Investing in Software & Hardware Startups from Taiwan with Lucas Wang, CEO & Partner of TMI

Lucas, please introduce yourself… I co-founded TMI Holding, an incubator focused on Internet and mobile startups in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia on Feb, 2012 as the CEO/Partner. This is my second venture since 2005. Before TMI, I served 6 years as a partner at a VC firm based in Taiwan and Beijing where I was involved in Kaifu’s Innovation Works, especially in early projects. This also inspired the founding of TMI Holding. I was the lead of investment in technology fields which meant I got the chance to build a network of hardware and technology companies that benefits to...

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Covering Tech & The Startup Ecosystem in Cambodia with Adrienne Ravez, Founder of Geeks in Cambodia

Adrienne, please introduce yourself… Initially coming from the non-profit sector, I have developed a passion for digital media and blogging, as they represent for me a way to raise awareness on major issues. My business partner being a creative designer, madly in love with digital culture and Startups, it was easy for us to end up creating a project embodying our passions. What’s the story behind creating Geeks in Cambodia? We recently settled in Cambodia as we have expanded our french digital agency in South East Asia. We realized how much we missed blogging, and as there were no digital...

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Handcrafting Web Applications in Bangkok, Thailand with Jan Jones, Founder & CEO of Oozou

Jan, please introduce yourself… I am originally from the UK and have been in Thailand for over 4 years after working for several years in IT and Finance related positions in London. After selling just about every thing I owned in the UK I went traveling around the world for a long period and eventually ended up in Thailand. I have travelled extensively and lived in many places including the US and India, but once you come to Thailand it changes you, so much so that I simply stayed. What’s the story behind creating Oozou and can you explain what...

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Launching Australia's First Virtual Online 3D Shopping Mall with Alex Danieli, Co-founder & CEO of The 360 Mall

Alex, please introduce yourself… My name is Alex Danieli I’m working on The 360 Mall after noticing a gap between bricks and mortar retail and online shopping. I’m one of the first in the world to release an e-commerce iPhone app, and the youngest entrepreneur to go through an Australian accelerator program. I started my first business at the age of 11, first on eBay and later, setting up my own online store, before finding the gap between the physical world and online world of shopping. I am currently completing my HSC studies with a particular focus on IT related...

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Growing a Funded Medical Startup in Singapore with Krishanthan Surendran, Co-founder & CEO of Klinify

Krishanthan, please introduce yourself… I was born in Colombo Sri Lanka, migrated to Singapore. Ran away from the civil war there. Started primary school education here and eventually grew up here and served the national service, became a Citizen of Singapore. Got a good understanding of the medical industry when I had to get myself treated for my back problem. Went on to do sales online where I bought and sold iphones/ipads to capitalise on the demand and market launch lag (buy from the US and sell it in Singapore). After that I joined the apple retail team for a...

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28 Entrepreneurs Share Their Thoughts On How To Approach Competition

You don’t want to compete. You want to dominate. You want to strive to become the leader in your space. This means you MUST do whatever it takes to become known. You need to come out of obscurity. Let’s say your business is web design. You must become the expert in web design then use that expertise to gain attention for you, your brand and set yourself aside and get ahead of competition. Use social media and most importantly pay attention to the content you share and make sure it offers valuable information or a nugget of expert advice. Quickly...

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Scaling A Rocket Internet Funded Online Car Marketplace in Nigeria, with Karl-Johan Sturesson, Co-founder of Carmudi

Karl-Johan, please introduce yourself… My name is Karl-Johan Sturesson, I am the co-founder and Managing Director of Carmudi West Africa. I am a Swede living in Lagos, Nigeria. Before joining the Rocket Internet backed up Carmudi I used to work for the largest Nordic bank and having the global responsibility for international hedge funds, before that I had a position at a New York-based hedge fund. I also launched the startup urbangallery.se – an online gallery and store for emerging artists. I grew up in Sweden, with studies in Linköping, Stockholm, Berlin and New York. How did the deal come...

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Starting a Business in Vietnam with Quang Nguyen, Co-founder & Managing Director of VNIS Vietnam

Quang, please introduce yourself … I am Quang Nguyen, Co-founder and Managing Director of VNIS Vietnam, based in Hanoi, Vietnam. We work to provide students with international education solutions and international institutions with their Vietnamese recruitment. What’s the story behind creating VNIS? Recent years have witnessed an increasing number of Vietnamese students studying at international institutions and these numbers are expected to only continue rising. As more and more students become interested in foreign educational excellence, theres also a growing need for trusted information on application requirements, financial aid etc. This need has given VNIS Vietnam the opportunity to bring...

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Developing a Web/Mobile/Marketing Startup in Myanmar with Jouni Helminen, Founder of Myanmar Plus

Jouni, please introduce yourself… Hi, I’m Jouni. I’m originally from Finland – the home of Linux, Sauna and Santa Claus – but have been based in London for the past 10 years. My background is in design and development, particularly mobile, for donkeys years – from ad agencies like TWBA to pure tech companies like Nokia, Microsoft and Canonical. What’s the story behind creating Myanmar Plus? My wife is originally Burmese and we go to Myanmar every year, so last year I thought it would be cool to do business there. After about 6 months we had found the right...

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Growing A Product Management Software Startup From London, with Janna Bastow, Co-founder of ProdPad

Janna, please introduce yourself… I’m a product manager, with a smattering of sales/support, design and a little tech in my background. My co-founder, Simon Cast, is also a product manager though with a more technical background than I. He’s from Australia, I’m from Canada, but we met here in London where we started building ProdPad. What’s the story behind creating ProdPad? ProdPad was built by my co-founder and I, while we were both heading up Product at different London based startups. We were both frustrated with the lack of tools made for product management, so we started putting together ProdPad...

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