326: John Wise on Loci, Intellectual Property and Blockchain (Cross Border Kyle KYL9)

  • 02:50 John Wise,CEO of loci, elaborates how learning was traditionally was only available through books or teachers. which were trustworthy. However, internet has changed the landscape of learning. Everything is available online, hence this causes an information overload and most information untrustworthy.
  • 13:02 Kyle shares the impact globalisation has made on the way businesses are created and how products are sold. John then explains how loci is going to expand it’s services on a global scale
  • 32:48 John shares how expensive and time consuming it is to file for a patent. Hence, loci nexus expedites the process for the right to file a patent and how it will be made available for the global market

315: Jes Kaliebe Petersen – Overview of The Myanmar startup ecosystem (Asia Matters)

Podcast highlights:

  • 05:20 Phandeeyar – the Myanmar Innovation Lab – is interested in using technology to accelerate impact in Myanmar. The Accelerator programme has been running since 2016. Every year, a new cohort of 7 to 10 startups is onboarded. Workshops are held on tech and startups, alongside a co-working space and social impact programmes for people like civic techies and activists.
  • 08:59 Chate Sat – a platform for freelancers – is one of the startup successes of Phandeeyar. It was founded by two sisters, who joined the accelerator in 2016.
  • 18:10 Jes Kaliebe Petersen talks about his journey; starting off in Microsoft and how he found himself in Myanmar today. He first became a developer in e-commerce, and then co-founded a business in India. He then moved back to Denmark, to a Fintech company. In 2010, he left for Kabul, Afghanistan, to develop an SMS based social network.
  • 34:55 The sense of community in Myanmar: The phenomenon of people rallying together around common causes, even those that they may not be directly involved with. People are approachable and easy to work with.

287: Charles Reed Anderson – IoT in Asia

Podcast highlights:

  • 24:00 You’re a recognized IoT expert. In your own day-to-day life, how wired up are you? Do you use these gadgets? — Just bought first smartwatch. There are drawers full of things that were used once and never used again. One of the best devices for me though was the Muse headband, which is a product designed to track your brain waves. As they developed it though, they turned it into a guided meditation platform that works really well.
  • 29:50 When you look around Asia now, what countries do you find interesting in terms of what’s going on with IoT? — One interesting thing is what’s going on with co-called smart cities. Very few of them have gone from having an infrastructure-centric focus to a citizen-centric focus. Taipei seems to have done better than almost everyone else. They’ve already launched something like 130 proof of concepts all around the city. Maybe 75% of these will fail, but that means 25% will succeed and give other cities new ideas moving forward. Already Taipei has some cool autonomous bus projects. This year they’re launching a shared scooter scheme. The next logical path you will see is where cities focus on making the smart city concept viable for businesses. Not everyone will be able to jump down the path like Taipei.
  • 50:20 How would one compare IoT in Asia to the rest of the world right now? Is it even possible to do this? — Asia is by far the biggest market for IoT in the future. There is a long tail there. It’s a fascinating market and the level of innovation coming out of China right now is just amazing. Keep an eye on India over the next 24 months. Tata is coming out with systems at price points that will allow developing markets to get into the game. This is what we need to see.

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 Welcome Charles Reed Anderson, founder Charles Reed Anderson & Associates, to ATP Stories with host Graham D Brown.
  • 00:55 You are the IoT person in Asia. What gets you excited? What do we need to know about IoT in Asia now? — One product is a new children’s smartwatch from Omate, which is based in Shenzhen. What’s cool is they’ve partnered with Tata Communications to make it with an eSIM. This will give Omate basically global market access on the back of Tata’s relationships. The eSIM allows the device to connect to almost any network.
  • 06:45 So what does this mean for telecoms? — Certainly smart operators will try and create business models to engage this new revenue stream. It could mean handset manufacturers are able to bypass local telecom operators. Imagine a Google or Amazon, with an eSIM, they could launch a new product globally and not have to negotiate with telecom companies in every market they want to enter. Laptop manufacturers are launching new models with eSIMs included.
  • 10:45 What devices do you really see eSIMs making a big impact on? — One thing about eSIMs is they will empower new startups who have good ideas. With the Omate watch, having the relationship with Tata means the watch’s communications are secured in a way that will help companies get past regulators worried about safety and privacy when it comes to products for children. Also in healthcare and medical tech devices where secure connectivity is critical.
  • 18:50 What are some of the areas where you see more of the medical tech coming through? Where will this make an impact? — In the last five years, there have a been several interesting things. Samsung was doing R&D on a device with a bunch of different medical sensors and testing out which ones were going to work and how to build a platform around it. Now you also see companies like Fitbit not just building devices, but actually bringing in people from the healthcare industry to help advise them on what to do with the data they’re generating from users.
  • 24:00 You’re a recognized IoT expert. In your own day-to-day life, how wired up are you? Do you use these gadgets? — Just bought first smartwatch. There are drawers full of things that were used once and never used again. One of the best devices for me though was the Muse headband, which is a product designed to track your brain waves. As they developed it though, they turned it into a guided meditation platform that works really well.
  • 29:50 When you look around Asia now, what countries do you find interesting in terms of what’s going on with IoT? — One interesting thing is what’s going on with co-called smart cities. Very few of them have gone from having an infrastructure-centric focus to a citizen-centric focus. Taipei seems to have done better than almost everyone else. They’ve already launched something like 130 proof of concepts all around the city. Maybe 75% of these will fail, but that means 25% will succeed and give other cities new ideas moving forward. Already Taipei has some cool autonomous bus projects. This year they’re launching a shared scooter scheme. The next logical path you will see is where cities focus on making the smart city concept viable for businesses. Not everyone will be able to jump down the path like Taipei.
  • 46:10 What was the recipe for success in Taipei? Why did things work there? — It’s a combination of factors. There are a lot of very good hardware manufacturers there. Lots of IoT vendors are coming out of there already. The city also has excellent infrastructure. It’s a good business environment where lots of MNCs have big centers there.
  • 50:20 How would one compare IoT in Asia to the rest of the world right now? Is it even possible to do this? — Asia is by far the biggest market for IoT in the future. There is a long tail there. It’s a fascinating market and the level of innovation coming out of China right now is just amazing. Keep an eye on India over the next 24 months. Tata is coming out with systems at price points that will allow developing markets to get into the game. This is what we need to see.

281: Quantifying China’s Appeal to the Next Generation of Talent with Andrea Myles, the #ChinaGeek (Asia Matters)

Podcast highlights:

  • 06:35 According to data from the Modern Language Association (MLA) in the United States, since 2016 the number of students at US universities studying Chinese in any form has gone down. How can we explain this given the relevance of China at the moment? — In Australia the pattern is similar. Historical legacy is part of the reason, there is a shortage of qualified Mandarin teachers. This helps explain the lag in students studying Mandarin. So there are systemic factors at play too and not just purely political ones.
  • 25:48 Tell us a bit about your day job focusing on millennials in China. What’s that about? — CEO and co-found of the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP). We try to bridge the gap between Chinese and Australian innovators by running an incubator of sorts which puts 50 Chinese and 50 Australians into a 100 day learning program. We challenge them to build the next Uber, or the next Didi. We’ve had 300 people come through the program so far. It’s really cool to see how diversity powers new insights. Each cohort is completely different; but you see commonalities in they all have a curious mindset and a desire to engage digitally.
  • 40:00 In China right now how are young people approaching entrepreneurialism? — It’s important to remember there is not simply one type of Chinese millennial, and things differ a lot depending on geography, class, and even gender. Overall there is a shift where people no longer see government jobs as the ticket. There is still a long way to go before things really change, but you see signs it’s beginning.

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 Welcome Andrea Myles, the #ChinaGeek, also co-founder and CEO of the China Australia Millennial Project to Asia Matters with host Graham Brown.
  • 01:00 How did you earn the moniker #ChinaGeek? — It’s completely self-titled. The story starts in 2002 in New South Wales, Australia. Had never been overseas, so went off to China and backpacked across the country for three months…Beijing to Kashgar. Before this had very little China exposure; didn’t speak Mandarin at all. This ended up being the trip of a lifetime considering that since then have gotten two Master’s Degrees in Mandarin studies.
  • 06:35 According to data from the Modern Language Association (MLA) in the United States, since 2016 the number of students at US universities studying Chinese in any form has gone down. How can we explain this given the relevance of China at the moment? — In Australia the pattern is similar. Historical legacy is part of the reason, there is a shortage of qualified Mandarin teachers. This helps explain the lag in students studying Mandarin. So there are systemic factors at play too and not just purely political ones.
  • 09:50 Are universities prepared today to nurture the talent of students who are China-curious? — Universities are academic institutions and they often miss the practical element of studying a language. Take textbooks as an example, these tend to be extremely boring and fail to truly show what it’s like to use Chinese in China. What’s needed is to find ways to blend the experiences of Chinese international students with language learners on campus so everyone can benefit from the exposure this generates.
  • 15:15 What’s it like talking to people in Australia about your experiences in China? — Mostly people’s reaction when you try to explain modern China and what’s going on is they say they didn’t realize it was like that. China is endlessly fascinating. Consider there are 415 million millennials in China, if they were a nation unto themselves, they would be the world’s third largest and they would be the most digitally engaged. In the next ten years the impact of this will be felt in the West.
  • 22:30 Is there an appetite in China for non-native Chinese key opinion leaders (KOLs)? — There is. It’s certainly seen as something different versus being a Chinese born and bread KOL. By the time students in primary school today enter their prime influencing years in say 10 to 20 years time, we will see hundreds of Chinese-speaking foreigners working as KOLs. Right now the number is only a handful.
  • 25:48 Tell us a bit about your day job focusing on millennials in China. What’s that about? — CEO and co-found of the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP). We try to bridge the gap between Chinese and Australian innovators by running an incubator of sorts which puts 50 Chinese and 50 Australians into a 100 day learning program. We challenge them to build the next Uber, or the next Didi. We’ve had 300 people come through the program so far. It’s really cool to see how diversity powers new insights. Each cohort is completely different; but you see commonalities in they all have a curious mindset and a desire to engage digitally.
  • 32:40 When you put these kids together, what things do they tend to take away from each other? — The Australians tend to have difficulty identifying what leadership looks like when Australians and Chinese equally comprise the team. Also in Australia, we tend to mistake confidence for competence. The future of Chinese innovation is cross-border; but it’s still clear it takes work to convince entrepreneurs in the West the opportunities in China are real and achievable.
  • 40:00 In China right now how are young people approaching entrepreneurialism? — It’s important to remember there is not simply one type of Chinese millennial, and things differ a lot depending on geography, class, and even gender. Overall there is a shift where people no longer see government jobs as the ticket. There is still a long way to go before things really change, but you see signs it’s beginning.
  • 44:40 Why does it seem there are so many more female entrepreneurs in China than anywhere else in the world? — It could be there are just more women in professions in China. When doing events in China, at least 40% of people in attendance will be women. This really contrasts to what you see in Western countries. This doesn’t mean there aren’t significant barriers faced by women in China and any woman who is successful there deserves all the praise in the world.

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

Podcast highlights:

  • 02:40 Let’s 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….
  • 10:07 What’s 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 can’t be one without the other. Most normal people don’t put all their eggs in one basket. They don’t 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.
  • 11:33 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 don’t 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”
  • 13:53 In the Making podcast is a great opportunity to say thank you to many who contributed to your journey and success and how they shaped you. We don’t say enough thank you’s. This is a great moment to share with the listeners…
  • 23:05 What are the factors that contribute to a successful acceleration of a start up or acceleration of a new service/product?
    1. EXPERIMENTATION. The first factor is being open to coaching and experimentation. Other factors include persistence. There might be a lot of failures but still you have to keep smashing your head against the wall over and over again. We try very hard to not tell our companies what to do. But we make a lot of suggestions on what to try. And people who are willing to jump off the cliff and try a bunch of new things, even if in the heart of their hearts they think it might not work, nonetheless they try are often the ones who succeed.
    2. NOT GIVING UP. So it takes a certain type of personality to try lots and lots of different things over and over again that don’t work, becuase in the end you are trying to solve a problem that hasn’t been solved before or isnt being solved properly so you are trying to come up with a better solution.
    3. THE RIGHT TEAM. Team is what we look at. It’s not always about the product. The founder has to be passionate enough to make these first two factors work
  • 27:09 In the making of any new innovation- product or service is about failures too. Any examples?
    Sebastien: The fact that i picked up the set of team that i did at start, was a failure. It didn’t let us go through this iterations, adaptations and learn and develop fast enough. It took us 2 years to come to the DNA of where we are now. Ofcourse we learnt a lot in this period. But we lost time. Team was too young and not complimentary enough.
    William: My first startup was a pretty low point. I took my own money and couple of friends while i was still at Soft Bank. First mistake – doing a startup without being 100% focussed. Second mistake – the team combo. Third mistake – I was a bad CEO.
  • 33:10 Sebastien Gaudin , CEO & Co-founder at The CareVoice and William share three tips for start ups to totally avoid to fall in the pit of failure. Few –
    “Opinions are like noses. Everyone has them. Take opinions under advise-ment. You need to know when to apply and where and use that to drive your experiments. and make decisions based on data as opposed to somebody’s opinion”
    “No marketing expense until you have your product/service taking off. Product-Market fit. I burnt cash when i started off and you don’t need that at all. Start with your brand and your team”….

  • 34:48 – Show finale. Rapid fire round between the host and the guests.
    What other professional other than your current would you like to attempt?
    What are you not good at?
    How do you manage anger?
    How do you manage stress?
    What’s coming up next – In the Making for The Care Voice and Chinaccelerator
    What would you like to ask to the network of listeners and Asia Tech Podcast. Make the ask
    Working in a different country. Why should you consider working in a different country other than your home country?

    “Commit to the uncomfortable” – #NishHosts Show – IN THE MAKING

269: Pieter Franken – Safecast, Shinsei Bank, MIT & Monex Group

Podcast highlights:

  • 02:10 You came to Japan to work for Panasonic Corp in 1989. What was Japan like back then? — This was just after the real estate bubble started to burst. Prior to that Japan always felt like an endless party. In 1989 the hangover was starting. It was a special time. You find Japanese companies all have their own stories. They are not all the same.
  • 28:00 You were actually involved in the aftermath of what was the largest corporate failure in Japanese history. Tell us a little bit about that. — You’re talking about The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, which went bankrupt in 1998. I joined the bank that emerged from this in 2000, Shinsei Bank. My interests were in rebuilding the bank from a technical / operational standpoint. At that time, Japanese banking technology in services was lagging. We really started to innovate to make Shinsei Bank a leader in banking tech.
  • 43:23 When you look at FinTech innovation in Japan today, there seems to be a lot going on. How has this happened? Who is driving it? — First, it’s important to consider that FinTech is a very broad term, which at it’s core means bringing into the world of finance new digital technologies, new companies, and new innovative concepts. In Japan now there is a realization the central places for finance in Asia are in Singapore and Hong Kong, they are not in Tokyo. There’s a growing realization banks need to innovate more.

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 Welcome Pieter Franklin to Asia Tech Podcast Stories.
  • 02:10 You came to Japan to work for Panasonic Corp in 1989. What was Japan like back then? — This was just after the real estate bubble started to burst. Prior to that Japan always felt like an endless party. In 1989 the hangover was starting. It was a special time. You find Japanese companies all have their own stories. They are not all the same.
  • 06:43 How did it feel being a Westerner there at that time? — It was an eye-opening experience to see how things could be done differently. Companies could be organized in different ways. At that time, Japan was the cutting edge place for IT in the world.
  • 09:50 Let’s talk about Safecast. You helped found Safecast quite soon after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Japan in 2011. Tell us about that. — You can look back at photos of that time and the work we did at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. It was from that experience we saw the need for more transparency in these types of events. We found, for example, the measurements of dispersed radiation issued by authorities were deceptive at best. Our idea was to give people the ability to measure radiation on their own.
  • 18:18 When you look back, that earthquake was the [4th most powerful ever recorded – ed.]. Was there really anything that could have been done to prepare for it? — This is the fundamental question. My own view is that the consequences from a disaster like this are very very large, but the odds the disaster will happen are very very small. Those odds are not zero, however. The question for us is whether we should do something if the consequences when something goes wrong are very very big? What one observes is people are not good at understanding the dangers when the consequences could be this severe.
  • 22:50 Another area where this thinking seems relevant is in certain tech fields, like AI for example. When you look at these projects, do you worry about the implications of things going wrong? — Of course. We should worry about what might happen when things go wrong. So Facebook, electric cars, reusable rockets, these things have clear potential benefits; but we have seen how the same technology can be used as a weapon. That’s the dilemma of progress.
  • 28:00 You were actually involved in the aftermath of what was the largest corporate failure in Japanese history. Tell us a little bit about that. — You’re talking about The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, which went bankrupt in 1998. I joined the bank that emerged from this in 2000, Shinsei Bank. My interests were in rebuilding the bank from a technical / operational standpoint. At that time, Japanese banking technology in services was lagging. We really started to innovate to make Shinsei Bank a leader in banking tech.
  • 35:05 You talked about things you helped innovate, like 24-hour ATMs. To us here in 2018, these do not seem very significant; but back then they had a real impact. — Right. In Japan, ATMs were only open when the bank was open. Imagine if this were the case today. There were certain challenges to innovating in the banking sphere. For example, when the bank closes, you have to take all the cash and put it in the vault. When you open the bank, you have to take the money out of the vault. So we really had to bring a process engineering mindset to these design challenges.
  • 43:23 When you look at FinTech innovation in Japan today, there seems to be a lot going on. How has this happened? Who is driving it? — First, it’s important to consider that FinTech is a very broad term, which at it’s core means bringing into the world of finance new digital technologies, new companies, and new innovative concepts. In Japan now there is a realization the central places for finance in Asia are in Singapore and Hong Kong, they are not in Tokyo. There’s a growing realization banks need to innovate more.
  • 49:00 What is the regulatory environment like in Japan? — The government in Japan made the wise decision to put everyone with something to say about what happens in the financial world into one place. They call it the Financial Services Agency and this has helped bring clarity to the market. It has also allowed the government to be more nimble in regulation, especially as new technologies come online.
  • 52:45 Do you ever think about what drives you? — You have to think about this. For me it’s building things and the passion that comes from building new things. You have to find ways to build where you can take risks while not fundamentally endangering the company or markets if something goes wrong. This is the challenge.

260: Michael Bloomberg On-board for the Asian Century? (Asia Matters)

Podcast highlights:

  • 02:42 Michael Bloomberg’s vision for an Asian Davos
  • 19:56 Asia Tech Podcast gets a new studio in Singapore
  • 31:05 Podcasting and the future of branding
  • 55:15 Asia Tech Podcast’s new internship opportunity

Podcast notes:

  • Note: This podcast contains explicit language
  • 00:05 ATP650 – Asia Matters with Graham Brown
  • 02:42 Michael R. Bloomberg, American businessman and philanthropist, wants to create a rival to the Davos-based World Economic Forum that will focus on Asia and the Asian Century. The inaugural session will take place this November, 2018 in Beijing. — This is certainly a way to acknowledge China’s lead in the global ecosystem.
  • 07:50 Data from the #AsiaMatters Report published this year bolsters the case for Bloomberg’s vision. Key takeaways include Asia is a US$27 trillion economy. This is 50% bigger than either the US or the EU. By 2030, the Asian middle classes are expected to grow to 3.2 billion people — an enormous market potential!
  • 12:09 The Asia Matters Report talks about four steps that will bring about the Asian Century. 1) The demographic advantage that allowed for low-cost manufacturing production. 2) Capital reinvestment that helped build the Asian middle class and a skills, talent, wealth, and innovation boom, which is now allowing for 3) an increasing innovation advantage (AI, autonomous vehicles, etc). Asia is taking the lead in innovation. Finally, 4) Asia will eventually become the global hegemon and the “default option” for business.
  • 17:12 The Asia Matters Institute was created as a forum to help foster these connection. The goal was helping experts outside Asia find their counterparts in the region, and also to help people in Asia better find and communicate. If you are a speacalist with something to offer, get in touch!
  • 19:56 Exciting news from Singapore as Asia Tech Podcast opens its own studio! Special thanks to the team at Platform E for making this possible!
  • 22:18 Platform E is a co-working space, incubator, accelerator, and community. Shout-out to Rina Neoh and Abdul Malik! They get things done!
  • 26:06 Thunder and lightening shenanigans!
  • 26:25 On networking. There are two types of people: energy-takers and net energy-givers. Find the energy-givers and work with them!
  • 31:05 Why podcasting is the future of personal branding. Conferences and traditional networking events almost never give you information beyond what’s available on someone’s website. Nothing “wow’s” us at those things. Podcasting, on the other hand, brings out the human element. That’s what people want!
  • 38:08 Revealing your vulnerability and humanizing yourself to others is one of the most effective ways to get ahead. Show that you have the confidence to take the arrows of criticism. Blaze the trail! Give people the Oprah moment! People want to know about you!
  • 43:10 The vision for Asia Tech Podcast is to create the platform for those human conversations…to give that voice to the Asian tech ecosystem. The new studio will really help to make live radio shows…to make real conversations!
  • 52:28 For all the talk about the digital world being the future, you can’t fake a real, human conversation. This is what makes podcasts. And this is what will make the Asian Century. There are countless stories waiting to be told! That’s what we’re going to do here on Asia Tech Podcast.
  • 55:15 If this sounds like your passion, apply to be our intern. Come be a part of the Asian Century!

257: Does America’s Auto Future Lie in China? (Cross Border Kyle KYL5)

Podcast highlights:

  • 09:35 How do Asian startups go on the “pitch” side of things? The Valley does very well on the story side. In Asia, there is an overemphasis on technology and not so much in the story but this has changed dramatically over the past year
  • 17:05 Coming from “Motor City” Detroit, Michigan, Kyle touches on the innovations in the automotive industry of China – Shanghai Auto City
  • 31:45 An auto industry that’s starting to grow and see the pathway for innovation and the need to work with startups and to work on a global scale like the case of Oakland County in Michigan taking 300 companies over to China

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 KYL5 – Cross Border Kyle with Kyle Ellicott
  • 00:15 Graham and Kyle last saw each other in Hong Kong where they got to go on a tour
  • 03:05 Kyle spoke at the Startup Launchpad Conference by Global Sources. What did Kyle take away from having seen those Southeast Asian and Asian startups?
  • 06:10 Was there a lot of hardware startups there? Yomee – The World’s First Automatic Yogurt Maker. Kyle says “Lessons are being learned, companies are educating themselves on what works and what doesn’t, and are starting to see what the market needs are versus just building to build”
  • 09:35 How do Asian startups go on the “pitch” side of things? The Valley does very well on the story side. In Asia, there is an overemphasis on technology and not so much in the story but this has changed dramatically over the past year
  • 14:15 Did Kyle see anything interesting on the AI and deep tech startups side of things?
  • 17:05 Coming from “Motor City” Detroit, Michigan, Kyle touches on the innovations in the automotive industry of China – Shanghai Auto City
  • 23:40 Michigan and Chinese Automotive industries working together – was there a scenario where it’s too regulated to test some kind of tech in the US that they go to China and test it right out of the factory gate?
  • 26:05 How did the guys in Michigan take it when people from China went there and talked about technology and China itself?
  • 28:45 According to John Waraniak, Detroit has been so crushed that all of the traditional infrastructure was gone – did this have an effect on the Michigan people being open in the conversation with people from China?
  • 31:45 An auto industry that’s starting to grow and see the pathway for innovation and the need to work with startups and to work on a global scale like the case of Oakland County in Michigan taking 300 companies over to China
  • 33:10 The governor of Michigan has made 8 trips to China which is the most of any previous governor – which other cities out there are doing this?
  • 35:05 “Sometimes, something gets so broken that the only option is to start again” like the Michigan auto industry but you see this in Asia as well like Hong Kong and Vietnam
  • 39:35 Be open-minded as a business owner, as an innovator, as an executive, or as a consumer today and in the future and incredible things will come in the future because of that
  • 40:40 Check out crossborderkyle.com for podcast episodes and other unique content

254: String Nguyen (Ashley Talks ASH12)

Podcast highlights:

  • 01:00 Starting out on Meerkat, how did String Nguyen build content and community around her video content and eventually get 20,000 followers on Linkedin?
  • 13:10 Growing your Linkedin followers to 20,000+ . There’s a 30,000 limit on Linkedin followers, how do you get around it? How do you win a Linkedin “top voice” award? It’s all about community and growth.
  • 44:30 Why did String delete SnapChat? What’s the problem with SnapChat for content creators? How does the ROI of SnapChat compare with Linkedin?

Podcast notes:

  • 00:00 ASH12 – Ashley Talks with Ashley Galina Dudarenok and String Nguyen
  • 01:00 Starting out on Meerkat, how did String Nguyen build content and community around her video content and eventually get 20,000 followers on Linkedin?
  • 05:00 How do videos convert compared to other platforms? Before you get to conversion, you should build brand awareness? Is it okay to publish informal personal content on Linkedin or does it have to be slick and professional?
  • 08:45 In video content creation, it’s tortoise vs the hare. Personal branding is a marathon not a sprint. It’s a full time job that you have to commit to for the long term
  • 13:10 Growing your Linkedin followers to 20,000+ . There’s a 30,000 limit on Linkedin followers, how do you get around it? How do you win a Linkedin “top voice” award? It’s all about community and growth.
  • 14:10 An insight about String’s entrepreneurship and her journey. Where did it come from?
  • 19:00 How do you become good at communication and ask great questions in videos and podcasts?
  • 21:00 String’s thoughts on Blockchain and ICOs, including who she follows on Twitter
  • 30:00 How do education systems shape our thinking processes and entrepreneurship long term?
  • 31:40 What are String’s thought on Asia, innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • 39:00 Why did String double down on video? What does it mean for SEO? What about sponsored video content?
  • 44:30 Why did String delete SnapChat? What’s the problem with SnapChat for content creators? How does the ROI of SnapChat compare with Linkedin?
  • 52:00 Live Streaming and the future of Video. Ashley and String discuss Live Streaming in Asia, its impact on social media, micro influencers and new retail.

241: Horace Dediu – King of Apple Analysts on Asia’s Tech Future

Podcast highlights:

  • 28:45 Horace frames the story of Asia in the context of innovation and growth, with comparisons to the American and European Industrial Revolution in the mid 19th century
  • 35:03 The Wild West atmosphere of the transportation industry in Asia, with micromobility vehicles, new energy vehicles and shared vehicles (bike sharing) in China
  • 48:44 The connotations of the brand ‘Made in China’ and how it might one day suggest high quality products

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 Welcome Horace Dediu to Asia Tech Podcast Stories, hosted by Graham Brown
  • 01:16 Horace’s journey from being a data analyst at Nokia to creating Asymco, his own data analysis website
  • 06:15 How did Horace earn the moniker ‘King of the Apple Analyst’? Horace’s journey to success
  • 10:40 Did Horace experience the ‘imposter syndrome’ when he achieved sudden success and fame in the business world?
  • 13:39 Horace’s strategy to produce site content worth sharing – he explores both emotional and analytical angles when analysing data
  • 16:28 Horace shares how he was criticised for oversimplifying when he published an article explaining Apple’s cash situation on his website
  • 19:02 Graham shares experiences of his Mobile Youth business in 2000 and how big companies like Nokia reacted to the idea of focusing on the younger generation
  • 21:42 The paradox of focusing on where the money is- the profits are there but the innovation is absent
  • 23:51 How Youtube trumps Netflix as the big player in the online video industry as short videos are more appealing to children
  • 28:45 Horace frames the story of Asia in the context of innovation and growth, with comparisons to the American and European Industrial Revolution in the mid 19th century
  • 35:03 The Wild West atmosphere of the transportation industry in Asia, with micromobility vehicles, new energy vehicles and shared vehicles (bike sharing) in China
  • 37:31 The role of media in influencing the way the West reacts to China and its innovations
  • 42:11 Germany was lagging behind in the automotive industry before World War Two because it lacked a production system
  • 45:15 Does history repeat? The parallels between Germany’s autooative industry lapse in the past and Asia’s struggles in the present
  • 48:44 The connotations of the brand ‘Made in China’ and how it might one day suggest high quality products
  • 52:20 The 20th century was the US Century but now, the 21st Century today is the Asian Century
  • 53:25 Everything has a precedent, nothing comes out of nowhere and ‘amateurs copy, but real artists steal’
  • 54:28 Find out more about Horace by following him on Twitter, visit his website asymco.com, and listen to his podcasts The Critical Path on 5by5.tv/criticalpath