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Episode 154: The 5 Major Events in 2016 with Sameer Singh

Sameer Singh from App Annie and our host Bernard Leong discuss the five major events which rocked the Asia landscape in 2016: (a) Softbank’s acquisition of ARM for US$32B, (b) Pokemon Go, (c) Uber and Didi’s deal in China, (d) the Indian unicorn startups apocalypse & (e) the ecommerce war between Amazon & Alibaba in

By | 2016-12-29T13:22:51+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 153: Cloudera in Asia & the 4th Industrial Revolution with Amr Awadallah

Amr Awadallah, the chief technology & co-founder of Cloudera joined us in a conversation on the data and analytics platform’s footprint in Asia. We began with his story from how he moved from Cairo, Egypt to Silicon Valley in the US, and how he eventually become the founding team of Cloudera. We discussed the interesting

By | 2016-12-24T00:52:10+00:00 December 24th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 152: Cybersecurity in Asia Pacific with Vincent Loy

Vincent Loy, partner in financial Crime & cyber leader from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) joined us in a conversation on the trends in cybersecurity, financial crime & anti-money laundering across Asia Pacific and the implications of technology in fintech. We start with Vincent’s background moving from Singapore to US and UK where he has advised the Interpol

By | 2016-12-21T14:45:13+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 151: The LeEco Group with Wang Boyuan

Wang Boyuan from Technode & TechCrunch China joined us in an interesting discussion the LeEco Group. He began with the vision, mission and team behind the company and break down the intriguing web of business structures within the group. Last but not least, he also discussed whether the LeEco can survive their ongoing crisis and

By | 2016-12-17T11:45:56+00:00 December 17th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 150: Brinc & Shenzhen Hardware Ecosystem with Bay McLaughlin

Bay McLaughlin joined us in a conversation to discuss Brinc, the hardware accelerator in Hong Kong he co-founded that leverages on the Shenzhen ecosystem. He shared how Brinc selects founding teams and helps hardware startups to scale, and their latest drone accelerator program. Last but not least, he shared his perspectives on the Shenzhen hardware manufacturing

By | 2016-12-14T03:07:52+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 149: Fintech in China with Zennon Kapron

Zennon Kapron from China Fintech & Kapron Asia joined us in a conversation to discuss the state of fintech in China. We discussed the different verticals within the fintech sector from digital payments, peer to peer landing to wealth management. He explained how the Baidu-Alibaba-Tencent axis are dominant in fintech against the traditional Chinese banks and

By | 2016-12-10T11:48:37+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 148: The South Korea technology startup ecosystem with Eva Yoo

Eva Chaewon Yoo from Technode joined us in a conversation to discuss the South Korea technology startup ecosystem. She offered a comprehensive overview in how one can navigate the startup ecosystem from Seoul to Pusan, the five booming startup verticals, the key investors from angel investors to venture capital and the interaction with the Chaebol

By | 2016-12-05T23:22:00+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 147: Twilio in Asia and Product Management with Patrick Malatack

Patrick Malatack, vice president of product management from Twilio joined us in a conversation to discuss the footprint of the communications platform company in Asia Pacific. We discussed the various products and services of Twilio and how they have evolved over the years, and how traditional and technology companies are building interesting business applications on

By | 2016-11-28T07:16:39+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 146: Singularity University Labs and The Heretic with Pascal Finette

Pascal Finette joined us for a conversation on the story behind Singularity University Labs and how they work startups with exponential technologies focusing on different global grand challenges out there. We also discussed his new book “The Heretic” and his reflections on the Silicon Valley ecosystem and why it has been difficult to be replicated elsewhere in

By | 2016-11-23T14:20:54+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 145: An Uncertain Technology World with Ben Bajarin

We conclude with the second part of our conversation with Ben Bajarin from Creative Strategies and Techpinions. We examined the uncertain future of different technologies from wearables, VR & AR and home automation after the smartphone platform. We also looked at the evolution of AI and the key trends for the coming year.

By | 2016-11-18T06:29:04+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 144: The October Surprises from Google, Apple & Microsoft with Ben Bajarin

Ben Bajarin from Creative Strategies & Techpinions joined us in a two parter conversation about the ongoing trends of technologies globally. We began the first conversation on the October announcements that emerge from Google, Microsoft and Apple, and discussed their road ahead with their philosophies in different products and the impact to the Asian OEMs from

By | 2016-11-13T07:42:07+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 143: Alibaba vs Amazon in Southeast Asia with Jon Russell

Jon Russell from TechCrunch who broke the two big stories on Lazada’s acquisition of Redmart and Amazon’s foray into Southeast Asia starting with Singapore next year, joined us on a conversation to discuss the backstory behind the event. We discussed the implications of the acquisition and how it is setting up the narrative of Alibaba

By | 2016-11-08T10:15:24+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 142: PALF and EdTech Startups in Asia with T T Nguyen Duc

T.T. Nguyen Duc, Head of Asia for Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF) joined us for a conversation on the coverage of their funds focusing on education (or edtech) startups globally. She shared with us the investment thesis of PALF & how they evaluate the education startups with metrics pertaining to their mission to help uplift

By | 2016-11-03T17:16:38+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 141: Reflections on China with Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo, co-founder & host of the Sinica Podcast and formerly from Baidu, joined us to share his reflections on China after 20 years of stay and how he has changed from living within the Great Firewall of China to observe the middle kingdom from the outside. We examined a variety of topics from how

By | 2016-10-30T06:57:05+00:00 October 30th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 140: Greylock, Mozilla & Blitzscaling with John Lilly

John Lilly, partner at Greylock in Silicon Valley and former CEO of Mozilla joined us for an interesting conversation about his current stint as a venture capitalist, and the backstory of how the team from Mozilla orchestrated the onslaught against Microsoft in the browser wars may years back. He also shared how technology enabled blitzscaling

By | 2016-10-27T16:52:03+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 139: Live-streaming in China with Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao from Tech In Asia joined us in a discussion on  the live-streaming ecosystem within China and debunked the major misconceptions by western media on the phenomenon itself. We dived deep to the major live-streaming apps, the business models for the live-streaming platforms, celebrities and online users and how digital gifting has become the

By | 2016-10-18T06:37:05+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 138: Xpressbees & Logistics in India with Amitava Saha

Amitava Saha, co-founder and CEO of Xpressbees joined us in an interesting conversation on the story of his company and shared his perspectives on the state of logistics in India. We began a discussion of how Xpressbees has evolved from Firstcry which he has co-founded, and how they tackle the challenges of infrastructure on logistics

By | 2016-10-13T22:33:21+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 137: Map of the Money in Southeast Asia with Arnaud Bonzom

Arnaud Bonzom from 500 Startups joined us for a conversation on the launch of his recent project, “Map of the Money” version 4 jointly with Florian Cornu. We discussed the ongoing trends in venture capital and fundraising across Southeast Asia from how seed stage funds have matured to series A and B funds now to

By | 2016-10-09T06:49:38+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 136: With Friends Like These, Who needs Enemies Edition with Sameer Singh

Continuing from our first discussion, Sameer Singh from Tech-thoughts.net and our host analysed the changing alliances in both the transportation and gaming industry where allies within the space turn to rivalries in two interesting cases: Google versus Uber in ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles, and Niantic versus Nintendo in the mobile gaming space. We also dissected why

By | 2016-09-24T05:07:45+00:00 September 24th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 135: The Apple iPhone 7 Event with Sameer Singh

Sameer Singh from Tech-thoughts.net joined us for a two parter conversation on the recent major events in technology & their impact in Asia. In this episode, we discussed the recent announcements which came out of the Apple iPhone 7 event and their implications to the smartphone industry. We also examined whether the new iPhone offered

By | 2016-09-16T23:32:22+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 134: The Open India Market Onslaught with Newley Purnell

Newley Purnell from Wall Street Journal joined us to discuss his current coverage on the India startup & technology ecosystem. We examine the day of reckoning for the India startup unicorns and their challenges from both funding and competition from US technology companies. We also discussed how the India startups are competing with the US

By | 2016-09-13T21:59:57+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 133: SeedPlus in Southeast Asia with Michael Smith

Michael Smith aka Smithy, now partner of Jungle Ventures and their new fund, SeedPlus. We discussed the backstory in how the fund is assembled, the key people from LPs to partners and their investment thesis. We examined the broader Southeast Asia market and the key issues in how startups can scale across a highly fragmented

By | 2016-09-02T21:55:39+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 132: The Alliance and Blitzscaling with Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh from Wasabi Ventures joined us for a conversation on the future of employee & employer management and technology enabled blitzscaling. We discussed the book “The Alliance” which he co-authored with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha and how the concepts are adapted to a new world where long term employment looked like a relic

By | 2016-08-29T22:13:18+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 131: Play Bigger with Chris Lochhead

Christoper Lochhead joined us in the podcast to discuss his new book “Play Bigger” (co-authored with Ramadan, Peterson and Maney) during my stay here in Silicon Valley. We discussed the concept of category kings and why the modern tech startups and companies need to embrace category design in addition to product & company design to

By | 2016-08-29T21:51:50+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 130: The Future of Xiaomi with Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao from Technode continued our discussion on Xiaomi, focusing on what kind of company that Xiaomi truly is, and the current challenges they are facing to justify their US$45B valuation. We discussed the company’s recent failures to hit their 100M smartphones target, the loss of smartphone market share, failure to expand aggressively into international

By | 2016-08-22T02:57:21+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 129: Xiaomi – Team, History & Products with Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao from Technode joined us in a two parter episodes on one of China’s top unicorns: Xiaomi. We traced the history of the company starting from the founders of the company, most notably Lei Jun and Bin Lin, and how they managed to bring in top talent such as Hugo Barra into the company.

By | 2016-08-21T20:29:44+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 128: The Uber and Didi deal with Josh Horwitz

Josh Horwitz from Quartz joined us to discuss the Uber and Didi deal in China and analysed the fallout that will impact the anti-Uber alliance. We discussed the potential reasons to why Uber sell their China business & operations to Didi and made a deal to let each other invest in one another, from investor

By | 2016-08-09T08:33:31+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 127: Pokemon Go with Serkan Toto

Serkan Toto joined us for a conversation to discuss the global phenomenon of Pokemon Go. We discussed the backstory of the creator behind this new sensational game, Niantic Labs and the backers behind the game maker from Google to Nintendo. We discussed why the game has been so successful, the game mechanics and why it

By | 2016-07-28T00:40:08+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 126: The SoftBank Group 2016 Edition with David Corbin

David Corbin from Tech in Asia returns to our podcast to discuss the three major events that rocked the SoftBank Group in the past few weeks. We reviewed the departure of Nikesh Arora, the rapid divestments of SoftBank’s stakes in Alibaba, Gungho and Supercell and their most expensive gambit in acquiring ARM. In our conversation,

By | 2016-07-21T02:19:50+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 125: Beijing Makerspace & Indiegogo in China with Joanna Wei

In this episode, Joanna Wei, co-founder of Beijing Makerspace, an angel investor & evangelist for Indiegogo China. We discussed how the maker movement in China was inspired, begun and then progressed for the past 5 years. Joanna also shared with us how the makerspace has evolved with a fund and hardware accelerator to help build

By | 2016-07-18T07:18:35+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 124: Connecting with Youth in Asia with Patrick Rona

Patrick Rona, chief digital officer in Asia Pacific from the McCann World Group, joined us on an interesting conversation about connecting with youth in Asia. Drawing from the McCann World Group’s recent study “Your Toughest Audience? Connecting with Youth”, we discussed how the youth market is defined, their habits and characteristics and the interesting observations

By | 2016-07-12T20:36:54+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 123: Jingdong or JD dot com with Wang Boyuan

Wang Boyuan from Technode and TechCrunch China joined us for a conversation on Jingdong or JD dot com. We discussed the backstory behind this company and the key people behind the 2nd largest ecommerce company in China. He also explained the different revenue streams behind JD dot com and Tencent’s backing of this company as

By | 2016-07-04T07:23:04+00:00 July 4th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 122: Red Hat & Open Source in Asia with Harish Pillay

In this episode, Harish Pillay, Head of Community and Architecture from Red Hat joined us for a conversation to discuss on the footprint of the open source enterprise software company across Asia. We discussed how Red Hat has evolved from a free Linux operating system in their early days to its present incarnation as an

By | 2016-06-23T14:55:48+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 121: Smartkarma and Fintech in Asia with Raghav Kapoor

Raghav Kapoor, CEO & co-founder of Smartkarma joined us for a conversation on his company and a broad conversation on fintech in Asia. Drawing from his experience and background in finance, Raghav talked about the origins of  Smartkarma and his vision to build it towards a premium collaborative research marketplace. We also discussed the emerging fintech industry

By | 2016-06-19T21:23:44+00:00 June 19th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 120: LINE IPO & SoftBank’s divestments with Serkan Toto

Serkan Toto from Kantan Games joined us for a conversation on the three recent events that impact the mobile gaming market from Japan to the rest of world. We analysed the progress of Nintendo’s new mobile games with the impact of the new Apple app store changes, the upcoming LINE IPO and why SoftBank is

By | 2016-06-15T01:43:29+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 119: From Newsroom to Digital Media in Asia with Alan Soon

Alan Soon from the Splice Newsroom and Rockstart Accelerator joined us in a conversation about the media business in Asia. Drawing his experience from the media business media from Bloomberg, CNBC to Yahoo!, Alan offered his perspectives on how the media business has changed across Asia in the past two decades. We discussed the business

By | 2016-06-11T00:07:10+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 118: The State of IoT in Asia Pacific with Charles Reed Anderson

Charles Reed Anderson from IDC joined us to discuss the state of Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia Pacific. We started with the analysis of the IoT market maturity index across China, India and the rest of Asia Pacific, and dissected how Asian companies are currently prioritising their objectives with Internet of Things. In our review, we

By | 2016-06-06T08:53:56+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 117: Why Apple Invest in Didi with Josh Horwitz

In this episode, Josh Horwitz from Quartz joined us in a conversation to dissect why Apple has invested in China’s largest ride hailing app, Didi Chuxing and the implications for Uber in their plans to conquer China & the rest of the world. We move beyond the obvious reasons such as managing their diplomatic relations

By | 2016-06-02T01:13:08+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 116: Mashable in Asia with Michael Kriak and Gwendolyn Regina

Michael Kriak & Gwendolyn Regina from Mashable joined us for a conversation on Mashable.com and its recent strategy on video & expansion to Asia. We discussed how Mashable has built out a global media platform with their proprietary technology and strong editorial team distributed across the world. Michael and Gwen also shared with us the

By | 2016-05-27T23:38:16+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 115: Singapore Startup Ecosystem & Asia Funding Trends with Arnaud Bonzom

Arnaud Bonzom from 500 Startups continued our conversation on his two interesting reports (prior to the 500 Corporations report which we discussed earlier) that focus on the Singapore startup ecosystem and the funding trends across Asia Pacific. We discussed the key observations and funding dynamics of the Singapore startup ecosystem with the recent focus on

By | 2016-05-22T14:42:28+00:00 May 22nd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 114: Will Apple’s Asia & Car strategy work? with Sameer Singh

Continuing our discussed from the last episode, Sameer Singh from Tech-thoughts.net analysed the recent Apple Q1 2016 earning and challenged the notion whether Apple’s Asia (India and China) and their rumoured car strategy will bring them back to growth. Through the lens of the Apple rumoured car, we dived deeper into the conversation on artificial intelligence &

By | 2016-05-18T14:56:50+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 113: Facebook vs Asia Messaging Apps with Sameer Singh

Sameer Singh from Tech-thoughts.net joined us in to reflect on the major themes that has been ongoing in the technology space from messaging apps to self driving cars. In the first part, we discussed the recent Facebook F8 announcements on their new chatbots platform and video live streaming. From there, we analysed the implications of

By | 2016-05-14T22:58:17+00:00 May 14th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 112: The Baidu Group with Cate Cadell

Cate Cadell, editor in chief from Technode at Beijing joined us in this episode to discuss the Baidu Group, China’s largest search engine & maps and part of the BAT axis in China. In our conversation, we discussed Baidu from the perspective of the management team & board led by Robin Li, their business structures

By | 2016-05-10T13:27:50+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 111: Wither Rocket Internet? with Jon Russell

Jon Russell from TechCrunch joined us to discuss Rocket Internet’s 1B exit to Alibaba & its impact to ecommerce & funding cycles in Southeast Asia. We dissected the implications from the Lazada exit and the continuing movement of Rocket Internet spinning off their other assets such as Zalora and Foodpanda within the region and foreshadowed the

By | 2016-05-06T08:00:21+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 110: Tencent and WeChat with Eva Xiao

In the final of the two parter episodes, we continue our conversation with Eva Xiao from Technode on the Tencent Group, specifically focusing on WeChat, the most popular messaging app in China. Eva dissected how WeChat is the platform for other popular online to offline (O2O) services and dived deep into the various monetisation models

By | 2016-05-02T06:06:03+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 109: Tencent and QQ with Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao from Technode joined us for a two parter discussion on one of the BAT companies: Tencent. We dived deep into the holding company behind the two successful messaging apps in China: QQ & Wechat. In this first part of 2 episode arc, we discussed the vision, mission & corporate structure of Tencent, how

By | 2016-04-27T08:25:16+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 108: How can a US tech company succeed in China with Scott Livingston

Scott Livingston, a senior associate at SIPS, joined us on a discussion starting from a hypothetical question, “What are the requirements do Facebook need to satisfy in order to access into China’s market?”. By navigating through this question, we gain an in depth understanding to how US tech companies should navigate China which combines legislation

By | 2016-04-27T07:46:24+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 107: Alibaba Cloud in Asia Pacific with Yu Sicheng

Yu Sicheng, Vice President International, Alibaba Cloud (aka Aliyun) under the Alibaba Group, joined us in a conversation to discuss the popular cloud computing services from China and its plan to expand their offerings across the geographies outside China. In the conversation, Sicheng shared the success stories on Alibaba Cloud in China where it powered

By | 2016-04-17T08:53:28+00:00 April 17th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 106: Connectography & Connectivity is Destiny with Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna, senior research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, joined us to discuss & launch his latest book “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilisation” from Asia first. Our conversation began with his new maxim “Connectivity is destiny” over the age old wisdom of “Geography is destiny”. We discussed how

By | 2016-04-13T22:47:28+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 105: The Next Billion Initiative for Google with Caesar Sengupta

Caesar Sengupta, Vice President, Product Management from Google joined us to discuss the “Next Billion” initiative for Google, based on present and new ideas to allow the company engage with the next billion users in a mobile first world of Asia Pacific. We start from Caesar’s early work with Chrome browser and OS in the

By | 2016-04-10T08:36:35+00:00 April 10th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 104: Corporate Innovation and 500 Startups with Arnaud Bonzom

Arnaud Bonzom, the director of corporate innovation from 500 Startups joined us in a conversation on the interesting trend in how major corporations are engaging the startups today. We began with Arnaud’s story from his early days as a trade advisor for the French government to INSEAD and finally to 500 Startups, and what he

By | 2016-04-10T06:35:57+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 103: The SingTel Group with Grace Chng

Grace Chng, senior correspondent of The Straits Times under SPH Group, joined us in a conversation to discuss the SingTel Group and its global footprint across three continents. Starting from the history of how the SingTel Group transformed from a government agency to a public listed enterprise, Grace offered a primer to understand the vision

By | 2016-04-17T07:58:15+00:00 April 2nd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 102: ZhenFund in China with Anna Fang

Anna Fang, partner and CEO of ZhenFund joined us in a conversation to discuss early stage investment and startup ecosystem in China. We traced her serendipitous route on how she become an early stage investor by working with Xu Xiaoping, a famous super angel investor in China that led to building up ZhenFund. Anna also shared

By | 2016-03-30T05:21:08+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 101: muru-D by Telstra with Charlotte Yarkoni & Annie Parker

Charlotte Yarkoni, President of Telstra Software Group &, Annie Parker, co-founder of muru-D, the startup incubator by Telstra joined us in a conversation to discuss the story behind the digital startup accelerator which has expanded across globally from Singapore to Australia. Just before the first demo day event for muru-D Singapore, we discussed the thinking

By | 2016-03-26T00:20:49+00:00 March 26th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 100: The Dawn of Augmented & Virtual Reality with Ben Bajarin

Ben Bajarin from Creative Strategies and Techpinions joined us for the special 100th episode to discuss the dawn of the augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology. Starting from an account of his recent trip to Game Developer & VR developer Summit, Ben shared why this is the year for AR and VR to break out

By | 2016-03-20T14:13:55+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 99: Understanding China’s Economic Indicators with Tom Orlik

Tom Orlik, the Chief Asia Economist from Bloomberg and author of the book “Understanding China’s Economic Indicators”, joined us in an interesting conversation in analysing China’s economy and helped us to understand how reliable the economic indicators are. We start from a primer to how one navigate across the aims of the Chinese government with

By | 2016-03-17T22:35:23+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 98: The India Startup Ecosystem with Ashish Sinha

Ashish Sinha, founder of NextBigWhat, joined us for a conversation on the emerging India startup ecosystem. From his origins as a product manager in Yahoo! India to setting up the media site to help India entrepreneurs to gather feedback for their products since 2009, we discussed the India startup ecosystem from decoding the unicorn startup

By | 2016-03-13T19:48:19+00:00 March 12th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 97: Winter is coming to Asia with Jon Russell

Jon Russell from TechCrunch joined us for a conversation on whether “winter is coming” for the startup ecosystems across Asia from China, India to Southeast Asia. We started with the continuing war between Uber and their counterparts, Ola, GoJek and Grab from a four wheels to two wheels transport and the continuing fundraising tales of

By | 2016-03-08T15:50:40+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 96: Paytm in India with Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CEO and founder of Paytm joined us for an interesting conversation on his journey with Paytm and his thoughts on the evolving India startup ecosystem. Starting from the early days with One97 in feature phones, Vijay discussed how the dawn of the smartphone world led him to build a mobile first payment

By | 2016-03-13T19:48:50+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 95: The TSMC Group with Tim Culpan

Tim Culpan from Bloomberg Gadfly, joined us again to discuss the TSMC Group, where they are leading semiconductor foundries for many major companies from Apple, Qualcomm and Intel. We began our conversation with the recent happenings with Foxconn’s acquisition of Sharp and whether the acquisition will work given Foxconn’s early history with Innolux and the

By | 2016-02-28T01:45:11+00:00 February 28th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 94: Wechat Ecosystem & Grata.co with Andrew Schorr

Andrew Schorr, CEO and co-founder of Grata.co, joined us for an interesting discussion to dissect the platform and ecosystem behind Wechat in China. Starting from his journey with building three startups including Grata.co across 11 years in China, he discussed how Wechat has changed the landscape for both startup founders and major corporations and brands

By | 2016-02-25T02:59:00+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 93: The Japan Mobile Gaming Market Consolidation with Serkan Toto

Serkan Toto, co-founder and CEO of Kantan Games JP, joined us to discuss the major trend of consolidation happening in real time within Japan’s mature and sophisticated mobile gaming industry. We discussed the progress of the Nintendo-DeNA deal and where the major players are heading in this challenging year. While discussing the broader trends, Serkan

By | 2016-02-20T07:55:54+00:00 February 20th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 92: Dating Industry in Asia & Lunch Actually Group with Violet Lim

In our Valentine’s day special for 2016, Violet Lim, CEO and co-founder of the Lunch Actually Group discussed the major players of the dating industry in Asia and how she built a full stack dating company over the years to matchmake her customers from online to offline. Starting from her story from how she quitted

By | 2016-02-13T11:23:44+00:00 February 13th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 91: BitX, BitCoin and Blockchain in Asia with Marcus Swanepoel

Marcus Swanepoel, CEO and co-founder of BitX joined us for an interesting conversation on the bitcoin and blockchain industry in Asia. Beginning from his background as a banker to his current stint as a startup founder, he discussed the origins of BitX and how it is leading the charge on bitcoin and blockchain in the

By | 2016-02-11T01:52:06+00:00 February 11th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 90: Smart Cities in Asia Pacific with Charles Reed Anderson

Charles Reed Anderson, Vice President, Head of Mobility and Internet of Things Asia Pacific, IDC, joined us for a conversation to discuss all things Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities in Asia Pacific. Starting from his observations from the recent CES 2016, we focused on the discussion how businesses and vendors are figuring out

By | 2016-02-02T12:47:52+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 89: Asia Startup Ecosystems with Kevin McSpadden

Kevin McSpadden from e27 joined us for a fascinating discussion on the different evolving startup ecosystems across Asia. Starting from Singapore, drawing interesting comparisons from the rise of Hong Kong and the recent startup India initiatives, we discussed whether Singapore can maintain its advantage as the Delaware of Asia. We examined the recent departure of

By | 2016-02-01T19:55:50+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 88: India Startup Ecosystem & SAIF Partners with Deepak Gaur

Deepak Gaur, managing director of SAIF Partners joined us for a conversation in Delhi, India. Beginning from the early days of venture capital till the recent surge in funding, Deepak shared his reflections on how far the startup ecosystem of India has come. He also discussed his work with SAIF Partners and the interesting companies

By | 2016-01-20T08:53:20+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 87: From DeNA to 500 Startups in Japan with James Riney

In this episode, James Riney from 500 Startups Japan discussed his story from an entrepreneur to a venture capitalist. We recapped his first company, Storys.JP, following his role as a principal in DeNA Capital to the Japan fund in 500 Startups. We also tapped his brain on the interesting areas in robotics, virtual and augmented

By | 2016-01-17T07:45:13+00:00 January 17th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 86: Insurance & CXA Group in Asia with Rosaline Koo

Rosaline Koo from CXA Group joined us for an interesting conversation on how she is building a digital company focusing on employee benefits and insurance across Asia. We discussed how she started from an interesting background of cybernetics and headed to work with startups and corporate turnarounds from US to Asia, and subsequently to her

By | 2016-01-13T08:25:54+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 85: The OTT Video Market in Asia Pacific with Michael Smith

In the first episode of 2016, Michael Smith Jr, chief technology officer in HOOQ joined us to give us an overview of the over the top (OTT) video streaming market in Asia Pacific. We discussed the major players in the Asia Pacific market and how they will be shaping up against global competitors from the

By | 2016-01-06T08:10:34+00:00 January 6th, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 84: The Five Predictions on Asia in 2016 with Sameer Singh

Starting the new year, Sameer Singh, author of Tech-Thoughts.net and our host Bernard Leong discussed the five predictions on Asia technology landscape 2016 in the second part of the two-episodes arc. Building on their earlier conversation on the five major events that rocked 2015, they forecast the events in 2016 which will shape the technology landscape

By | 2016-01-01T08:11:19+00:00 January 1st, 2016|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 83: The Five Major Events in Asia 2015 with Sameer Singh

Sameer Singh, author of Tech-Thoughts.net and senior industry analysis manager of App Annie, joined our host in a two episodes arc discussion on the five major events that shook Asia for the year of 2015 and the predictions for the year of 2016. In the first part, we discuss the five major events in Asia

By | 2016-01-02T07:00:30+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 82: Seedstars World in Asia with Karen Mok

With Karen Mok, we discussed the initiative & footprint of Seedstars World & her perspectives on startup ecosystems after traveling 15 cities in Asia. The conversation started with her background as a social entrepreneur and how she eventually joined SeedStars World. We continued her journey with Seedstars World, where she organised the business competition across different

By | 2015-12-26T07:41:40+00:00 December 20th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 81: Semiconductors are eating the world with Ben Bajarin

Ben Bajarin from Creative Strategies and Techpinions joined us in an interesting conversation why semiconductors are eating the world. By giving a broad overview of the industry spanning across the globe with a significant presence in Asia with the major players, Samsung and TSMC, we dissect how the semiconductors industry and Moore’s law are shifting

By | 2015-12-15T23:21:23+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 80: Approach Asia with Lisa Enckell

Lisa Enckell from Approach joined us for a conversation to discuss their new project Approach. We started with a chat on how she started from a theatre producer and journalist to her previous role as the vice president for marketing in Wrapp working between Sweden and San Francisco. Then she shared how both her husband

By | 2015-12-09T23:26:02+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 79: Hadoop, Cloudera & Big Data with Doug Cutting

With Doug Cutting, the chief architect of Cloudera and the co-founder of Apache Hadoop, we discussed his journey from a software engineer to a contributor and creator of several open source software which are widely used today. We also deep dived into Cloudera and Hadoop, and discussed various topics from talent shortage to how Hadoop

By | 2015-12-09T22:37:02+00:00 December 5th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 78: Innovation, Global Challenges & Asia Healthcare with Claudia Olsson

In this episode, Claudia Olsson, founder of several startups (Exponential AB, Stellar Capacity AB and Catalyse Delta Group) and former senior advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on technology and innovation trends joined us for a conversation on innovation global challenges and Asia healthcare. Drawing from her experience in the Singularity University, Claudia

By | 2015-12-02T05:57:58+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 77: Facebook Internet.org, Android One & India with Newley Purnell

In this episode, Newley Purnell, journalist from Wall Street Journal joined us to discuss the recent controversy of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative in India and the implications of the initiative with reference to net neutrality, privacy and security among the different stakeholders. We discussed the relaunch efforts of Google’s Android One, and understand how US technology

By | 2015-11-28T09:41:15+00:00 November 28th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 76: Quibb & 50-50 Pledge with Sandi MacPherson

In this episode, Sandi MacPherson joined us to discuss the story on how she started Quibb, a platform for people to share what they are reading at work. From her background working in government on environment and clean tech, she discussed why she has moved to Silicon Valley and bootstrapped her company till fundraising unconventionally via a

By | 2015-11-25T14:10:45+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 75: Braintree in Asia Pacific with Tyson Hackwood

With Tyson Hackwood, Head of Asia at Braintree (under Paypal), we discussed the footprint of the online payments company in Asia Pacific. Starting from Tyson’s early career in online advertising and premium mobile services in a 2G or WAP world, we discussed how he moved into the mobile payments with Paypal and subsequently to Braintree. During

By | 2015-11-28T22:44:46+00:00 November 21st, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 74: Vizable & Tableau in a Mobile First Asia with Dave Story

In this episode, Dave Story, VP, Mobile and Strategic Growth at Tableau Software, joined us for a chat to discuss his perspectives on how Tableau is poised to grow in a mobile first Asia with the vision of analytics everywhere, and their new free mobile app, Vizable, which helps to turn data into beautiful interactive

By | 2015-11-18T23:02:09+00:00 November 18th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 73: On China with Kaiser Kuo

We interview Kaiser Kuo, the host of Sinica Podcast to discuss China. With a background in East Asian studies and corporate experience from Oilgvy China, Youku to Baidu, Kaiser discussed the challenges of China and how the country has evolved from 1995 to 2015. Sharing the story of the Sinica podcast which he co-host with

By | 2015-11-29T06:56:25+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 72: Monk’s Hill Ventures & Southeast Asia with Ong Peng Tsin

Ong Peng Tsin, general partner of Monk’s Hill Ventures joined us to discuss his story from an entrepreneur in the US to subsequently moving to China as a venture capitalist. Drawing his experience from Match.com, Interwoven and Encentuate, he offered his thoughts about the lessons learnt as an entrepreneur and also highlighted his observations on both

By | 2015-11-07T22:16:25+00:00 November 7th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 71: Deep Learning & Baidu Research with Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng, the chief Scientist at Baidu & head of Baidu Research, joined us for a conversation on the exciting developments in artificial intelligence & deep learning from US to China. Sharing his story and the lessons learnt from his past experiences on Google Brain and Coursera, Andrew offered his thoughts on why he has

By | 2015-11-07T22:32:48+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 70: The Foxconn Group with Tim Culpan

Tim Culpan from Bloomberg in Taipei joined us to discuss the Foxconn Group and how the company rose from a plastic injection moulding company to the largest contract manufacturing company building Apple iPhones and SoftBank Pepper robots. In this conversation, Tim provided an in-depth analysis of Foxconn from its corporate structure to the business units

By | 2015-10-30T08:09:56+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 69: Uber versus Didi, OlaCabs and GrabTaxi with Josh Horwitz

With Josh Horwitz from Quartz, we discuss the ongoing major war of the four important on-demand taxi hailing apps: Uber, Didi, OlaCabs and GrabTaxi and how these battles between them are now becoming proxy wars between major corporations, investors and governments in Asia. We dive deeply into various issues regarding these four companies from their

By | 2015-10-25T00:57:31+00:00 October 24th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 68: Little Rice – Xiaomi, Smartphones & the Chinese Dream with Clay Shirky

Within the great firewall of China, Clay Shirky, associate professor from interactive media & arts department in NYU Shanghai and also TED speaker, joined us to discuss his latest book “Little Rice – Xiaomi, Smartphones & the Chinese Dream”. In this episode, he shared his thoughts about the revolution of different media platforms and its

By | 2015-10-19T22:48:44+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 67: Enterprise Mobility in Asia Pacific with Charles Reed Anderson

Charles Reed Anderson, Vice President, Head of Mobility and Internet of Things Asia Pacific, IDC, joined us in a conversation to discuss all things enterprise mobility in Asia Pacific. We discussed the recent report “Enterprise Mobility in Asia Pacific 2015” by IDC, where we defined the landscape of enterprise mobility, the key trends in how

By | 2015-10-17T03:47:47+00:00 October 17th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 66: How will you measure your life with James Allworth

James Allworth, co-author of “How will you measure your life” with Clay Christensen and Karen Dillon, joined us in an interesting discussion on the book and his reflections on disruption theory. From discussing motivational factors to why you should not outsource your childcare, James offered his thoughts and perspectives to how we can draw valuable

By | 2015-10-12T00:28:39+00:00 October 12th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 65: Tableau in Asia with JY Pook

Sitting in the Tableau Asia Pacific headquarters, we interviewed JY Pook, the vice president, Asia Pacific for Tableau, a NYSE listed data analytics software company. We start from JY’s early career in data to his current role in Tableau. In the conversation, we discussed Tableau’s footprint in Asia, and how Tableau has helped companies such

By | 2015-10-10T07:00:49+00:00 October 10th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 64: Spotify in Asia with Sunita Kaur

Sunita Kaur, managing director, Asia from Spotify joined us for a conversation to discuss the music streaming service and its footprint in Asia. We discuss the current state of Spotify and its value proposition to the customers and the artistes, the specific challenges that Spotify faced to expand their footprint in Asia, and how the service has

By | 2015-10-06T08:54:33+00:00 October 6th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 63: The Rakuten Group with David Corbin

David Corbin from Tech in Asia, joined us to discuss the Rakuten Group, one of the fascinating Internet company in Japan. Starting from a chronological perspective, we analysed the company based on major milestones from how they started from an ecommerce online marketplace to a conglomerate that spanned from different Internet services (travel, digital media,

By | 2015-10-06T08:55:59+00:00 October 3rd, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 62: Product Hunt with Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover, co-founder & CEO of Product Hunt, joined us for a conversation. From sharing his background to the origins of Product Hunt, Ryan shared the story in how Product Hunt has managed to grow since its early days and establish its credibility as the destination for makers to post their products. He also offered

By | 2015-10-06T08:55:24+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 61: SparkLabs & Startup Hubs with Bernard Moon

With Bernard Moon from Sparklabs Global Ventures and SparkLabs accelerator, we discuss their recent report “Global Technology Trends and Startup Hubs 2015” and its implications to technology startups in this year. We start with Bernard’s journey as a startup operator to an early stage investor and mentor to startups from Silicon Valley to Korea and

By | 2015-09-23T14:58:20+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 60: Air Travel in Asia with Paul Papadimitriou

With Paul Papadimitriou from Intelligencr and the host of two podcasts (Digital Loop and Layovers), we discuss the air travel and aviation industry in Asia. We started our conversation from his international relations roots and how he came to Asia and started his consultancy, Intelligencr. Paul also shared his experience as an angel investor and

By | 2015-10-06T08:57:26+00:00 September 19th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 59: China’s Five Year Plan and Huawei with Kitty Fok

With Kitty Fok (Country Manager, China) from IDC, we discuss the Chinese government’s five year plan specifically on their ambitions on technology, innovation and digital infrastructure for the next 5 years. In the same conversation, we analyse Huawei, one of China’s top technology companies where they are now growing in three important segments: (a) carriers

By | 2015-09-13T06:46:47+00:00 September 13th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 58: Building Relationships thru LinkedIn in Asia with Vicky Skipp

We interviewed Vicky Skipp, Head of Sales Solutions in Asia Pacific and Japan, LinkedIn. From Vicky’s experience in sales from Adobe to LinkedIn over the past 15 years and building her own personal board of directors to guide her career journey, we discuss how the sales process in Asia have changed from a wide broadcasting

By | 2015-09-08T14:35:51+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 57: Innovation in Asia Banking with Neal Cross

Neal Cross, the Chief Innovation Officer from Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) shared the story behind how DBS kickstarted its innovation efforts both internally with the bank and externally with the startup ecosystem from Singapore to Hong Kong. He also offered his thoughts and perspectives on the disruptive technologies to banking from blockchain and bitcoin

By | 2015-09-05T06:45:08+00:00 September 5th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 56: SMART Nation and Singapore Start-up Ecosystem with Steve Leonard

Steve Leonard, deputy executive chairman of IDA Singapore joined us in an interesting conversation on the SMART Nation initiative in Singapore & his thoughts on the startup ecosystem. Our discussion began with his reflections from an illustrious career in enterprise technology to a government role, and subsequently, we discuss why the Singapore government has embarked on

By | 2015-08-30T13:58:50+00:00 August 30th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|

Episode 55: From Alphabet to Uber and 1 Year on with Sameer Singh

Sameer Singh, our first guest on the podcast, joined us to discuss all things business and technology from Alphabet to Uber. We began instead with an interview our host of the show, Bernard on his reflections on the first year of Analyse Asia to the future plans of the podcast including the upcoming launch of

By | 2015-08-29T02:16:14+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Analyse Asia Podcast, Podcast Shows|