213: Jame Dibiasio – Disruptive Fintech in Asia

213: Jame Dibiasio – Disruptive Fintech in Asia


 

Podcast highlights:

  • [32:51] Disruptive technologies like blockchain. What is it and what are the general trends in Asia? Are populations that lack access to traditional financial infrastructure the right markets for blockchain?
  • [40:44] Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia and China clamping down on digital currencies.
  • [51:48] What is there to look forward to in the next 20 years regarding Fintech in Asia? Where does Jame see Asia in terms of global finance in the future?

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Jame Dibiasio to Asia Tech Podcast Stories, hosted by Graham D Brown
  • [00:54] A little bit about DigFin
  • [03:10] Why did Jame go to Asia back in 1997?
  • [07:20] Jame's experience of being in the middle of the Asian crisis
  • [10:20] The implications of the Asian Financial Crisis
  • [12:04] Economic freedom in Hong Kong and Singapore. What do these countries do right?
  • [14:06] The stories that Jame writes in Dig Fin. The variety of markets in Asia (hyperdeveloped markets, giant emerging markets, frontier markets) and profound changes with regards to Fintech in Asia
  • [17:20] Living cashless in China especially in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai
  • [22:52] Internet companies in China like Alibaba collecting large amounts of personal data
  • [27:12] Can Chinese Internet companies take their business models outside, first to Asia and then globally?
  • [29:36] The difference in mindset and approach between Internet companies in the US and China
  • [32:51] Disruptive technologies like blockchain. What is it and what are the general trends in Asia? Are populations that lack access to traditional financial infrastructure the right markets for blockchain?
  • [40:44] Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia and China clamping down on digital currencies
  • [44:18] Singapore as the place someone outside of Asia should look at to get a glimpse of Fintech in Asia
  • [47:25] Putting the Singapore dollar on ledger and digitizing the Singapore dollar
  • [50:06] Project Ubin: Does the Fintech community see this as the way to go? Decentralized vs digitized currencies.
  • [51:48] What is there to look forward to in the next 20 years regarding Fintech in Asia? Where does Jame see Asia in terms of global finance in the future?
  • [57:00] What's happening in Asia will probably surprise some people
  • [58:43] Go to www.digfingroup.com find out more about Jame and read his stories about the financial world