The BordersLess Podcast
The BordersLess Podcast explores global Asian diaspora stories and perspectives from East & SE Asia, highlighting multicultural individuals who have taken a different path in their careers and life. It aims to encourage listeners to take risks, explore options abroad, understand international markets & find career fulfilment. Current Focus: perspectives from Asia, entrepreneurship and Asians Between Borders (ABCs). Find out more here: https://bordersless.com/
Quiet Leaders & Asian Australians: Brad Chan (Banna Property Group & Haymarket HQ) *RE-UPLOAD*
Re-upload from the PDF Podcast for archival purposes. Find out more about PDF here: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ Episode Themes (timestamps below) The impact of COVID-19 on Chinatown, retail property & startups Brad’s upbringing & struggles to fit in as an Asian-Australian Haymarket HQ & helping startups expand to Asia The challenges of running a family business The importance of self-awareness & the strengths of introversion
September 12, 2022
How to Start a Side Project After Hours? – Leo Lu *RE-UPLOAD*
Re-upload from the PDF Podcast for archival purposes. Find out more about PDF here: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ Topics covered in this episode: How to start a side project after work in a low-risk way? Fintech landscape in the US Resources & tips on how you can get started
September 12, 2022
The Benefits of Taking Your Career Abroad to Asia: Karen Loon (Non-Executive Director) *RE-UPLOAD*
Re-upload from the PDF Podcast for archival purposes. Find out more about PDF here: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ This podcast episode touches on: Karen’s journey from Australia to Singapore Career advice for young professionals Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Utilising Australia’s diaspora and expat communities Australian companies expanding to Asia
September 12, 2022
From Refugee to Venture Capitalist: Shelli Trung *RE-UPLOAD*
Re-upload from the PDF Podcast for archival purposes. Find out more about PDF here: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ Episode Themes Shelli’s upbringing in Australia as a refugee Her non-linear career path (Scientist → Real Estate → Venture Capitalist)\ The importance of networking & taking chances Proptech investment themes across APAC & impact of COVID-19 on startups Thoughts on cultural & gender barriers in the workplace
September 12, 2022
Pursuing Meaning Over Money & Understanding Asia: Su-Lin Tan (SCMP) *RE-UPLOAD*
Re-upload from the PDF Podcast for archival purposes. Find out more about PDF here: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ Episode Themes Losing a job during the GFC and pivoting careers. Advice for others in similar situations. Diversity and racism in Australia. The Australia-China relationship. The lack of understanding about Asia. The journalism industry in Australia, HK and advice for young journalists. Pushing your comfort zone and being curious. From Accounting to Journalism Born in Malaysia, Su-Lin came to Australia in her early teens. After losing her finance job during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), Su-Lin embarked on a journey to pursue meaning over money. Over 2 years, Su-Lin sampled a variety of potential careers such as law, child-care, chemistry, and at one point, wanted to be a concert pianist. Eventually, she settled on journalism and hasn’t looked back. Timestamps 1:20 – Su-Lin’s introduction, life in Malaysia, moving to Australia. 3:45 – Why she chose accounting as a career. 4:40 – Losing her job during the 2008 Financial Crisis. How and why she pursued journalism. 7:40 – Advice for others who may be affected by COVID-19 and in similar positions as Su-Lin was. 10:25 – how she got her break in journalism. 11:30 – her time at the Australian Financial Review. 13:00 – the bamboo ceiling in Australia, how her Asian background was an advantage in the newsroom. 14:25 – thoughts on the lack of diversity in journalism. 17:20 – how she got stories, what was her favourite piece? 20:25 – why she moved to the SCMP. Differences between journalism in HK and Australia. 22:15 – about her stories on racism in Australia. 27:20 – thoughts on the Aus-China relationship. 35:00 – Australia and its relationship with Asia. Lack of grassroots education about Asia in Australia. 38:25 – is Australia multicultural or multi-cultures? 39:50 – how do we build better relations between countries and within our own societies? Be curious, be uncomfortable, explore the world. 43:35 – thoughts on journalism in Australia, revenue models, the impact of social media, South China Morning Post & Alibaba. 50:20 – advice for young journalists. 51:50 – biggest challenges in Su-Lin’s career. How she pushed on.54:30 – closing thoughts.
September 12, 2022
Helping Women Succeed in Australia, Japan & Asia: Sarah Liu (Founder of The Dream Collective) *RE-UPLOAD*
Re-upload from the PDF Podcast for archival purposes. Find out more about PDF here: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ Episode Themes Cultural & gender barriers in Australia & what we can do to improve these, Diversity in Australia vs Japan, Her entrepreneurial journey & advice for others on a similar journey, Why COVID has unfairly impacted women in their careers and what she’s doing to help them, The opportunities for women in the tech industry, Having a positive mindset and turning your obstacles into opportunities. About The Dream Collective The Dream Collective was founded in 2012 by Sarah Liu, a passionate advocate for women in leadership and furthering diversity and inclusivity practises in corporate culture to transform the way we work.Sarah was named one of the “40 under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians” in the Entrepreneurship category at the 2019 Asian-Australian Leadership Summit.The Dream Collective is a global leadership consultancy, helping businesses across Sydney, Shanghai, Melbourne, Tokyo & Singapore build diverse and inclusive workplaces: https://www.thedreamcollective.com.au/our-story/ Timestamps 1:20 – Introduction 3:50 – Cultural & diversity barriers in the workplace. 6:00 – Advice for others…career journey, upbringing, entrepreneurship. 9:25 – How did the Dream Collective start? 12:00 – Sarah’s transition from corporate to startup. Thoughts on having a “safety net” & taking risk. 12:40 – Seeing a gap in the market for mid-career level women 13:55 – What exactly are the barriers for women in the workplace? 15:40 – How is Sarah & The Dream Collective solving the lack of female leaders? 17:25 – thoughts around diversity & inclusion quotas in the workplace. The importance of having measurable targets. The lack of meritocracy in the workplace. 21:40 – utilising cultural & gender barriers to your advantage, addressing cultural barriers. 24:35 – why women have been unfairly impacted by COVID? What is the ShePivots program? How is it addressing this problem? 26:40 – opportunities for women in tech. You don’t need a technical/coding background to succeed. Using your diversity as a strength 28:25 – thoughts around entrepreneurship, advice for others on a similar journey, understand your “why”, impacts of COVID. 31:00 – Expanding globally to expand into other markets, differences in diversity & inclusion between countries. 34:10 – Using Japan vs Australia as an example 36:10 – COVID impacts and how to turn obstacles into opportunities 38:15 – Wrapping up, final thoughts, the launch of 50/50 in 100 days 41:15 – how to find out more about The Dream Collective, ShePivots, other programs & initiatives.
September 12, 2022
Helping Startup Founders Succeed in Asia via Taiwan: Elisa Chiu (Anchor Taiwan) *RE-UPLOAD*
Re-upload from the PDF Podcast for archival purposes. Find out more about PDF here: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ Listen to this episode if you want to find out more about Taiwan’s startup ecosystem or if you simply want to hear about Elisa’s unique journey. We talk about: Elisa’s story about building a career in high finance, then giving it all up to pursue her passion. The cultural & gender barriers she faced and other struggles along the way. Advice for young professionals in building their careers. Overview of the Taiwan startup scene (VC players + accelerators). Reasons to consider Taiwan as a place to build or grow your startup. Show Notes: https://bordersless.com/business/elisa-chiu-anchor-taiwan/ Timestamps 1:00 – Introduction 2:35 – Journey from Taiwan to Canada. Navigating a new environment and cultural barriers. 6:10 – Working as a junior trader. 6:40 – Was this your passion? Why did you go down the finance path? 10:45 – Navigating cultural and gender barriers in a male dominant environment. 13:20 – Importance of finding a mentor and support systems. Turning bad situations into an advantage and bring value to others. 17:30 – Are there gender barriers in Taiwan? 18:50 – Working at a Hedge Fund, living in a bubble, resigning from a comfortable life, throwing yourself into the unknown. 22:45 – The motivation for living a different life. Overcoming fears and perceived limitations. Pursuing your passion, finding fulfilment, why you should give things a try. 30:20 – Experiencing Silicon Valley, getting into innovation + technology, impact investing and the startup world, moving back to Taiwan to setup Anchor Taiwan. 36:15 – Reasons for setting up Anchor Taiwan. 38:00 – The beginning of Anchor Taiwan. 40:10 – Tackling challenges and the unknowns. The difficulty of marketing Taiwan. 43:50 – Thoughts around leaving and returning to Taiwan. Gaining perspective. 45:30 – What is Anchor Taiwan + Anchor Venture Partners? 50:40 – Overview of Taiwan market – VCs + Accelerators (AppWorks, Cherubic Ventures, Cornerstone Ventures). 55:35 – Government initiatives for foreign startups. 57:20 – Corporate Venture Capital in Taiwan. 59:20 – Why should I go to Taiwan over Singapore or HK? What sort of startups should go to Taiwan? 1:01:30 – Google expansion into Taiwan. 1:05:00 – Impacts of Coronavirus on the startup space in Taiwan. Initiatives to help startups. 1:08:00 – How can startups navigate this tough period? 1:10:00 – Investment trends and opportunities in this period? 1:14:25 – Would you have done anything differently? Career advice for young professionals? 1:17:45 – Overseas born Taiwanese coming to Taiwan. E.g. the co-founders of YouTube and Rotten Tomatoes. 1:19:05 – Thoughts on young Taiwanese + how Taiwan can stay competitive. 1:21:40 – Last words + how to contact Elisa.
September 12, 2022
Career & Life Advice from my Podcast Guests (Part 1)
A selection of career & life advice from some of my Podcast Guests from various industries. Snippets from both the BordersLess and the Professional Development Forum podcast. Timestamps are as follows: 0:00 - Franco Varona (Managing Partner of Foxmont Capital Partners) 1:50 - Tanveer Ahmed (Psychiatrist, Journalist, Author & Television Presenter) 6:42 - Su-Lin Tan (Ex-Accountant, now Senior Correspondent) 14:55 - Sarah Liu (Founder of the Dream Collective) 19:31 - Brad Chan (CEO of Banna Property Group & Founder of Haymarket HQ) 20:58 - Asami Koike (Founder of the Dream Collective)
September 07, 2022
Invest your money in Asia - China, Indonesia & Inflation: Dr Joseph Lai (Ox Capital)
[This episode is adapted from my recent YouTube upload]: Dr Joseph Lai is the Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Ox Capital, an Australian-based boutique investment manager specialising in emerging market stocks & equities. We interview him about the investment opportunities in Asia for making money (with a focus on China & Indonesia) and his thoughts on the recent recession & inflation news (timestamps & topics below). Born in Hong Kong, Dr Joseph Lai came to Australia at a young age. After becoming a medical doctor, he realised that a career in investing was much more exciting and made the career change to finance. Prior to founding Ox Capital in 2021, Dr Lai was the Portfolio Manager for Platinum's Asia Funds (one of the biggest Asia-focused funds in Australia with $~8bn AUM across multiple products) and has a successful track record of investing in Asia. You can find out more about Dr Joseph Lai and Ox Capital here: https://www.oxcapm.com/ Topics & timestamps: 0:00 - Introduction 2:23 - Current state of China (slowing growth?) 5:35 - The nuances of investing in China & crackdowns 7:40 - The Indonesia opportunity 8:35 - Stock Highlight Indonesia - Mitra Adiperkasa (IDX: MAPI) 10:15 - Stock Highlight China - AK Medical (HKG: 1789) 12:43 - Are Semiconductor Stocks overhyped? 14:02 - On Energy stocks (ESG, Natural Gas, Carbon Neutral) 15:30 - Inflation, Interest Rates & Recession 16:52 - Dr Lai's Career (from Doctor to Finance) 20:13 - Is a career in investing for you? Advice for young people
August 17, 2022
Helping Overseas Born Chinese Find Their Roots In China - Huihan Lie (Founder of My China Roots)
[Subtitles available on YouTube) Born in the Netherlands, Huihan started to ask questions about his Indonesian-Chinese ancestry & heritage. Knowing nothing about the language or culture, he moved to China 18 years ago to find out more about his roots and experience life working & living in China. In the process, he found many others on the same journey and so he founded My China Roots to help other Overseas Chinese reconnect with their roots & families. Essentially aiming to be the Ancestry.com of Asia, My China Roots offers a wide variety of services to help Overseas Chinese find out more about their ancestry. They have an extensive database of records both in China and overseas (simply create an account and answer a few questions to start building your family tree) and also provide investigative, research and translation services if you run into any brick walls (or if you simply have no idea where to start). Find out more about My China Roots here & and join their Discord community! https://www.mychinaroots.com/ https://www.mychinaroots.com/community The Zoom audio was a bit glitchy and the conversation was a bit rushed at the end as we realised we were running out of time. But feel free to reach out to Huihan directly if you want to find out more. Timestamps: 0:00 - Intro 1:25 - Huihan's Introduction (Netherlands to China) 4:50 - Why Huihan decided to stay in China over the last 18 years 6:55 - Is it harder for foreigners / overseas Chinese to find a job in China now? 9:42 - Advice for Chinese Diaspora looking to find a job in China 10:52 - What if you don't speak English? 14:34 - Is there discrimination if you don't speak Chinese? 18:50 - The importance of exploring and having an open mind 20:30 - Any disadvantages for Overseas Chinese returning to China? 23:45 - How did Huihan make friends in China? Advice for others 25:50 - Best way to learn Chinese? 28:00 - Huihan's life in the Netherlands 33:25 - Huihan's journey finding his roots 41:15 - What is My China Roots? Services? 50:00 - Unique cases that My China Roots has solved? 56:30 - Some Overseas Born Chinese discover their roots too late 1:00:45 - Customer base of My China Roots? Is it growing? Final words and advice
June 25, 2022
Are you on the Right Path in Life or in the Rat Race? Asian Australian Stories with Kenneth Tang: Managing Director, Dynamic Technologies Cambodia
Today's guest is Kenneth Tang, the Managing Director of Dynamic Technologies. Born in Cambodia, Ken & his family moved to Australia during the Civil War and lived a relatively comfortable existence in the suburbs of Sydney. However, over time, Kenneth realised that he wasn't on the path he wanted, despite a successful tech career that took him abroad to Hong Kong, the US and Europe. He eventually decided to step back and re-assess his life, attempting various things (like an Australian themed cafe in Hong Kong) and failing a lot in the process. Listen to this episode to hear more about Kenneth's journey, the way he navigated his life & career, and how he ended up back in Cambodia to help contribute to the country. I enjoyed this conversation as it focuses on finding meaning and purpose in your life & career. Note the Zoom recording was laggy but I'm sure you guys aren't watching the screen that intently :) Episode themes & timestamps: INTRO / LIFE IN AUSTRALIA 0:00 - Intro 2:25 - Ken's Intro, growing up in Sydney, Australia from Cambodia 4:55 - Any struggles growing up Asian Australian? 7:30 - Were you familiar with your Cambodian heritage? KENNETH'S CAREER JOURNEY & LIVING OVERSEAS 10:55 - Kenneth's early career journey 12:41 - Kenneth's journey from Australia to Hong Kong, the US & Europe. 18:00 - Ken's career break back in Australia & re-assessing life, getting to know his family & heritage 21:10 - Moving back to Hong Kong and trying to experience as many things in life. LIFE LESSONS 23:10 - Re-assess your life, finding something meaningful. Ken's decision to return to Cambodia for the 1st time and deciding to stay permanently. 26:25 - Falling into the trap of the 9-5 rat race vs pursuing something meaningful. 30:10 - The importance of "failure" or failing 33:25 - The importance of relationships and understanding who you are. ON CAMBODIA 38:20 - What does Kenneth do in Cambodia? What are Dynamic Technologies? Improving the quality of life for locals through smart cities and solutions. The High economic growth rate in Cambodia creates issues & opportunities. 44:05 - How did Kenneth adapt to working in Cambodia? How did he adjust to day to day life? 50:30 - Are many overseas Cambodians coming back to Cambodia? Advice for others thinking of returning to Cambodia? 55:00 - Kenneth's future plans & conclusion Find out more about Dynamic Technologies (part of the Dynamic Group) & their vision for Cambodian smart cities here: https://dynamictechnologies.io/
June 08, 2022
Finding a Startup Job in Japan – with Wei Chen (Tokyo Talent Sourcer)
I interviewed Wei Chen about how foreigners can find a startup job in Japan with limited Japanese proficiency. Born in Taiwan and having studied abroad in the US, Wei found herself in Japan and has managed to embed herself into the Tokyo startup ecosystem despite being a foreigner. She currently works as a freelance talent sourcer, helping match startup companies to great talent. Listen to this episode to hear Wei’s story about: Moving from Taiwan to the US to Japan How she found her 1st job in Tokyo How she got permanent residency (PR) Advice for other foreigners in finding a start-up gig Barriers as a female foreigner in Japan Potential pathways for people who aren’t fluent in Japanese If you want to find out more, feel free to reach out to Wei on Linkedin! Timestamps / Topics Intro 0:00 – Introduction 0:57 – Wei’s introduction 2:25 – Why did she move to Japan? 7:25 – Why did she stay in Japan? 9:10 – Being an Asian foreigner in Japan. Pros & Cons 10:45 – Main cultural barriers in Japan 12:50 – Challenges of being a female foreigner in Japan Finding a Job in Japan 17:40 – How Wei found her 1st job in Japan 23:10 – What does Wei do as a talent sourcer? 26:50 – Advice for foreigners finding a gig in Japan. 28:26 – Advice for foreigners who aren’t fluent in Japanese? Potential industries? 30:30 – English teaching in Japan as a starting point? 21:15 – Recruitment jobs in Japan … how does it work without Japanese proficiency? 33:40 – Applying for big Japanese corporations? 35:16 – Visa options (working holiday, freelance etc). How Wei got Permanent Residency in Japan 40:00 – Is Japan open to foreigners to get visas/jobs? 42:50 – Scholarships? 46:50 – Is doing a 2nd degree in Japan worthwhile? 48:35 – Wei’s thoughts on the startup ecosystem in Tokyo Life in Japan 50:15 – Wei’s life in Japan. 51:50 – Raising a child in Japan 54:30 – Wei’s future plans. Final thoughts/conclusion.
May 30, 2022
Should you MOVE to Laos? Life in Laos & Startup opportunities with entrepreneur Benjamin Soo (Co-Founder of Modern Lao Homes & Bunnasia)
Why move to a poor, landlocked country of 7 million people to pursue entrepreneurship? Listen to this episode to hear why some expats, foreigners and overseas Laotians should consider moving to Laos. Laos is a country that does not attract much attention globally, so I chat to Benjamin Soo (based in Vientiane) to hear more about life in Laos and the opportunities & challenges for foreign startups and businesses in Laos. Born in Malaysia, Ben moved to his mother’s home country of Laos in high school and was inspired to bring about positive change after seeing so much poverty. He went through a long soul searching journey to figure out what he could do to bring about the most impact and create employment and opportunities for locals. Based in Vientiane, Ben eventually co-founded an upscale construction business, Modern Lao Homes and a SE Asian import/export business for Australian goods called Bunnasia. Find out more about Ben's businesses here: Modern Lao Homes: https://modernlaohomes.com/index.html FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/modernlaohomes/ Bunnasia: https://bunnasia.com/ In this podcast episode, we chat about: Taking over a failing French restaurant in Laos Starting a premium construction business with limited experience Selling Australian goods in Laos & Thailand The current startup ecosystem in Laos The attraction of Laos for foreigners, investors & startups. Podcast Timestamps & Topics 0:00 Intro 1:36: Ben’s Intro 3:53: Why entrepreneurship in Laos? Ben’s entrepreneurial journey from Malaysia to Laos. 11:05: How did Modern Lao Homes start? 14:30: How did Bunnasia (Australian import/export business) start? 17:14: What’s the attraction of Laos for startups or investors (if any)? 20:45: What sort of expats / foreigners move to Laos? What to expect as a foreigner? 26:30: What is the startup ecosystem like in Laos? Chinese & Thai investors? 28:45: Do many overseas Laotians or Laotian diaspora moved back to Laos? 31:30: Ben’s background growing up half Laotian / half Chinese Malaysian 33:50: Can you navigate Laos just speaking English? 35:50: Major challenges for Laos in regard to business and its economy? 38:55: What is the nightlife like in Vientiane? Ben’s day to day life? 43:00: Would Ben go back to Malaysia? 46:00 – Advice for young people & aspiring entrepreneurs 50:30 – Ben’s personal goals in Laos for the next 5-10 years & conclusion
May 25, 2022
Post-Coup Myanmar: What is life like for Overseas Burmese? - with Brandon Aung
Before the 2021 coup, Myanmar was experiencing rapid economic growth (more than 7% per annum), with poverty falling from 48% to 25% between 2005 and 2017. This growth attracted many overseas investors that were attracted by the opportunities in the country. However, this growth has reversed drastically with the event of COVID & the coup. Listen to this podcast episode to get some insights into what life & opportunities were like pre & post-coup in Myanmar. About Brandon Aung Born in Myanmar, Brandon quit medical school to pursue his passion for finance in Australia. However, he was unable to find a finance job as an international student (I’ve discussed this problem in a prior podcast) but he managed to secure a coveted private equity investment role back in Myanmar. Unfortunately, Brandon left his home country after the 2021 coup and in this podcast interview, he details his life pre & post-coup as an overseas Burmese that has made his way around Australia, Sri Lanka & Thailand (topics & timestamps below). More episodes here: https://bordersless.com/ Brandon's Life as an International Student in Australia 0:00 - Intro 1:00 - Brandon's background in Myanmar. Why he came to Australia 3:31 - Was it hard to find a job in Australia as an international student? Moving Back to Myanmar 5:50 - Why did Brandon move back to Myanmar? 9:40 - What happened post-coup in Myanmar? 11:50 - Why were international companies investing in Myanmar pre-coup? 13:45 - Myanmar's ethnic groups & conflict? Moving to Thailand 17:30 - Why Brandon moved to Thailand & how he got stuck in Sri Lanka 21:40 - What it's like trying to get a job in Thailand & his process for securing a Fortune 500 role. 26:45 - What is the business landscape in Thailand like? The vibrancy of life in Thailand. 29:30 - What's day to day life like in Thailand as an overseas Burmese? How do you compare your life in Australia vs Thailand vs Myanmar? Pros & Cons Life as an overseas Burmese currently 36:40 - What are other young Burmese doing (doctors / young professionals etc)? Both domestically and abroad? 40:40 - Did you ever feel discriminated as an overseas Burmese minority? Future Plans, Startup Chat & Conclusion 43:05 - Brandon's future plans? Taking risks, startups, & returning to Myanmar? 46:11 - What is Thailand's startup scene like? 50:45 - What would Brandon do if the situation in Myanmar improves? 52:00 - Some chitchat. The background to BordersLess, why I set up a YouTube channel/podcast. Conclusion
May 18, 2022
The Opportunities in Cambodia: Ratana Phurik-Callebaut (Cambodian Private Sector & Investment Specialist)
Today's guest is Ratana Phurik-Callebaut, a Cambodian private sector & investment specialist and the founder of the Cambodia Community of Investment Professionals (affiliated with the CFA Institute). Born in Cambodia, Ratana lost her parents in the civil war and left for France at the age of 2 to stay with her extended family. After a successful banking career in Europe (France & Switzerland), she decided to move back to Cambodia and has remained there for the last 18 years. Listen to this episode to get an insight into why Ratana left her comfortable life to move back to Cambodia and why others should consider moving there too. Show Notes: https://bordersless.com/business/opportunities-cambodia-ratana-phurik-callebaut/ Timestamps & Topics: About Ratana 2:34 - Ratana's introduction 4:30 - Why Ratana moved from Cambodia to France 6:25 - Ratana's childhood experience living in France as a Cambodian 8:40 - Ratana's career journey in Europe 10:40 - Ratana's thoughts on the glass & bamboo ceiling in her career 14:32 - Why did Ratana decide to move back to Cambodia? Life & Careers in Cambodia 19:00 - How did Ratana adjust to life in Cambodia? Language & communication difficulties? 23:50 - Are many Overseas Cambodians coming back to Cambodia? 26:47 - Ratana's career progression in Cambodia 32:10 - Career in Europe vs Career in Cambodia? 33:05 - Cambodia 18 years ago vs now Why Cambodia? 38:05 - The business & investment opportunities in Cambodia? The positives & negatives 43:20 - Who is investing in Cambodia and what are they investing in? 45:40 - Expats in Cambodia? Is there a standard career path for foreigners? 49:15 - Does Ratana plan to move back to Europe? Or stay in Cambodia? 50:15 - How can foreigners network in Cambodia? 51:30 - Is entrepreneurship popular among foreigners or locals? 55:10 - What to expect when doing business in Cambodia as a foreigner? 1:00:23: Life in Cambodia as an expat? What to expect living in Cambodia as a foreigner. 1:03:00 - Covid situation in Cambodia? How has it been managed? 1:06:10 - What is exciting Ratana about Cambodia over the next 5-10 years? Conclusion 1:09:30 - What is Ratana focusing on at the moment in Cambodia? 1:13:30 - Life & career advice for young people. Final words and conclusion
May 12, 2022
More Opportunities in Asia? Asian-American Entrepreneurship with Rosaline Chow Koo (Founder & CEO of CXA Group)
Today's podcast guest is Rosaline Chow Koo, the Founder & CEO of Asia's leading InsurTech startup, CXA Group. We chat about the advantages & disadvantages of navigating business in Asia as an Asian American serial entrepreneur. Rosaline grew up in a poor and chaotic environment, developing survival skills and becoming street smart (especially during events like the L.A. Watts riots). This adversity early on in life is what ultimately contributed to the success she has now, giving her the resilience and motivation to push through when times are tough. Listen to this podcast episode to hear how Rosaline built the biggest InsurTech startup in Asia, why she thinks there are more opportunities in Asia than the US, and advice for aspiring female leaders on how to navigate the glass & bamboo ceilings. Timestamps & Topics 0:00 - Preview 1:30 - Rosaline's introduction & upbringing in the States. 7:20 - Rosaline's career & entrepreneurial journey from the US to Asia 13:00 - What exactly is CXA Group? Why did she found it? 16:21 - Cultural differences when doing business in Asia. More opportunities in Asia? 23:05 - How did she navigate the barriers as a female Asian founder? 26:20 - Other advice for young people facing the bamboo & glass ceilings? 28:15 - Was Rosaline a born entrepreneur? What is her passion? 32:50 - Culture shocks when living in Singapore. Life in Asia & challenges when expanding CXA to other countries. 38:50 - Rosaline's future plans & career advice for young people
March 17, 2022
Entrepreneurship & Podcasting in the Philippines: Ron Baetiong (Podcast Network Asia & Hustleshare Podcast)
Ron Baetiong: From Call Center to Serial Entrepreneur After hearing so many positive things about the Philippines’ tech ecosystem in a prior episode, I asked Ron Baetiong to come on the show to share his experiences as a serial entrepreneur in the Philippines and what’s changed in the startup ecosystem over the last 10-15 years. Starting his career off in a Filipino call centre, Ron quickly realised his dreams of buying his mom a house was not realistic. So, he started to pursue entrepreneurship, and after many ups & downs, he was finally able to find success and fulfil his dreams. Today, Ron is the founder of Podcast Network Asia and the host of the Hustleshare Podcast (the #1 Business Podcast in the Philippines). In this episode, he shares his perspectives on the exciting startup ecosystem in the Philippines and his journey as a serial entrepreneur. We also chat about Ron’s journey as a podcaster, how podcasting has become a serious business in Southeast Asia (especially in the Philippines & Indonesia) and advice for aspiring podcasters! Also check out Ron’s new tool to help podcasters save time when editing: https://www.podmachine.co/ Timestamps If you’re interested in the startup scene in the Philippines, the ecosystem’s biggest names are gathering this March 9 & 10 at Build, the first-ever annual startup festival co-organized by Sinigang Valley and Esquire Philippines. Find out more here: https://www.esquiremag.ph/money/movers/build-a-startup-festival-2022-a00203-20220217-lfrm Episode Topics & Timestamps: 0:00 – Introduction 1:31 – Start of the interview / Ron’s Introduction & entrepreneurial journey 7:25 – Was Ron born to be an entrepreneur or did he stumble across it? 10:55 – Did your family & friends say you were crazy for starting a business? 11:56 – After Ron’s 1st startup failed, why did he keep going and how he eventually found success. 22:07 – How has the podcasting market changed in the Philippines over the last 5 years? What podcast topics do well in Southeast Asia? 27:33 – Why Ron started Podcast Network Asia (PNA). The challenges he came across when he started podcasting. What is PNA? 33:05 – Advice of aspiring podcasters. 36:30 – Why did Ron expand to Indonesia? What are the challenges of expanding internationally? What are Ron’s future plans? 41:55 – How has the Philippine startup ecosystem changed over the last 10-15 years? 45:11 – Is entrepreneurship becoming more popular in the Philippines? Advice for young people interested in entrepreneurship? 49:25 – What’s exciting Ron about the Philippines? Conclusion.
March 04, 2022
Asian Australian Mental Health: Asami Koike (Founder of Shapes and Sounds)
Asami is the founder of Shapes and Sounds, the leading voice for Asian-Australian mental health and wellbeing, seeking to normalise conversations about mental health in the community. As a registered music therapist, she noticed that many Asian-Australians were falling between the gaps in the Australian mental health system and so she started Shapes & Shapes in 2019 to normalise conversations around racism & cultural expectations in the community and also provide specific resources (like a list of Asian Australian mental health practitioners for those seeking someone who can understand their own cultural background and upbringing). Shapes and Sounds Links & Resources: Shapes and Sounds Website Asian Australian Mental Health Practitioner List Talking Mental Health with Your Family How to Claim your Medicare Rebate for Psychological Services Being Asian Australian Timestamps & Topics: 2:10 - Asami’s introduction, moving from Japan to Australia, realising the lack of cultural understanding in the mental health industry 6:55 - What is Shapes & Sounds and the resources available on their website? 7:54 - Asami’s thoughts on mental health in Japan 9:20 - Growing up as a Japanese Australian & thoughts on Japanese Culture 11:05 - Defining mental illness & causes. Asian Australians suffering in silence 14:00 - Why are Asian Australians less likely to seek help? Lack of cultural understanding in the Australian healthcare system, the impact of culture on mental health and why Asami created a list of Asian-Australian mental health practitioners. 17:11 - When to reach out for help? The importance of seeking help regardless 18:52 - Common barriers when trying to find help / what’s holding people back from seeking help? 20:18 - Women vs Men when seeking help 21:30 - Specific issues related to Asian-Australian. Scarcity mindset + trauma. Is it generational? 26:20 - Self-internalised racism 28:50 - Impact of Asia-Australia relations (Japan & China). Media narrative. Opportunities for Asian-Diaspora communities 33:00 - Impact of media, more positive Asian stories (rise of Kpop & Asian stories) 39:00 - Gaslighting of Asian Australians 42:40 - Following a non-traditional career path vs thoughts on taking a safe path and following your passions. What to do if you're not feeling better after seeking help.
November 30, 2021
The Philippines Opportunity: Franco Varona (Managing Partner at Foxmont Capital Partners | Philippine Venture Capital)
In this podcast episode, Franco Varona, a Filipino Venture Capitalist, explains why the Philippines is one of the fastest-growing startup ecosystems in the region and the opportunities this presents for entrepreneurs. Born in Canada, we also chat about why Franco moved back to the Philippines and also why other overseas entrepreneurial Filipinos are returning. As the Managing Partner of Foxmont Capital Partners, the first independent Venture Capital (VC) firm in the Philippines, Franco has had a varied career, most notably being a founding member at MyTeksi Phillippines (now named Grab). This opportunity to get on board one of the most exciting startups in the region supercharged his career into what it is today, something that might not have been possible if he stayed in the States. As passionate advocates of the Philippines startup ecosystem, Foxmont's investment thesis is this: “We invest in Filipino-focused or Filipino-founded early-stage technology startups that have proven that they can scale effectively and lead the Philippine digital evolution. We believe that if a Filipino startup can succeed in the Philippines, it can succeed anywhere.” Show Notes: https://bordersless.com/business/philippines-opportunity-franco-varona-foxmont/ Episode Topics & Timestamps 1:33 – Franco’s introduction. 2:45 – born & raised in Canada, why did Franco move back to the Philippines? 6:10 – is Franco seeing more overseas Filipinos moving back? Reverse Brain Drain? 10:45 – Franco's journey from the US to the Philippines and how he kicked off his entrepreneurial journey, how he joined MyTeksi (now Grab). 16:30 – Franco's thoughts on the Philippine startup ecosystem today vs 10 years ago. Examples of how the pandemic has supercharged digitalisation in the country. 21:40 – Franco's stories about his early days at Grab Philippines. 23:20 – starting Foxmont Capital Partners and why the Philippines presents a great opportunity for investors & startups. 31:40 – experiences setting up the 1st fund with his co-founders/partners. 35:45 – why Foxmont’s 1st investment went to Kumu (building meaningful connections among the Filipino diaspora community). 43:40 – the Venture Capital landscape in the Philippines, Corporate VC vs Independent VCs. 47:40 – What is Sinigang Valley? 51:20 – what sectors and verticals are Franco excited about? 55:10 –advice for young professionals / entrepreneurs navigating their careers. 57:45 – how to find out more about Franco & Foxmont.
November 15, 2021
Finding Meaningful Connections in Vietnam: Denise Sandquist (CEO & Co-founder of Fika)
Today’s guest is Denise Sandquist, the founder of Fika, a female-focused AI social & dating app in Asia. Born in Vietnam and adopted to Sweden, Denise is truly a global citizen, speaking 6 languages and having lived in multiple countries. Episode Themes Fresh of a $1.6m raise, we chat about why Denise came back to Vietnam to start Fika Advice for Vietnamese adoptees looking to find their biological parents Why Fika is more than just a dating app Female leadership in Vietnam Opportunities for overseas Vietnamese looking to come back to Vietnam. Find out more about Fika here: https://keepfika.com/ Timestamps & topics: Introduction 0:00 – episode introduction 2:16 – Denise’s introduction, life journey, finding her biological mother, starting Fika 6:47 – experiences growing up in Sweden as a Vietnamese adoptee 11:25 – advice for Vietnamese adoptees looking to find their biological parents in Vietnam On Fika 14:00 – what is Fika? Not just a dating app? On Gen Zs being connected and increasing loneliness. 18:20 – focus on user safety in Asia, manually verifying profiles, AI & data, future plans 27:30 – how did Fika get traction in a crowded dating app market? 29:45 – was Fika self-funded / bootstrapped? Did you have any doubts throughout? 33:45 – the COVID situation in Vietnam. Has it had impact on Fika / dating? 37:20 – Denise’s fund-raising journey Fun Questions 42:20 – Denise’s career journey / did she always want to be an entrepreneur? 45:30 – Denise’s thoughts on female leaders in Vietnam and empowering women 54:00 – Dating in Sweden vs Vietnam 56:00 – How does Denise manage her stress? Thoughts on work-life balance 59:30 – has Denise found anyone on Fika yet? 1:01:16 – advice and opportunities for Việt Kiều looking to come back to Vietnam. What is holding them back? What advantages do they have? 1:06:53 – advice for young people that are feeling lost in life. On taking risks in life. 1:11:00 – where to follow Denise & how to connect.
November 03, 2021
Indonesia VC Perspectives: Jason Pard, Partner at Aksara Ventures
Today’s guest is Jason Pard, partner at Aksara Ventures, an Indonesian Venture Capital firm. With a large and growing digital savvy population, Indonesia has produced notable startup unicorns like GoJek, Tokopedia, Bukalapa and Traveloka: https://bordersless.com/business/jason-pard-aksara-ventures/ About Aksara Aksara Ventures is on a mission to discover startups with the potential to change the way we function in the future. They look to back the bold ideas and resolute operators at the edge of breaking out, backing startups at the post-product stage until the Series A stage. About Jason Jason Pard is a partner and cofounder at Aksara Ventures. He was previously an Analyst at Venture Capital firm Monk's Hill Ventures and had prior experience as Product Manager at Gojek and other startups. He graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. See more here: https://www.aksara.vc/ Topics & Timestamps 0:00 - Introduction 0:56 - Jason's intro, why he came back to Indonesia from the US and some thoughts on how hard it is to find jobs as an international student. 4:20 - How Jason got into VC, his career journey at Gojek, local Indonesian vs overseas graduates. 7:50 - Why Jason started his own Venture Capital firm (Aksara Ventures), what does Aksara mean, what is their point of differentiation? 15:20 - Why Indonesia as a place to invest? What are the opportunities and barriers? 19:20 - How does Jason find startups to invest in? The value of good karma, investing in the team vs numbers. 24:40 - which countries in Southeast Asia is Jason interested in? Which startups & sectors is he excited about? 28:10 - Is Jason worried about the current market cycle? (low interest rates, increased competition). 31:10 - are young Indonesians getting into entrepreneurship? Issues around income inequality. 34:48 - can SE Asian startups go global outside of their own region? Are many foreigners coming to Indonesia to work in tech? 39:20 - thoughts around NFTs, crypto & gaming. 43:45 - how to get into the Venture Capital industry? What traits make a good VC investor vs associate/analyst? How to contact Jason.
October 17, 2021
Living in Japan as an Asian-Australian Foreigner (Samantha Low) - Snippet
Formerly based in Sydney, Samantha Low is a Tokyo based Senior Account Manager at Critical Mass, a digital experience design agency. Find out more about her life on her website, where she regularly blogs about her life in Japan at http://www.samanthawxlow.com/ This episode appeared on the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation helping diverse young professionals reach their full potential in the workplace and find career fulfillment. To find out more, please visit: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ Topics covered in this episode: · When and why did you come to Japan. How did you get a job? · Is Japanese fluency essential? · How to build a professional career in Japan (outside of teaching English)? · What is working culture like? · Thoughts as an Asian-Australian living in Japan · Tips & tricks for getting settled · Life in Australia vs Japan
January 21, 2021
Considering a Career in Asia? - Jason Yat-Sen Li (Vantage Asia) - Snippet
Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/jason-yat-sen-li-interview/ Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website. About Jason Jason is currently Chairman of investment group Vantage Asia and Managing Director of corporate advisory firm YSA. YSA specialises in complex cross-border, China-related M&A and capital raising mandates. Jason is a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on China. He was previously a non-executive director of the George Institute for Global Health, Vice Chair of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Sydney Institute and a Governing Member of the Smith Family. Jason completed an Arts-Law degree at the University of Sydney and a Masters of Law at New York University, where he was Australia's Hauser Global Scholar. He was formerly Head of China Strategy for Insurance Australia Group and Head of Sales & Marketing for IAG's China operations. His work on road safety in China won the China PR Association Silver Medal for Best Campaign in 2005. Jason has also worked as a commercial lawyer for Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.
December 29, 2020
Diversity & Inclusion in Australia vs Japan: Sarah Liu (The Dream Collective) - Snippet
Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/sarah-liu-the-dream-collective/ Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website. About The Dream Collective The Dream Collective was founded in 2012 by Sarah Liu, a passionate advocate for women in leadership and furthering diversity and inclusivity practises in corporate culture to transform the way we work. Sarah was named one of the "40 under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians" in the Entrepreneurship category at the 2019 Asian-Australian Leadership Summit. The Dream Collective is a global leadership consultancy, helping business across Sydney, Shanghai, Melbourne, Tokyo & Singapore build diverse and inclusive workplaces: https://www.thedreamcollective.com.au/our-story/ ウェブサイト: https://thedreamcollective.jp/
December 29, 2020
Is Australia Utilising Their Asia Capable Talents? - Shelli Trung (REACH ANZ & ASEAN) - Snippet
Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/su-lin-tan-journalist/ Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website. About Shelli Shelli Trung is the Managing Partner for REACH Australia and Southeast Asia. REACH is a scaleup program for the real estate industry created by Second Century Ventures (SCV), an early-stage technology fund backed by the National Association of Realtors®. SVC is among the largest proptech funds globally with a portfolio of 100+ investments across mortgage, finance, marketing, big data and hardware including success stories such as DocuSign (IPO $6B+), August Home (sold to Assa Abloy), HouseCanary ($63M+ Series C) and Updater ($1B+). Prior to this, Shelli was an active proptech angel investor with a global portfolio of startups from New York, Shanghai and Australia. She was the Investment Fund Manager for Queensland University of Technology CEA where she oversaw a portfolio of 30 seed/Series A investments. Shelli has spent 10 years in corporate innovation successfully deploying new technology across the banking, medical and transportation sectors. For more: https://nar-reach.com/australia/
December 28, 2020
Are Australians Pursuing Entrepreneurship in Asia? - Brad Chan (Haymarket HQ) - Snippet
Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/brad-chan-haymarket-hq/ Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website: http://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/ About Brad Chan "Brad Chan, CEO of the Banna Property Group, is an entrepreneur leading one of Australia's most established third generation family companies across retail, entertainment & commercial property sectors. He is an Angel investor, mentor to startups and an active contributor to community groups with a close association with the Asian Australian community. His vision to establish an Asia Innovation Hub in Chinatown led to the creation of Haymarket HQ." He is a self-confessed introvert who is passionate about giving back to the community and paying it forward. Find out more here: •Banna Property Group: https://banna.com.au/about/ •Haymarket HQ: https://www.haymarkethq.com/
December 15, 2020
Are Australians Ignorant of Asia? - Su-Lin Tan (SCMP) - Snippet
Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/su-lin-tan-journalist/ Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website. About Su-Lin Tan "Su-Lin Tan joined the Post in 2020 after the Australian Financial Review where she covered housing and commercial property, Asian business and street talk and investigations. She is a qualified accountant and worked in investment banking and funds management both in London and Sydney before becoming a journalist." Find out more here: https://www.scmp.com/author/su-lin-tan
December 14, 2020
Why Taiwan for your Startup? - Elisa Chiu (Anchor Taiwan | Anchor Venture Partners) - Snippet
Full episode & notes: https://bordersless.com/business/elisa-chiu-anchor-taiwan/ Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website. About Anchor Taiwan Established in 2017, Anchor Taiwan is an Entrepreneurial Residency, Tech Community & Investor Network designed to tackle your soft landing in Asia through Taiwan. In 2019, Elisa Chiu launched Anchor Venture Partners, an early stage cross-border investment platform to combine her passion for startups and her expertise in capital markets. To find out more, please visit: https://www.anchortaiwan.com/about/
December 12, 2020
The Business Opportunities in Asia: David Thomas - Snippet
Full Episode & Notes here: https://bordersless.com/blog/david-thomas-china-expert/ Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website. About David Thomas Over the last 30 years, David Thomas has inspired, motivated and educated global business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to pay attention to the massive growth potential offered by modern China and other emerging countries and taken them on a journey to identify and build long-term business and cross-cultural relationships. If you're interested in finding more about David, please visit www.theleadershipgroup.com.au and https://davidthomas.asia/bio/
December 12, 2020
Improving Employment Outcomes for International Students: Shane Dillon (Founder of Cturtle)
Show Notes https://bordersless.com/business/edtech-cturtle-international-students/ Key Episode Themes: •Lack of university engagement & support for international students. •Poor employment outcomes abroad and at home as an international student. •The lack of understanding of Asia by Australian businesses & academic leaders. •The potential impacts of COVID-19. •Vietnam as a destination for founders & startups. About Cturtle Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Shane Dillon founded Cturtle, an edtech data company and employment network for international graduates in 2016. It is a talent community for companies looking to connect with local candidates who are bi-lingual, cross cultural and educated at top universities in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. With a network of over 1.3 million international alumni who have returned to ASEAN, Greater China and South Asia, Cturtle works with innovative universities to connect their international graduates with over 12,000 hiring managers across Asia. To find out more, please visit https://cturtle.co/ or feel free to add Shane on LinkedIn. Episode Quote "There's a lot of marketing and messaging around how studying in Australia would help your career, but very little support in actually delivering that promise. So we were overwhelmed by the demand from students and graduates." Time Stamps 0:37 - Introduction to Cturtle & Shane Dillon 1:11 - Inspiration for starting Cturtle 2:17 - Why did you base yourself in Vietnam? 3:00 - Lack of support from Australian universities in regard to international alumni. 4:40 - Why have the universities been so poor in regards to this? 6:30 - International student's opinions of Australia as a destination for study. 7:40 - How does Australia compare to alternative education markets? 8:30 - What are the major employment barriers for students staying in Australia or returning home? 10:35 - How much data do you collect? What data do you collect? 12:05 - Potential Impact of COVID-19. 14:00 - Thoughts on the over-reliance of international students by Australian universities. 15:00 - Thoughts on the treatment of these students. Are they treated like cash cows? 16:15 - What can Australia universities do better? 18:05 - Lack of Asia understanding by Australians. 20:45 - Next economic opportunities for Australia: ASEAN. 21:50 - Australian brain drain, lack of long term planning. 23:05 - How does Australia rank compared to other markets? 24:30 - Why do international students get paid less than their counterparts that stayed at home? 26:00 - If that's the case, why do these students study abroad? 27:10 - Thoughts on Aussies studying and living abroad. 28:35 - Thoughts on entrepreneurship in Vietnam and SE Asia. 34:00 - Current status of Cturtle & UniAdvisor. 35:15 - What do international students typically study? 35:50 - Interesting statistics 37:15 - Thoughts on international student agents / recruiters. 40:30 - Increased competition from other universities. 41:20 - Australia should see students as assets rather than cash cows. 41:50 - How to contact Shane or find out more about Cturtle, final thoughts.
June 09, 2020
Innovation, Tech & Hackathons: Angela Bee Chan (Hackathons Australia & Hackathons International)
Angela Bee Chan is the CEO & Founder of Hackathons Australia (HackAUS), a community for hackathon organisers, participants, sponsors, partners and government to connect, empower, grow and advance the hackathon community and accelerate an innovative culture in Australia. HackAUS's vision is to activate Australian innovation and make Australia the world's largest innovation hub. Listen to the podcast to find out a bit more about: •Angela's motivations for starting Hackathons Australia (HackAUS), •Hackathons and how to participate, •innovation and having an open mindset, •diversity, tech trends and advice for those looking to be in the ecosystem, •and the background story to her Ted Talk! What is a Hackathon? A Hackathon is a 2-3 day creative, intensive competition where a diverse group of people solve problems using technology as an enabler. They've been used for centuries and were made famous by the likes of Google, Facebook and Atlassian. To find out more about upcoming Hackathons in Australia or if you would like to know more, please visit: https://www.hackathonsaustralia.com/ Show Notes & Write-up here: https://bordersless.com/business/angela-bee-chan-hackathons-australia/ Timestamps 0:37 - Her experience giving a Ted Talk in Adelaide, South Australia. 5:10 - A bit about introversion, building the confidence to speak in public. 6:35 - Why she founded Hackathons Australia (HackAus), difficulties of finding a stable job in the PR industry after graduating. 11:20 - What is a Hackathon? 13:40 - Is Innovation a buzzword? What is innovation? The Three Horizons of Innovation & Growth. 16:25 - Resistance to change, having an open mindset. 17:10 - Thoughts on diversity in STEM and being inclusive. 19:05 - Trends that's Angela is seeing in the ecosystem, why don't some start-ups succeed? 21:00 - Living true to your values, especially in unprecedented times. 23:20 - Angela's' goals and plans for the future - using digital tools to the fullest for Hackathons. 26:15 - Her role as Head of Innovation at Schneider Electric. 27:20 - Navigating struggles and doubts: authenticity, self-awareness, having a strong support network. 28:30 - How to get involved in the innovation ecosystem? 30:30 - Final words, some advice
March 26, 2020
PropTech & RealTech in the Asia Pacific: Jonathan Hannam (Taronga Group & Real Tech Ventures)
Today's guest is Jonathan Hannam, the co-founder and managing director of Taronga Group and managing partner of Taronga Ventures. We talk about his career and background, PropTech / RealTech themes and opportunities in the Asia Pacfic, and advice for emerging companies and startups in the industry. Originally from Australia, Jonathan found himself in Beijing in the early 1990's and built a 20+ year real estate career across major global markets, including Sweden, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, China and Australia. Show Notes here: https://bordersless.com/business/proptech-asia-jonathan-hannam/ About Taronga Group Taronga is an investment house that brings together institutional real estate investment with technology and innovation to create a unique eco-system for global institutional, corporate and ultra-high net worth investors. Taronga Ventures invests into emerging real estate and built world innovation and technology opportunities through the Real Tech Ventures Fund. Find out more about Taronga Group here: https://tarongagroup.com/ Timestamps 1:10 - Motivation for moving to Beijing, China. Life studying at the prestigious Tsinghua University in the early 1990's. 4:30 - Working for the first real estate agency in China, learning Chinese and moving to Singapore. 8:30 - Moving from agency to investment management and working as the Head of Real Estate, Asia for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). 10:00 - Moving to Sweden, then back to Australia. 13:00 - Advice for those looking to move to Asia for their careers. 15:00 - On Taronga Group and opportunities in real estate technology. 20:50 - PropTech vs RealTech, challenges for emerging startups/companies, wellbeing of founders. 24:15 - Real estate companies in Asia investing in innovation and technology. 27:15 - Thoughts on expats transitioning back to Australia. 29:00 - Thoughts on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how Taronga is managing the situation. 31:30 - Short-term behaviour of Aussie companies expanding or investing abroad, opportunities in the Asian century. 33:50 - Final thoughts and advice.
March 26, 2020
Building Bridges Between Australia & Southeast Asia: Thomas Da Jose (AASYP & Masy Consultants)
Thomas Da Jose is an aspiring humanitarian engineer who is on the journey to making a world that isn't good for a small few, but one that's good for everyone. Listen to the podcast to find out how he plans to actively make meaningful change and improve people's lives across the Southeast Asia region. In this interview we talk about: •his experiences in Southeast Asia on the New Colombo Plan Scholarship, •what inspired him to cofound Masy Consultants and the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, •how he's navigating unprecedented events like COVID-19, •how young Australians can get involved in the Southeast Asia and contribute to regional affairs and issues, •his commitment to health, sanitation, disaster resilience and connectivity in the region. Show Notes can be found here: https://bordersless.com/business/australia-southeast-asia-thomas-da-jose/ Links for more information: To find out more about how you can contribute to Australia-ASEAN regional matters, please visit: https://aasyp.org/ To find out more about Thomas' projects in the Phillipines, visit: https://www.masyconsultants.org/ If you are an Australian undergraduate between the ages of 18-28, and are passionate about building relationships and experiences in the Indo-Pacific, consider applying for New Colombo Plan scholarship. More information here: https://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/new-colombo-plan/about/Pages/about Timestamps: 0:37 - Introduction and background. 3:50 - What is the New Colombo Plan Scholarship? 7:10 - Thomas' experience in Thailand and Southeast Asia on the New Colombo Plan Scholarship. 13:20 - Difficulties of utilising your international experiences back in Australia, some thoughts on international companies. 19:20 - How Thomas is dealing with COVID-19. 23:30 - What is AASYP? 27:50 - How to get more young Australians involved in Asia? 32:45 - What is Masy Consultants? Projects and pilots. 39:20 - Navigating between Philippino and Australian culture. 42:30 - Are you seeing many young Asian-Australians involved in similar humanitarian projects? 47:00 - How to contact Thomas or get involved, biggest issues and opportunities in Southeast Asia, final words.
March 26, 2020