Asia Tech Podcast presents: In The Making with Nishtha Mehta

About Asia Tech Podcast: In the Making

#NishHosts series

Host Nishtha Mehta explores, uncovers and brings to light ‘In the making’ backstories of Asian Leaders – from startup entrepreneurs to corporate intrapreneurs and visionaries. What they have built is not a done job, it is very much ‘in the making’ – it has exclamation marks, commas, question marks, spaces and celebratory full stops – but it continues – still ‘in the making’.

299: Future of work, up-skilling and top 3 learnings to run impactful conferences and learning events – with Casey Lau – Co-Host, RISE ASIA (NSH3)

  • Let’s start with Casey’s In the making’, the man behind the growth of RISE Asia in the past 4 years as its co-host and how he met and agree to join Paddy Cosgrave, the Founder of RISE, who also founded Web Summit for Europe and Collision for US - the brain behind this vision of disrupting tech conferences for scale and impact.
  • On disrupting conference/learning and development formats for the sake of the audience. Are you re thinking of how you design them? People are looking for engaging content. It’s no longer that you can throw someone on the stage and expect someone to listen to them. You have to have a whole experience. It’s like going to Disneyland. That’s what Paddy has created with the conferences. It is like Disneyland - you see the big attractions, but you also try out the crazy hot dog, the mickey waffles, take a roller coaster ride. Some times you don’t know where you end up, whom you meet. It is very spontaneous. A great example of “ENGINEERING SYNCHRONICITY” – using data science, using technology to run a conference/learning events).
  • Starting up vs. Startups? Starting up in a big Corporate or a tech company is a huge trend too. #Futureofwork

280: What must you avoid to fall in the pit of failure? In the Making w/ William Bao Bean and Sebastien Gaudin (NSH2)

  • Lets put this very interesting podcast conversation in the context: William runs an accelerator. Sebastien runs a startup which was part of the accelerator program and now in scale up phase, and me as the podcast host, as well as, accelerator mentor....
  • Whats the difference between being a founder and entrepreneur? William Bao Bean , General Partner at SOSV, Managing Director at Chinaccelerator and MOX explains why founders have to be entrepreneurs. There cant be one without the other. Most normal people dont put all their eggs in one basket. They dont quit their jobs, use up all their savings to try and do something that has not been done before. Entrepreneurs take risks to try change the world and make a significant difference. They are trying to change the way things are being done.
  • Nishtha - "People often ask me if being an entrepreneur is in the DNA or can be learnt". William: "We are part of a long term study. HPDI. Shows how you make decisions. How you make trade offs. People are pre disposed to being risk takers. Opposite of that is like a CTO. We dont take too many risk mitigators in our start ups because working for a start up drives you nuts. We invest in people who are kind of crazy and we use the accelerator program to filter out the insane ones"

263: NishHosts Show – IN THE MAKING Intro (NSH1)

  • Lets talk about what this podcast is going to be about? -- Thats the concern I have with the word start-up. People think its this independent entity but essentially starting-up is in any context. In a new job or a new situation. Even though Ive been in China for 13 years, every couple of months I feel I am starting-up, starting all over.
  • You have to step up. Dont you? This is an important part of it. One thing inspiring about your story Nishtha and am sure people who know you know how you step up. Its a powerful skill to have. Does it come naturally to Asians? -- I believe it is part upbringing, part DNA, part also how you build that mindset. Its like muscle memory. Practice and build that muscle of not giving up, that muscle of resilience.
  • And what about failures? I do believe our industry is talking too much about successes and get inspired by success stories but who doesnt fail or who doesnt fall? Thats an important part of in the making which people need to hear.