238: Chirayu Wadke – Partner, SeedPlus – Leaving the Valley for Asia

238: Chirayu Wadke – Partner, SeedPlus – Leaving the Valley for Asia

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [18:45] Leaving Google in Silicon Valley and returning to Asia was not a difficult decision for Chirayu Wadke.
  • [32:30] If you're in tech, consider moving your engineering teams to Asia. Proximity brings more empathy for the users and affects cost decisions.
  • [47:00] Discussing Smart Cities in Asia and their business potential.

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Chirayu Wadke to Asia Tech Podcast Stories! He's an Early Stage Technology Investor and Operator, and Partner at SeedPlus.
  • [02:00] What's an un-VC? Chirayu Wadke talks traditional expectations for people in the investment game and how modern technology is changing all of that.
  • [06:10] Chirayu Wadke and Graham discuss a recent visit to a watch-maker Geneva and the challenges of launching a new product in the modern world.
  • [13:00] Apple is outselling every single Swiss watch brand out there. What should traditional Swiss Watch brands and startups learn from Apple?
  • [18:45] Leaving Google in Silicon Valley and returning to Asia was not a difficult decision for Chirayu Wadke.
  • [29:00] The reference customer has traditionally been a Western consumer, this dynamic is chancing
  • [32:30] If you're in tech, consider moving your engineering teams to Asia. Proximity brings more empathy for the users and affects cost decisions.
  • [37:45] If you're in Silicon Valley, there are many reasons why you should consider expanding to Asia.
  • [42:45] We are moving further away from one central authority towards peer-to-peer type of business models. This movement benefits the lie of the land in Asia.
  • [47:00] Discussing Smart Cities in Asia and their business potential.
  • [53:30] What kind of advice does Chirayu Wadke have for those interested in moving their business to Asia?
  • [55:40] Thanks for tuning in! Find out more about Chirayu Wadke and his work on www.seedplus.com or contact him directly at chirayu@seedplus.com.