222: Jean Pierre Sedaghat – The Southeast Asian Tech Ecosystem

222: Jean Pierre Sedaghat – The Southeast Asian Tech Ecosystem


 

Podcast highlights:

  • [27:02] What sort of startups are Chinese investors looking for in South East Asia?
  • [33:13] The rapid growth of the middle class in Asia and its implications
  • [46:40] Jean Pierre's advice for those who want to come to Asia - stop talking, start showing up

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Jean Pierre Sedaghat to Asia Tech Podcast Stories, hosted by Graham D Brown
  • [01:05] Jean Pierre's journey from France to Singapore
  • [04:30] Why did Jean Pierre set up Vantage Capital Partners?
  • [07:28] Have entrepreneurs in Singapore changed over the last 8 years since Jean Pierre has been in the ecosystem?
  • [11:10] Are South East Asian entrepreneurs now starting businesses in the same way as entrepreneurs abroad?
  • [13:53] Jean Pierre did not want to start a business in France but chose Asia instead as it is a fast moving market
  • [15:15] What was it about Singapore that was appealing to Jean Pierre when he first moved to Asia?
  • [18:45] The change in Jean Pierre's world view since coming to Asia
  • [22:29] Jean Pierre's thoughts on being focused on Singapore instead of China
  • [26:15] The world's headlines are on China but Chinese investor's headlines are on South East Asia
  • [27:02] What sort of startups are Chinese investors looking for in South East Asia?
  • [29:12] Where are the American investors in South East Asia compared to the Chinese investors?
  • [33:13] The rapid growth of the middle class in Asia and its implications
  • [36:07] Asia brings out a more positive attitude in Jean Pierre
  • [40:02] Can a country like France learn from Singapore in terms of start ups and entrepreneurs?
  • [43:05] South East Asia now needs success stories to grow its start up ecosystem
  • [46:40] Jean Pierre's advice for those who want to come to Asia - stop talking, start showing up
  • [52:22] To find out more about Jean Pierre, go to his Linked In and Twitter to get in touch