Investing in Global Tech Startups from Australia with Andrey Shirben, Founder of SYD Ventures

Andrey, please introduce yourself… My name is Andrey Shirben and I’m the founder of SYD Ventures. I’ve been building startups since I was 19 and haven’t stopped ever since (10 companies and counting). About 8 years ago I started investing in other startups too and I’ve made 40 or so investments so far. I was born in Russia, grew up in Israel and during the past three and a half years I’ve been living in Sydney with my adorable young family. Although I don’t have any formal education, I have a pretty solid technical background, including RF engineering, telecommunication &...

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Merging Design Thinking and Business Thinking with Jeffrey Tjendra, DEO of Business Innovation by Design

Jeffrey, please introduce yourself… I’m Jeffrey Tjendra, design executive officer (DEO) of Business Innovation by Design. We guide businesses on what and how to innovate and grow using a new knowledge model I created combining design thinking, business thinking, and futures thinking. This is me and the consultant’s hat that I put on. Otherwise, I am a designer at heart, who loves to create new products, services, experiences and knowledge models. I travel quite a bit between Americas and Asia, but I reside in Toronto, Singapore, and Malaysia. What’s the story behind creating business innovation by design and can you...

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Growing A Funded Task Concierge Platform From London With Raj Singh, CEO Of Sooqini

Raj, please introduce yourself… I’m from London, but have lived in eight countries (and counting). Did a degree in computer science and then was an engineer, a consultant, a VC and now an entrepreneur, back in London. What’s the story behind creating Sooqini? Getting stuff done is really inefficient, and most options out there are about people selling to you. We thought to ourselves, surely the buyer should be in control, they are the ones with the need and the money? Sooqini was created to put the buyer in control, and to make the process of getting something done efficient...

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Growing A Funded Accounting Startup In Sydney With Guy Pearson, CEO Of Practice Ignition

Guy, please introduce yourself… I’m an accounting geek. The ultimate conversation stopper. I hail from Manly, Sydney. Formally trained as an accountant, I have a love for all things that enable the removal of bottlenecks and have experimented in this area leading me into my current role. What’s the story behind creating Practice Ignition? I was running Interactive Accounting and there was just no tools in the market that focused on the client – advisor relationship and their interactions, so I launched Practice Ignition – the number 1 tool for the modern accounting practice. Tell us a little more about...

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Connecting Business Women in Bangkok with Nicola Jones-Crossley, Branch Director Of Business in Heels Bangkok

Nicola, please introduce yourself… My Twitter account will tell you I’m a foodie, my Facebook shows shared business articles and holiday snapshots, while my LinkedIn profile provides details on my work largely in the community development sector. I am all of these things and more. My name is Nicola Jones-Crossley, more commonly known as Nicky, and I’m the Bangkok Branch Director of Business in Heels. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia I made the move to Bangkok after my contract ended, working for a non-profit youth service in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. I had always wanted to live and work internationally...

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Growing An Online Travel Brand In Southeast Asia With Winnie Tan & Eric Koh From Travelogy

Winnie, please introduce yourself… Travelogy was founded by myself and my husband Eric Koh. I handle the finance, business development and communications whereas Eric is the tech and marketing guy. Both of us are serial entrepreneurs. Prior to Travelogy, I created and sold off a profitable retail bubble tea business, as well as a boutique retail art gallery. Eric was previously CTO of JobsCentral, which was sold to CareerBuilder, the largest job portal from USA. We each hold computing degrees from the National University of Singapore. What’s the story behind creating Travelogy.com? Travelogy is a portmanteau of the words “Travel”...

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Growing A Fashion Blog Network From Japan With Jan Stromsodd, Founder Of Your Next Ensemble

Jan, please introduce yourself… I am married with two kids and living in Yokohama. Originally I came to Japan as a student, and then worked six years as a tax consultant for an American accounting firm. What’s the story behind creating your network of E-Commerce sites? While I built my first homepage in 1996, about ten years later I started doing pay-per-click advertising for various online retailers. My biggest merchant was Zappos, and in total I generated sales of over $20 million dollars by referring paid search traffic to various online fashion retailers. Due to weakening margins and other changes...

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Growing A Mobile Games Development Startup In Bangkok With Jakob Lykkegaard, Co-Founder of Pocket PlayLab

Jakob, please introduce yourself… I was born in Denmark and moved to Thailand over 5 years ago to look for new opportunities and build a startup. That meant I had to drop out of my University and my job i loved at SPAMfighter in Copenhagen. I always knew that something big would happen in Asia, however Thailand was never on the top of my list, until I actually visited on a business trip. I loved the people and the country so I couldn’t stop thinking about all the things I could do or build here. Before starting Pocket PlayLab I...

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Investing Seed And Growth Capital In Startups in Brazil With Marine Buclon, Principle of Bolt Ventures

Marine, please introduce yourself… I’m French but I’ve been living in São Paulo, Brazil, for the last two years. I used to work as a Business partner for the Innovation department of Vivendi (one of the largest conglomerate of media and telecom in Europe). There, I had the opportunity to prepare the business plan and launch the Brazilian branch of Wengo, an online marketplace that allows you to find and hire experts. At Vivendi, I worked an various subjects related to Brazil and I wanted to move here in order to learn more about this booming economy where web penetration...

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Launching A Digital Marketing School in South Africa with Nikki Graham, Founder of BrandSchool

Nikki, please introduce yourself… I am from Cape Town, South Africa, and am based in Johannesburg, where BrandSchool was founded. My career has been very global and that’s where my focus remains. I spent several years working in London, Hong Kong and Dubai. While at university (UCT), I took a gap year and worked in London as an assistant, at an advertising agency in Soho. After university, I began my formal career in Advertising as a Copywriter with Young & Rubicam in Cape Town, followed by Ogilvy in Johannesburg, Mccann Erickson (affiliate agency Promoseven) in Dubai, and then a Publicis...

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