228: Introducing Jodie Collins host of Founders in Asia (FIA1)

Podcast highlights:

  • 00:05 We are excited to introduce Jodie Collins – Founder of Re/Digital – and the newest member of the ATP Team as host of Founders in Asia!
  • 09:45 Unlike most of her peers, Jodie Collins decided to head off the beaten path and move to the city of Yuxi, in the Yunnan province of China, to learn Mandarin.
  • 27:45 At first Jodie was determined to apply everything she had learned back in Sydney – hear what she has to say about the differences in company culture between Australia and Asia.

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 We are excited to introduce Jodie Collins – Founder of Re/Digital – and the newest member of the ATP Team as host of Founders in Asia!
  • 01:00 This episode is all about Jodie Collins! Graham and Jodie talk about Jodie’s background and Re/Digital.
  • 06:00 A lot has changed in terms of digital marketing since Jodie started working at Fairfax Digital in Sydney.
  • 09:45 Unlike most of her peers, Jodie Collins decided to head off the beaten path and move to the city of Yuxi, in the Yunnan province of China, to learn Mandarin.
  • 15:00 Jodie was consciously motivated by the Chinese language – which she might not have learned in an expat bubble like Shanghai.
  • 20:00 This blonde Aussie was a real curiosity in her small town in southern China. Graham and Jodie talk about standing out.
  • 23:30 Moving to Asia is obviously not the right choice for everyone. Graham and Jodie discuss some of the problems of “having an attitude”.
  • 27:45 At first Jodie was determined to apply everything she had learned back in Sydney – hear what she has to say about the differences in company culture between Australia and Asia.
  • 31:00 Despite her amazing job in Sydney, she wanted to get back to Asia – eventually ending up in Singapore.
  • 34:30 What is it that made her move back to Asia? Graham and Jodie discuss working in an international environment.
  • 41:00 Jodie’s own show is all about the people who have followed their vision and how they have scaled up.
  • 45:45 Jodie admits she had her doubts about moving to a communist country. How did her views change during her experience?
  • 48:00 Jodie Collins has a lot to talk about! Make sure to tune in next week to hear more!

225: Asia’s $36 Trillion A2A Market (Asia Matters)

Podcast highlights:

  • 07:10 The A2A Metatrend – Asia to Asia trade. Asia now does more trade with itself than the rest of the world. The Asian Middle classes will be worth $36 trillion by 2030
  • 34:52 Why Asian brands have a massive advantage over Western competition. This is bad news for Amazon, especially in high growth markets such as Southeast Asia.
  • 73:20 The rising power of the middle class in Asia and how it is going to shape the future of key sectors like automotive

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 ATP610 – Asia Matters with Graham D Brown on the biggest growth opportunity of the next 10 years
  • 01:05 The phenomenon of Bakugai or ‘explosive shopping’, a Japanese description of how Chinese tourists go shopping in Tokyo
  • 05:44 Going way back to when the Americans turned up in Europe
  • 07:10 The A2A Metatrend. Asia to Asia trade, projected to be a 36 trillion dollar market by 2030
  • 09:25 The construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and its potential implications
  • 16:36 The explosion of wealthy middle classed Asians over the next 10 years and its possible influence on world trade with Asia
  • 19:04 A comparison of Asia’s economy back in the 80s to what it is today, from Japan’s growth to China’s technological advancements
  • 27:43 An example of growth – bike-sharing startups are facing steep competition in Shanghai
  • 29:05 An overview of the A2A (Asia to Asia) market in terms of what it is today
  • 34:52 Why Asian brands have a massive advantage over Western competition
  • 44:25 Asian brands are using personal information data to optimise the retail experience as mentioned in the second AshleyTalks podcast
  • 46:42 There is access to large markets in Asia as a short flight from Singapore gives you access to half the world’s population
  • 48:25 There are smaller time zone differences within Asian countries compared to the West. Sounds trivial, but this has a big difference in ongoing communication
  • 49:24 Physical connectivity within the Greater Bay and Asia, from the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to China’s One Belt One Road project
  • 53:30 The power of the Bamboo Network in Asia – interconnected Chinese families across Asia
  • 55:40 Western companies are going to find it a lot harder in Asia as their honeymoon period wears off
  • 58:58 Graham forecasts that in the next 5 to 10 years, Asian brands are going to take on Western competition on their home turf. We’re already seeing this with Alibaba.
  • 60:35 Rapid advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in China and Asia
  • 63:55 Lessons from the automotive industry. If you look at automotive you see a recurring pattern in history – success isn’t based on disruptive innovation but from one country borrowing (or stealing) the ideas of another. Today in China it’s no different.
  • 67:05 The Lean Startup methodology in entrepreneurship and its history. Lean Startup owes a lot to a fusion of ideas from East and West
  • 73:20 The rising power of the middle class in Asia and how it is going to shape the future of key sectors like automotive

219: Nitin Sawhney – Reboot Life, Discover Asia

Podcast highlights:

  • 17:30 Remote workers are more productive and efficient, and less likely to change jobs than office workers – companies can save costs employing remote workers according to studies
  • 32:25 The “I’ll get around to traveling the world someday” thinking – challenging the dominant mode of thinking and take a leap of faith regarding the digital nomad lifestyle
  • 40:05 What is Reboot Life’s program? Can you live a life you don’t even know you want right now?

Podcast notes:

  • 00:05 Welcome Nitin Sawhney to Asia Tech Podcast Stories
  • 01:05 An introduction to Reboot Life – a remote work and travel program for people who want to take a step back and reevaluate their goals
  • 04:05 The 12 cities Reboot Life is heading to – Bali, Indonesia – Chiang Mai, Thailand – Istanbul, Turkey – Budapest, Hungary – Split, Croatia – Leipzig, Germany – Serbia – Spain – Dubai, UAE – Cape Town, South Africa – Wellington, New Zealand – Melbourne, Australia – Tokyo, Japan
  • 08:00 Why Bali and Chiang Mai? Because they are the digital nomad capitals of the world
  • 12:30 In Bali – independent villa with a terrace and private infinity pool overlooking the rice fields and in-house cafe plus the importance of working in a public instead of the groups’ own private coworking space
  • 14:25 Are people actually getting work done? The criticism of Reboot Life as an around the world trip dressed up as work and discipline as key to maintaining a digital nomad lifestyle
  • 17:30 Remote workers are more productive and efficient, and less likely to change jobs than office workers – companies can save costs employing remote workers according to studies
  • 20:45 How important is it being surrounded by really positive and motivated people and location-independence as the default position of work in the future
  • 24:10 Does it take a certain type of mindset to be productive in a remote-work environment?
  • 27:55 Where did the idea of Reboot Life come from? A backstory to how the program started – combining work AND travel instead of work OR travel
  • 32:25 The “I’ll get around to traveling the world someday” thinking – challenging the dominant mode of thinking and take a leap of faith regarding the digital nomad lifestyle
  • 37:25 What does Nitin hope that changes inside of people who go through Reboot Life? When does the light switch moment happen for individuals who are part of the program?
  • 40:05 What is Reboot Life’s program? Can you live a life you don’t even know you want right now?
  • 43:30 The state of the digital nomad scene in India: changes in the coworking spaces in India as well as the number of Indians living the lifestyle
  • 50:15 Please check out Reboot Life at www.reboot-life.com
  • 218: Simon Kim – FASTx and The Startup Ecosystem in Tokyo

    Podcast highlights:

    • 24:44 The population fundamentals of Japan and how demographic changes shape the startup ecosystem
    • 36:29 Start up founders in Tokyo tend to get bank loans by default instead of seeking angel investors – does this present a challenge to Japan?
    • 40:48 The city of Fukuoka and its top down approach to building an ecosystem. Is it sustainable long term?

    Podcast notes:

    • 00:05 Welcome Simon Kim to Asia Tech Podcast Stories, hosted by Graham Brown
    • 01:00 A little bit about Simon Kim’s background and how he arrived in Japan
    • 02:00 All about FASTx, a start up accelerator platform and coworking space
    • 06:00 Bringing a Western influence into Japan
    • 07:20 Was not speaking Japanese when coming to Japan an issue for Simon?
    • 10:40 The reasons Simon chose Japan as a place to base FASTx, a start up accelerator
    • 14:55 Risk adversity in Japan. Why be a start up founder when you can work for Mitsubishi?
    • 15:55 The distinct lack of success stories about Japanese entrepreneurs
    • 18:45 The history of Japan often changes from the outside. Is that what Simon is trying to do?
    • 21:50 How is the typical start up founder in the Japan different compared to founders from other countries?
    • 24:44 The population fundamentals of Japan and how demographic changes shape the startup ecosystem
    • 27:40 Simon’s experiences of mentoring young start up founders in Japan
    • 28:56 The Japanese idea of starting a side business to supplement income
    • 31:48 The Japanese buoyance and passion about making things, and how this is reflected in start ups
    • 34:40 Business failure in Japan and facing debts when a start up fails
    • 36:29 Start up founders in Tokyo tend to get bank loans by default instead of seeking angel investors – does this present a challenge to Japan?
    • 40:48 The city of Fukuoka and its top down approach to building an ecosystem. Is it sustainable long term?
    • 44:25 Can the alternative lifestyle of Fukuoka be extended to Tokyo and other cities?
    • 49:50 Would Simon consider working with someone who is doing their start up on a part time basis? Does age matter?
    • 53:37 Founders need to have a good ability to present and sell their product
    • 55:26 Go to fastx.jp to out more about FASTx and sign up for the upcoming competition in April.To get in touch with Simon, email info@fastx.jp

    215: All Around the World – Visiting 4 Asian Cities in 4 Days (Asia Matters)

    Podcast highlights:

    • 09:35 Graham will be traveling from Japan to mainland China, then Hong Kong and Thailand over 4 days
    • 28:10 One of Asia’s most exciting projects is the $5000 Billion One Belt One Road Initiative – OBOR is about China exerting its soft power in the world – the world needs the connectivity – just as we needed American soft power back in 1915 World Fair in San Francisco
    • 42:05 The opportunity to 10X your skills is right here in Asia – this is the untapped, frontier – real talent isn’t motivated by money but by challenge and the ability to work on something that makes a big difference means heading East
    • Podcast notes:

      • 00:05 ATP600 – Asia Matters with Graham Brown
      • 02:00 Asia as the world’s biggest trading block. Home to four of the world’s five biggest economies, home to the world’s biggest middle class
      • 06:30 Asia from being the servant of the West to being the most important economy in the world – rise of the Asian economy is to the benefit of the West
      • 09:35 Graham will be traveling from Japan to mainland China, then Hong Kong and Thailand over 4 days
      • 10:30 Tokyo as Graham’s home – an introduction to the startup ecosystem Japan
      • 12:40 Traveling in and around Asia – a five-hour flight from Asia’s major hubs and can reach billions of people, and it’s cheap
      • 14:50 24 hours in Shanghai – meeting Intel’s Kapil Kane – Shanghai’s amazing skyline and one of the most exciting startup capitals in the world
      • 16:55 Tokyo – seen as centre of world technology and hub for electronics but lagging behind in terms of startup activity
      • 22:05 Hong Kong plans – meet Kyle Ellicott at the airport, Johan Nylander, Ashley Galina Dudarenok and Bay McLaughlin in Central – plans to climb up to the Peak and see the state of the Macau-Zhuhai-Hongkong bridge
      • 28:10 One of Asia’s most exciting projects is the $5000 Billion One Belt One Road Initiative – OBOR is about China exerting its soft power in the world – the world needs the connectivity – just as we needed American soft power back in 1915 World Fair in San Francisco
      • 31:05 Graham taking his family to Thailand – his family’s location-independent lifestyle pattern and back to his first real experience in Asia in Indonesia where Graham backpacked back in the mid-90s
      • 35:40 Boundary-less – the word to describe the lifestyle where one is not attached to an identity or a place
      • 37:15 Jim Rohn – “You are the sum of the five people you hang around with” – how the West needs to be equipped mentally to deal with the Asian Century
      • 42:05 The opportunity to 10X your skills is right here in Asia – this is the untapped, frontier – real talent isn’t motivated by money but by challenge and the ability to work on something that makes a big difference means heading East
      • 47:05 Stories of people who take massive risks and blaze the trail for others to follow – the French trio of Philippe Joly, Ludovic Boudin, Alex Medana moving to Asia
      • 52:00 Cross-border integration creates a stronger world – Asia’s rise a result of the networks that exist across the continent – outsiders creating this other layer of connectivity which they feedback to the outside world
      • 55:55 The frog who chooses to live in the well doesn’t know the ocean – advice to people is to the West – stop talking about Asia from afar and start showing up

    213: Jame Dibiasio – Disruptive Fintech in Asia

    Podcast highlights:

    • 32:51 Disruptive technologies like blockchain. What is it and what are the general trends in Asia? Are populations that lack access to traditional financial infrastructure the right markets for blockchain?
    • 40:44 Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia and China clamping down on digital currencies.
    • 51:48 What is there to look forward to in the next 20 years regarding Fintech in Asia? Where does Jame see Asia in terms of global finance in the future?

    Podcast notes:

    • 00:05 Welcome Jame Dibiasio to Asia Tech Podcast Stories, hosted by Graham Brown
    • 00:54 A little bit about DigFin
    • 03:10 Why did Jame go to Asia back in 1997?
    • 07:20 Jame’s experience of being in the middle of the Asian crisis
    • 10:20 The implications of the Asian Financial Crisis
    • 12:04 Economic freedom in Hong Kong and Singapore. What do these countries do right?
    • 14:06 The stories that Jame writes in Dig Fin. The variety of markets in Asia (hyperdeveloped markets, giant emerging markets, frontier markets) and profound changes with regards to Fintech in Asia
    • 17:20 Living cashless in China especially in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai
    • 22:52 Internet companies in China like Alibaba collecting large amounts of personal data
    • 27:12 Can Chinese Internet companies take their business models outside, first to Asia and then globally?
    • 29:36 The difference in mindset and approach between Internet companies in the US and China
    • 32:51 Disruptive technologies like blockchain. What is it and what are the general trends in Asia? Are populations that lack access to traditional financial infrastructure the right markets for blockchain?
    • 40:44 Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia and China clamping down on digital currencies
    • 44:18 Singapore as the place someone outside of Asia should look at to get a glimpse of Fintech in Asia
    • 47:25 Putting the Singapore dollar on ledger and digitizing the Singapore dollar
    • 50:06 Project Ubin: Does the Fintech community see this as the way to go? Decentralized vs digitized currencies.
    • 51:48 What is there to look forward to in the next 20 years regarding Fintech in Asia? Where does Jame see Asia in terms of global finance in the future?
    • 57:00 What’s happening in Asia will probably surprise some people
    • 58:43 Go to www.digfingroup.com find out more about Jame and read his stories about the financial world

    212: Johan Nylander – Shenzhen Superstars

    Podcast highlights:

    • 03:10 An introduction to the book Shenzhen Superstars by Johan Nylander and the story of Silicon Valley veteran Scotty Allen
    • 17:10 Is the shift to Asia a real thing and will Shenzhen be the new New York? What’s hype and what’s reality in the emergence of one of the most exciting megacities in the world?
    • 37:55 The Greater Bay Area: An introduction to the Pearl River Delta Integration Plan introduced by the Chinese Government.
      Is this megacity construction project going to be a game-changer felt globally?

    Podcast notes:

    • 00:05 Welcome Johan Nylander author of Shenzhen Superstars to Asia Tech Podcast Stories
    • 01:00 Where is this city of 20 million people called Shenzhen anyway? An introduction to the home of the world’s leading emerging tech and start-up companies that few people outside of Asia have even heard of yet.
    • 03:10 An introduction to the book Shenzhen Superstars by Johan Nylander and the story of Silicon Valley veteran Scotty Allen
    • 08:20 Are people unprepared for the kind of technology coming out of Shenzhen? We take a look at the WeChat app as business platform and how it’s used in ways that many outsiders to Asia will be surprised by
    • 13:25 Is telling the story of Shenzhen and the people going to be hard for the world to swallow? Is the world ready for Shenzhen?
    • 17:10 Is the shift to Asia a real thing and will Shenzhen be the new New York? What’s hype and what’s reality in the emergence of one of the most exciting megacities in the world?
    • 20:35 The story of Naomi Wu aka SexyCyborg: the most sexual approach to technology
    • 23:50 Is the “punk” culture, DIY approach to making technology and medai particular in Shenzhen or prominent all over China?
    • 26:40 How culture plays an important part in forging entrepreneurial mindset at the grass roots level of Shenzhen
    • 30:10 Shenzhen and its historical parallels with 20th century San Francisco: the backstory behind telecom company Huawei
    • 33:40 How would a conversation be like between Shenzhen and Sweden, London, LA 20-somethings
    • 35:00 Are parallels between Shenzhen and Blade Runner justified?
    • 37:55 The Greater Bay Area: An introduction to the Pearl River Delta Integration Plan introduced by the Chinese Government.
      Is this megacity construction project going to be a game-changer felt globally?
    • 42:25 Why Johan chooses to live in Hong Kong despite Shenzhen being only 15 minutes away
    • 44:35 Johan offers advice for a young graduate in the West: be curious and open-minded
    • 48:15 Where to find information about Johan Nylander and the book Shenzhen Superstars

    211: Asia’s Amazing Airports and the Launchpad Expo Hong Kong (Cross Border Kyle KYL4)

    Podcast highlights:

    • 09:00 When it comes to people-flow and experience, Asian airports are years ahead of their counterparts in The US and Europe.
    • 26:00 How do you manage your schedule and make best use of your time when you go to a multi-day conference like Launchpad HK?
    • 33:15 The challenge is on… We are roughly scheduled to podcast April 9th at Hong Kong Airport. Are we going to be in the mood? Is it logistically possible?

    Podcast notes:

    • 00:05 KYL4 – Cross Border Kyle with Kyle Ellicott
    • 00:20 Intro to hooking up at Hong Kong Airport
    • 01:20 Getting stuck at Beijing Airport during Typhoon season
    • 01:45 What’s going on at the Startup Launchpad conference Hong Kong?
    • 04:20 Surviving a 4 day expo
    • 07:00 Flying SFO (US) and HND (Japan) to HKG for breakfast
    • 07:50 Living at airports in Asia. Could you take up residence?
    • 09:00 When it comes to people-flow and experience, Asian airports are years ahead of their counterparts in The US and Europe.
    • 10:30 Shanghai Pudong (PVG) airport is crazy! If you get the wrong terminal, you could end up walking miles.
    • 12:00 The growth in Asian travel means an explosion of airport traffic. Beijing and Hong Kong are expanding fast.
    • 13:00 There are countries where it’s so much trouble getting through immigration and dealing with the paperwork that entrepreneurs are choosing not to do business there
    • 15:00 Entrepreneur airport hacks. Can you live out of a carry-on case for 4 weeks on business? What do you do about showering at airports?
    • 17:10 Business travel like a pro – fly overnight and land in the morning.
    • 19:00 Reprogramming your rhythms to manage time zone challenges messing with your mind
    • 23:20 Flying into Hong Kong – what gets you excited about the city?
    • 26:00 How do you manage your schedule and make best use of your time when you go to a multi-day conference like Launchpad HK?
    • 30:15 Best coworking spaces and meeting spaces for your flying visit to Hong Kong
    • 31:50 It’s easy to go to a big conference expo and blow the opportunity by not planning your schedule ahead of time
    • 33:15 The challenge is on… We are roughly scheduled to podcast April 9th at Hong Kong Airport. Are we going to be in the mood? Is it logistically possible?
    • 35:00 Sneak preview of future episodes of Cross Border Kyle and how to meet Kyle at the Launchpad show

    210: Michael Smith – 2 Years as a VC in Asia, What has he Learned?

    Podcast highlights:

    • 03:08 Can a VC be an “Apprentice VC”? What is the learning curve for a general partner or fund manager within a VC?
    • 31:55 Which investment areas and sectors specifically in South-East Asia are exciting right now for VCs?
    • 38:15 Does the US need to start looking more seriously at what’s going on at the grass roots level across Asian ecosystems?

    Podcast notes:

    • 00:05 Welcome Michael Smith to Asia Tech Podcast Stories
    • 01:55 Some background history on Michael Smith.
    • 03:08 Can a VC be an “Apprentice VC”? What is the learning curve for a general partner or fund manager within a VC?
    • 06:00 Even as a VC, you learn through doing.
    • 08:35 The apprentice structure exists in many other vertical sectors, so why not investment?
    • 10:27 Comparing “Present-Michael” with “Two-years-ago-Michael.” What has Michael learned in terms of managing deal flow, communication and time?
    • 13:50 How do you guard your time? Being a VC means you are always in demand, that’s not easy, because it means at some point you have to learn to say “no” a lot.
    • 20:40 What are the signs that a potential start-up needs to give you for you to say “this is worth my time?”
    • 24:00 If you’re advising a start-up, what advice would you give them on the raise?
    • 28:20 Talking about Michael’s investment thesis.
    • 31:55 Which investment areas and sectors specifically in South-East Asia are exciting right now for VCs?
    • 38:15 Does the US need to start looking more seriously at what’s going on at the grass roots level across Asian ecosystems?
    • 42:52 In Asia, hundreds of cities can lay claim to be a tech ecosystem of some sort. How do you advise start-up founders to choose between cities?
    • 52:32 A rising tide lifts all the boats. Everybody in the tech ecosystem should want to help everybody; that benefits everybody.
    • 53:50 You can find more about Michael Smith and SeedPlus by visiting his blog: Michael Smith Jr. – Apprentice VC

    206: Bay McLaughlin – Why Silicon Valley Must Pivot to Asia

    Podcast highlights:

    • 06:35 Ignore the Greater Bay at your peril! What makes the Chinese Greater Bay different? Why do entrepreneurs need to get up to speed with The Greater Bay? Will Valley entrepreneurs who don’t pay attention miss out?
    • 25:55 Brinc’s 4 main AI investment themes: How I feel (medical and health technology to prevent foot amputations in diabetics), drone technology (optimizing palm oil plantation inefficiences in Malaysia and Indonesia), How I live (smart and safe cities) and how I move (transportation and drone technology)
    • 50:05 Local governments in China have incentivised sponsorship programs for foreign entrepreneurs. Is it time for Western entrepreneurs to check them out?

    Podcast notes:

    • 00:08 Welcome Bay McLaughlin – ATP Stories with Graham Brown. Bay is back in the ATP Studio to share updates on his world travels (he’s heading to speak at SXSW), life in The Greater Bay and the latest news from his BRINC hardware accelerator.
    • 01:10 A short overview of the last six months
    • 02:40 An update of what is going on in the Greater Bay
    • 06:35 What makes the Greater Bay different? China’s ability to cluster and focus that very few other countries have and Hong Kong’s connectivity to the Western world
    • 09:48 An empowered vibe in Shenzhen with regards to entrepreneurship
    • 12:25 Bay’s presentation at SXSW and how people are going to react
    • 15:30 A change in mindset for certain people, ‘we are not the center of the world anymore’
    • 18:33 Start ups should be thinking how to globalise as early as possible
    • 20:05 Bay’s experiences of getting his butt kicked by Asia
    • 25:55 The four main AI investment themes that have emerged: How I feel (medical and health technology to prevent foot amputations in diabetics),
      drone technology (optimizing palm oil plantation inefficiences in Malaysia and Indonesia), where I live (smart and safe cities) and how I move (transportation and drone technology)
    • 28:38 Are Chinese consumers more willing to yield their personal data?
    • 31:05 What is Quantified Self (QS)? How does Bay use QS?
    • 33:58 Microbiome testing in Quantified Self
    • 37:01 In the future, will creative ideas come out of San Franscisco and be handed over to the Greater Bay for the building phase?
    • 38:07 It’s not about who makes the tech, but about ‘product culture fit’ versus ‘product market fit’
    • 40:09 The new Polar Silk Road and how it will make Chinese businesses relevant to foreigners
    • 44:32 Bay’s experience of being based in Hong Kong
    • 48:46 Advice for someone who wants to get started in Asia
    • 50:05 Local governments in China have incentivised sponsorship programs for foreign entrepreneurs
    • 53:08 Get connected with Bay McLaughlin on Twitter @betabay or website BetaBay.me