an online one) is becoming the backbone of home lending in non-urban India How the pandemic has and continues to rewrite the housing preferences of low and middle-income India The standardization of housing properties and how this is rewriting the lending rules in India Paperless documentation and faster disbursals are becoming the norm Is there an insurance play as well Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

May 19

26 min 19 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was joined by Oi Yee Choo, the Chief Commercial Officer at iSTOX, which leverages blockchain technology to bring previously out-of-reach opportunities to more investors.  Oi Yee Choo has more than two decades of experience in financial services at some of the world’s most well-known banks and investment banks. Some of the topics that Oi Yee and I discussed: iSTOX’ recently closed $50MM Series A Small investors’ lack of access to private market investments Existing processes for issuance, custody, and post-sale management of securities are very inefficient The current environment favors Institutions and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals Blockchain and smart contract technology allows iSTOX to digitize or tokenize securities New technologies allow iSTOX to serve a large number of small investors How this enables small investors to earn higher returns Expands the universe of financial products that can be offered to smaller investors This also helps issuers, giving them larger pools of potential investors This process of digitizing the securities markets will not happen overnight, but it will happen Which countries and regions are moving faster than others. Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

May 12

46 min 41 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast had a great conversation with Krishnan Subramanian and Sangeetha Phalgunan.  Kris is a co-founder and President and Sangeetha is the VP of Sales & Alliances in APAC at Jiffy.ai.  “JIFFY.ai’s revolutionary app-based intelligent automation platform turbo-charges productivity, transforms complex processes, and helps your teams unleash their creativity and innovation.” Sangeetha is an exceptionally experienced and accomplished sales leader building her craft over a two-decade career in enterprise sales.  Kris is also an extremely accomplished startup founder who believes that automation has to be an enabler to true digitalization. Some of the topics we covered during our conversation included: Making coding easier through no-code/low code implementations Simplifying Business Process Automation (BPA) Employing artificial intelligence, natural language processing (NLP), machine learning and advanced analytics Why the cloud matters and how it helps enterprises automate even the most complex business processes What is a HyperApp and how is one developed How does Jiffy.ai’s ‘Innovate’ product changes the way software is developed and who is its target audience Some pretty interesting use cases Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

May 5

33 min 23 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast had an in-depth and very insightful conversation with Vaibhav Dabhade, the Founder and CEO of Anchanto.  Anchanto’s cutting-edge technology simplifies backend operations and helps e-Commerce providers achieve unprecedented productivity through automated selling management.  Anchanto’s platform enables businesses to manage their ‘end-to-end’ e-Commerce operations across multiple channels, helping them bypass complexities & fragmentation. Some of the topics that Vaibhav and I discussed: The emerging trends in e-Commerce His family’s background in logistics and how that prepared him for building Anchanto His wife’s encouragement to venture out and start his own business Social commerce and its growing impact in Southeast Asia What actually enhances product discovery in crowded marketplaces How AR and VR could impact online shopping experiences The future of e-Commerce and the growing role of complex logistics solutions Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Apr 28

38 min 53 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was pleased to welcome Jingjin Liu, the CEO, and co-Founder of Zazazu. ZaZaZu has been founded to be the game changer to normalize sexual wellness and to empower women to own their sexual pleasure and intimacy moments with confidence. This is our story – based on personal experiences and through interaction with other women. Some of the topics that Jingjin and I discussed: Born in China but moved to Germany as a teenager Grew up with low self-confidence and society perceived her as ugly Went to Germany as she felt more comfortable in the Western world Studied  Industrial Engineering Believed she could have a good career as she checked come good diversity boxes - Female, Asian, speaks German, English, and Mandarin, and was an engineer How sexual education is terrible globally, but particularly bad in Asia How sexual pleasure is closely linked to confidence The important role that Facebook and Instagram play in allowing or disallowing advertising for sexual pleasure products The thin line between courage and madness in establishing a startup in a controversial space Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook - Michael Waitze Facebook - Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn - Michael Waitze Twitter - Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Apr 21

35 min 48 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast was joined by Marc Ruffet, an Entrepreneur In Residence at AI and Robotics Ventures (ARV).  ARV is the venture building arm of PTTEP, set up to innovate and develop new technologies to scale up new S-Curve businesses. Some of the topics Marc and I discussed: His introduction to Asia as a teenager and his parents’ influence His first trip to Myanmar when he was 17 and how that changed his life The importance of learning the local culture and understanding that foreigners have as much or more to learn from locals than vice versa The pure potential of the Thai startup ecosystem and Thai people in general The beginning of Marc’s entrepreneurial life with iZZi guide The challenges of starting a TravelTech company in the midst of COVID The excitement and challenge of working at AI and Robotics Ventures Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Apr 14

40 min 16 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast had a wide-ranging conversation with Dave Malhotra, the CEO & Lead Hustler at SoldOutt, Founder at ShakeSphere.  SoldOutt is a sales-focused, white-labeled ticketing platform startup that helps event businesses like TechSauce, StartmeupHK, and Startup Launchpad hack ticket and booth sales.  ShakeSphere is a digital business consulting agency that builds tech and startups for clients like Central Group. Some of the topics that Dave and I discussed were: His family has run the Pattaya Mail Media Group for almost 30 years Worked in the digital space at/with ThaiTicketMajor, Major Cineplex, Minor Food Group How he founded an e-commerce startup and ran for 3 years but shut it down after Alibaba invested in Lazada The idea behind SoldOutt and how the white-label ticketing platform can drive 90% conversion rates Some real-life examples of SoldOutts prowess including TechSauce Global Summit, TechFest 2020 Malaysia, and others How ShakeSphere is different than other venture builders Building a complete food delivery platform for the Central Group in 2019 in just 3.5 weeks How COVID has impacted venture building Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything. Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Apr 7

1 hr 8 min

The Asia Tech Podcast had the pleasure of speaking with Tareef Jafferi, the Founder of Happily.ai.  Happily’s mission is to create a happier workplace using behavioral science, technology, and fun. Happily.ai helps companies engage employees, drive a culture of feedback & recognition, create positive habits, manage talent, and more. With people analytics and artificial intelligence, Happily.ai helps managers, people ops, and leaders make better people decisions using real-time personalized insights and nudges. Some of the topics Tareef and I discussed: Startup failure and the power of resilience and persistence How continuous innovation and learnings make success more likely Happily.ai’s mission to make workplaces happier The impact of COVID on Happily’s mission Approaching problems with optimism and believing that anything can be solved People systems are outdated and why he does not mean the software Modern organizational management is fundamentally flawed The fact that workplaces are impacting mental health is unacceptable Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Mar 31

39 min 59 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast had an enlightening conversation with Amit Kumar. Amit Kumar is an entrepreneur, a business leader, and a speaker. He is currently the CEO of OLX Autos in India. Amit has built multiple internet e-commerce ventures in Asia, Africa, and Europe. He is a regular contributor on topics related to leadership, entrepreneurship, and economics. He is a graduate of IIT Bombay and ISB Hyderabad. He is passionate about human evolution and is a psychology geek. Some of the topics we covered: How being a person of integrity and having a passion for helping others is most important to him The importance of educating others about the power of entrepreneurship Being inspired by J. R. D. Tata, who contributed to building some of India’s most important institutions Amit’s own journey to entrepreneurship started with a job at an FMCG company selling affordable biscuits His excitement about the multiplier effect of technology and his experiences at Rocket Internet Many more amazing things he learned along his fascinating career arc Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Mar 24

27 min 29 sec

The Asia Tech Podcast spoke to Brennan Campbell, the CEO at FazWaz Property.  FazWaz operates in the hotly contested real estate technology market in Thailand.  FazWaz’s goal is to use cutting-edge technology and sophisticated data analytics to provide both its agents and their customers a better, smarter real estate experience. Some of the topics that Brennan and I discussed: How his early work experience as a door-to-door HVAC salesman taught him about persistence and selling Brennan’s journey to Thailand included teaching English, which for him was unsustainable His introduction to the traditional, local real estate market in Phuket How learning the business from the ground up informed his desire and confidence to start FazWaz Empowering real digital transformation in the real estate business Rebuilding the entire real estate technology and service stack Employing dynamic valuation models and mimicking some e-commerce strategies like flash sales Planned expansion in Southeast Asia and beyond (United Arab Emirates) Follow Michael Waitze and the Asia Tech Podcast here: Facebook – Michael Waitze Facebook – Asia Tech Podcast LinkedIn – Michael Waitze Twitter – Michael Waitze Asia Tech Podcast is powered by Podcast Network Asia. For more information on the shows and the network, visit Podcast Network Asia at their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast creators, hosts, and guests do not necessarily reflect the official policy and position of Podcast Network Asia. Any content provided by the people on the podcast are of their own opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

Mar 17

31 min 26 sec