Asia Matters is Graham Brown‘s weekly podcast about the Asian Tech Ecosystem. Asia Matter because Asia is a $27 trillion economy, 50% bigger than the EU, 50% bigger than the US. The insights are based on the Asia Matters Report which you can download for free.
307: Simon Kemp – Asia’s impact on the world (Asia Matters)
Simon Kemp, Founder & CEO Kepios, shares how he was stunned with a statistics shared by Graham of how China, despite not being featured in the FIfa world cup, sold more tickets to its citizens than England
SImon explains how music has evolved over the years, sharing examples from his younger days as to how limited the music options were compared to the current times where one can easily access apps like spotify to listen to different kinds of music from various cultures across the globe
Simon shares how Asia and its culture inspired him to build his businesses here, further explaining the impact travelling has made by exposing him to different cultures and influences, activating the ability to be innovative as well
294: Geoffrey Handley – China Matters(Asia Matters)
Being a talent spotter.Geoffrey Handley explains how China has a vast talent of emerging entrepreneurs, going on to share how a company of 25 he had visited for due diligence consisted of 8 PHDs and 10 Masters degree holders
Geoffrey Handley shares why was he blown away working with young entrepreneurs in china who have nothing to lose and explains how these young founders have a high drive to make their day better than the day before
Regardless of what role or industry a person is in, Geoffrey Handley thinks they should explore the China market and further explains why they would be losing out out if they don`t explore it
281: Quantifying China’s Appeal to the Next Generation of Talent with Andrea Myles, the #ChinaGeek (Asia Matters)
According to data from the Modern Language Association (MLA) in the United States, since 2016 the number of students at US universities studying Chinese in any form has gone down. How can we explain this given the relevance of China at the moment? -- In Australia the pattern is similar. Historical legacy is part of the reason, there is a shortage of qualified Mandarin teachers. This helps explain the lag in students studying Mandarin. So there are systemic factors at play too and not just purely political ones.
Tell us a bit about your day job focusing on millennials in China. Whats that about? -- CEO and co-found of the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP). We try to bridge the gap between Chinese and Australian innovators by running an incubator of sorts which puts 50 Chinese and 50 Australians into a 100 day learning program. We challenge them to build the next Uber, or the next Didi. Weve had 300 people come through the program so far. Its really cool to see how diversity powers new insights. Each cohort is completely different; but you see commonalities in they all have a curious mindset and a desire to engage digitally.
In China right now how are young people approaching entrepreneurialism? -- Its important to remember there is not simply one type of Chinese millennial, and things differ a lot depending on geography, class, and even gender. Overall there is a shift where people no longer see government jobs as the ticket. There is still a long way to go before things really change, but you see signs its beginning.
268: The Singapore Entrepreneur Edition with Aaron Cheng, Sabrina Wang, and Kyriakos Zannikos (Asia Matters)
Entrepreneurship is difficult. Dealing with the criticisms from people around you and sometimes those harshest voices are the ones in your own head. All entrepreneurs deal with uncertainty. How do you deal with it?
Aaron: Theres no real answer. Everyone takes a different path. You have to find something youre really passionate about. If it was easy, everyone would be an entrepreneur, but its not easy. The most difficult thing is to get over the fear to start something new.
Your companies are not huge. Youre not an Apple or an Amazon. How do you get people to want to come and work with you?
246: Does the Korea Summit Mark the Beginning of the Asian Century? (Asia Matters)
It takes somebody to break the mould and push the boundaries - British pop singer Jessie J winning a talent competition in China equivalent to American Idol, the Beatles breaking into the US, Jack Ma taking his Chinese company Alibaba to The West
If your most innovative people are focussed on trying to find better ways to connect, youre building the future - when you have a generation of people growing up where the default is to build connectivity and bridges, then you have the beginning of a new era
The North and South Korean meeting is the image that would define the Asian Century - the point at which peoples mindset shifted far enough that they thought the old way of looking at this old region was changed so far that it was broken
232: Shanghai Round Table with Kapil Kane, Jasper Gill, Vincent Djen, Carmen Wang and Nishtha Mehta (Asia Matters)
What makes Shanghai special? We listen to insights from Kapil Kane, Jasper Gill, Vincent Djen, Carmen Wang and Nishtha Mehta. We learn about the "Shanghai hump"? They say that if you live in Shanghai for four years, youll stay forever
Shanghai is a maturing startup ecosystem so new accelerator models are emerging. We take a look into the world of XNode. XNode is a late stage accelerator, focused on scaling up startups. XNode mainly works with corporate like Intel
What advice would our entrepreneurs give to people from The West who want to be part of the Shanghai scene? Empathy and tolerance go a long way. Volunteer and work for value exchange, come committed and for the long haul. Learn and localise fast, drop the ego. Stay hungry and foolish
215: All Around the World – Visiting 4 Asian Cities in 4 Days (Asia Matters)
Graham will be traveling from Japan to mainland China, then Hong Kong and Thailand over 4 days
One of Asias most exciting projects is the $5000 Billion One Belt One Road Initiative - OBOR is about China exerting its soft power in the world - the world needs the connectivity - just as we needed American soft power back in 1915 World Fair in San Francisco
The opportunity to 10X your skills is right here in Asia - this is the untapped, frontier - real talent isnt motivated by money but by challenge and the ability to work on something that makes a big difference means heading East
209: Are You Ready for the Asian Century? (Asia Matters)
The year 1915 in context - End of British century, start of the American century when the Old Powers financed The Great War, building "walls", while America financed connectivity that made them the world leader
The Asian century is about East AND West - the case of Santa Clara-based company Intel having their innovation accelerator in Shanghai China
The best ways for Silicon-Valley people to prepare for the Asian century - surround yourself with people who get it, stop talking, start showing up in Asia
184: Why are Entrepreneurs Moving from the West to the East in 2018? (Asia Matters ATP570)
The 3 wave Cultural Acceptance of Asia. How entrepreneurs moving to Asia are changing in their reasons for migrating - Pioneers, Opportunists and Followers
When massive change happens, we rarely have the ability to identify and name it, example being The Reformation (nobody called it The Reformation when it was happening). Are we seeing a similar change in the shift from West to East?
Now Jack Ma has blazed a trail, will the Western Media entertain more entrepreneurs from Asia?
166: The Rise of the Asian Startup City (Report Part 2/4 Asia Matters)
This week we’re taking an early snapshot of The Asia Matters Report Part 2 which you can download for free from our website.
Part 2 focuses on the Asian Tech Ecosystem and which Startup Cities are getting it right. We examine the results from the standout favorites like Singapore to powerhouses like Shanghai.
Key insights include a look at which cities ranked highest in our aggregation of 14 metrics, plus a heads up on our market maturation index. We also discuss the 6 elements each Asian City needs to become a successful startup hub in 2018.
164: Welcome to The Asian Century (Report Part1/4 Asia Matters)
If you want to understand the rise of Asia’s Tech Ecosystem look to the Megacities covered in the new Asia Matters Report as the engines of growth, not the countries.
Asia is big, but we didn’t realise how “big” it really was until we got out there, boots on the ground and did out research for this report. No longer is Asia all about “markets of billions”. The Asia of 2018 is a market of multiple wealth centers (the Megacities), a rapidly emerging middle class and a vision to connect all these dots together with huge infrastructure investment. Why build walls when you can build bridges?
China could create 15-20 Silicon Valleys of its own in the near future.
Asia is rapidly emerging from the shadows of “The West” to become the new world leader in everything from startup ecosystems to retail malls.
66% of the world’s middle class will be in Asia within 10 years. Our “Asia Matters” presentation is the story of Asia’s rise from being a world of cheap “knockoffs” dependent on The West to becoming its own self-sufficient engine of economic growth.