Edward, please introduce yourself… I grew up in Taiwan and went to college and graduate school in the US. I hold a bachelor’s degree in material science and engineering and a master’s in applied biology. I am a strong believer of multidisciplinary thinking and have developed my career on the basis of blending business, design, and engineering. Where did the idea come from to start KAMIA? KAMIA was founded in 2008 based on the premise of blending multidisciplinary expertise with capital investment. During my years as a researcher, it was very apparent that the disparity between business, design, engineering was...Continue Reading →
Arrif, please introduce yourself… I run www.Chope.com.sg, we enable diners to make restaurant reservations online, instantly confirmed and free. We’re based in Singapore, although we run www.Chope.com.hk from an office in Hong Kong. I used to work in consulting and finance, but decided to start Chope 2 years ago because I was interested in tech startups and saw a need in Asia for services like ours. How did you get the idea of starting Chope? Online restaurant reservations is an established industry in US, Europe and Australia and I felt it could work in Asia too with the right adaptations....Continue Reading →
Truong, please introduce yourself… My name is Truong Lam and my other cofounder are Jean-Marc Ly and Lawrence Tse. Jean-Marc and I are originally from Silicon Valley. San Jose, California to be exact. Lawrence has many IT and startup experiences under his belt. I went to CSU East Bay in Hayward, California. Jean-Marc went to San Jose State University. Lawrence went to University of Houston. We all have background in the technology sector while Jean-Marc’s main focus is marketing and communications. How did you get the idea of starting TaxiWise? When arriving to Hong Kong, we wanted to do something...Continue Reading →
Edy, please introduce yourself… I am 37 and born in Jakarta, Indonesia. My background was information system and was a hard-core programmer (and gamer). I am the founder of PT Dewaweb – offering cloud hosting service to the Indonesian market. I have a small in-house team of 6 people and a 24/7 support team in the US to manage our servers and support our customers via help desk, live chat and phone. What business opportunities to do you see emerging in Indonesia right now? There are many opportunities actually in Indonesia, because we’re kinda late in adopting the latest innovations and...Continue Reading →
A special thanks to Ruby Jane from Outsource SEO Philippines for sharing some light on finding and hiring staff in the Philippines. What is the mindset of the local work force in the Philippines? The so-called “millennials”, those predominantly born between 1982 and 2002, now make up the largest percentage of the active workforce in the Philippines. The millennial mindset places high priority on work and life balance. This balance is quite important for many typical Filipino workers, who can be very work-focused yet there is also that need of being able to enjoy life and family. In a sense,...Continue Reading →
We recently launched a “concierge service” in the private members area that allows members to tell us what they want the Founders Grid team and experts to cover. The requests vary from simple questions to in-depth reports. Here is a recent request submitted by a member wanting an easy offshore banking and merchant option without a physical presence. Question I am looking for the easiest banking, including a merchant account, which doesn’t require a personal visit. Right now, my focus is on Central America for some manufacturing capabilities and a trip to the other side of the Pacific is not on the...Continue Reading →
Sam, please introduce yourself… Samantha Karandagoda, an entrepreneur in the Education and I’ve been in business for 3 years in Colombo, Sri Lanka. What cultural norms do foreigners need to understand when venturing into Sri Lanka? * Perception of time and punctuality is different. Do not expect to see someone exactly on time if you have set up an appointment. There can be a 10 to 15 minute delay. * Personal touch is more important than formal business relationships. * People are less assertive * Some people might not speak up because they fear the other party taking it personal....Continue Reading →
Please introduce yourself Jagdish… I’m the founder of J.K.Handa & Co. We specialise in Company formation and business set-up, Audits, Taxation advisory, Corporate Law, Finance and Investment advisory, Law, Licensing, Liasoning , Opening of branch/liaison office of foreign companies in India and representing foreign companies in India. We’ve been in business for 40 years. What culture norms do foreigners need to understand when venturing into India? The culture in Metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai and other big cities is westernised. No particular precautions are advised in big cities. The hinterland is relatively orthodox and one should be...Continue Reading →
Chris, please introduce yourself… I run a blog/pocast called hoboCEO, and the name serves as a fitting description for my occupation, i.e. a “location independent entrepreneur” 😀 So I have a strong tech background in SaaS and I’m originally from the UK where I lived until 2006. I founded Art Web (a bit like a shopify for artists) in 2005 and shortly afterwards decided to relocate to Tokyo. Since then I’ve spent most of my time in Tokyo with stretches of up to 6 months living in some other cities round the world including Saigon, Chiang Mai, Berlin and London....Continue Reading →
Please introduce yourself… BOV (Blue Ocean Ventures) is a VC based out of Sri Lanka and started in 2010 right after the 30 year old war. More info on the founders can be found here. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the startup ecosystem in Sri Lanka vs. other countries in the region? We cannot compare as we are just in the process of creating our ecosystem. On a positive note, we have learnt from others mistakes and pretty much doing it right so far. Our guidance comes from our partner http://www.indianangelnetwork.com. Government incentives will hugely help to accelerate this....Continue Reading →
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