From Goldman Sachs to Launching a Boutique Fashion Startup in Nigeria, with Kunmi Otitoju, Founder of Minku

This is Kunmi Otitoju’s story of working at Goldman Sachs (along with other big corporations around the globe) to following her dream of launching Minku – a boutique fashion startup in Nigeria. Kunmi, please introduce yourself… My name is Kunmi Otitoju and I’m a Nigerian leather goods designer. Describe your path to what you’re doing now with Minku I did my undergrad and graduate degrees in computer science, in the States (Bachelors at Howard University in Washington DC; Masters at Virginia Tech). After school, I worked in the technology division of ICF, a Virginia company that’s specialized in government consulting....

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Building Medical Mobile Apps in Sri Lanka with Sandaruwan Gunathilake, Co-Founder of Medical Joyworks

Sandaruwan Gunathilake co-founded Medical Joyworks in Sri Lanka, a company that develops medical mobile applications and was accepted into the Startup Chile Program. We chat with Sandaruwan to learn his story. Sandaruwan, please introduce yourself I’m Sandaruwan from Sri Lanka. I studied Software Engineering for my undergraduate degree. I’ve been programming since I was 12 (I’m 28 now). What’s the story behind creating Medical Joyworks? I used to participate in programming competitions (International Olympiad in Informatics) in my high school days. I started my first company with friends I met in the competitions. It was an outsorucing firm. We launched...

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Growing a Pharmaceuticals Startup in Japan with Eli Lyons, Chief Development Officer at Molcure

We chat with Eli Lyons, the chief development officer at Molcure, a funded pharmaceuticals startup in Japan. Eli, please introduce yourself… My name is Eli Lyons, and I’m the Chief Development Officer at Molcure. I’m originally from San Francisco, and after doing my undergraduate and master’s degree in electrical engineering, I moved to Tokyo where I’m currently working on my PhD in Medical Genome Science. I joined Molcure shortly after its founding by the three co-founders. We are based in Tokyo, near Akihabara (the otaku electronics and maid café neighborhood). We currently have two projects which have synergy. One is...

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Setting up a Web Design Business in Cambodia with Robert Starkweather, Founder of K4 Media

Robert Starkweather shares his experiences moving his Web Design and development company, K4 Media, from San Francisco to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. Robert, please introduce yourself… My name is Robert Starkweather. I am a web designer and developer based in Phnom Penh. My background is in print. I came from the newspaper industry in Houston, Texas, where I am from, and later in California, where I worked first at the SF Weekly and later at NBCi. My company, K4 Media, is a small, boutique web design firm. We specialize in small- and medium-sized enterprises. We do everything from design,...

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How to start a Business in Myanmar with Sarah Hii, Co-Founder of Officehub Services

[browser-shot url=”http://officehubservices.com/” width=”550″ height=”330″ target=”_blank”] Sarah Hii is the Co-Founder of Office Hub Services based in Singapore and Yangon, Myanmar’s capital. We chat with Sarah to learn her experiences in what it takes to set up a business in Myanmar. Sarah, please introduce yourself… I’m Sarah Hii, co-founder of Officehub Services. I had previously lived in Myanmar and thoroughly enjoyed the country, the people and its culture. Currently based in Singapore, I spend half my time in Yangon office. We offer fully-equipped premium serviced offices and virtual office with multinational corporations and emerging companies in mind, who want to set...

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Investing in Latin American Startups with Sebastian Ortega, CEO of South Ventures

Sebastian Ortega, Founder and CEO of South Ventures, IG Business Angels Club and Quanbit shares his thoughts on investing in Latin American Startups via South Ventures – a network for global investors. Sebastian, please introduce yourself… I’m an entrepreneur. My education was half technology and half businesses. While I was studying Computer Science, I dreamed to help people’s ideas with technology and I’ve done this for years after my graduation. Then, we founded Quanbit, a software development company for startups. At the same time, we founded IG Business Angels Club, an organization to help angel investors investment in startups in...

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10 Questions with Michiel Wind, CEO of Crystal Horse – An Angel Investment Company based in Singapore

Michiel Wind, the CEO of Crystal Horse, a Singapore based angel investment company share’s his insights on Singapore’s growing startup and investment scene. Michiel, please introduce yourself… I am 54 years old from the Netherlands, my wife is Malaysian and we have been in Asia for 20 years. My background is in Mathematics & Software Engineering (I have a MSc degree in those) and Finance, I like to work where the 3 areas meet. Tech-wise I am a bit of a dinosaur, my first programming (37 years ago) I did on punchcards (software was actually hardware, you could physically carry...

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10 Questions with Murad Saidov, Founder of Seed Jobs – A London Based Recruitment Startup

Oxford Grad Sultan Murad Saidov share’s his experiences building Seed Jobs, a London based recruitment startup who are helping recruiters make informed decisions on candidates who have a lack of work experience. Murad, please introduce yourself… I’m Murad, Founder and Co-CEO of Seed.jobs. We’re a London based tech company that’s creating a disruptive end-to-end software solution for small and medium sized employers looking to hire for entry level roles. My professional background involves a mixtures of industry and start-up experiences, during which I’d spent around five years involved in graduate recruitment. Directly before Seed I worked at Goldman Sachs in...

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The Startup Ecosystem in Chile with Skinner Layne, Founder & Chairman of Exosphere

Skinner Layne is the Founder and Chairman of Exosphere – an entrepreneurship bootcamp in Chile who teach the “tools, skills, and relationships” new startup founders need to learn to get off the ground. Skinner, please introduce yourself… I was born and raised near Bentonville, Arkansas and grew up on a blueberry farm. I went to public schools and then studied Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy on a Chancellor’s scholarship at the University of Arkansas. I served on the campaign staff and transition team of US Senator John Boozman during his first years in politics when he was elected to replace...

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The Startup Ecosystem in Mumbai (India) with Pravin Jadhav, Founder & CEO of Wishberg

Pravin Jadhav, the founder and CEO of Wishberg, share’s his experiences and thought’s on Mumbai’s growing startup ecosystem. Pravin, please introduce yourself… I am presently the Founder & CEO of Wishberg. Wishberg lets users fulfill every wish they have by turning them in to goals for Life. We are a small team of product and tech enthusiasts based out of Mumbai, India. The startup was founded by me along with my co-founder Kulin Shah. At Wishberg, I lead efforts on Product, Marketing, Design and Technology. Prior to Wishberg, I headed the Product & Marketing function for advertising technology venture –...

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