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Substantive Conversations on All Things Asia...Conversations are better than interviews. Information is better than pure entertainment.We all have a story...let us help you tell yours.

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Social Innovation Podcast – Episode 18 – Nick Kengmana – Go Beyond – Infinite Growth In a Finite World is Unsustainable

I had the opportunity to speak with Nick Kengmana in the studio at True Digital Park. Nick is a co-Founder of Go Beyond and is committed to building a community of purpose-driven entrepreneurs and helping them change the world. We had a pretty amazing conversation ranging from the impact of mechanized farming on society to the evolution of capitalism, with a bit of religion sprinkled in. We also discussed how technology companies employ strategies to encourage dopamine hits and the differences between it and serotonin, which is sometimes called the ‘happy chemical’. We touched on the topic of the ‘scarcity mindset’ and how Nick believes that this is part of the root of many of society’s problems. Nick believes that, “Humanity, as a species, now has the capability to provide all the resources necessary for every human on earth to have a high quality of life. Scarcity has been a key driver of progress for the human species, but we’ve reached a point where there no longer is true scarcity in our ability to provide enough for every human to have food, shelter, education, healthcare, opportunity, safety, etc. Now scarcity and a scarcity mindset are no longer necessary and detrimental to the species, holding us collectively back and causing suffering around the world."

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Social Innovation Podcast – Episode 18 – Nick Kengmana – Go Beyond – Infinite Growth In a Finite World is Unsustainable

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 56 – Damien Kerneis – co-Founder SiamCarDeal – Click a Button and Say “Poof”

The Asia Tech Podcast recently had the pleasure to speak with Damien Kerneis in the studio at True Digital Park. Damien is the Founder and CEO of SiamCarDeal. Damien is decidedly not new to Thailand. He was originally sent to Bangkok 15 years ago by the company that employed him in Paris. His job when he arrived in Thailand was to provide supply chain and logistics services to clients in the automotive space. Damien was helping his clients make and take deliveries to the auto dealers and this ended up being a proper segue into his new business. Damien was always on the lookout for an avenue to start his own business. While still working at the logistics and supply-chain company, Damien needed to buy a car. He noted that the experience of trying to buy a car was horrible. He started doing some research on what the car buying process was like in more mature markets like France, the United States, and Australia. What he found during his research was that in the more mature markets, the...

-1 s1 w ago
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Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 56 – Damien Kerneis – co-Founder SiamCarDeal – Click a Button and Say “Poof”

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 55 – Kastytis Kemezys – Whatnot Innovation Studio – You Need to Be a Bit Weird and Crazy

I had the complete pleasure of sitting down with Kastytis Kemezys at the recording studio at True Digital Park. Kas, originally from Lithuania, is a Principal and co-Founder at Whatnot Innovation Studio. Whatnot is a Startup Studio that provides corporate venturing tools to organizations across Southeast Asia to enable innovation. Together with these large organizations, Whatnot invests in and builds the next generation of startups. Kas has always been an entrepreneur and venture builder. He tried ‘corporate life’ for a very short period of time, but realized when he was 19 years old that he just had to build something for himself. Frankly, he was not even sure at first what that was going to be, but he knew he wanted to build his own businesses. So he and a friend started a business called ‘My Drink Beverages’ which they ran for 6 years. It was an incredible learning experience across the board, including learning how to manage teams and how to get an idea to reality. This was ...

-1 s2019 NOV 27
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Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 55 – Kastytis Kemezys – Whatnot Innovation Studio – You Need to Be a Bit Weird and Crazy

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 54 – Maurizio Raffone, Jeff Wentworth and Lars Schouw – Japan RoundTable – That’s Just the Game You Need to Be In

This was a special episode of the Asia Tech Podcast. We brought together three gentlemen that have decades of combined experience living and working in Japan. Specifically, I was joined by Maurizio Raffone – Founder and CEO at Finetiq Limited, Jeff Wentworth – co-Founder of Curvegrid, and Lars Schouw – Cheif Data Officer at SBI Security Solutions. We were fortunate to be able to cover a wide range of topics…including finance, cybersecurity, blockchain, venture capital and the FinTech Association of Japan. Japan passed amended open banking regulations in 2018 which mandates that Japanese bansk provide API connectivity to account information services with other services to come by 2020. There is also a very active Japan FinTech Association based in Tokyo. The Japan FinTech Association was created to develop strong relationships with new FinTechs and the establihsed financial system. Maurizio mentioned that the Association also promotes cooperation and coordination with the associa...

-1 s2019 NOV 24
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Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 54 – Maurizio Raffone, Jeff Wentworth and Lars Schouw – Japan RoundTable – That’s Just the Game You Need to Be In

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 53 – Akemi Tsunagawa – CEO of Bespoke – Now It’s About Scaling and Processes

I caught up with Akemi Tsunagawa, the Founder and CEO of Bespoke, a real-time engagement platform for tourists and the tourism industry. When we last spoke in September 2018, the team had no intention of expanding to the United States. However, after being introduced to Gabe Klein, now and advisor to Bespoke, all of that changed. Notably, Gabe has been the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and the Commissioner of Transportation for the City of Chicago. These roles, along with myriad other experiences, gives him connectivity to United States based clients that would not have been possible previously. Making further progress and seeing strong interest from US potentials, led Bespoke to open an office in San Francisco and set up a proper entity to operate in the United States. Akemi had been following the career of Tobias Wessels for a while now. She noted jokingly that she had been ‘cyber-stalking’ him since they met at a conference almost three years...

-1 s2019 NOV 20
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Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 53 – Akemi Tsunagawa – CEO of Bespoke – Now It’s About Scaling and Processes

Asian FinTech Podcast – Episode 10 – Asheesh Chanda – Founder & CEO Kristal.AI – The Markets and the World Has to Decide

I had a super conversation withAsheesh Chanda, the CEO and Founder ofKristal.AI.Asheesh has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry, including 8 years at JP Morgan Chase heading South and South-East Asia. Prior to founding Kristal.AI, Asheesh was a portfolio manager at KrisCapital, a global macro hedge fund. As he noted to me, a resume perfectly crafted to get into FinTech. I asked Asheesh what the most important trends were in the FinTech space in Southeast Asia. Asheesh was very quick to answer. In the last year, both Hong Kong and Singapore have allowed and approved applications for virtual banks. During Asheesh’s career in the hedge fund world, there was the realization that the traditional financial sector catered to the already rich and helped them get richer. He wanted to have a more significant impact on the financial lives of those that are not yet wealthy. He was looking for a problem to solve and the idea of providing advice and an investment platform ...

-1 s2019 NOV 6
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Asian FinTech Podcast – Episode 10 – Asheesh Chanda – Founder & CEO Kristal.AI – The Markets and the World Has to Decide

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 52 – Robert Zepeda – CEO at Playbasis – Work Will Increasingly Look Like Games

Michael Waitze had a much-needed catch-up conversation with the CEO and Founder of Playbasis, Robert Zepeda. The last time we spoke with Rob was more than a year and a half ago and a lot has changed since then. One of the interesting things that Rob noted was that no two years are the same. This means that last year’s revenues and growth may bear little resemblance to next year…and extrapolating forward is always hard to do. Rob founded Playbasis at the end of 2012 and back then it was a uniquely B2C business. Back then, as well, the whole concept of gamification was essentially unknown in Southeast Asia. I went back to one of Playbasis’ old pitch deck’s and found this, PlayBasis was a “gamification company that endeavored to ‘help large companies increase user engagement, retention and loyalty through data-driven game mechanics and behavioral triggers." I asked him about this and his answer was insightful and filled with useful details, including connecting brands to gamers t...

-1 s2019 NOV 4
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Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 52 – Robert Zepeda – CEO at Playbasis – Work Will Increasingly Look Like Games

Social Innovation Podcast – Episode 17 – Adrian Tan and Greg Tan Tze Kai – co-Founders SG Assist – It’s All About Keeping Calm

I had a great conversation with Adrian Tan and Greg Tan Tze Kai to start SG Assist. These are two guys that quit good-paying jobs to build SG Assist in response to a family medical problem that Adian Tan experience. Greg comes from an Oil and Gas background while Adrian is a supply chain expert. Although neither of them had any medical experience, after long chats in the canteen while they were performing reserve military service in Singapore, they realized that the problems that Adrian was experiencing were likely pervasive. If you listen to the two talk, they are passionate about helping people help each other, their families and their communities…and by employing technology to do so. SG Assist’s vision “is to help save lives and build a culture of “kampong spirit" like the good ol’ days, when everyone in the community looked out for one another. Via our mobile app, we aim to provide you with peace of mind through our swift assistance with community volunteers. Without prompt...

-1 s2019 OCT 23
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Social Innovation Podcast – Episode 17 – Adrian Tan and Greg Tan Tze Kai – co-Founders SG Assist – It’s All About Keeping Calm

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 51 – Jed Ng – Founder Rakuten RapidAPI – The Really Exciting Stuff Exists Where Nobody Is Looking

I spoke with Jed Ng, the Founder and Business Head of Rakuten RapidAPI. Jed has had a very interesting career. He has built a philosophy and methodology for effecting corporate entrepreneurship. This essentially means figuring out how to build and grow a significant new business line inside a well-resourced organization. This not just zero to one stuff. It requires a very interesting set of skills. There are internal politics involved, storytelling to senior executives and Jed points out that selling to internal management can be very different than selling to external investors. He had some very interesting insights on this topic. The meat of our conversation was on the development of the API ecosystem and the marketplace that is getting built around it. Jed went back and discussed the founding of Twilio and added SendGrid and Stripe as other relevant data points. Based on the cumulative valuation of these companies alone, one can make the case that the API ecosystem is huge. Jed n...

32 MIN2019 OCT 17
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Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 51 – Jed Ng – Founder Rakuten RapidAPI – The Really Exciting Stuff Exists Where Nobody Is Looking

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 50 – Samiran Ghosh – Senior Advisor McKinsey & Company – Leapfrog Into the Digital Age

I had a fascinating conversation with Samiran Ghosh, a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company and an astute follower of the startup ecosystem in India. Samiran’s background in technology spans more than 25 years, including time as Microsoft’s Chief Digital Advisor in Mumbai and other senior positions at IBM, and Dun & Bradstreet. We began our conversation with a discussion on some of the biggest current trends in the India technology space. One of the interesting insights that Samiran shared was that more and more, incumbent corporates and reaching out and working with startups…a trend we are also seeing in Southeast Asia. It remains difficult for established corporates to innovate internally and working with tech startups on specific problems is becoming a more efficient way to take advantage of new technology developments. Samiran also noted that while the domestic Indian market is huge, another aspect of the ecosystem is the move away from solely the domestic consumption mode an...

-1 s2019 OCT 15
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Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 50 – Samiran Ghosh – Senior Advisor McKinsey & Company – Leapfrog Into the Digital Age
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Latest Episodes

Social Innovation Podcast – Episode 18 – Nick Kengmana – Go Beyond – Infinite Growth In a Finite World is Unsustainable

I had the opportunity to speak with Nick Kengmana in the studio at True Digital Park. Nick is a co-Founder of Go Beyond and is committed to building a community of purpose-driven entrepreneurs and helping them change the world. We had a pretty amazing conversation ranging from the impact of mechanized farming on society to the evolution of capitalism, with a bit of religion sprinkled in. We also discussed how technology companies employ strategies to encourage dopamine hits and the differences between it and serotonin, which is sometimes called the ‘happy chemical’. We touched on the topic of the ‘scarcity mindset’ and how Nick believes that this is part of the root of many of society’s problems. Nick believes that, “Humanity, as a species, now has the capability to provide all the resources necessary for every human on earth to have a high quality of life. Scarcity has been a key driver of progress for the human species, but we’ve reached a point where there no longer is true scarcity in our ability to provide enough for every human to have food, shelter, education, healthcare, opportunity, safety, etc. Now scarcity and a scarcity mindset are no longer necessary and detrimental to the species, holding us collectively back and causing suffering around the world."

-1 s1 w ago
Comments
Social Innovation Podcast – Episode 18 – Nick Kengmana – Go Beyond – Infinite Growth In a Finite World is Unsustainable

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 56 – Damien Kerneis – co-Founder SiamCarDeal – Click a Button and Say “Poof”

The Asia Tech Podcast recently had the pleasure to speak with Damien Kerneis in the studio at True Digital Park. Damien is the Founder and CEO of SiamCarDeal. Damien is decidedly not new to Thailand. He was originally sent to Bangkok 15 years ago by the company that employed him in Paris. His job when he arrived in Thailand was to provide supply chain and logistics services to clients in the automotive space. Damien was helping his clients make and take deliveries to the auto dealers and this ended up being a proper segue into his new business. Damien was always on the lookout for an avenue to start his own business. While still working at the logistics and supply-chain company, Damien needed to buy a car. He noted that the experience of trying to buy a car was horrible. He started doing some research on what the car buying process was like in more mature markets like France, the United States, and Australia. What he found during his research was that in the more mature markets, the...

-1 s1 w ago
Comments
Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 56 – Damien Kerneis – co-Founder SiamCarDeal – Click a Button and Say “Poof”

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 55 – Kastytis Kemezys – Whatnot Innovation Studio – You Need to Be a Bit Weird and Crazy

I had the complete pleasure of sitting down with Kastytis Kemezys at the recording studio at True Digital Park. Kas, originally from Lithuania, is a Principal and co-Founder at Whatnot Innovation Studio. Whatnot is a Startup Studio that provides corporate venturing tools to organizations across Southeast Asia to enable innovation. Together with these large organizations, Whatnot invests in and builds the next generation of startups. Kas has always been an entrepreneur and venture builder. He tried ‘corporate life’ for a very short period of time, but realized when he was 19 years old that he just had to build something for himself. Frankly, he was not even sure at first what that was going to be, but he knew he wanted to build his own businesses. So he and a friend started a business called ‘My Drink Beverages’ which they ran for 6 years. It was an incredible learning experience across the board, including learning how to manage teams and how to get an idea to reality. This was ...

-1 s2019 NOV 27
Comments
Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 55 – Kastytis Kemezys – Whatnot Innovation Studio – You Need to Be a Bit Weird and Crazy

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 54 – Maurizio Raffone, Jeff Wentworth and Lars Schouw – Japan RoundTable – That’s Just the Game You Need to Be In

This was a special episode of the Asia Tech Podcast. We brought together three gentlemen that have decades of combined experience living and working in Japan. Specifically, I was joined by Maurizio Raffone – Founder and CEO at Finetiq Limited, Jeff Wentworth – co-Founder of Curvegrid, and Lars Schouw – Cheif Data Officer at SBI Security Solutions. We were fortunate to be able to cover a wide range of topics…including finance, cybersecurity, blockchain, venture capital and the FinTech Association of Japan. Japan passed amended open banking regulations in 2018 which mandates that Japanese bansk provide API connectivity to account information services with other services to come by 2020. There is also a very active Japan FinTech Association based in Tokyo. The Japan FinTech Association was created to develop strong relationships with new FinTechs and the establihsed financial system. Maurizio mentioned that the Association also promotes cooperation and coordination with the associa...

-1 s2019 NOV 24
Comments
Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 54 – Maurizio Raffone, Jeff Wentworth and Lars Schouw – Japan RoundTable – That’s Just the Game You Need to Be In

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 53 – Akemi Tsunagawa – CEO of Bespoke – Now It’s About Scaling and Processes

I caught up with Akemi Tsunagawa, the Founder and CEO of Bespoke, a real-time engagement platform for tourists and the tourism industry. When we last spoke in September 2018, the team had no intention of expanding to the United States. However, after being introduced to Gabe Klein, now and advisor to Bespoke, all of that changed. Notably, Gabe has been the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and the Commissioner of Transportation for the City of Chicago. These roles, along with myriad other experiences, gives him connectivity to United States based clients that would not have been possible previously. Making further progress and seeing strong interest from US potentials, led Bespoke to open an office in San Francisco and set up a proper entity to operate in the United States. Akemi had been following the career of Tobias Wessels for a while now. She noted jokingly that she had been ‘cyber-stalking’ him since they met at a conference almost three years...

-1 s2019 NOV 20
Comments
Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 53 – Akemi Tsunagawa – CEO of Bespoke – Now It’s About Scaling and Processes

Asian FinTech Podcast – Episode 10 – Asheesh Chanda – Founder & CEO Kristal.AI – The Markets and the World Has to Decide

I had a super conversation withAsheesh Chanda, the CEO and Founder ofKristal.AI.Asheesh has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry, including 8 years at JP Morgan Chase heading South and South-East Asia. Prior to founding Kristal.AI, Asheesh was a portfolio manager at KrisCapital, a global macro hedge fund. As he noted to me, a resume perfectly crafted to get into FinTech. I asked Asheesh what the most important trends were in the FinTech space in Southeast Asia. Asheesh was very quick to answer. In the last year, both Hong Kong and Singapore have allowed and approved applications for virtual banks. During Asheesh’s career in the hedge fund world, there was the realization that the traditional financial sector catered to the already rich and helped them get richer. He wanted to have a more significant impact on the financial lives of those that are not yet wealthy. He was looking for a problem to solve and the idea of providing advice and an investment platform ...

-1 s2019 NOV 6
Comments
Asian FinTech Podcast – Episode 10 – Asheesh Chanda – Founder & CEO Kristal.AI – The Markets and the World Has to Decide

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 52 – Robert Zepeda – CEO at Playbasis – Work Will Increasingly Look Like Games

Michael Waitze had a much-needed catch-up conversation with the CEO and Founder of Playbasis, Robert Zepeda. The last time we spoke with Rob was more than a year and a half ago and a lot has changed since then. One of the interesting things that Rob noted was that no two years are the same. This means that last year’s revenues and growth may bear little resemblance to next year…and extrapolating forward is always hard to do. Rob founded Playbasis at the end of 2012 and back then it was a uniquely B2C business. Back then, as well, the whole concept of gamification was essentially unknown in Southeast Asia. I went back to one of Playbasis’ old pitch deck’s and found this, PlayBasis was a “gamification company that endeavored to ‘help large companies increase user engagement, retention and loyalty through data-driven game mechanics and behavioral triggers." I asked him about this and his answer was insightful and filled with useful details, including connecting brands to gamers t...

-1 s2019 NOV 4
Comments
Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 52 – Robert Zepeda – CEO at Playbasis – Work Will Increasingly Look Like Games

Social Innovation Podcast – Episode 17 – Adrian Tan and Greg Tan Tze Kai – co-Founders SG Assist – It’s All About Keeping Calm

I had a great conversation with Adrian Tan and Greg Tan Tze Kai to start SG Assist. These are two guys that quit good-paying jobs to build SG Assist in response to a family medical problem that Adian Tan experience. Greg comes from an Oil and Gas background while Adrian is a supply chain expert. Although neither of them had any medical experience, after long chats in the canteen while they were performing reserve military service in Singapore, they realized that the problems that Adrian was experiencing were likely pervasive. If you listen to the two talk, they are passionate about helping people help each other, their families and their communities…and by employing technology to do so. SG Assist’s vision “is to help save lives and build a culture of “kampong spirit" like the good ol’ days, when everyone in the community looked out for one another. Via our mobile app, we aim to provide you with peace of mind through our swift assistance with community volunteers. Without prompt...

-1 s2019 OCT 23
Comments
Social Innovation Podcast – Episode 17 – Adrian Tan and Greg Tan Tze Kai – co-Founders SG Assist – It’s All About Keeping Calm

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 51 – Jed Ng – Founder Rakuten RapidAPI – The Really Exciting Stuff Exists Where Nobody Is Looking

I spoke with Jed Ng, the Founder and Business Head of Rakuten RapidAPI. Jed has had a very interesting career. He has built a philosophy and methodology for effecting corporate entrepreneurship. This essentially means figuring out how to build and grow a significant new business line inside a well-resourced organization. This not just zero to one stuff. It requires a very interesting set of skills. There are internal politics involved, storytelling to senior executives and Jed points out that selling to internal management can be very different than selling to external investors. He had some very interesting insights on this topic. The meat of our conversation was on the development of the API ecosystem and the marketplace that is getting built around it. Jed went back and discussed the founding of Twilio and added SendGrid and Stripe as other relevant data points. Based on the cumulative valuation of these companies alone, one can make the case that the API ecosystem is huge. Jed n...

32 MIN2019 OCT 17
Comments
Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 51 – Jed Ng – Founder Rakuten RapidAPI – The Really Exciting Stuff Exists Where Nobody Is Looking

Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 50 – Samiran Ghosh – Senior Advisor McKinsey & Company – Leapfrog Into the Digital Age

I had a fascinating conversation with Samiran Ghosh, a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company and an astute follower of the startup ecosystem in India. Samiran’s background in technology spans more than 25 years, including time as Microsoft’s Chief Digital Advisor in Mumbai and other senior positions at IBM, and Dun & Bradstreet. We began our conversation with a discussion on some of the biggest current trends in the India technology space. One of the interesting insights that Samiran shared was that more and more, incumbent corporates and reaching out and working with startups…a trend we are also seeing in Southeast Asia. It remains difficult for established corporates to innovate internally and working with tech startups on specific problems is becoming a more efficient way to take advantage of new technology developments. Samiran also noted that while the domestic Indian market is huge, another aspect of the ecosystem is the move away from solely the domestic consumption mode an...

-1 s2019 OCT 15
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Asia Tech Podcast – Episode 50 – Samiran Ghosh – Senior Advisor McKinsey & Company – Leapfrog Into the Digital Age
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