Former co-founder or Global Fashion Group, Zalora and Rocket Internet Group, Magnus Grimeland, CEO of startup generator, knows how to scale startups.
In this interview we talk about the key qualities Magnus looks for in a startup founder and the process they take startups through to validate the business model. We discuss the importance of challenging assumptions, stepping outside your comfort zone in everything from building your team to getting to the first sale.
We also touch upon Magnus’s philosophy to business and life, his time as a Norwegian Navy Seal and his passion for extreme sports from ice climbing to Ironman triathlon.
JW Ngeow – CEO of MegaX Singapore, $25 million exits
Jiawen “JW” Ngeow describes herself as a “deviant”. In her own words, she excelled at underperforming at school. That’s not easy in a society like Singapore that prides itself on academic achievement.
Yet, JW has proven many of her doubters wrong. From building the MegaFash retailer to investing in numerous startups in Singapore, JW’s career has included over $25 million of successful exits. Now, she is applying her knowledge of scaling startups to Blockchain and payments in retail, as COO and co-founder of iFashion Group.
In this interview we discuss JW’s thoughts on what makes a successful startup entrepreneur and also what personality traits she looks for in growing her startup team.
Hal Bosher – Frontier Market Pioneer, CEO of Yoma Bank Myanmar
Canadian Hal Bosher is the CEO of Yoma Bank Myanmar, a true pioneer in all senses of the word.
Hal has lived across different cultures and continents with stints in the US, Germany, the UK, the Indian Ocean and now more recently Myanmar, to name just a few countries. Having the ability to adapt to new and uncomfortable environments is a valuable skill – you learn to empathise with different kinds of people regardless of their backgrounds.That’s a powerful tool when tasked with the challenge of growing a retail bank in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
In this interview we dive into Myanmar to learn about the vibe that shapes everyday life, the adoption of technology and entrepreneurship. We also talk about the mindset required to not just survive, but thrive in frontier markets.
Kiren Tanna – CEO Zenrooms, Co-Founder FoodPanda, Rocket Internet
When Kiren Tanna started Zenrooms, he and his co-founder lived out of hotels for weeks, pitching hotel owners on the go. It’s this form of startup hustle that you need to make your business successful.
Kiren was former CEO and co-founder of FoodPanda, CEO of APACIG (Rocket Internet’s Asia Pacific Internet Group). He understands both the challenges and requirements of building a successful startup in Asia.
In this interview we discuss the genesis of Zenrooms, recruitment and his philosophy on building teams.
Damien Cummings – Peoplewave, Building the Google of Recruitment
Damien Cummings, CEO of Peoplewave, has experienced 20+ years at the highest levels of corporate. His marketing career resume includes some of the world’s most prominent blue chip names: Standard Chartered Bank, Philips, Samsung, Dell, Ogilvy & Mather, Citibank Australia, Coca-Cola and McKinsey.
Damien knows better than anybody how the market for talent is evolving fast and how many corporates are struggling to both retain and reward the best.
In this interview, we explore Damien’s motivation to leave the most comfortable of corporate careers and explore the startup world of the entrepreneur. We also explore the world of Peoplewave and Damien’s personal mission to enable corporates to nurture and retain talent in meaningful ways.
Like many of our featured entrepreneurs on Asia Tech Podcast, Renu Bhatia took the path least taken. Here is a highly qualified medical doctor who decided at some point during her career that she could make the most impact not by continuing up the professional ladder, but by becoming an entrepreneur.
Renu is founding partner of Hong Kong based Supercharger – Asia’s leading Fintech accelerator, Vice President of the Hong Kong Blockchain Society, Co-Founder of Asia Fintech Angels and serves on the Entrepreneurship Committee Advisory Group of the Hong Kong government backed Cyberport program.
On surface, these may appear to be a world away from medicine, but as we’ll discover in this interview, sometimes you can make the most impact in the world by helping others do the same. We’ll look at how Renu made that decision to leave the medical profession and her hopes for the Blockchain enabled future.
Dr Steven Chua – $6 Billion Developer of Singapore Sentosa
Dr Steven Chua joins Asia Tech Podcast today to share insights on how he has helped shaped some of Asia’s largest hospitality projects. Most famous of which is the $6 billion development of Sentosa island in Singapore.
Multi-billion dollar projects require constant communication. One of the most important skills in making these projects happen is the simple human skill of being able to sit down with stakeholders and share progress, communicate the challenges even when things aren’t working out to plan (there will always be some form of firefighting).
William Bao Bean and Sebastian Gaudin – Chinaccelerator
Host Nishtha Mehta interviews Shanghai based Chinaccelerator and SOSV founder William Bao Bean alongside one of his most successful cohort – Sebastian Gaudin from Carevoice.
William and Sebastian sit on both sides of the investor table. They’ve both seen many entrepreneurs and investors come and go. They understand what makes a startup work, what makes a good accelerator program and an investor partner.
In this interview, we learn about how accelerator programs like Chinaccelerator in Shanghai can both identify and nurture the right kind of founders, what they’re looking for and also what Carevoice is doing right in making their startup a success after the program.
Vishal Doshi – AUM Biosciences, AI and the Cure for Cancer
In a world infatuated by the latest shiny technology it’s easy to lose sight of the key challenges facing our time – like finding a cure for cancer.
The drug discovery process is both expensive and by nature highly wasteful. Less than 5% of drugs under development ever reach the mass market. But that doesn’t mean the 95% are not worthy of public consumption, it just means the economics didn’t make sense for larger pharmaceuticals.
AUM Biosciences wants to change that. By applying AI and Big Data technology to the extensive data sets generated by pharmaceutical companies, AUM hopes to sift through the drugs that didn’t make the mass market and revisit those that could work under different conditions. Could this mean access to cheaper drugs? Could this mean we also see Asia driving drug discovery and innovation in the future?
Horace Dediu called the Apple iPhone before the industry realized its potential. That’s why corporates, governments and futurists call upon his services to predict what happens next.
In this interview, we discuss how Dediu made his name as “The King of Apple Analysts”, from the earliest days of the iPhone fast forwarded to today, when we look at Apple in the context of Asian competition. Will “Made in China” one day be synonymous with high quality products?
We also discuss the rise of Asia, the competition for innovation, and historical precedents played out from the American and European Industrial Revolution in the mid 19th century