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Graham Brown Talks to Tony Fernandes – CEO AirAsia

Tony Fernandes is the CEO of AirAsia and one of the most recognizable business leaders in the region. He is outspoken, a maverick and often treads (in his own words), “a fine line between brilliance and stupidity”.

By his own admission, some of his business bets haven’t paid off – taking over a Formula One team and a football club. But others certainly have. His net worth is estimated at $745 million. Behind his success is a story of taking huge risks – he bought AirAsia for 1 Malaysian Ringgit when nobody else saw its potential value when only 6% of Malaysians were flying. To Tony, that meant 94% of the market was untapped. He soon turned it around, growing the airline from 2 to 200 planes and reporting a profit within a year.

Many know of the AirAsia success story but what and who made it possible? In this podcast, Tony shares insights into his own backstory that continue to shape his business career today – from a Tupperware selling Mum “who could sell ice to eskimos” to a Dad who withheld praise on young Tony’s successes.

Then there’s those maverick tendencies. When you get thrown in the deep end you either sink or learn to swim very fast. His scrappy nature goes way back to the day his father packed him off on a plane at Sebang airport. Unknown to Tony, he was heading to Heathrow airport to start a new life in boarding school in the UK – a teenager, alone in an unfamiliar world. Surviving these ordeals as a kid imbues any adult with a sense of confidence in business. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Tony also shares insights about his journey never before discussed in public media – from his first encounters in the UK – to how these experiences impacted his belief in the importance of talent and diversity within AirAsia.

Marta Dowejko – Is Shenzhen The Next Silicon Valley?

Marta Dowejko, research assistant professor at Hong Kong Baptist University joins us today. She was the lead of the global entrepreneurship monitor of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Marta has published research articles on the ecosystems in Asia, Hong Kong and Greater China specifically. So for the next 30 minutes we’re gonna learn about the Hong Kong tech ecosystem, more about the greater bay and Shenzhen, with data from her latest research and the investment rates in Shenzhen compared to the rest of the world.

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Padmanabhan Ramaswamy & Mritunjay Kumar – Founders of InsightzClub

Its been a successful couple of years for Padmanabhan Ramaswamy & Mritunjay Kumar, Founders of InsightzClub, who join our host Neville McKenzie in the ATP studio. They take us through their journey of setting up InsightzClub and the challenges they faced along the way. An interesting conversation about how they are using data & cutting edge technology to derive deep consumer insights for their clients. Listen to the entire episode here.

Ling Ling T – Host of Leaders of Learning Podcast

Ling Ling, host of Leaders of Learning Podcast joins Graham Brown in the Asia Tech Podcast studio to share her story and talk about her motivations for starting a Podcast. Ling Ling talks about the varied subjects she has been covering in her show, her thoughts behind curating the show and her guest selection process. She also tells us how the podcast has helped in her corporate training business.

Sarah-Ann Yong – Host of ASB Podcast

“I knew that I wanted to leave a legacy……” – Sarah-Ann Yong, host of ASB Podcast and a current full time student of Asia School of Business, talks to Graham Brown about her motivations behind starting the ASB Podcast. Sarah tells us in detail about her entire journey in the podcasting field, the guests she wants to feature on her show, about her learning curve and her growth as a podcaster from the 1st episode in August 2018 to now after crossing few months worth of episodes. A must listen conversation for all who are toying with the idea of starting their own podcast or for that matter any side hustle of their own.

Elliott Zaagman – Co-host of the China Tech Investor Podcast

“Sometimes this idea of decorum or formality causes people to not actually call out the BS when you see it ….and that’s what we like to do.” – Elliot Zaagman, Co-host of China Tech Investor Podcast talks to Graham Brown about what his podcast along with his friend and Co-host James Hull covers. He tells us through his story from being in the US to ending up in China. Graham and Elliot then delve into all things “China” and talk about the changes that are happening in the Chinese market and tech ecosystem.

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Edmund Lowell – Identity in the Blockchain Era

Edmund Lowell, the founder of KYC chain. He talk’s about that interesting intersect between the worlds of finance, technology, identity, privacy and the magic word blockchain. So stick around for 45 minutes because Edwin is going to take us on a world that starts with the Jason Bourne lifestyle of the location independent entrepreneur, all the way up to KYC compliance with large financial institutions rounding up with a view of society.

Jason Choi – Host Of Blockcrunch Podcast

“The best way to learn is through conversations” – Jason Choi, host of Blockcrunch Podcast tells us about his motivations to start a podcast in Blockchain and Crypto space and why his conversations look to go deeper into the subject matter of cryptocurrencies, blockchain and #cryptotwitter. Jason and Graham also discuss on the podcasting scenario in US compared to Asia. Jason takes us behind the scenes of his podcast show telling us about his guests, how he selects them, the show formats he designs and the content distribution partnership model he has entered into for his podcast distribution. Listen to the entire episode to learn more about podcasting, especially in Asia, the different operational formats of podcasters.

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