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Neil Diamond to get lifetime achievement award from Recording Academy

Neil Diamond to get lifetime achievement award from Recording Academy

by City News Service @ Orange County Register

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, a high honor bestowed upon songwriters.

Miles Wilson – Senior Director of Global Leadership, Coca-Cola

Miles Wilson – Senior Director of Global Leadership, Coca-Cola

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Miles Wilson is the senior director heading up Global Leadership at the Coca-Coca company based in Asia. Miles has worked in Asia for over 10 years, living in Hong Kong, Shanghai and now Singapore. As a senior exec in one of the world’s most recognizable brands, Miles gets the opportunity to a unique level of access to Asian markets and the opportunity to see them grow from the early days. In this interview Miles shares what his role encompasses at Coca-Cola and life as an exec in Asia.

Angela Mackay – Managing Director of The Financial Times APAC

Angela Mackay – Managing Director of The Financial Times APAC

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

I spoke to Angela Mackay today about developments in digital media including podcasting and the growth of video as a platform.  We discussed experimentation in content creation, the current state of advertising, the power of global distribution and partnerships and subscription models versus ad based business. Angela is the Managing Director and Publisher of Asia Pacific for the Financial Times and also sits on its Global Board.  Hence her views on things financial, business development, and private equity are deeply nuanced and highly valuable.  If you have not already listened to Angela speak, you should…

ATP13 – The Rise of the Digital Nomads in Asia

ATP13 – The Rise of the Digital Nomads in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Welcome Asia Tech Podcast #13: The Rise of the Digital Nomads in Asia. Whether based out Chiang Mai in Thailand or Ho Chi Minh City will these location independent entrepreneurs transform business and society for the next generation or are they just a fad? Keep it locked on ATP for the next hour to find out. Mentions this week: The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, IGLU, Buffer, BeUnsettled, NomadList, Doctors without Borders, Rebel Art Space, Tribes Community, Finger lix, Lean Startup, Coworking spaces, Hubba, Hive, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Las Palmas, Medellin and Budapest

Hilton Niseko Village Review, Hokkaido: Naked in Nature! Wild Wild Wet!

Hilton Niseko Village Review, Hokkaido: Naked in Nature! Wild Wild Wet!

by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow @ Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

Fun in the snow!

Michael Ang – Ecommerce in Asia

Michael Ang – Ecommerce in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Michael’s career started as a financial trader and moved into data services with Thomson Reuters…only to move back into the financial world with firms like DBS in Singapore.  With the ones of logistics and e-commerce in the region, Michael took all of his finance and data analysis experience and helped build out logistics and supply chain management for Anchanto, one of the service providers in Southeast Asia that competes in the e-commerce facilitation space. Michael had some interesting views and perspectives on what makes last mile delivery expensive in Singapore and how data can be used to make multi and omni-channel e-commerce more efficient.

Chocomallow

by Sweet Incantations @ Sweet Incantations Confectionery » Products

The soft, molten texture of the marshmallow frosting makes a lovely contrast against the dense chocolate cupcake. White chocolate and mini marshmallows are added simply because MORE IS MORE!

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If the government shuts down tonight, how will it impact you?

If the government shuts down tonight, how will it impact you?

by Staff and news service reports @ Orange County Register

The mail would be delivered. And Social Security checks would be issued. But there are bigger aftershocks looming, most of them things you won't notice in the early days of s shutdown. They may not impact the average citizen's life in the day ahead, but the impact could deepen as the standoff grew into days or weeks.

Athena Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Asia) - Hotel Reviews, Photos, Rate Comparison - TripAdvisor

Athena Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Asia) - Hotel Reviews, Photos, Rate Comparison - TripAdvisor


TripAdvisor

Athena Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City: See 43 traveller reviews, 55 user photos and best deals for Athena Hotel, ranked #179 of 475 Ho Chi Minh City hotels, rated 4 of 5 at TripAdvisor.

Jerome Le Louer – Founder & CEO of Wishbeer, co-Founder of plizz, Managing Partner smeCFO

Jerome Le Louer – Founder & CEO of Wishbeer, co-Founder of plizz, Managing Partner smeCFO

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jerome Le Louer is building an integrated platform…it may not look like it from the outside, but Wishbeer is not merely a bar. Jerome has a well thought out strategy, honed over time and based on years of experience managing, building and initiating the Finance function at global corporations based in Thailand. Jerome’s history in Southeast Asia is long and started when he came on a university internship in Vietnam. The experience was so compelling and the region so open to growth and innovation that he could not resist coming back. We discuss venture building, venture funding, offline to online and the complexity of running a retail business.

ATP510 – Asia Matters: Welcome to The Asian Century (Report Part1/4)

ATP510 – Asia Matters: Welcome to The Asian Century (Report Part1/4)

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

  • If you want to understand the rise of Asia’s Tech Ecosystem look to the Megacities as the engines of growth, not the countries.
  • Asia is big, but we didn’t realise how “big” it really was until we got out there, boots on the ground and did out research for this report. No longer is Asia all about “markets of billions”. The Asia of 2018 is a market of multiple wealth centers (the Megacities), a rapidly emerging middle class and a vision to connect all these dots together with huge infrastructure investment. Why build walls when you can build bridges?
  • China could create 15-20 Silicon Valleys of its own in the near future.
  • Asia is rapidly emerging from the shadows of “The West” to become the new world leader in everything from startup ecosystems to retail malls.
  • 66% of the world’s middle class will be in Asia within 10 years. Our “Asia Matters” presentation is the story of Asia’s rise from being a world of cheap “knockoffs” dependent on The West to becoming its own self-sufficient engine of economic growth.

If you want to download this report, you can get it free from the link below

Saigon Noodle House – Birmingham

Saigon Noodle House – Birmingham


Gastronomy

Tucked between a mattress store and a Jenny Craig weight loss outlet is Saigon Noodle House, arguably the best Vietnamese restaurant in the Birmingham metropolitan area. At one point there were thr…

How To Spend 48 Hours In Ho Chi Minh City

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

Ho Chi Minh City is massive. I’m talking 8.4 million people massive. There is so much to see and do (and eat) here that you could easily spend weeks and not cross everything off your list. But here is a … Continue reading

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Bob Gallagher – CEO Appsynth

Bob Gallagher – CEO Appsynth

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Starting his own record label at 18 rather than going to University, Bob Gallagher has opted for the unconventional route to success. Getting an early start in the music industry led to a natural opportunity in the then burgeoning mobile music space where he learned about app development and content production. With a view to leave the music industry, Bob moved to Thailand in 2008 seeking out new challenges. Initially, he continued working remotely for his previous employer but then curiosity for mobile combined with the constant demand from companies wanting to know how to market their mobile apps, led him to establishing his own consultancy. The initial iteration of AppSynth - the app store optimization consultancy - was Bob himself advising clients but participation in Startup Weekend in Bangkok 2011 introduced him to what would them become his partner management team. Since 2011, AppSynth continues to grow from its base in Thailand, with a team now approaching 50 people. In this interview, we learn about Bob’s journey and life as an entrepreneur in South East Asia.  

Travel:  Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City in 48 hours (Day 2)

Travel: Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City in 48 hours (Day 2)


The Hungriest Panda

After our first day of checking out most of the main tourist attractions around the city center, we spent the second day just walking around town taking in the feel of the city and really diving in…

Rajesh Sehgal – Angel Investor & Managing Partner, Equanimity Investments

Rajesh Sehgal – Angel Investor & Managing Partner, Equanimity Investments

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Rajesh Sehgal is a seasoned and well rounded investor, spending over 17 years working at Franklin Templeton India. Working with Dr. Mark Mobius since 1999, who managed the Emerging Markets Group at Franklin Templeton, helped shape his investment philosophy and inculcated a sense of rigorous investment discipline and deep portfolio optimization knowledge. Applying this to his angel investments for the last decade has given him an edge that other Angel investors would love to emulate. Mr. Sehgal’s newest entity, Equanimity Investments, continues to invests in startups and early stage businesses across sectors and geographies.

Mike Michelini –  Global From Asia

Mike Michelini – Global From Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Mike Michelini’s journey started with a hard sell, free seminar on 34th street in Manhattan back in the early 2000’s.  As a Stevens Institute of Technology graduate, Mike was accustomed to technology and was interested in online selling…but the inauspicious beginning did not foretell the success to come.  Realizing that local knowledge and local connections would help someone that was sourcing product from Asia and selling in the United States, Mike had a choice to make.  Do I stay on the conventional path or do a venture into the unknown?  Fortunately, he went with his gut and moved to China…and has been there ever since the trailing end of 2007. Mike has bee able to build a vibrant media business called Global From Asia, is a partner in a consultancy in Hong Kong that assists others to do business in China and has re-entered the world of transactional e-commerce with some partners as they build out Para Living...

Jasper Donat – All That Matters, It’s a Girl Thing and FanFest

Jasper Donat – All That Matters, It’s a Girl Thing and FanFest

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jasper Donat is tireless. He would have to be to have accomplished what he and his team have done since launching Branded back in 2002. In what seems a lifetime ago, the team was slowly, but surely preparing for and building towards media convergence and 'direct to fan’ interactions. Built on the idea that connections matter, Jasper created the Matters series of events (including the All That Matters festival), It's a Girl Thing and is co-producer of the FanFest. We talked about how branded content allows creators to talk to and interact directly with fans, how to use the influencer model and how this builds and strengthens the relationships between stars, athletes, etc with their fans. In this realm, as in life, consistency and authenticity are key. Jasper also noted that all of the media they create also has a purpose and positive message.

Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour of Dalat, Vietnam – A Perfect Day in Dalat

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Signup for my weekly newsletter The first time I took Chopper Suey (my Chinese-made American cruiser bike) on a road trip, was to the sexy hills of Dalat. As we pulled into town, surrounded by pines and fresh cool air, I knew I was going to love the place. Formerly a retreat town for the [...]

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Hong Kong food delivery services put to the test

Hong Kong food delivery services put to the test


South China Morning Post

We try out the apps and services of the three main Hong Kong companies delivering restaurant meals to your door or office – and hear the gripes of some customers

ATP27 – BlockChain, CryptoCurrencies, Ethereum and Initial Coin Offerings ICOs

ATP27 – BlockChain, CryptoCurrencies, Ethereum and Initial Coin Offerings ICOs

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

So much to talk about in the cryptocurrency space!

Everyone seems to be aware that BTC prices have soared in recent months, but is this indicative of a maturing market or just hype?

In today’s Asia Tech Podcast we look at what’s happening beyond the currency tokens, and how developers are building out the blockchain as well as using Initial Coin Offerings to fund new ventures.

ATP500 – Asia Matters: Latest Data on Asia’s Trillion Dollar Tech Market

ATP500 – Asia Matters: Latest Data on Asia’s Trillion Dollar Tech Market

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Welcome back to 2018. We talk about all the key stats you need to know about Asia in 2018, and why Asia will be the most important startup ecosystem in coming years. Highlights include: the $1.3 trillion Greater Bay, Vietnam’s 6.3% growth rate, how China leads the US in innovation patents, when Indonesia will surpass the GDP of the UK, what it means for Asia and its tech startups to be home to 750 million (or 60%) of the world’s youth population. Listen to get insights into the latest trends and what it means for the Asian startup ecosystem in 2018.

ATP410 – Who’s Leading the Voting in our 2017 Awards?

ATP410 – Who’s Leading the Voting in our 2017 Awards?

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Last week we asked Asia to help us identify and showcase the people and organizations that have helped grow our dynamic startup ecosystem in 2017. At the time of writing, 719 people voted across 6 categories. Who's leading the votes? Who's hot? Who are the surprises? In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast we share insights on the who’s who of our 2017 vote.

3 Reasons Why Lava Mountain River Farm Has Become My Favorite Mountain Resort in Cebu

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

“Wow, kanindot!” That’s what I told myself when I first went to Lava Mountain River Farm. It is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life; it has pool with fresh spring water; and it reminds me of the best pleasures of life. So, how did this farm manage to capture my […]

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Anna Gong – Singapore Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Anna Gong – Singapore Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anna Gong spent the following 20 years forging a globe spanning career in the enterprise software space, experiencing both startup life (5 of them) and corporate life (3 multi-national corporations) and in the process creating the perfect training ground for her current role as the CEO of Perx Technologies. Perx was a pioneer in the customer loyalty and rewards space in Singapore with a well defined Business to Consumer model.  After joining Perx towards the end of 2014, Anna quickly realized that her enterprise software background was going to be a key ingredient to get Perx to the next level.  Anna has a unique and well developed view on how to best serve both businesses and customers in this space and was convinced that moving to a B2B2C model was the best way to accelerate the growth of Perx…Her investors at Golden Gate Ventures and Eduardo Saverin agreed.

Unagidokoro Takahashi うなぎ処 髙はし, Hakodate Hokkaido: MichEELin Bib Gourmand Unagi Restaurant. Much fEELs.

Unagidokoro Takahashi うなぎ処 髙はし, Hakodate Hokkaido: MichEELin Bib Gourmand Unagi Restaurant. Much fEELs.

by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow @ Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

Started as a tempura shop, Unagidokoro Takahashi うなぎ処 髙はし receives a bib gourmand from The Michelin Guide for its unagi don.

Steven Okun – CEO of APAC Advisors

Steven Okun – CEO of APAC Advisors

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Amazing conversation with Steve Okun ranging from the Trans Pacific Partnership and President Trump's impact on global multilateral trade agreements to Impact Investing and Venture Entrepreneurship.  He touched on the East Bali Cashew company and its founder Aaron Fishman and Aaron’s commitment to earn a profit and have a positive and scalable impact on East Bali by. Among other things, building an Early Learning Center for the residents of the community in which he operates and running the East Bali Immersion eco-camp. The Founder and CEO of APAC Advisors, Steven Okun is a leader on corporate public affairs, sustainability and stakeholder engagement in Asia Pacific. He’s also Vice Chairman, the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce.

Oahu Beach Guide

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

If you’re coming to Hawaii in pursuit of tropical waters and mind-blowing beaches, then look no further than the island of Oahu, home to the state’s capital (Honolulu). There are literally countless plots of breathtaking waterfront to explore. It’s unlikely … Continue reading

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ATP30 – The best startup conferences in Asia (and how to get the most out of them)

ATP30 – The best startup conferences in Asia (and how to get the most out of them)

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Which are the best conferences to attend in Asia if you're a startup investor or founder? With so much choice in the startup event space, it can be difficult to work out which conference or event you should invest your time in. In this episode of Asia Tech Podcast, we discuss what's going on in the Asia startup conference space. We also share advice on how to get the most out of your time at a conference, what (and who) to avoid, and how to network like a pro.

Kickin’ Kale Chips

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

So it’s pretty easy to eat healthy for meals but what about snacking?  How boring does a bowl of grapes get during your mid-afternoon slump when all you want is

Recipe:  Macho Salad

Recipe: Macho Salad

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

Before I met my husband I was somewhat of a workaholic.  I loved what I was doing and gave it my all, working long hours to climb the corporate ladder only to then work even harder to prove I was worthy of those promotions.  Coming home exhausted every day, I would almost always throw a salad together for dinner as it was easy, fast, and hard to mess up.  The contents of my fridge during those days was what you […]

Frank Lavin – Founder Export Now, former US Ambassador to Singapore

Frank Lavin – Founder Export Now, former US Ambassador to Singapore

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Frank Lavin is founder and Chairman of Export Now, a China ecommerce solutions company that can plan and operate ecommerce solutions in China for international brands. His career spans many years at the most senior of levels in both politics and business. Frank served under Bush Snr and Ronald Reagan as Undersecretary in the Department of Commerce, was Chairman of the Asian Public Affairs practise at Edelman, Principle of the Bank of America and served the US Ambassador to Singapore. In this interview we discuss the reasons why you should consider market entry into $4.8 trillion Chinese retail and $840 billion e-commerce markets. Frank also shares his insights into the key challenges brands regularly face in that journey.

Benjamin Joffe – Founder of HAX, the World’s #1 Investor in Hardware Startups

Benjamin Joffe – Founder of HAX, the World’s #1 Investor in Hardware Startups

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We had a fascinating conversation with Benjamin Joffe for ATP Stories.  Benjamin is a Writer, Keynote Speaker, Angel Investor, Founder of a digital innovation consultancy (Plus Eight Star) and the world’s #1 Investor / Accelerator in early stage hardware startups via HAX.  His journey through two decades of development in Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong was nothing short of amazing. We touched on his concepts of how technology ecosystems evolve differently in different locations via varying ‘culture codes’.  Benjamin’s direct involvement in so many ecosystems gives him a unique perspective on the growth and development of the characteristics that make those systems vibrant.

ATP470 – The Asian Startup Ecosystem needs More Conversation, Less Entertainment

ATP470 – The Asian Startup Ecosystem needs More Conversation, Less Entertainment

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast, we share what we’ve learned from a year of getting out there and traveling around Asia talking to startup founders and investors. How effective are startup events really? Do we really need more demo days and speed dating to grow the Ecosystem or should we focus more on substantive conversations that help Founders and Angels connect the dots in Asia? In this episode, we also share our plans for 2018 and our inaugural podcast round tables which we’ll be bringing to a city near you soon.

Paul Bradley – CEO of Caprica International

Paul Bradley – CEO of Caprica International

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Joining us on ATP stories today, we have the Chairman and CEO of Caprica International, Paul Bradley.  His career spans leadership positions in American, Japanese, Chinese and Indian companies. Paul has started 7 ventures, managed multi-cultural businesses spanning 14 countries and has participated in 2 successful IPO’s. He received his MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird, School of Global Management, worked in politics, lead multiple companies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and has also been involved in restructuring SME’s and Mentoring Tech Start-Ups and Entrepreneurial ventures in Asia. Mr. Bradley has held leadership positions in American, Japanese, Chinese and Indian companies. He was selected as a “New Asian Leader” by the World Economic Forum and recently served on the B20 Task Force on Employment and Education for the G20. We are going to talk about entrepreneurship in Asia and the importance of both mentoring and being mentored by the right people.

Driver shot in face, then crashes into tree in Santa Ana

Driver shot in face, then crashes into tree in Santa Ana

by Chris Haire @ Orange County Register

SANTA ANA — A man was shot in the face Friday morning, Jan. 19, as he drove his pickup truck east on Edinger Avenue – causing the man to crash into a tree. The man was taken to the hospital, but is expected to survive, said Sgt. Jim Berwanger of the Santa Ana Police Department. Officers working […]

Recipe:  Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Recipe: Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

It’s just blueberry panda-monium over here in this house!  I just can’t get enough of them!  Just the other day, I made a blueberry cookie tart and my husband and I didn’t hesitate to enjoy a slice every day after dinner until it was all gone.  Besides just eating the antioxidant-rich blueberries on their own, I was eager to bake up something else incorporating this tasty fruit.  I have a few favorite recipes featuring fresh berries that I like for […]

Little Black Dress

by Sweet Incantations @ Sweet Incantations Confectionery » Products

If its eponymous wardrobe staple has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t go wrong with a classic. The rich dark chocolate cake and frosting is one decadent bite after the other, with a hint of mint giving it a sexy surprising kick.

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Sweet Saigon - Sweet Incantations Confectionery

Sweet Saigon - Sweet Incantations Confectionery


Sweet Incantations Confectionery

This little cake will have you singing Sun and Moon. Hints of lemongrass give the cake a refreshingly light taste, while the rich frosting leaves no doubt that this lady still counts as dessert. 

Simon Kemp – Social Media Trends Asia

Simon Kemp – Social Media Trends Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

On ATP Stories today, Simon Kemp. Recognised as one of Asia’s most influential digital marketers by CMO Asia magazine, featured in Campaign Asia’s 40 under 40 honours list. He’s developed brand strategies for Unilever, Google, Coke, Nestle, Diageo. Author, music producer, go-to-go for anyone who wants to know what’s hot in Asia and digital today.  Founder of Kepios, Global Consultant for We are Social Asia. He is the go-to guy for what’ s hot and what’s happening in digital marketing when it comes to Asia. 

Tokyo 2: Electric Boogaloo

by Mischa @ food – myjumbokimono

Akihabara Our first taste of the futuristic side of Tokyo was the district of Akihabara. Known colloquially as Electric Town, Akihabara was originally an area full of shops selling white goods and electronics but it has since evolved into a […]

Tour at Nikka Whisky Distillery Hokkaido: Free Shots of Whisky Here!

Tour at Nikka Whisky Distillery Hokkaido: Free Shots of Whisky Here!

by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow @ Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

How many tourist attractions are there that allow free tours and provide free alcoholic beverages?

Jerome Le Carrou – Next Step Connections Thailand

Jerome Le Carrou – Next Step Connections Thailand

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jerome left his home in the Brittany region of France when he was 21 years old to do a study abroad program in Utah in the United States.  It was his first exposure outside of his small hometown and his home country.  He lived in a four story dormitory for a year with students from 50 countries and this opened his eyes to the power and excitement of varying countries and cultures in the world. Between finishing his undergraduate degree and applying for graduate programs in journalism, he made his way to Shanghai for an internship and an experience that changed the course of his life and lead to his starting and founding Next Step Connections. Jerome’s story is a compelling one for all entrepreneurs starting a business outside of their home country and outside their comfort zone.  

Jon Tanner – Startup Talent in Asia

Jon Tanner – Startup Talent in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jon Tanner joins us from Singapore today. Jon’s Group CEO of Mitchell Lake Group, a global executive search & advisory for startups and international growth. His clients include Square, Fitbit, Snapchat, Etsy, Dropbox and McKinsey Digital. Originally from Tasmania, Australia, Jon now calls Singapore his home. In this interview, Jon shares his views on talent, the movement of talent into Asia from countries such as Australia and how he personally took the leap to move to Singapore. 

Japanese Baumkuchen: A Favorite Snack in Japan Now in the Philippines

by Sweet Incantations @ Sweet Incantations Confectionery

These tasty and flavorful pastries are best enjoyed with coffee and tea. Anyone who is fond of cakes will enjoy baumkuchen not only for its unique presentation and preparation but also for its rich flavor. Now, anyone can treat themselves to a popular German and Japanese snack right in the heart of Cebu City.

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Ho Chi Minh City Hotels, Vietnam: Great savings and real reviews

Ho Chi Minh City Hotels, Vietnam: Great savings and real reviews


Agoda

Great discounts on Ho Chi Minh City hotels, Vietnam. BOOK NOW, PAY LATER for many hotels. Photos and real guest reviews to help you choose the best deal.

Paleo Chocolate Soufflés

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

What’s better than an ooey gooey chocolate soufflé with a warm dark chocolaty center? An ooey gooey chocolate soufflé with a warm dark chocolaty center that’s paleo! Chocolate soufflés used

Anthony Quinn –  CEO & Co-Founder of DeeDee Cashback

Anthony Quinn – CEO & Co-Founder of DeeDee Cashback

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

DeeDee Cashback is an online platform that enables Thai shoppers to save money on their shopping every time they shop online. DeeDee Cashback has nearly 250 stores to choose from ranging from travel, finance, fashion, health & beauty, electronics and many more.

Max Ward – CEO of OpenPort, Digital Logistics for Asia, Blockchain Believer

Max Ward – CEO of OpenPort, Digital Logistics for Asia, Blockchain Believer

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Max Ward rejoins Asia Tech Podcast after his initial appearance on Stories. Towards the end of our first conversation, we introduced the concepts of cryptocurrency tokens, micropayment and all things blockchain. We both realized that this was a much longer discussion and we regrouped for a deeper dive into how these new concepts and technologies were being employed by OpenPort along the entire supply chain for its customers. This was a fascinating talk about real-world implementations for technology that most of the world has not even heard of yet. The blockchain is the new internet indeed.

Kyle Ellicott – Exporting a $100m IoT Accelerator to China

Kyle Ellicott – Exporting a $100m IoT Accelerator to China

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Kyle’s one of those entrepreneurs who has the knack of spotting a trend before it becomes “a thing”. He started his first business aged just 14 selling computers to small companies who wanted to get online. He then helped grow ReadWrite - one of the first online publications covering innovation starting back in 2003. ReadWrite has evolved since those early days also spawning an accelerator which has raised over $130 million for its cohorts.  So when Kyle makes a calculated bet on IoT and expanding their presence in Asia (particularly Hong Kong and Shenzhen China), entrepreneurs take notice. In this interview we talk about Kyle’s journey as an entrepreneur since those teenage years to what excites him now in IoT in Asia.

Preethi Kasireddy – BlockChain Engineer & Tinkerer, Passionate About Blockchain & Cryptoeconomics

Preethi Kasireddy – BlockChain Engineer & Tinkerer, Passionate About Blockchain & Cryptoeconomics

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Preethi Kasireddy is an independent blockchain developer. Interestingly, getting to that point was not a straight line trajectory. Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, Preethi talks about a feeling of not belonging, but discovering a love of Math and Physics. After visiting U.S.C., she decided that was the place for her to study Industrial & Systems Engineering. For someone that enjoys optimizing people, processes and systems…this was ideal. A job as a Goldman Sachs TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) beckoned and Preethi excelled. When an opportunity to work on the deal team as a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz was offered, she could not refuse. As a colleague once said to me, “Out of the frying pan and into the fire…”. This was self-described “exhilarating”, filled with new learnings and experiences…Listen as she describes her introduction to the Blockchain and her decision to ultimately leave a16z and dive head first into becoming a full-time developer and blockchain enthusiast.

James Giancotti – CEO of Oddup, The Startup Rating System

James Giancotti – CEO of Oddup, The Startup Rating System

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Joining us today in the ATP studio is James Giancotti, the CEO of Oddup. Oddup is a startup rating system that helps investors (and founders) measure startups in buy/hold/sell recommendations. It’s a system familiar to James, who previously worked at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs advising Limited Partners on investments. In this interview we cover a lot of ground, from how startups can improve their investor ratings, how  James himself put his house on the market to build Oddup (later rasing $6 million in a successful Series A round) and what makes a great startup city in Asia.

Jesse Lund – Global Blockchain & Digital Currency Strategy at IBM

Jesse Lund – Global Blockchain & Digital Currency Strategy at IBM

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jesse Lund is IBM’s Global Head of Blockchain market development, digital currency strategy, solutions engineering, and client engagement for banking and financial services. He is passionate about advancing the commercialization of Distributed Ledger Technology to promote social good and transform the world. We spoke to Jesse about how IBM is using its global reach, massive amount of PhDs and over a century of technology excellence to help mainstream the blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Our conversation started with Jesse’s more than 20 year experience in the traditional Banking and Financial sector and how his previous role as the Head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Labs lead him to be a Blockchain believer and evangelist. We had a deep discussion about FinTech, Payments and Loyalty Programs and how the blockchain can enhance all of these sectors and more with its ability to add interoperability to fragmented verticals.

A First-Timer’s Guide To Seminyak

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

Planning your first ever trip to Seminyak and not sure where to begin? Fret not friends; we’ve got you covered with this first-timer’s guide specifically created to help with just that! Read on for tips on how long to stay, … Continue reading

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ATP21 – It’s Not Over Yet! Food Delivery Makes a Comeback in Asia

ATP21 – It’s Not Over Yet! Food Delivery Makes a Comeback in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Food delivery startups in Asia. The food delivery space is huge, but needs a better, more efficient business model. If we believe to a certain extent from our vantage point in Asia that we can ‘see the future’ and build great businesses based on successes we have seen or see developing in the West, then can we also not determine what will fail as well, particularly  if it has been copied. I am sure that this topic will continue to arise as the market shuts down more of these companies, new entrants try to iterate to more efficient models and the unit economics start to work. My feeling is that as a data gathering business only, this lags other types of shopping.

Giovanni Zangani – Private Equity in Vietnam

Giovanni Zangani – Private Equity in Vietnam

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Private Equity is an area we have not covered before, but we had an interesting discussion with Giovanni Zangani on that topic. His journey from Milan to Ho Chi Minh City went through Europe, the United States and Hong Kong before arriving in Vietnam.  Giovanni made a strategic decision to study for his MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and that began his experiences in Asia.  While looking for his initial job after graduating, he found a great opportunity in Vietnam and ran with it.  His instincts and interests matched the market need and he focused on the Food & Beverage and Retail sectors which ended up being a sweet spot of growth for the Vietnamese economy. Listen as Giovanni gives more detail about why those sectors were his focus and why starting Maestro Equity Partners was the natural next step in his professional development.  Listen as well to his philosophy around how a strong relationship helps build a sustainable partnership with his firm’s clients.

Mellowcup New Menu @ Gottlieb Road, Penang

by CHEE WAH CHAN @ Now Eating

We revisited Mellowcup specialized in handcraft coffee again for its new menu, including the new 12 Horoscope Series Coffee and Bento.

Edmund Lowell –  Founder & CEO of KYC-Chain, SelfKey Foundation & FlagTheory

Edmund Lowell – Founder & CEO of KYC-Chain, SelfKey Foundation & FlagTheory

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Edmund and I had a multifaceted discussion about all three of the entities in which he is involved.  FlagTheory.com, the SelfKey Foundation and KYC-Chain.  Edmund started a company while still a student at Northeastern University in Boston and that grew into FlagTheory.com.  Reading Tim Ferriss’ “The Four Hour Workweek” convinced him that he could run his company and live anywhere, so he chose Asia…When I asked him where he lived, he jokingly responded with ‘Seat 1A’…clearly a man that spends a lot of time on airplanes.  We had an amazing and very lively conversation on the blockchain and many things Crypto (Heck, it is the first installment of ATP Crypto so anything less would have been shocking!), including ICOs, Tezos, and the concept of Self Sovereign Identity.

Praveen Velu – CEO of AI Powered Assistant EVIE

Praveen Velu – CEO of AI Powered Assistant EVIE

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

If you ever ask my next guest Are you free to catch up Next Wednesday?  You may find his Personal Assistant EVIE step in and arrange that schedule with you. What you may not know is that EVIE isn’t a real person but an AI Personal Assistant, and it’s pretty impressive too… I’m an AI graduate so I’m pretty aware of most AI-looking things from chatbots to the Turing Test… but the first time I interacted with Evie, I thought she was a real person, it was that good… So, to lift the lid on the life of his assistant, I’m joined today in the ATP Stories studio by Praveen Velu, Co-Founder of Evie.AI to talk about AI and what he’s learned building an AI startup in Singapore.

Sankalp Shangari – Founder LALA World – Banking the Underbanked via Blockchain | Speaker, Blockchain Author, Investor

Sankalp Shangari – Founder LALA World – Banking the Underbanked via Blockchain | Speaker, Blockchain Author, Investor

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

If BlockChain and BitCoin technologies were created for only one thing (and it decidedly was NOT), it would be to democratize access to the financial system. Depending on which statistics you believe, almost 2 Billion adults remain unbanked with no access to the types of financial products that could help pull them out of a cycle of poverty and into the global financial system. Sankalp Shangari and his team at LaLa World are trying to accomplish that, one migrant worker at a time. The son of migrants himself, his mother remains his guiding light and his inspiration to build on the BlockChain to serve the underbanked. The suite of products that he and his team at LaLaWorld.io are building and their associated partnerships are their bold attempt to do this.

ATP380 – What’s Going on in the Angel Investor community in Asia?

ATP380 – What’s Going on in the Angel Investor community in Asia?

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Angel Investors provide a critical role in the development of any tech ecosystem. Asia’s challenge is that it doesn’t have the backdrop of risk and depth of exits to create a generation of angel investors as we have seen in the US, Israel or in some parts of Europe. But that doesn’t mean Asia doesn’t have a worthy Angel network, it’s just that it’s going through its own growing pains. There are plenty of investors out there claiming to be “Angels” but who offer little value add to startups in terms of attitude to risk, domain knowledge and contacts. In today’s ATP we discuss how Asia’s Angel Investment network is maturing, where it needs help and, importantly, how startups need to work with this community on favorable terms.

Stefano Pellegrino – Cross Border Investment Lawyer Vietnam

Stefano Pellegrino – Cross Border Investment Lawyer Vietnam

by Graham D Brown @ Saigon – Asia Tech Podcast

Stefano Pellegrino is a US qualified lawyer practising in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. In today's ATP we discuss the background to the Vietnamese market and the opportunities for cross border investment. We also discuss why Stefano chose to take on the challenge of one of the world's fastest developing economies, and life as a lawyer in a new market.

Charles d’Haussy –  Head of FinTech at Invest Hong Kong

Charles d’Haussy – Head of FinTech at Invest Hong Kong

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Charles d'Haussy is Head of FinTech at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the department of the Hong Kong SAR Government responsible for Foreign Direct Investment. In 2016, InvestHK has set up a FinTech team to attract leading FinTech companies, entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators from Mainland China and overseas to support their businesses set up and expansion in Hong Kong. The FinTech team is globally distributed between Hong Kong, London and Silicon Valley. They provide practical support and assistance on setting up offices, facilitating visa and banks accounts, regulator introductions, networking opportunities, guidance in government grants and funding.

Michelle Katics – CEO Portfolio Quest, former Fed Reserve and IMF

Michelle Katics – CEO Portfolio Quest, former Fed Reserve and IMF

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Michelle Katics joins us today from Singapore. She’s the CEO of Portfolio Quest and Chairman of Bankers Lab - two organizations focused on shaping fintech, training and talent. Her illustrious career spans roles at the Federal Reserve, The IMF and Standard Chartered. Nominated to the Women in FinTech Power List, a FemTech Leader, Michelle’s story is both curious and inspiring. Meet the banker turned entrepreneur whose lived everywhere from Cleveland to Chicago to Chiang Mai.

Sahib Anandsongvit – CEO Seekster

Sahib Anandsongvit – CEO Seekster

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We spoke to Sahib Anandsongvit about the struggles of entrepreneurship, the pressures of failure and the expectations of success. Entrepreneurs that come from entrepreneurial families are a special group and Sahib is squarely in this category.  He is third generation Indian-Thai and his family came to Thailand, built a business and in many ways that experience directly influences the story of Seekster.  Sahib is sharp…and built and conceived Seekster out of his own experiences trying to get the proper level of service for a hotel he was managing. He realized there was a market gap for the type of service he wanted and also noticed that simply creating a marketplace for that service was not good enough.  Listen as he explains how he changed to building a robust platform and how it changed his business into the growth opportunity it is today.

California net departures by moving van at 11-year high

California net departures by moving van at 11-year high

by Jonathan Lansner @ Orange County Register

Outbound moves from California via three giant moving companies in 2017 outpaced arrivals by the widest gap in 11 years. Van line moves are worth watching as a benchmark of the vitality of a state’s economic climate because the folks relocating by major van line across state lines are typically well-do-to households. My trusty spreadsheet, filled […]

Ian McKee – Founder & CEO of Vuulr, Former Founder & CEO of Vocanic

Ian McKee – Founder & CEO of Vuulr, Former Founder & CEO of Vocanic

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Ian McKee was sitting at his desk…looking at his Nokia mobile phone and his Palm Pilot and thinking. Mobile phone networks were exploding in Singapore, 3G networks were rumored and Ian was sure that devices that merged the functionality that was innocently sitting on his desk would soon be introduced. He was also convinced that ‘word of mouth’ marketing was about to go digital and he quit his job to start an agency, called ‘Vocanic’ that would grow to become the largest, regional, full service social media marketing firm in Asia. In 2013, WPP acquired a majority holding in ‘Vocanic’. Ian clearly sees market gaps that others do not see. Listen as he describes how he plans to use Ethereum’s technology to disrupt the $240BN global market in digital entertainment content acquisition.

Mark Vange – Founder of TokenIQ, Technology Entrepreneur, Advisor to Startups and Investors, Crypto Expert and Enthusiast

Mark Vange – Founder of TokenIQ, Technology Entrepreneur, Advisor to Startups and Investors, Crypto Expert and Enthusiast

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Mark Vange has been interested in technology from the first moment he laid his eyes on the Apple II computers that arrived at his new school the same day he did. Born in the Soviet Union, Mark moved to Israel with his family as part of a program the Carter Administration had with the Soviet government. Russian Jews go to go to Israel in exchange for U.S. wheat that went to Russia…It was a win-win at the time for both sides of the trade. Mark has been a technology entrepreneur for as long as he can remember, building his first gaming company at 20 years old and also building highly sophisticated transmission protocols that were used by the U.S. Government after 9/11…Mark is now deeply involved in the crypto space, in particular building TokenIQ that embeds technology into Crypto Tokens to ensure regulatory compliance through the lifecycle of the token’s existence.

Casey Lau – Head of RISE Asia

Casey Lau – Head of RISE Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Casey Lau is head of the breakthrough RISE summit in Hong Kong. He’s also EIR Venture Partner for Blue Startups in Honolulu and Co-Founder of Starups HK. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Casey’s been based in Hong Kong for 20 years (he was there when the British lowered the flag and handed it back to the Chinese). A lot has changed since then, especially in the tech startup space. That makes Casey and the RISE summit well positioned to offer a barometer on what’s happening and what’s hot in the Asian ecosystem.

Yuzu Japanese Restaurant, Holland Village: Great Food and Four Cases of Carelessness

Yuzu Japanese Restaurant, Holland Village: Great Food and Four Cases of Carelessness

by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow @ Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

This Japanese restaurant is slightly more expensive than mid-range and more affordable than fine-dining sushi-ya.

ATP25 – What does the $13.7bn Amazon Wholefoods deal mean for Asia?

ATP25 – What does the $13.7bn Amazon Wholefoods deal mean for Asia?

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

The recent mega deal announcing Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market in the US has profound implications for E-Commerce both in the US and Asia. In this episode, we discuss the deal, what it means for e-commerce globally and also who in Asia - Alibaba, Flipkart, Rakuten, ZoZoTown, Snapdeal, Lazada etc.. can stand up to Amazon?

Eva Yoo – TechNode Reporter

Eva Yoo – TechNode Reporter

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Eva Chaewon Yoo is a multi-lingual tech reporter and podcast co-host based in Shanghai China. Eva’s journey to Shanghai is an interesting one - featuring periods working in tech media in the US and in Israel. There is a growing community of Koreans in the tech ecosystem who are choosing to set up base in cities like Shanghai over their homeland. What are the drivers for this shift to China and what kind of entrepreneurs are attracted to the scene? With her unique perspective on both technology and living across many cultures, Eva shares her insights into what’s going on in Shanghai today.

Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel: 7 Summerific Reasons Why You Should Stay There

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

The Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel Summerific promo room rate starts at Php 6,700 net/night! You can avail their Premier Deluxe Poolside room which includes breakfast good for 2 adults and 2 kids of ages up to 10 years old. It includes use of regular amenities and concessions available to all house guests. The promo is […]

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Gang Lu – Founder TechNode

Gang Lu – Founder TechNode

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Gang Lu has a MSc and PhD in Wireless Communications and he is a true passionate believer in technology and the internet.  Almost 10 years ago, he started blogging about technology in China and Asia as a hobby and was spending so much time and effort doing so, that he decided to turn his passion into a business.  While still based in the U.K., he began building Mobinode in earnest and turned it into the business we know as technode.com  today. Technode is the leading technology and internet focused blog in China and is published in both Mandarin and English.  Gang’s vision is to continue to provide a bridge between China’s startups, angel investors, venture capitalists and the entire entrepreneurial community to the rest of the world.  During this conversation Gang shared his experiences, ups and downs and entrepreneurial journey with us.  A fascinating look inside the world of media, partnerships and blogging in China.

One country, two systems

by Mischa @ myjumbokimono

Hong Kong (or Xiānggǎng in Cantonese) was the name of a small fishing village and the island that it was located on. In 1860 it expanded to include the Kowloon Peninsula and then in 1898 it expanded again to include […]

Very Ngon Homewares

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

When Lise Nguyen-Owen came to Vietnam in 2008 to volunteer at a non-governmental organisation, she noticed a disturbing dearth of tea towels. Then she discovered ...

2018 Soft Drink Trends

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

We talked last year about this year’s alcoholic drink trends, so this month we’re looking at soft drink trends. Don’t underestimate the soft drink market ...

Justin Wang – Using AI to Predict the Future with Scry

Justin Wang – Using AI to Predict the Future with Scry

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We place too much faith in experts, especially when it come to predicting the future. Experts, of course, failed to predict key world events like the Trump election, Brexit and so on. Justin Wang wants to change that. Scry is an AI powered startup that helps predictors connect with people who want the predictions. There's a whole market out there for these services. Traders can make billions by being right only 51% of the time. Businesses can lose billions by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Scry is a bold attempt at helping us all be on the right side of the future.

Simon Dixon – CEO & Co-Founder of BnkToTheFuture.com, FinTech Angel Investor, Author ‘Bank To The Future’​

Simon Dixon – CEO & Co-Founder of BnkToTheFuture.com, FinTech Angel Investor, Author ‘Bank To The Future’​

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We started our conversation with Simon Dixon back in 2006, when Simon was first introduced to the concepts of Bitcoin. After a few years in the world of investment banking and brokerage, he set out to write a book on the future of money and banking. He was introduced to the concepts of Bitcoin through the writings of Jonathan James Harrison and was immediately convinced that this was the future of money and the store of value. Simon’s knowledge of finance, economics and all things bitcoin come out in this conversation. We had a fascinating look at the ownership of your own money and, among other things how depositing your money in a bank cedes this ownership and allows banks to legally take ownership of its deposits and then do what they will with it. The implications of this are far reaching with one of the consequences being the boom and bust cycles we see in the global economy.

New rice sparks frenzy in Little Saigon

New rice sparks frenzy in Little Saigon


Orange County Register

American-grown rice doesn’t normally entice the Asian palate. But when Panda Rice hit the shelves of Saigon City Marketplace in Westminster over the holidays, shoppers couldn’t get enou…

Have You Tried These 4 Menu Choices in Joeds Lutong Hapon?

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

Craving Japanese food but tight on the budget? Then head on to Joeds Lutong Hapon for affordable Japanese cuisine with a taste that’s truly Filipino. For starters, you might want to order the same menu choices we had. Joeds Lutong Hapon’s Tataki Salmon Php 175 This is my new favorite in Joeds. It is a […]

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ATP490 – Asia Matters: Just how big can the Asian Tech Ecosystem be in 2018?

ATP490 – Asia Matters: Just how big can the Asian Tech Ecosystem be in 2018?

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast, we’re back from our travels. Michael comes back from Mumbai with a field report on cross-border investment and Graham returns to Japan from Thailand and Singapore. We talk about how India will create “100,000 startups” in the next 10 years (according to ex-Infosys CFO Pai) and how Mumbai is just one of the 30 potential startup cities in Asia. The scale and velocity of the startup ecosystem in 2018 could leave the rest of the world behind. Here’s why…

ATP480 – Why Asia Matters: Silicon Valley No Longer Has a Monopoly on Innovation

ATP480 – Why Asia Matters: Silicon Valley No Longer Has a Monopoly on Innovation

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast broadcast from Bangkok and Singapore, we discuss the growing importance of Asia in the global tech startup ecosystem. We look at the latest research data from the Google Temasek study which shows just how robust the South East Asian online economy is, reasons why Nutonomy chose Singapore as testing ground for its autonomous vehicles, and the importance of the Chinese Unicorns Alibaba and Tencent in growing the Asian ecosystem. But to kick off, a quote from Michio Kaku (co-founder of String Theory) this week, “Silicon Valley no longer has a monopoly on innovation”.

Don’t Miss Saigon

by Mischa @ food – myjumbokimono

It took us the best part of 3 days to travel from Sapa to Ho Chi Minh City (still often referred to as Saigon or abbreviated to HCMC). The first step was a 6 hour coach ride to Hanoi which, […]

Sudhanshu Tewari – CEO of Rewardz Singapore

Sudhanshu Tewari – CEO of Rewardz Singapore

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Sudhanshu Tewari is the CEO of Rewardz based in Singapore. Rewards recently completed a round of $2 million funding from Tokyo listed Benefit One. Sudhanshu hails from a banking background, 3 years a VP at JP Morgan, also executive roles at RBS and Credit Suisse. His corporate experience makes him well qualified to understand how these organizations work and how their management of talent can be done better.  With over 50 clients (Disney, DBS, Xerox etc) serving 200,000 employees, Rewardz aims to digitze the HR services, rewards and benefits employers offer their people. In this interview Sudhanshu shares how he got his start in Rewardz, why he set up business with his wife and how they raised their capital and challenges moving forward in growing the business.

Jakob Lykkegaard – Augmented Reality Entrepreneur

Jakob Lykkegaard – Augmented Reality Entrepreneur

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jakob is a Danish entrepreneur and the founder of Lykke Studios, a privately held studio creating Augmented Reality experiences.  Prior to this he has, from Bangkok, built and sold 2 companies, Playlab and Pagemodo, the first of which employed 100 people and served 28 million players. Jakob came to Bangkok in 2009, a journey in itself which is quite inspiring. He dropped out of college in year 1 to go and seek his future in Asia, contrary to the advice of those around him. Was it a good decision in the end? We’ll find out in this interview. We are also going to talk about building and selling a mobile tech startup, life in Thailand and Augmented Reality.

ATP16 – Why & When Startup Founders  Should Ask for Help Raising Money

ATP16 – Why & When Startup Founders Should Ask for Help Raising Money

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Why & When Startup Founders Should Ask for Help Raising Money. We’re talking about funding challenges for startup founders and the emergence of new VC models in Asia based on old VC models. First, and following on from last week’s episode, a new development in the $1 trillion business travel market. Featured this week: Pillow & Space, Metro Residences Singapore, Zen Rooms, Cocoon Capital, Airbnb, Ebay, Benchmark Capital, Agoda, Manila, Bangkok, Monthida McCoole, Michael Blakey and Will Klippgen

ATP370 – Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

ATP370 – Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In today’s ATP we want to share 4 inspiring stories of entrepreneurs we published this week. Each story features a different path to success, but the theme that unites them all is the same: life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Each of these 4 entrepreneurs featured on ATP Stories consciously chose to leave behind a comfortable, well-known life to embark on an adventure into the world of the unknown. Their ability to get comfortable with the uncomfortable is a critical element to success for any startup. It’s that ability to hustle and to thrive in an environment where the rules are unwritten, where nobody tells you what to do, where success or failure ultimately come down to your own actions. Entrepreneurs featured in today’s ATP are Marty Roberts (Entouch Japan), Jakob Lykkegaard (Lykke Studios Thailand), Anna Gong (Perx Singapore) and Bart Bellers (Xpdite Ventures Thailand).

Don Phan – Ecommerce in Vietnam

Don Phan – Ecommerce in Vietnam

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In today’s episode of ATP Stories we’re joined by the co-founders of Embe - a baby products e-commerce service based in Saigon, Vietnam. They are Don Phan and Adrian Latortue. While both Don and Adrian were born and educated outside the region, they are not new to e-commerce in Asia. Don was former director of FoodPanda and MD of Zalora Vietnam.  Embe is backed by Expara Ventures, Swiss Founders Fund, and 500 Startups. In this interview Don and Adrian share their experiences of establishing their lives in Vietnam and the challenges of growing a business in a new country.

Karsten Aichholz – Thailand Starter Kit

Karsten Aichholz – Thailand Starter Kit

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Karsten Aichholz is a 30 something German British pro-gamer turned tech entrepreneur. Initially, Karsten was set to follow the safe journey of management trainee with German airline Lufthansa, but he sought bigger challenges. In this interview we learn what it means to be a professional gamer and why Karsten decided to leave Europe to seek out his future in Thailand where he set out to build his Bangkok based video games company.

Yoav Elgrichi – ImpacTech, The Social Innovation Accelerator

Yoav Elgrichi – ImpacTech, The Social Innovation Accelerator

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

One aspect of the Asian Tech Ecosystem we haven’t talked enough about lately here on ATP Stories is social tech - i.e. technology used in a way to address social issues.  To do that, we’re joined on Asia Tech Podcast today by Yoav Elgrichi. Yoav is a  Mentor at Singapore Management University and co- Founder of ImpacTech with Kineret Karin (a guest on our show). Impactech  describes itself as a Social Tech Startup Accelerator,   a program for startups that use technology in an innovative way to tackle social issues.

Santa Fe Beach In Tulum, Mexico

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

In case you weren’t already aware, Tulum is HOT. The site of the Tulum ruins seems to be even hotter, somehow. After a morning of exploring this ancient Mayan city (which we totally recommend doing on your own, sans tour … Continue reading

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Stefano Pellegrino – Cross Border Investment Lawyer Vietnam

Stefano Pellegrino – Cross Border Investment Lawyer Vietnam

by Graham D Brown @ Asia Tech Podcast

Stefano Pellegrino is a US qualified lawyer practising in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. In today's ATP we discuss the background to the Vietnamese market and the opportunities for cross border investment. We also discuss why Stefano chose to take on the challenge of one of the world's fastest developing economies, and life as a lawyer in a new market.

It looks a million Patacas

by Mischa @ myjumbokimono

I have never felt as seasick as I did on the ferry to Macau. Rosanna felt the same way. It was called the “turbojet” and it makes the trip from Hong Kong in 50 minutes. They were 50 long minutes […]

Nicola Jones Crossley – Director, AKIN ASIA, Female Leadership Advocate

Nicola Jones Crossley – Director, AKIN ASIA, Female Leadership Advocate

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Nicola Jones Crossley is humble, yet determined. She is filled with energy and somehow appears constantly calm and in control. Nicola is also charismatic and deeply committed to her passion of celebrating and supporting women in all aspects of their lives. She has purposefully and determinedly built Akin Asia into a multi-faceted platform that allows her and like minded supporters to "create a space to connect people, share ideas, inspire and educate." The high caliber of the participants and featured speakers at Akin Asia's 'Bangkok Breakfast Network' is a testament to Nicola's ability to attract a diverse group of the best and the brightest.

ATP390 – The Asia Tech Podcast Power Rankings

ATP390 – The Asia Tech Podcast Power Rankings

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In today’s episode of Asia Tech Podcast we introduce the ATP Power Rankings for 2017. Here's why we're creating the Power Rankings now:

  • The Asian startup ecosystem has grown so fast in the last 5 years, we need to build a map of who's who
  • We want to showcase the best in the ecosystem so people can learn through example
  • Here's a chance to help our network get some publicity
  • It's a bit of fun, so why not?
The challenge facing a rapidly expanding startup tech ecosystem like the one here in Asia is that it’s difficult to get a mental map of who’s doing what and how everything relates to each other. That’s why we want to identify the key influencers - both individuals and organizations - that are making a significant difference. The ATP Power Rankings 2017 covers the following categories:
  1. Individual founder/investor/stakeholder
  2. VC fund
  3. Startup City
  4. Startup Event
  5. Coworking Space
  6. Media
Our goal with the ATP Power Rankings is to recognize and celebrate those people who have helped grow this ecosystem in 2017. Sometimes they aren’t the most well-known names, the natural self-promoters, that’s why awards are a great way to give people the credit they deserve in a world where everything changes at breakneck speed. The ATP Power Rankings is an open vote available to everyone with a Linkedin account - accessible through the link below. You can vote and nominate new names all the way up to Dec 31st 2017, after which we’ll award the best in each category. Vote & nominate here

Saigon Bowl @ Beach Street, George Town, Penang

by CHEE WAH CHAN @ Now Eating

Saigon Bowl is a modern, cozy and serene Vietnamese cafe offering Pho - Vietnamese Beef/Chicken Soup Noodle made from 19 herbs.

Man shot during carjacking in Santa Ana, suspects arrested

by Chris Haire @ Orange County Register

SANTA ANA — A man in his 40s was in the hospital Friday morning, Jan. 19, after being shot during a carjacking just before midnight – and those suspected of shooting him were arrested. At 11:57 p.m. Thursday, a black sedan pulled up behind a parked car in the 1400 block of South Shelton Street, just east […]

ATP19 – Mobile Roaming in Asia

ATP19 – Mobile Roaming in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Mobile Roaming in Asia. With the boom in tourism to the Asian region, how are consumers and mobile network operators adapting to mobile roaming? While most networks seem geared towards voice and text based roaming, it's mobile data that consumers increasingly want. Current offerings tend to be leave most network users hunting for free WiFi at airports or Starbucks. But, what if you could address this consumer pain point in the Asian mobile telecoms market? And, what kind of opportunities exist if you can build a billing relationship with regular travelers? Featured in this week's episode of Asia Tech Podcast: Asian mobile network operators, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Facebook, LINE, WeChat and other messenger services, Skype, TripAlly, dual SIM cards, travel and tourism in Asia, travel insurance and enterprise mobile

Pavel Matveev – CEO of Wirex

Pavel Matveev – CEO of Wirex

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Pavel Matveev has years of securities trading and technology experience honed at the world’s top tier global financial institutions. Trained as a computer scientist and the winner of both Physics and Web Software Development contests, Pavel is a deep technologist at heart. A computer geek in the best possible way, Pavel is always searching for the best technology and development platforms and has found a transformational one in the BlockChain and BitCoin. Wirex was born of the idea to create a simple way for mass adoption of both of these and with a larger goal of creating the leading hybrid personal finance platform. He and the team has succeeded on many levels…Wirex already has 1,000,000 customers, operates in 130 countries and has partnerships with Visa and other large institutions. Listen to his views in building a global business, the benefits and drawbacks of the blockchain and whether or not ICOs are good things.

Longquan Peach Blossom Festival // This is Chengdu, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

If there’s an art to attending a Chinese festival, I’m the dumb kid who eats the paint. Give me some time and I’ll be linking to a How To Successfully Attend a Festival in China article right here. But for now, I’ll admit that my attendance at the Longquan Peach Blossom Festival was a short-lived [...]

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test panda

by AsiaLIFE @ Food Panda Delivery – AsiaLIFE Vietnam

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Pom Xu – Managing Director of Thailand and Hong Kong for Crimson Education, Math and Science Enthusiast and Mother of Two

Pom Xu – Managing Director of Thailand and Hong Kong for Crimson Education, Math and Science Enthusiast and Mother of Two

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Sujaree (Pom) Xu is from Bangkok, Thailand. She attended Triam Udon Suksa School, which is considered the top public high school in Thailand. Pom excelled academically and made time for extracurricular activities as well. She was an incredibly well rounded young adult and a self proclaimed ‘nerdy student’. She vividly remembers a rainy day conversation she had with her mother when she was a young girl sitting in her mother’s car in traffic…her mother planted a seed and encouraged her to try to get into a top U.S. University…She graduated from Harvard less than a decade later. She has accomplished a lot and continues to do so…we had an in depth conversation about her journey that has currently led her to a leadership role at Crimson Education.

ATP26 – Dave McClure: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

ATP26 – Dave McClure: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups, announces he’s stepping down this week on the back of a series of sexual harassment allegations. Not a big surprise! Rather than dissect the news, we’re going to look at this in the light of the recent episodes we broadcast on female entrepreneurs. How does the startup world’s macho culture inhibit female founders? What good will come of this news long term?

What to Eat at Niseko Hokkaido

What to Eat at Niseko Hokkaido

by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow @ Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

Some popular food recommendations for Niseko Hokkaido.

Stefano Pellegrino – Cross Border Investment Lawyer Vietnam

Stefano Pellegrino – Cross Border Investment Lawyer Vietnam

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Stefano Pellegrino is a US qualified lawyer practising in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. In today's ATP we discuss the background to the Vietnamese market and the opportunities for cross border investment. We also discuss why Stefano chose to take on the challenge of one of the world's fastest developing economies, and life as a lawyer in a new market.

Spicy Pandas

by Rosanna @ food – myjumbokimono

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is famous for two things – spicy hot-pot and giant panda bears. We had an interesting trip into the metropolis which we can only laugh about now. A local we met at the workaway […]

Shaun Rein – Author, ‘The War for China’s Wallet : Profiting from the New World Order’, China Market Research Group

Shaun Rein – Author, ‘The War for China’s Wallet : Profiting from the New World Order’, China Market Research Group

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We spoke to Shaun Rein about his new book, 'The War for China's Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order'. A fascinating follow up to his other books…We covered many other topics as well, including the duopoly of TenCent and Alibaba, the massive internet market in China and why it is difficult for foreign firms to succeed and how China has become a hotbed of innovation across many verticals and sectors. Shaun has been in China for almost 20 years and has seen so much change and development that informs his ongoing analyses of China, business in China and the growth of some of the world’s largest internet companies. It also gives him a unique perspective on China’s changing place on the global stage and its impact on business and geo-politics.

Walking Tour of Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown | Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Walking Tour of Cho Lon, Saigon's Chinatown | Itchy Feet on the Cheap


Itchy Feet on the Cheap

I seriously love Ho Chi Minh City's Cho Lon, so I hope you take the time to visit it, and I hope this walking tour helps you appreciate it.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Intercontinental Hotel Robertson Quay: Waiter for 40 Years Started a Restaurant in 2004. Now He Owns 17 Outlets Worldwide

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Intercontinental Hotel Robertson Quay: Waiter for 40 Years Started a Restaurant in 2004. Now He Owns 17 Outlets Worldwide

by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow @ Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

Rags-to-riches story, from a waiter of 40 years to a restaurateur with 17 outlets.

Shangli Ancient Village // This is Sichuan, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Shangli Ancient Village in Sichuan Province Shangli has been through a lot, but you wouldn’t know it from the peaceful feeling you get while walking its lanes. It’s one of 10 Chinese ancient villages in Sichuan province, but unlike its counterparts the village has been able to keep its authentic charm. How to get [...]

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Robert Zepeda – CEO Playbasis

Robert Zepeda – CEO Playbasis

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Robert Zepeda is an American entrepreneur living and working in Thailand since 2010. In December of 2012 he founded Playbasis, an award-winning tech startup providing a mobile engagement & loyalty management platform for financial institutions. As CEO of Playbasis, he has raised $2.6M USD in financing from leading regional and global investors, and has worked with global companies such as Unilever, Visa, HSBC, Telenor, DBS Bank to engage and reward more than 7 million users to-date. Robert is recognized as an industry expert in the fields of gamification and user engagement. Prior to Playbasis, Mr. Zepeda worked in the games industry for nearly a decade, having spent the bulk of that time at Activision-owned High Moon Studios in Southern California. Writing his first line of code as a teenager in high school, Mr. Zepeda has 15 years of experience building tech products.

Amoy Ahoy

by Rosanna @ myjumbokimono

Xiamen is a coastal city of 3.5 million people but I had not heard of it until we were told of the quicker route to cross the Pacific. This made it our last destination in China. After briefly researching the […]

ATP15 – Fintech Startups in Asia

ATP15 – Fintech Startups in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Fintech Startups in Asia are hot. With over $10 billion invested in Fintech startups in Asia alone last year (up from $1 billion in 2014), 2017 is set to become a record year for new entrants. But, who are the winners in this new space and which startups should we watch out for?. Featured this week: Fintech startups in Asia, Where are the Fintech market opportunities? Who are the biggest Fintech users in Asia? Fintech for migrant workers, low credit score and the unbanked, Geico, Lazada Philippines, Rocket internet, Tinmen, Numoni Singapore, Bitcoin, Paypal and Ebay, Kickstarter, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Omise, Ayannah, FastaCash, CodaPay, Lenddo, Tala Mobile, Easy Taxi, Zen Rooms

Rie Yamamoto – CEO & Co-Founder at EventHub, International Strategy at ALE, Brown University Graduate

Rie Yamamoto – CEO & Co-Founder at EventHub, International Strategy at ALE, Brown University Graduate

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Rie Yamamoto outperforms…constantly. If this was not clear when she was 9 years old and moved to Connecticut from Chiba, Japan with her family, it had to have been clear when she told her parents as a high school junior that she was not moving back to Japan with them. She convinced them that she and her dog were staying in Connecticut, graduating from high school (not the dog too!) and then attending Brown University. Looking back, Rie’s life is marked by a well earned independence, a high capacity to learn and strategize, and to make well thought out decisions. Her natural landing spot was being the founder of a technology startup company that bridges the experiences of growing up in the United States with the still nascent startup scene in Japan.

Vincent Sethiwan – CEO of Magic Box and Launchpad

Vincent Sethiwan – CEO of Magic Box and Launchpad

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We spoke to Vincent Sethiwan on the newest floor of Launchpad…Launchpad is meant to be 'the perfect blend of a professional office, a co-working space and a creative space.’  I think it lives up to its billing.  Vincent conceived of this space while trying to build his own company…a game company and software development house that was originally run out of his home and a coffee shop an Central World. Vincent learned many lessons while he was building Charged Concept / Magic Box and Launchpad…not the least of which was, ‘do not try to market two concepts at the same time’.  He explained the struggles he had initially simply getting people to understand what a co-working space was…even mentioning that some people would walk by the space and surmise that he was running a new type of furniture shop.  He also talked candidly about the pressures of being the third generation of a successful family and his drive to succeed and build something big…using the experiences he gained from working in a rice processing factory, working at IBM and getting a combined BS / Masters degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  This was a truly great story…

Jun Yamadera – Augmented Reality Pioneer

Jun Yamadera – Augmented Reality Pioneer

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jun Yamadera founded Eyes Japan in 1995, the first IT startup from the University of Aizu, Fukushima. In the past 20 years, he has been working on various cutting edge projects such as exporting Fukushima rice via web in 1995, making worlds first virtual pottery system, making CG of historical archives of national treasure of Japanese castles, temples, traditional dances and medical motions using motion capture. He is a pioneer in Augmented Reality wearable technologies, Medical x IT and has been organizing worlds first medical security hackathon since 2012. His team won the the championship in Developers Challenge 2013 Health 2.0 in Silicon Valley. He is the Health 2.0 Fukushima Chapter Leader and a TEDxKobe 2015 Speaker. He started a project called FUKUSHIMA Wheel in the aftermath of the terrible disaster caused by the earthquake and nuclear accident in Fukushima, JAPAN in March 11, 2011.

What’s The Secret Behind Guilang Tableya’s Amazing Taste?

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

“Mama, asa ko nimo gilihi?” She then told me that she always craved sikwati (hot chocolate) while she was carrying me in her belly. No wonder I was premature in weight as a baby (As a registered nurse, I don’t have time to explain this to you right now hahaha). I actually did not know […]

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Caspar Bo Jensen – Founder & CEO Chilindo, CEO Playlab Games

Caspar Bo Jensen – Founder & CEO Chilindo, CEO Playlab Games

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Caspar Bo Jensen understands the highs and lows of entrepreneurship. He has seen them both…more than once. After building successful e-commerce companies in Denmark from scratch, the global financial crisis finally caught up to him and he had to shut down his businesses. Caspar Bo does not give up, however, and he learned a lot from those experiences at home and decided to join some friends in Thailand and try to do it all over again…both bigger and better. Founding Chilindo in October 2013, it was challenging from the start. Nobody had built a shopping experience like Chilindo in the region before and if it meant going to source products in Chinatown at 4AM, Caspar Bo was going to do it. Caspar tells a very interesting story of how consumers like to buy, near failure and how doing things differently can lead to sustainable success.

Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival

Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

I have to say one of the best things about being an American expat living in Shanghai is being able to enjoy both Chinese and American holidays.  Like many holidays around the world, Chinese holidays are focused around tradition, getting together with family and friends and having a big feast.  It’s also an added bonus that many holidays here are celebrated over the course of several days and some times even up to a full week. Tomorrow is the official […]

Tantalus Lookout

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

It seems no matter where you go, everyone is on the lookout for the best views. People pay good money to ride an elevator to a high floor if they’re promised a jaw-dropping panorama at the top. In Oahu you … Continue reading

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ATP320 – The Latest Trends in Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and ICOs

ATP320 – The Latest Trends in Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and ICOs

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In this week’s Asia Tech Podcast we walk through the latest trends in the Initial Coin Offering space. Asian companies like OMISE who initially raised $25 m have seen the market valuation of their issued coin rise to over $600 million in a matter of weeks. What is behind this incredible rise in valuations? Do ICOs now represent a valid option for Asian startups seeking funding without having to either issue equity or entertain venture capitalists?

From Hanoi to Hong Kong

by Rosanna @ food – myjumbokimono

It’s possible to travel overland from Vietnam all the way to Hong Kong within 24 hours. If you plan ahead, it is only a matter of two trains and then two metro lines taking you to Kowloon. One train to […]

Wheels Bar and Grill: 10 Dishes That You Should Try On Your First Visit

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

We all want to relax and enjoy good food at the end of a very busy day, don’t we? If you happen to be looking for a new place in the heart of the city, add Wheels Bar and Grill to your bucket list. Aside from their cool and spacious restaurant, their dishes can satisfy […]

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Recipe:  Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Mixed Berry Compote

Recipe: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Mixed Berry Compote

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

There’s been a serious heat wave hitting Shanghai this summer with record temperatures soaring well over 100°F for weeks.  I’ve been trying to keep my daily outside adventures to a minimum, staying indoors where it’s nice and cool.  Naturally, the last thing this heat makes me want to do is to do any serious roasting or baking.  Plus, one downside of living in a small apartment is that during the summer when the oven is on the whole place heats up […]

Let’s Meat @ Tanjung Tokong, Penang

by CHEE WAH CHAN @ Now Eating

The family-friendly Let's Meat near TAR College in Tanjung Tokong, Penang serves America's breakfast, barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine in cozy environment.

Eli Lyons – Disrupting Genome Science

Eli Lyons – Disrupting Genome Science

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In today’s conversation we are going to learn about bioinformatics -  an evolving biotech discipline that uses software to help us better understand biological data. Bionformatics is key to innovation in the current drug discovery process and disease prevention.  To that end we are joined by a PhD in Genome Science, based in Tokyo - Eli Lyons, CEO of Tupac Bio. Although Biotech is a highly skilled and technologically driven industry, it can often be slowed by traditional or internally focused worldviews. Eli applies his training as an engineer to a fundamentally biological problem to drive innovation. In this interview, Eli shares his own views on how being an outsider within any industry can yield new ways of thinking.

Bernard Leong – The Analyse Asia Podcast

Bernard Leong – The Analyse Asia Podcast

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Bernard Leong has been involved in the tech startup space for as long as it has existed in Singapore. He has been (and still is!) a founder, investor, mentor, fund manager and thought leader…among many other things. We had a wide ranging discussion on the development of ‘Analyse Asia’ his flagship podcast and the growth of the technology industry in Singapore. Bernard and I talked about this strategy for building his podcast, which included getting well known interview subjects onto his show from other publications like Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunh. We also discussed his investment thesis and how he likes to make investment decisions within the first 15 minutes of meeting the founders. Bernard takes a scientific and analytical view on just about everything. Maybe that is what has made him so successful

Jehan Chu – Managing Partner, Kenetic Capital, The Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, Founder of Ethereum Hong Kong

Jehan Chu – Managing Partner, Kenetic Capital, The Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, Founder of Ethereum Hong Kong

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jehan Chu was raised in New Jersey, spent some time outside of the United States before boarding at the Westtown Friends School. Academic excellence is a main tenant of this uniquely Quaker school in Pennsylvania…yet one of the main aspects of the school is its sense of community, intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. This must have mattered to Jehan, as those themes are pervasive throughout his adult life. While at university, he became interested in Web programming and then rode that interest to a job building the online presence and business of Sotheby’s in New York, followed by an opportunity to run their Client Development efforts in Asia. Jehan became more involved in the art world in Asia while at the same time becoming deeply interested in the BlockChain and Bitcoin. At some point the crypto community started taking up so much of this time and interest (He was a Founding member of The Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong and the Founder of Ethereum Hong Kong.) he started focusing full time on building the multi-faceted business that has become Kenetic Capital.

Mark Vange – Founder of TokenIQ, Technology Entrepreneur, Advisor to Startups and Investors, Crypto Expert and Enthusiast

Mark Vange – Founder of TokenIQ, Technology Entrepreneur, Advisor to Startups and Investors, Crypto Expert and Enthusiast

by Graham D Brown @ Asia Tech Podcast

Mark Vange has been interested in technology from the first moment he laid his eyes on the Apple II computers that arrived at his new school the same day he did. Born in the Soviet Union, Mark moved to Israel with his family as part of a program the Carter Administration had with the Soviet government. Russian Jews go to go to Israel in exchange for U.S. wheat that went to Russia…It was a win-win at the time for both sides of the trade. Mark has been a technology entrepreneur for as long as he can remember, building his first gaming company at 20 years old and also building highly sophisticated transmission protocols that were used by the U.S. Government after 9/11…Mark is now deeply involved in the crypto space, in particular building TokenIQ that embeds technology into Crypto Tokens to ensure regulatory compliance through the lifecycle of the token’s existence.

Ned Phillips – CEO of Robo Advisory Bambu

Ned Phillips – CEO of Robo Advisory Bambu

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

CEO Bambu, ex-MD of ETrade Asia, angel investor

Ned Phillips, CEO of Bambu joins us today from Singapore. Bambu is a Robo Advisory that offers digital wealth services to a wide range of clients - from traditional retail banks to telcos. Ned has been in Asia for over 25 years, having first got his start in the Fintech space back before it was called Fintech, in 1999 when his publishing company was acquired by the then nascent E*Trade in Hong Kong. If you’re from a financial background, you’re going to love this interview as both Ned and Michael who both share extensive backgrounds in trading share a fascinating insight into how their world is rapidly evolving from floppy disk all the back in the 90s to cutting edge technologies like Bambu. Let’s also not forget that Ned is an accomplished Ironman triathlete who qualified for the world championships in Kona Hawaii (no easy feat!), a little of which we learn about in the introduction.  

Summer Soiree Series: How to Make Creamy Mushroom Soup

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

We all want to eat a hearty soup every once in a while. My idea of a nice weekend lunch is having crispy vegetarian spring rolls, a hot cup of rice, and a warm bowl of Creamy Mushroom Soup. I can’t blame people for loving this creamy soup. There’s something in its taste that’s comforting. […]

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Giovanni Zangani – Private Equity in Vietnam

Giovanni Zangani – Private Equity in Vietnam

by Graham D Brown @ Saigon – Asia Tech Podcast

Private Equity is an area we have not covered before, but we had an interesting discussion with Giovanni Zangani on that topic. His journey from Milan to Ho Chi Minh City went through Europe, the United States and Hong Kong before arriving in Vietnam.  Giovanni made a strategic decision to study for his MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and that began his experiences in Asia.  While looking for his initial job after graduating, he found a great opportunity in Vietnam and ran with it.  His instincts and interests matched the market need and he focused on the Food & Beverage and Retail sectors which ended up being a sweet spot of growth for the Vietnamese economy. Listen as Giovanni gives more detail about why those sectors were his focus and why starting Maestro Equity Partners was the natural next step in his professional development.  Listen as well to his philosophy around how a strong relationship helps build a sustainable partnership with his firm’s clients.

Recipe:  Pork Rei-Shabu with Soba

Recipe: Pork Rei-Shabu with Soba

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

Often when I’m looking for a quick and healthy meal, I reach for soba.  Soba is a Japanese buckwheat noodle that, in addition to being a delicious accompaniment to a variety of dishes, is an amazing superfood as well.  It’s been known to enhance metabolism and even lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well. You can think of it as a healthier alternative to Italian pastas or white rice but almost equally filling. This next recipe I’m sharing with you […]

Five Ten Fifteen Twenty, Two Tendon Shops: Tempura TenTen at Raffles City Shopping Centre and Tensho (天勝) at Centrepoint

Five Ten Fifteen Twenty, Two Tendon Shops: Tempura TenTen at Raffles City Shopping Centre and Tensho (天勝) at Centrepoint

by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow @ Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

two tendon shops we visited. Spoiler alert: not all fried food are good.

10 Days in Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

A Very Detailed Travel Itinerary Tours are for foo-ls. I tried my best to make that rhyme. While Vietnam may seem a little daunting at first, the country is not difficult to travel – especially if you have a great blog to aid you, with details on every leg of the trip, written by a [...]

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Dana Blouin –  Super Villain, StartUp Advisor, PhD Candidate

Dana Blouin – Super Villain, StartUp Advisor, PhD Candidate

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Dana Blouin is a friend and self proclaimed Super Villain. Frankly, I am not sure what that means. I have known Dana for years and somewhere between his persona and his personality lies an amazing man, deeply intelligent, highly technically skilled and unrelenting in his passionate pursuit of all things media and technology. Dana has been involved in the confluence of online media, digital distribution and deep tech for over 15 years. Oh, did I also mention that he is an MMA referee and has actually stepped into the ring (octagon?) to fight as well? Let’s just say that Dana truly has many talents…and one of those talents that simply can not be overlooked is his innate desire to help others. Dana and I had a candid conversation about digital media including the use of data to better understand topic selection, production length, distribution channels and methodology and monetization models. Dana knows his stuff and we often try to find ways to collaborate and share ideas. I always enjoy talking with him…new ideas always emerge.

Pieter Franken – CEO SafeCast Japan

Pieter Franken – CEO SafeCast Japan

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Pieter Franken joins us on ATP Stories today from Tokyo, Japan. Pieter is an Executive Director of the Monex Group (a FinTech company redefining finanical services), co-founder of Safecast (a non-profit that helps people measure environmental factors such as radiation) and a research affiliate at MIT Media Lab. Pieter has over 25 years in financial services and FinTech, holding executive position at Citigroup, Shinsei Bank, Aplus and Monex.

ATP28 – What Makes a Great StartUp City in Asia?

ATP28 – What Makes a Great StartUp City in Asia?

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In today’s episode of Asia Tech Podcast we share an in-depth look into some of the hottest cities in Asia to startup your business.

How do they compare both within Asia and to outside alternatives (e.g. Silicon Valley?) We walk through each city and discuss the startup culture, access to capital, technological infrastructure, cost of living and coworking spaces.

Featured cities this week: Bangkok, Sydney, Fukuoka, Singapore and Hong Kong

ATP450 – Why Asia Matters to the Global Startup Ecosystem

ATP450 – Why Asia Matters to the Global Startup Ecosystem

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

In this week's Asia Tech Podcast, Graham and Michael discuss why Asia matters. They talk about how attitudes are shifting from a "lack of visibility" in Asia, to pioneering VCs on the West Coast turning to the Pacific for their latest deal flow. Asia tech investment stood at $19.3 billion as of mid 2017, compared to Silicon Valley $16.5 billion. Sure, SV is a fraction of Asia's population and land mass, but times are changing. The conversation covers the latest investment data on Asia, key headline figures for demographics and the role of the "Unicorn Creators" (of which Tencent has already invested in 19 Unicorns alone).

D’Grill, Punggol: Whole Fish & Chips and Sambal Hotplate Seafood

D’Grill, Punggol: Whole Fish & Chips and Sambal Hotplate Seafood

by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow @ Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

D'Grill at the Punggol Container Area serves good affordable food for the family.

Rishi Israni – CEO at Zimplistic Inventions and Former Founder tenCube

Rishi Israni – CEO at Zimplistic Inventions and Former Founder tenCube

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Rishi Israni has been interested in computers and technology for as long as he could remember. Software was his passion and after he moved to Singapore he attended the National University of Singapore and earned a degree in Computer Science. Nokia mobile phones were all the rage, but they were also very expensive. Losing one was problematic and Rishi and his friends founded a company called tenCube and developed a software suite called WaveSecure that allowed phone owners to ‘locate, lock, backup and wipe’ their phones remotely. This was a groundbreaking product that won many accolades and lead to the acquisition of tenCube by McAfee in 2010. This was truly at the beginning of the startup scene in Singapore and in Southeast Asia. As if that was not enough, Rishi went back to his software roots, combined with his wife’s hardware talents and developed the Rotimatic…a hardware and software marvel that is “the world’s first fully integrated solution that measures, mixes, kneads, flattens, cooks, puffs and delights.” Eight years in the making, this sounds like a very complex and sophisticated machine.

Sunhera Cariappa – The Ultimate Toolkit

Sunhera Cariappa – The Ultimate Toolkit

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Sunhera is a strategic designer with specialization in designing for social impact. She has managed and lead a variety of projects ranging from organizing global service design workshops to researching healthcare opportunities for chronic disease patients with Philips Design in China. The Ultimate Toolkit integrates her passion for social impact and human-centred design.

Carson McKelvey – Unpacking the Asian Shopper’s Mindset

Carson McKelvey – Unpacking the Asian Shopper’s Mindset

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Today we’re going to look at the fast growing retail sector in Asia. Let’s put this into context:  China alone is worth $4.8 trillion ($840 is ecommerce) - that’s  bigger than the US. What are the latest trends we need to be looking out for? To do that I’m joined by Carson McKelvey, Managing Partner Tofugear based in Hong Kong. We’re going to look at the growing need to create a unified experience for Asian shoppers, and the challenges in making that happen.

Surasit Sachdev –  CEO of Hungry Hub

Surasit Sachdev – CEO of Hungry Hub

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Hungry Hub started as a platform for the management of restaurant reservations similar to Open Table.  Restaurants happily signed up for this free product / service en masse.  The only problem was that the team figured out that neither restaurants nor their patrons had problems managing or booking reservations and hence it was not possible to properly build a business around this concept.  Surasit was neither used to failing nor happy about it. Real entrepreneurs are persistent and do not give in easily.  All of his experience in building Hungry Hub and interacting with Food and Beverage outlets gave the team a bigger and better idea.  Listen to this episode to hear about his pivot and his thought processes around it.  Very interesting!

ATP2 – How Will Chinese Tourism Impact the Asian Tech Ecosystem?

ATP2 – How Will Chinese Tourism Impact the Asian Tech Ecosystem?

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

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Karena Belin –  Building Hong Kong’s StartUp Ecosystem

Karena Belin – Building Hong Kong’s StartUp Ecosystem

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Karena Belin, Co-Founder of WHub, is a pillar of the Hong Kong Startup scene and passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and fostering the ecosystem. Deeply immersed since 2013, she has taken on engagements as speaker, mentor and judge at events and organisations such as the Chicago Booth GNVC, Google EYE, NexChange (FinTech), IFLR Conference, RISE Conference, Tech Open Air Berlin, Techstars StartupWeekendHK & Startup Next Pre-Accelerator, global Merlin YPO program and Poly U Entrepreneurial Mentorship Network. Karena and her team are focused on making a difference in people’s lives.  WHub was originally started to solve a hiring and talent discovery issue in the Hong Kong Technology Startup ecosystem and quickly grew to be a centerpiece of the entire space.  Influenced by Simon Sinek’s New York Times Best Seller, “Start With Why”, WHub manifests its passion by building the tools necessary to support and promote tech entrepreneurship in Hong Kong. The passion that Karena Berlin has for the Hong Kong Technology Startup scene is palpable throughout this conversation.

3 Measures We Can Do Against Lung Cancer (or any type of cancer)

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

How would you react if you or someone you know is diagnosed with lung cancer? I’ll let you brew that thought on your mind for a moment. Just in case you didn’t know, a lot of Filipinos dispelled seemingly harmless signs and symptoms like coughs, colds, or body aches at an early stage. These are […]

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A First-Timer’s Guide to Canggu

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

Planning your first ever trip to Canggu and not sure where to begin? Fret not friends; we’ve got you covered with this first-timer’s guide specifically created to help with just that! Read on for tips on how long to stay, … Continue reading

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Jason Goldberg –  Director, OpenST Foundation. Founder and CEO at Simple Token. Founder and CEO at Pepo

Jason Goldberg – Director, OpenST Foundation. Founder and CEO at Simple Token. Founder and CEO at Pepo

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jason Goldberg builds things…and he generally builds them bigger than you would have expected. Jason worked on Bill Clinton’s campaign and then in the Clinton White House, not because he was well connected to them, but because he reached out himself and asked. An early lesson learned was that you don’t get things you don’t ask for. Seeing opportunities is relatively easy, seizing them is the definition of success…and great entrepreneurs are great at seizing great opportunities. In his current business, SimpleToken, Jason Goldberg believes he is seizing a very large and transformational opportunity. The success of SimpleToken augurs a secular change in the way communities are built, given incentives to produce and compensated. Simple Token aims to be the platform that enables “Cryptocurrency to Power Digital Communities”.

Gingernog

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'Tis the season for gingerbread and eggnog! Let these flavors trigger all things holiday inside of you!

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Jonie Oostveen –  Redefining Art Gallery Sales

Jonie Oostveen – Redefining Art Gallery Sales

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jonie Oostveen is the founder of Arto, an online gallery that brings the kind of discovery experience you can find at a music app like Spotify to the world of art. Originally from the Netherlands but now based in Singapore, Jonie’s journey into entrepreneurship started with working at large mobile telcos like KPN before later being involved in more dynamic tech organizations (Spotify, Philips Ventures, Ebuddy and Miyowa). Even though these organizations had startup-like cultures, they couldn’t replace the challenge and thrill of running your own startup. In this interview we talk about the problems he’s trying to solve at Arto as well as the challenges (and advantages) of being an older entrepreneur. Is a 41 year old startup founder more or less likely to succeed? Jonie successfully raised $500k angel seed to kick start Arto and is now seeking a further round of capital.

‘The Alienist’ star Dakota Fanning talks women’s roles, workplace harassment and standing up to injustice

‘The Alienist’ star Dakota Fanning talks women’s roles, workplace harassment and standing up to injustice

by Rob Lowman @ Orange County Register

Dakota Fanning, who has been acting since she was six, plays a key role in “The Alienist,” TNT’s highly anticipated 10-part series based on Caleb Carr's 1994 best-selling novel.

Caged and Outraged: The Sad State of the Ho Chi Minh City Zoo • Alex in Wanderland

Caged and Outraged: The Sad State of the Ho Chi Minh City Zoo • Alex in Wanderland


Alex In Wanderland

Are you looking for a fun, family friendly activity or attraction in Ho Chi Minh City? Let me give you some hard-earned travel advice: Do not go to the Ho Chi Minh City Zoo. In our last few days in Vietnam we were back in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, as I often refer to …

ATP510 – Asia Matters: Welcome to The Asian Century (Report Part1/4)

ATP510 – Asia Matters: Welcome to The Asian Century (Report Part1/4)

by Graham D Brown @ Asia Tech Podcast

  • If you want to understand the rise of Asia’s Tech Ecosystem look to the Megacities as the engines of growth, not the countries.
  • Asia is big, but we didn’t realise how “big” it really was until we got out there, boots on the ground and did out research for this report. No longer is Asia all about “markets of billions”. The Asia of 2018 is a market of multiple wealth centers (the Megacities), a rapidly emerging middle class and a vision to connect all these dots together with huge infrastructure investment. Why build walls when you can build bridges?
  • China could create 15-20 Silicon Valleys of its own in the near future.
  • Asia is rapidly emerging from the shadows of “The West” to become the new world leader in everything from startup ecosystems to retail malls.
  • 66% of the world’s middle class will be in Asia within 10 years. Our “Asia Matters” presentation is the story of Asia’s rise from being a world of cheap “knockoffs” dependent on The West to becoming its own self-sufficient engine of economic growth.

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Yu Tazawa – Building Unique Art Hotel Experiences

Yu Tazawa – Building Unique Art Hotel Experiences

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Yu “Taz” Tazawa is the co-founder of BnA (Bed n Art) - a concept hotel Japan. BnA provides guests with ability to live inside and experience installation art. Local artists who need exposure design and create the rooms around unique themes, themes which guests love. BnA has already been featured by a number of Japanese TV programs, as well as in Elle Decor magazine who rated them as one of the 3 hotel experiences you “must try” in Japan. We also discussed the challenges of entrepreneurship in Japan and also the relevance of Taz’s multicultural background in giving him the confidence to thrive in unknown environments.

Charles Reed Anderson – IoT Trends in Asia

Charles Reed Anderson – IoT Trends in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Charles Reed Anderson is Asia’s leading authority on Internet of Things. Charles has over 15 years experience advising corporates on IoT and mobility through his roles as VP at IDC and Head of Innovation APAC at BT Global. In this interview Charles shares insights into where the IoT market is heading and what kind of applications will change the lives of everyday consumers. He also talks about the journey that brought him to Asia and his experience of the last year in setting up his own consultancy. Having worked a number of years in large corporates, how does Charles find the challenge of being his own boss? How does he build his authority so effectively in his space?

ATP20 – The Latest Investment Data on the Asian Startup Ecosystem

ATP20 – The Latest Investment Data on the Asian Startup Ecosystem

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

The Latest Investment Data on the Asian Startup Ecosystem. Today we're looking at changes in the startup scene in Asia, specifically the latest investment data in Asia based on CB Insights research. What's happening to the Asian startup dealflow? Who's investing? What kind of startups are getting funded? How does the startup scene vary from country to country? Which Asian markets are hot right now?

Robert Lomnitz – The Bangkok Venture Club

Robert Lomnitz – The Bangkok Venture Club

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Robert Lomnitz has been doing business in Asia for almost 25 years.  His experience as an asset manager, investment portfolio builder and advisor lead to his joining and leading the Bangkok Venture Club.  The Club aims to aggregate the experience of many local business builders and angel investors into a platform that invests in seed stage businesses and provide real value to those businesses by using the accumulated network of the Club’s members. We touched on a range of relevant topics in the investment space, including the impact of corporate venture capitalists like SCB’s Digital Ventures, SCG’s AddVentures and the accelerators of the mobile operators in Thailand.  How will these actors work together with newer investors like K2 and BVC locally and the other regional micro funds.  We also spent a bit of time talking about blockchain and cryptocurrencies.  Finally, we touched on how to monetize these investments via trade sales, listings and other sources of liquidity.

ATP330 – How to build a podcast in Asia

ATP330 – How to build a podcast in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

This week we’re looking at our strategy to build Asia Tech Podcast in Asia from scratch. Our goal is to interview 100 of the most exciting names in the Asian Tech Ecosystem by the end of 2017. That’s a pretty big ask! As with any creative effort, you need a good system behind you to do the heavy lifting and a story to tell. We also talk about the importance of building an offline element in your marketing strategy to make the online more meaningful. That leads in to the latest updates about our ATP Tour of Asia. 

ATP14 – Asia and The $1 Trillion Business Travel Market

ATP14 – Asia and The $1 Trillion Business Travel Market

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

The $1 Trillion Business Travel Market and Asia. Asia is world’s biggest business travel market. A report by McKinsey & Company indicates that Asia accounts for more than a third of the US$1 trillion annual spending in the business traveler market. But are hotels keeping up with demand? A new generation of business traveler is increasingly being offered (and demanding) the flexibility for a different experience. Airbnb and companies like Metro Residences are redesigning the business travel market by offering professionals what they want. Features this week include Metro Residences Singapore, Rakuten Japan, Priceline, Agoda, Airbnb, Uber, Ebay, SalesWhale, Y-Combinator and Artificial Intelligence.

Josh Steimle – CEO of MWI Shenzhen

Josh Steimle – CEO of MWI Shenzhen

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Josh Steimle is an author, entrepreneur and world traveler based in Shenzhen City, Guangdong, China. He’s author of Chief Marketing Officers at Work. Named by Entrepreneur magazine as one of 50 Inspirational Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017, one of 25 Marketing Influencers To Watch In 2017 by Forbes and a TedX speaker. Josh is CEO of MWI, a global digital agency focused on influencer marketing, and organizer of the Chief Marketing Summit in China.

5 Signs Your Training Efforts Are Failing

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

We have again gone full circle… a new year has started… what does 2018 hold for you? Is this going to be the year you ...

Komichi Tea House 小路茶坊 @ Lorong Toh Aka, George Town, Penang

by CHEE WAH CHAN @ Now Eating

Komichi Tea House is a lovely Japanese Tea House hidden in George Town, Penang by Japanese owner having her own tea farm back in Japan.

Alex Duncan –  Surviving and Thriving in Shanghai as a Foreign Entrepreneur

Alex Duncan – Surviving and Thriving in Shanghai as a Foreign Entrepreneur

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Alex Duncan is the founder of KAWO.  In Alex’s own words, KAWO is “like Hootsuite but for the Chinese market”. That means KAWO is fine tuned to China’s unique social media landscape - covering Weibo, Wechat and the demands of its advanced 600 million social media users. Despite the relatively later explosion in the Chinese social media scene, Alex is no latecomer - he’s been in Shanghai since 2007 when arrived aged 23 with a backpack, a few words of Mandarin and little more than a desire to have an adventure. He’s been there ever since. This episode of ATP Stories is a unique insight into what it takes to establish a successful startup in China and the challenges facing foreigner entrepreneurs entering that market.

Cardinal Coffea: Must-Try Pastries, Cakes, and Drinks

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

Raise your hand if you love cake! I know I do. If you are familiar with Cardinal Bakeshop, I think you’ll probably rejoice at the fact that they finally opened a coffee shop late last year and they called it Cardinal Coffea. Aside from their famous cheese bread and special ensaymada, they have more cakes, […]

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ATP24 – Connecting the Dots as an Investor in Asia

ATP24 – Connecting the Dots as an Investor in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

This week we're talking about The life of a startup investor and advisor in Asia. The life of a startup investor and advisor in Asia, As investors we get to see a diversity of ideas and people every day.  We learn new things constantly related to so many topics…We want to cover some of the things that we come across every day. In this episode we’ll talk about: TripAlly, SocialGiver, YDIN, Uteeni and Real Estate throughout the Continental US. Here are some the startups Michael is working with, featured in this show (background on each by Michael): 1) Met SocialGiver co...

Underwhelmed At My Son Sanctuary In Vietnam

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

If there’s one way to destroy your enjoyment of a UNESCO world heritage site, it’s to almost die en route to it. Especially if, once you show up, you observe that the size and awesomeness were greatly over-hyped. Yeah, I’d … Continue reading

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Tim Romero –  Disrupting Japan

Tim Romero – Disrupting Japan

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We had a great conversation with Tim Romero.  Tim is a long time Tokyo hand whose first introduction to Japan was after signing a record deal for his band.  While this did not last long, Tim went back to Los Angeles, worked for a Software company that sent him back to Tokyo and after working in the IT department at a global financial firm, he got bitten by the startup bug.  Tim now writes on entrepreneurship, podcasts about startups and advises foreign companies on how to enter the market in Japan.  Tim also runs an interesting podcast of his own called ‘Disrupting Japan’.

Gwangjang Market: South Korea’s Oldest Market is Filled with Incredible Food

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

I’ll admit, I’m a little confused about Korea’s market scene. Gwangjang Market (광장시장) is located in what I believe is the oldest market building in Korea. It opened in 1905, when it was called Dongdaemun Market, which was the name of an older market that was destroyed in the Korean War and rebuilt in 1959. [...]

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ATP500 – Asia Matters: Latest Data on Asia’s Trillion Dollar Tech Market

ATP500 – Asia Matters: Latest Data on Asia’s Trillion Dollar Tech Market

by Graham D Brown @ Asia Tech Podcast

Welcome back to 2018. We talk about all the key stats you need to know about Asia in 2018, and why Asia will be the most important startup ecosystem in coming years. Highlights include: the $1.3 trillion Greater Bay, Vietnam’s 6.3% growth rate, how China leads the US in innovation patents, when Indonesia will surpass the GDP of the UK, what it means for Asia and its tech startups to be home to 750 million (or 60%) of the world’s youth population. Listen to get insights into the latest trends and what it means for the Asian startup ecosystem in 2018.

Kineret Karin – 2 Successful Exits in Singapore

Kineret Karin – 2 Successful Exits in Singapore

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Kineret Karin is an Israeli entrepreneur based in Singapore. Kineret made the move from working in the safe environment of pharmaceuticals to starting her own business in food retail with Yoav Elgrichi. Her initial iteration of Singapore Dine struggled to gain traction but after a significant pivot, the company grew rapidly. Singapore Dine was eventually acquired by Food Panda for undisclosed terms. Kineret says regardless of the money, she’d still want to be actively working on new projects and mentoring entrepreneurs. In this interview, Kineret discusses the journey of Singapore Dine from startup idea to successful exit, how she manages her busy day (despite being a full time mom of two teenage girls) and her passion for both social tech and running marathons.

Ashley Galina – Understanding Chinese Consumers and Their Social Media Trends

Ashley Galina – Understanding Chinese Consumers and Their Social Media Trends

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Ashley Galina Dudarenok is a leading authority on the Chinese consumer and their social media market. Originally from Vladivostock, Russia, Ashley later lived in the UK, New Zealand, China and now, where she’s based, in Hong Kong. Ashley is fluent in Mandarin, English, Russian and German. Ashley is founder of Chozan, which describes itself as the most comprehensive guide to Chinese Social Media and Alarice, a social media agency aimed at the Chinese market. In this interview Ashley walks us through the life of the Chinese consumer, the importance of WeChat and future Chinese trends that will shape the rest of the world.

Greg Simon –  Founder & CEO of Loyyal – The Internet of Loyalty

Greg Simon – Founder & CEO of Loyyal – The Internet of Loyalty

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Greg Simon and I have known each other for almost 25 years…so I am biased.  Greg and I worked together at Morgan Stanley and he had an extremely successful career across the spectrum of Global Finance. Deciding to take a break in 2012 and travel the world, Greg was determined to find the commonalities that all humans share.  He visited 40 countries in 12 months and along the way was introduced to, among many other amazing things, BitCoin and the BlockChain. The transformative qualities of this technology was easily apparent to him and studied determinedly to learn as much as he could on the topic as fast as he could.  Greg is extremely well versed in the developing potential of blockchain technologies and directs his efforts in this respect to the massive global market for Loyalty, leading to the founding and building of Loyyal - The Internet of Loyalty. Listen as Greg describes the massive opportunity in the over $100BN market and how the blockchain can be applied to make the market more efficient, interoperable and less complex.

Matt Foley – Entrepreneurialism in Asia Today

Matt Foley – Entrepreneurialism in Asia Today

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Really looking forward to introducing you to my next guest, Matt Foley, founder and MD of Pikohana. Matt’s had a long career in the Asian tech industry from helping build out the Taiwanese internet in 1996 to being involved in IPOs, to living and working in China, South Korea, Hong Kong and now Singapore. Matt’s Foley family motto which he recently discoveed in Ireland is “that I may be of use”, a maxim that only makes sense when you couple that service with risk. Matt’s story is one of constantly seeking how to be of use as a CFO by stepping outside his comfort zone and embracing new challenges - whether that was leaving the US in the midst of the 90s dot com boom to seek adventure in Asia or starting his own business at Pikohana. This is an interesting look into the motivations that compel someone to take on challenges in the face of failure, a conversation that also touches on Matt’s unique story from being part of a nuclear weapons team at the Soviet frontline to giving up 8 handicap golf to learn surfing.

Recipe:  Sicilian-style Spaghetti – Pasta con le Sarde

Recipe: Sicilian-style Spaghetti – Pasta con le Sarde

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

One can never have too many cookbooks.  But with the world going digital, cookbooks today are being downloaded on tablets and almost any recipe can be found online.  Although it certainly makes things more convenient, I still love grabbing my favorite cookbooks from the bookshelf, flipping through their glossy pages and finding inspiration from the beautiful photographs.  Sadly, I have to admit that of all the cookbooks I own, I’ve probably only made a handful of recipes from each — […]

Florian Cornu – Founder & CEO of Future Flow

Florian Cornu – Founder & CEO of Future Flow

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Florian Cornu originates from France and has been living in Southeast Asia for 8 years.  Florian joined the fast moving digital world by starting a company at StartUp Weekend in Singapore. FLocations was founded on the premise that Southeast Asia provided the perfect opportunity to build a travel site based on destination discovery and weekend getaways as opposed to picking a location first and then determine how to best get there. Florian’s love of maps lead him and the team to innovate around maps as a discovery mechanism, used to show what was close by and spark interest in travel that way.  His innovations lead to great traction and interest from investors and ultimately lead to the sale of FLocations to Kei Shibata’s group of Japan based travel assets. Listen to Florian as he tells the story of his inspiration, his learnings and how he employs that knowledge and experience to help budding entrepreneurs raise capital and build their businesses.

Guy Hearn – The Future of Advertising in Asia

Guy Hearn – The Future of Advertising in Asia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Guy Hearn and I had an interesting conversation about the modernization of the advertising business.  How has technology both helped and hurt the ad business?  What is the efficacy and measurability of online campaigns?  How do clients and brands perceive the onset and ubiquity of math and computer science specialists as opposed to general researchers?  We also talked about how technology allows the barriers to entry to drop for entry into both the content creation and advertising businesses.

Damien Ng –  Giving Crowdfunded Hardware the Full Retail Experience

Damien Ng – Giving Crowdfunded Hardware the Full Retail Experience

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Damien is one of 3 co-founders for Backers. Based in Hong Kong, Backers is a retail showroom that sells crowdfunded products. One of the biggest challenges facing product designers is consumer knowledge. What do people really want? What works? What doesn’t work? Most designers don’t have the time, know-how or resources to source that insight “in the wild”. Most fly by intuition and their limited echo-chambers of personal networks. That makes producing any new product a high-risk endeavor. Backers aims to help designers in that journey by taking products even from their pre-crowdfunding stage and placing them instore so real people can interact with them in the real world. This information helps designers significantly derisk the process and create a better experience for their customers.

Bay McLaughlin – CEO of Hardware Accelerator BRINC

Bay McLaughlin – CEO of Hardware Accelerator BRINC

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Joining us today from Hong Kong is Bay Maclaughin, hardware entrepreneur, angel investor and the man behind the AskBetaBay YouTube series. A big part of the Asian tech ecosystem is Hardware. Bay’s an entrepreneur with a passion for both hardware and growing hardware businesses in Asia. He was a founding team member of Apple’s global SMB channel and founder of their first entrepreneurship channel. He’s the cofounder of BRINC which describes itself as part incubator, part accelerator, part investment fund, part awesome.

Gregory Prudhommeaux – Understanding the Chinese Consumer Inside Out

Gregory Prudhommeaux – Understanding the Chinese Consumer Inside Out

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Today our mission is to understand the Chinese market and the Chinese customer a little better. What better way of doing that than going to Shanghai and talking to a man from France? Not being trite, my point is that often the best way to understand a market is to come from the outside. So, joining us today for ATP Stories is an entrepreneur who has spent the last 20 years of his career coming from the outside, Gregory Prudhommeaux. We’re going to talk about entering the Chinese market, the importance of WeChat and how the Chinese market is changing even within the last 12 months.

Caroline Essame – Social Entrepreneur

Caroline Essame – Social Entrepreneur

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Joining us at ATP today is Caroline Essame. Caroline is a social entrepreneur with a clinical and educational background harnessing technology to get global expertise in the special needs and early childhood field out to the bottom of the pyramid. She came to us through Kineret Karin, one half of the team that set up Impactech, the social innovation acclerator based in Singapore. Caroline talks about using technology to empower parents and educators in markets where information and skilled training is hard to come by, places such as rural India. She shares stories and case studies of how small changes in the lives of the children and parents that her program touches can have significant positive impact later in life.

Tony Verb – Co-Founder GreaterBay Ventures

Tony Verb – Co-Founder GreaterBay Ventures

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Tony Verb wanted to be the mayor…inspired by Sim City 2000, he was fascinated by urbanization, city building and innovation. He now gets to put all of his interests together as the co-Founder of GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors. Building upon years of experience and research, Tony rightfully believes there is a massive opportunity as the re-branded Pearl River Delta integrates the economies of 9 cities in Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau…Tony believes that cities should not be built with an individualistic view, but should focus on the overall ecosystem. Tony takes a special interest in the blockchain, autonomous electric vehicles and smart urbanization.

Com tho ga – claypot chicken rice

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

According to the worldwide web, cooking in unglazed pots has been around since Roman times, or 27BC. Cooking rice in claypots is also thousands of ...

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kiyoko Yamaguchi’s Poblacion Houses in Cebu

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

“Wow! This is very interesting!” That’s what I had in mind when I learned that a foreigner wrote a book about architecture that we as Cebuanos tend to ignore or don’t give much value nowadays. Kiyoko Yamaguchi and the University of San Carlos Press recently launched Poblacion Houses in Cebu in Casa Gorordo. The book is […]

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Budget Travellers or Cheapskates?

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

This is probably a bit contentious but today I am going to write about the plethora of stories that are cropping up on social media ...

Marty Roberts – Redefining Pharma Sales in Japan

Marty Roberts – Redefining Pharma Sales in Japan

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We are joined today in the ATP Stories studio by Marty Roberts - CEO of Entouch in Japan, a startup in the medtech / healthtech space. Entouch connects doctors and medical reps through some innovative routing technology. Like myself, Marty is a psychologist like myself (although he is  far better qualified). While his business is redefining the pharmaceutical sector, it’s might not be obviously apparent how psychology comes into play. But this isn’t just about building a cool CRM system for medical reps and doctors, this is about getting a deeper understanding of emotion and motivation. Not only does Entouch connect key players in pharmaceuticals, it also empowers a whole sector of skilled reps who, for personal reasons (too old, just had a child, live outside big city etc) are unable to get back into the traditional workforce but have invaluable skills for medicine. We are going to talk about Marty’s journey as an entrepreneur as well as the quite remarkable backstory to how he got there - from starting out as an analyst in Japan (speaking no Japanese) to eventually becoming President of the company.

Chocolate Glazed Paleo Donuts

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

These are hands down my favorite donuts in the entire world. Unlike the sugar headaches I inevitably get from “regular” donuts, I can devour these suckers guiltlessly with the only

From Hanoi to Hong Kong

by Rosanna @ myjumbokimono

It’s possible to travel overland from Vietnam all the way to Hong Kong within 24 hours. If you plan ahead, it is only a matter of two trains and then two metro lines taking you to Kowloon. One train to […]

The Paleo Panda + GPSMyCity Apps

by The Paleo Panda @ The Paleo Panda

Imagine reading a great travel article and thinking to yourself, “I wish I could use this article as a guide while I’m traveling…” If you have access to the internet, you

How To Spend 48 Hours In Ho Chi Minh City - Perogy and Panda

How To Spend 48 Hours In Ho Chi Minh City - Perogy and Panda


Perogy and Panda

Ho Chi Minh City is massive. I’m talking 8.4 million people massive. There is so much to see and do (and eat) here that you could easily spend weeks and not cross everything off your list. But here is a … Continue reading →

Frederique Mittelstaedt – Founder Automorph, pioneer of Artificial General Intelligence

Frederique Mittelstaedt – Founder Automorph, pioneer of Artificial General Intelligence

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Joining Asia Tech Podcast AI today is Frederique Mittelstaedt, the founder of Automorph - a platform that aims to bring the problem solving skills of Artificial General Intelligence to the wider public. Automorph is a program that can write programs (sound a little meta?) Well, this could be the future of any app development or SaaS startup. Fred has already pioneered his own AGI programming language along with well thought out ideas about what constitutes intelligence as well as what makes many of those "fuzzy" skills that we love about being human (like creativity, art and music) something that we could ultimately teach machines.

Arthur Hayes – CEO of BitMex The Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange

Arthur Hayes – CEO of BitMex The Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Arthur Hayes is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and the CEO of BitMEX…The Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange is where professional investors come to trade Bitcoin derivatives. Arthur and his partners Ben Delo (COO) and Sam Reed (CTO) founded BitMEX in 2014 and are at the forefront of the CryptoCurrency evolution taking place in the financial markets. We had an interesting discussion about his initial work as a derivatives market maker at traditional trading houses like Deutsch Bank and Citigroup and his introduction to Bitcoin and how that influenced his decision to go head first into the world of CryptoCurrencies.

Molave Milk Station: 2 Refreshing Menu Choices That You Should Try

by Channel Marie @ Channel Marie

I was bored and tired of staying indoors so I decided to go on a short day trip to Barili and Argao yesterday (a Manic Monday Trip shall I say). I first went to Molave Milk Station to taste their ice cream and goat’s milk. I’ve been dying (not literally – duh) for a stopover […]

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Snehal Patel – Founder of MyDoc in Singapore

Snehal Patel – Founder of MyDoc in Singapore

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Dr Snehal Patel is the founder of MyDoc in Singapore. He's also a partner in Saena Partners, an early stage investment firm focusing on Healthcare & Medtech, and Arete Holdings. MyDoc aims to be the global access point for easy and effective healthcare. Healthtech advisory firm Galen Growth Asia says total venture investment into the Medtech sector stood at US$5 billion in 2016, with the number of deals growing to 622 from 574 in 2015. Started in 2012, MyDoc has become Asia’s top digital health brand with partners including leading global insurers AXA and AIA, regional pharmaceutical powerhouse Guardian Pharmacy and many more.  MyDoc received a first round investment of an undisclosed amount led by August Capital Partners and Spring Seeds Capital.

Saigon Panda, Sioux Falls

Saigon Panda, Sioux Falls


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Saigon Panda - View the menu for Saigon Panda as well as maps, restaurant reviews for Saigon Panda and other restaurants in Sioux Falls, SD and Sioux Falls.

Andrew Nicholls – Managing Director High End Media and GateHouse Publishing

Andrew Nicholls – Managing Director High End Media and GateHouse Publishing

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Andrew Nicholls is the Managing Director at HighEnd Media, which is a privately held organisation that serves the luxury lifestyle and fine watch markets in Asia, Europe and North America with a particular focus on the ultra high net worth consumer segment. HighEnd Media connects luxury product and service providers with new prospects and develops existing customer relationships through highly targeted print, digital and event activities. At its core, Luxury is some combination of scarcityof raw materials combined with highly skilled modes of production. I spoke with Andrew about the Luxury Digital market and was fascinated by the opportunities that online to offline presents in this space. Andrew is deeply knowledgeable about luxury products, how they are defined and the status and emotion they illicit in their customers. Technology is playing a larger part in the marketing of luxury goods and is becoming quite creative and powerful in implementing this in immersive experiences in controlled environments.

Rita Nguyen –  Founder and CEO of Jzoo Myanmar

Rita Nguyen – Founder and CEO of Jzoo Myanmar

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We all have a story…but we all do not have Rita Nguyen’s story.  Rita is Vietnamese by birth and grew up in Canada…her mother and father literally escaped from Vietnam in 1979 after 14 attempts with Rita and her siblings.  After thriving in the corporate world, Rita decided she wanted to go to Vietnam and learn about the tech scene there.  Once there, she realized she loved it so much, she could not leave.  Another trip to Myanmar and another world of opportunities opened up. When Rita arrived in 2012, access to the internet was spotty at best, SIM cards were unheard of or insanely expensive and the digital infrastructure was nonexistent. All Rita saw was opportunity…We had a super discussion at the rapid speed of development of all things digital in Myanmar and just how quickly things can change in a short period of time. One of the many interesting things that we discussed was that the build out of the mobile networks in Myanmar was the first time that a country built a data-first network prior to building out its voice network...

Geoffrey Handley – General Partner of Haitao Capital China

Geoffrey Handley – General Partner of Haitao Capital China

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Geoffrey is a global entrepreneur, investor and advisor with over 20 years experience in the global digital business. Raised in Hong Kong and based in Shanghai, he is the Founding General Partner of Haitao Capital, the first China-macro venture fund focusing on highlighting the Chinese startup ecosystem globally. He is a 5-time founder, most notably of Snakk Media (NZX:SNK), The Hyperfactory (aced NYSE:MDP) and Pacific Connections (acqd NASDAQ:CHINA:COM). As founding Board Director of the Mobile Marketing Association Asia Pacific and Global Board Director of the Mobile Marketing Association, he holds extensive knowledge of the mobile industry, appearing at major events such as the Mobile World Congress, Ad:Tech and CES. Handley serves as Expert in Residence at Chinaccelerator, Founding Limited Partner and advisor to NY-based Eniac Ventures as well as advisor at Nest.vc.

Tiang Lim Foo – Partner SeedPlus

Tiang Lim Foo – Partner SeedPlus

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We spoke to Tiang Lim Foo about a wide range of topics ranging from the building of an investment thesis, Apple AirPods (We did our entire interview while he was using his AirPods.), how Evernote is the Inbox for Life and how building genuine relationships is not only a successful way to run an investment business, but also the best way to have a fulfilling life. As the Operating Partner at SeedPlus, Tiang gets to put to work all of the experience he gained launching Evernote’s business in Singapore and taking the responsibility for business growth in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. We talked about the importance of real leadership skills, building a genuine relationship with customers and the necessity create a sustainable sales organization as ways to accelerate a startup’s success.  I found Tiang to be incredibly thoughtful, insightful and interested in continuous learning.

Alvin Wang Graylin –  The World of Virtual Reality with China Regional President Vive HTC

Alvin Wang Graylin – The World of Virtual Reality with China Regional President Vive HTC

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Alvin Wang Graylin is the China Regional President of Vive (VIVE.com) at HTC, leading all aspects of the Vive/VR business in the region. He is also currently Vice-Chairman of the 300-member company Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA.com), President of the $18B Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA.com) and oversees the Vive X VR accelerator (VIVEX.co) in Asia. Alvin spoke to ATP at length about how Virtual Reality will literally impact every aspect of our lives…while most people think of gaming and entertainment when considering VR, Alvin was passionate about how Virtual Reality tools could radically change the way we educate and get educated. Listen very carefully as Alvin explains how immersive VR experiences, tested in real classrooms in China, can completely recalibrate a student 's ability to learn even the most difficult subjects.

Don Phan – Ecommerce in Vietnam

Don Phan – Ecommerce in Vietnam

by Graham D Brown @ Saigon – Asia Tech Podcast

In today’s episode of ATP Stories we’re joined by the co-founders of Embe - a baby products e-commerce service based in Saigon, Vietnam. They are Don Phan and Adrian Latortue. While both Don and Adrian were born and educated outside the region, they are not new to e-commerce in Asia. Don was former director of FoodPanda and MD of Zalora Vietnam.  Embe is backed by Expara Ventures, Swiss Founders Fund, and 500 Startups. In this interview Don and Adrian share their experiences of establishing their lives in Vietnam and the challenges of growing a business in a new country.

North Pole

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A decadent, dense chocolate cupcake topped with perfectly creamy and icy mint frosting. BBRRRRR

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Everything We Ate in South Korea

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

This is (almost) all the food we ate during our 2 weeks in South Korea. The absolute number one thing we were looking forward to in South Korea was the food. It did not disappoint. We were introduced to new dishes we had never had before, and some old dishes that we had eaten bastardized [...]

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Mukesh Bubna – Founder of Monexo FinTech

Mukesh Bubna – Founder of Monexo FinTech

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Mukesh Bubna spent over two decades woking for Citibank / Citigroup. He joined fresh out of college and in comparison to India’s biggest state owned banks at the time, working at Citizens felt like working at a startup.  Management structure was flat and this allowed Mukesh to jump right into interesting projects and learn the bank’s operations from the ground up.  This lead to moves from India to Singapore and Hong Kong and Mukesh was given the responsibility to help build out the bank’s internet banking products and infrastructure.  This required constant learning, a theme of Mukesh’s entire career at Citi, education him in the agile process of building new software platforms and also getting client feedback as products were being developed. All of this experience now comes in handy as Mukesh and his team build the peer to peer lending business that is Monexo.  There are many great nuggets of knowledge in this discussion, but one worth mentioning at the outset is Mukesh’s concept of the twelve headed man…Listen as he explains this one and others himself.

A Newfoundland Baycation in Trinity

by Alex @ Alex In Wanderland

Here we are, catching up on my black hole of content from August of 2016 to April of 2017! I can’t wait to turn my detailed notes and journals into blog posts from Canada, the United Kingdom, Hawaii, Thailand and Bali! First up: Newfoundland. Thanks for joining me on this trip down memory lane. I have […]

Jan Smejkal – Your China Guy

Jan Smejkal – Your China Guy

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Although he grew up in a small village in the Czech Republic, Jan Smejkal describes himself now as Your China Guy. He is chief curator of China Biz Tech Weekly  and runs Startup Grind in China. His journey to Asia starts from importing Xiaomi handsets for sale in the Czech Republic to eventually moving to China and studying there. Based in Shenzhen, China, Jan is well positioned to help brands understand the Chinese market. 

Michael Smith – Partner SeedPlus

Michael Smith – Partner SeedPlus

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Michael Smith Junior joins Asia Tech Podcast from Singapore. Michael is a partner in SeedPlus a relatively new venture fund supported by Google and PWC Singapore. SeedPlus recently closed a round of $18 million to launch their fund. Formerly Director for Global Initiatives at Yahoo, Michael describes himself as an “apprentice VC”. In this interview, Michael shares his experience of learning the ropes as a Venture Capitalist, how the Jungle Ventures initiative SeedPlus came to be and what the investment focus of his business is in South East Asia.

The gateway to Indochina

by Mischa @ food – myjumbokimono

The purpose of our visit to Kunming was to get our Vietnamese visa. Judging by the people we met in the hostel, this seems like a fairly typical reason to visit. Kunming is positioned in a convenient location to travel […]

Bianca Ho – Co-Founder Clare.AI

Bianca Ho – Co-Founder Clare.AI

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Bianca Ho is helping redefine the banking and insurance sector by building chatbot platforms. Clare.AI’s artificial intelligence powered chatbot does the heavy lifting for clients when it comes to interacting with large numbers of customers. Chatbots can not only warm up and prequalify prospective leads but also implement best practises that deliver a better customer experience.

ATP440 – Is Singapore the best Startup City in Asia (the World?)

ATP440 – Is Singapore the best Startup City in Asia (the World?)

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Is Singapore the best startup city in Asia? According to our ATP Vote Singapore is, followed closley by Hong Kong then Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai. In this week’s ATP Graham and Michael discuss what makes Singapore a world leader in tech ecosystems as well as plans to take the radio show to Singapore end of November, early December. Listen in to our latest analysis of the Asian tech ecosystem and tour schedule.

Review:  The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar at the Shangri-La

Review: The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar at the Shangri-La

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a restaurant review here in Shanghai. There has been a flurry of new restaurant openings recently but few have caught my eye until the recent opening of 1515 West Chophouse in the new Jingan Shangri-La Hotel. I’m not a big steak eater per se so I don’t typically get too excited about new steakhouses opening in Shanghai, but after reading about the Wagyu steak sandwiches on the lunch menu at 1515 West, I […]

Exploring Off The Beaten Path Hong Kong: Pai Tau Village

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Po Fook Hill, the 10,000 Buddha Monastery, and the hills around Pai Tau Village Sha Tin is not only great for immature puns (I Sha Tin your shoe), it also has some worthwhile attractions. You can check out the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, or the the oldest walled village Tai Wai, there’s also the [...]

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Hong Kong on the Cheap

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

How Not To Blow Your Wad In Hong Kong (it’s a poker term) The 2nd most expensive city in Asia, but there are plenty of ways to budget travel Hong Kong. While Hong Kong is generally raved about, it’s not typically a backpacker stop, mainly because it’s too damn expensive. I’ve seen a lot of [...]

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ATP22 – Featuring Female Entrepreneurs from the Bangkok Breakfast Network

ATP22 – Featuring Female Entrepreneurs from the Bangkok Breakfast Network

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Female entrepreneurs in Asia. Michael went to Bangkok Breakfast Network (http://www.akinasia.com/bangkok-breakfast-network/) this morning in Sathorn hosted by Nicola Jones-Crossley. A great group of women representing Media, NGOs, Marketing & Design and StartUp Founders. The breakfast this morning shows just how many great female founders there are and have been in Southeast Asia. We may need to do another episode (or more!) on this topic…

Holly Harrington – Everiii, Taiwan StartUp Stadium

Holly Harrington – Everiii, Taiwan StartUp Stadium

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Holly Harrington is the General Manager at Taiwan Startup Stadium. Taiwan Startup Stadium, a program funded by Taiwan's National Development Council, is dedicated to bridging Taiwan startups with opportunities around world. Holly is passionate about mentoring startup founders, helping them get funded and is committed to helping them build globally relevant businesses. She is involved in every aspect of the programs that TSS develops and implements and is deeply focused on their outcomes. Holly is also the co-Founder of Everiii, a Taiwan-based firm founded in 2014 with a global mission to connect people and companies across cultures. We had an incredible discussion about Taiwan, startups and the challenges and thrills of helping teams go global!

Travel:  Bali – Potato Head Beach Club

Travel: Bali – Potato Head Beach Club

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

Potato Head Beach Club was the perfect way to end our week-long vacation in Bali.  It ended up being one of our favorite places that we checked out.  Although it’s not necessarily an experience that’s unique or authentic to Indonesia per se, it exudes a sense of coolness and luxury that’s often associated with a holiday in Bali.  When we arrived it was a feast for the senses. The reasons I love this place are endless…. The architecture itself was […]

Butterscotch & Bubblegum

by Sweet Incantations @ Sweet Incantations Confectionery » Products

No, those aren’t superhero names—but they sure pack some super sweetness that’s perfect for kids and kids-at-heart. A classic cake with hints of butterscotch is the perfect base for the unapologetically sugary bubblegum frosting.

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Ginny Eckblad – Co-Founder of GorillaSpace.co, Builder, PropTech Pioneer

Ginny Eckblad – Co-Founder of GorillaSpace.co, Builder, PropTech Pioneer

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Ginny Eckblad was born in Singapore and has lived all over the world. Living outside her country of birth for almost 25 years has taught her many things including the power of language and history, perspective and adaptability. She understands how to make others feel like they belong and the power of building positive communities. Ginny and her business partner have deep corporate experience and this also informs their ability to build from scratch and serve their clients across the board. GorillaSpace has built a differentiated strategy by working with all co-working and flexible work spaces, which means that some of the biggest players in the market rely on the GorillaSpace platform for their connectivity, The leverage is in the platform and the story of its genesis was quite interesting.

Thomas Pouplin – Startup Life in Fukuoka

Thomas Pouplin – Startup Life in Fukuoka

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Thomas Pouplin is Co-Founder of Ikkai with partner Yasmine Djoudi. Ikkai aims to make people less busy and students richer by connecting students with the short term staffing needs of Japanese companies. This is an area overlooked by traditional Japanese recruitment agencies due to a combination of tradition and fear of trying something new. Thomas and Yasmine are based out of Fukuoka, Japan’s designated “Startup City”. In this interview Thomas shares insights into how they arrived in Fukuoka, how they set up business there including applying for government grants and startup visas, and also reflections on their business growth.

Vancouver’s Hidden Hangouts: Secret Bunker In Lighthouse Park

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

Searching for hidden hangouts is one of my favorite things to do in this city I’ve been fortunate enough to call home for the last decade. Our good friend Hep is to thank for showing us this super cool secret … Continue reading

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ATP23 – Female Entrepreneurs in Asia Part 2

ATP23 – Female Entrepreneurs in Asia Part 2

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Featuring Vicki Chen, Nikki Assavathorn and Roshni Mathani. Following on from last week's episode on Female Entrepreneurs in Asia, we're back to showcase more inspiring case studies. Last week we started talking about some of the prominent female entrepreneurs / founders /ecosystem participants and builders in Southeast Asia. In the middle of recording last week’s episode it occurred to us that there simply was not enough time in one episode to discuss all of the important women in this category. So here's part 2!

Travel:  Georgetown, Penang – Malaysia | Street Food Crawl

Travel: Georgetown, Penang – Malaysia | Street Food Crawl

by thehungriestpanda @ The Hungriest Panda

“Food is essential to life, therefore make it good.” – S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A, and inventor of the chicken sandwich If it’s not obvious already, my husband and I love food.  When we sit down for breakfast, we ponder what’s for lunch.  When we’re eating lunch, we debate what to eat for dinner. And in the midst of dinner, we start game planning what we’ll eat tomorrow.  Is that weird or wrong?  Well, good food makes me happy, […]

Food Panda Cebu: Apptastic Food Delivery Service Has Finally Arrived!

Food Panda Cebu: Apptastic Food Delivery Service Has Finally Arrived!


Channel Marie

Food Panda Cebu has finally arrived in Cebu! You can finally have the food from your favorite restaurant delivered right at your doorstep! More details here

A First-Timer’s Guide To Ubud

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

Planning your first ever trip to Ubud and not sure where to begin? Fret not friends; we’ve got you covered with this first-timer’s guide specifically created to help with just that! Read on for tips on how long to stay, … Continue reading

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17 Places to Eat Incredible Southeast Asian Food in Austin

17 Places to Eat Incredible Southeast Asian Food in Austin


Eater Austin

The city's best Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Filipino spots

Stepping onto Honshu

by Rosanna @ food – myjumbokimono

Hiroshima is a big city. Well, compared to our previous stops both on Kyushu Island, this city on Honshu felt much busier with many more people in suits rushing past us on our way from the main bus stop to […]

Banana Baumkuchen Is Now The Best Afternoon Indulgence

by Sweet Incantations @ Sweet Incantations Confectionery

This tasty treat perfectly captures the flavor and scent of fresh bananas, igniting a very homey feeling. The smooth texture and softness also provide a somehow similar experience with that of eating a regular banana.

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Azmul Haque – Managing Director Collyer Law LLC, Tri-qualified Lawyer | Law-firm Founder | Law-tech Futurist

Azmul Haque – Managing Director Collyer Law LLC, Tri-qualified Lawyer | Law-firm Founder | Law-tech Futurist

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

After practicing law for over a decade and becoming qualified in three different jurisdictional geographies (England, India and Singapore), Azmul Haque could see the future and it was all centered around emerging technologies. Azmul focuses on clients in emerging technology such as FinTech, HealthTech, AdTech, Big Data, IOT, BlockChain, Internet & e-Commerce, in addition to more traditional industries such as Hotels & Leisure, Media & Entertainment, Pharma & Healthcare, Real Estate, and Telecommunications. He has first hand experience in several jurisdictions in Asia, and has keen insights into the regulatory matrix and cultural context of deal-making in Asia, particularly the India-Singapore deal corridor. Azmul has lived and worked in Mumbai, Singapore and London.

Tak Lo – Building Asia’s First Artificial Intelligence Accelerator

Tak Lo – Building Asia’s First Artificial Intelligence Accelerator

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Tak Lo is the founder of Zeroth.ai - the Artificial Intelligence accelerator based in Hong Kong. In this interview we covered the “why” questions - why do we need AI-specific accelerator programs for startups? why did Tak get into this space in the first space? why is Tak the right person to mentor and lead a new generation of Artificial Intelligence startup founders in Asia?

How to survive gecko-land

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

Being a mum of a newborn means long hours of having the baby attached to your chest as she nurses or sleeps (especially if you ...

Florian Bohnert – Expanding China Mobike’s Crowdsharing Service

Florian Bohnert – Expanding China Mobike’s Crowdsharing Service

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Florian Bonhert was born in France and moved to the United States when he was three years old…which on its face does not seem like a big deal. However, if you listen to his story, that move, at such a young age set the tone for the rest of his life.  He moved back to France at the age of six and then to Massachusetts at the age of ten.  He could not have known then how important this ‘international experience’ would be to the rest of his life. Florian’s global outlook, environmental awareness and pluriculturalism are core to everything he does.  His ability to adapt and learn about new cultures, be open minded, learn new languages and teach others drive him to succeed across the board. He said many interesting things during our conversation, not the least of which was (loosely translated from the Chinese), “When you give someone a rose, you still have the smell of the rose in your hand…”. As employee 37 of Mobike, Florian is a fascinating guy with a super story to tell.

Jamie Skella –  Co-Founder of Horizon State

Jamie Skella – Co-Founder of Horizon State

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jamie Skella has been building businesses on the internet for two decades and he likes to say that he is “biased toward possibility”. I believe that is a good bias to have…Jamie has deep experience in User Experience and User Interface design, but his background is much more nuanced than that. Let’s just say that his interests range from founding Australia’s first e-Sports bar in Melbourne to redesigning Democracy via MiVote and Horizon State … Horizon State is leveraging blockchain technology to redesign the way that opinion is solicited, votes are cast, and decisions are made. Building atop of distributed ledger technology, we’ve created a digital ballot box which cannot be hacked, and is many multiples cheaper to run than traditional voting processes. Our technology underpins the world's first public blockchain based voting system in wide use, developed for use by MiVote members. We talked about Democratization on multiple fronts, including  Finance, Politics, Representation and posed the fundamental question,  “ Does one believe that any one Party or Person has the right view on all policies that are relevant to you? ”   We touched on ICOs and the concepts of  Integrity, Trust and Consensus and how using blockchain technologies help further all of these concepts down to the individual level.

ATP350 – Huawei Connect in Shanghai China

ATP350 – Huawei Connect in Shanghai China

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We bring Asia Tech Podcast to Shanghai China as guests of our friends at Huawei. Huawei are one of the largest IT services and infrastructure companies in the world and they run the backbone of the internet in most countries. Being such a large IT company, especially being from Asia presents its own unique challenges - for example, who exactly are Huawei and what is their story? In this episode, we discuss what the challenges facing a large Asian brand going global are and how elements of their founding story are key to making that strategy a success.

Pizza Express

by noreply@blogger.com (The Secret Diner) @ The Secret Diner

Here's a list of the 10 PizzaExpress restaurants currently in the North East.
I reviewed Newcastle's Eldon Square branch here.

7 St George’s Way 
Eldon Square Shopping Centre 
Newcastle upon Tyne 
NE1 7JD 

10 Dean Street 
Newcastle upon Tyne 
NE1 1PG 

92 Osborne Road 
Jesmond 
Newcastle upon Tyne 
NE2 2TD 

125 High Street 
Gosforth 
Tyne & Wear 
NE3 1NA 

Unit 122, Yellow Quadrant 
MetroCentre 
Gateshead 
Tyne & Wear 
NE11 9XZ 

64 Saddler Street 
Durham 
DH1 3PG 

Restaurant Unit 1 
Dalton Park 
Murton 
County Durham 
SR7 9HU 

1 Skinnergate 
Darlington 
County Durham 
DL3 7NB 

6 Teesside Retail Park 
Middlesbrough Road 
Stockton on Tees 
Cleveland 
TS17 7BW 

141 High Street 
Northallerton 
North Yorkshire 
DL7 8PE 

For more details: www.pizzaexpress.com

Honey Kathuria – CEO Kowrk

Honey Kathuria – CEO Kowrk

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Honey Kathuria joins us today from Mumbai India. She is the founder of Kowrk - a platform that enables the future of work by connecting users with coworking spaces, business centers and other providers of shared offices. Present across the USA, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Cambodia.

ATP11 – Key Players in the $45 Billion APAC Food Delivery Market

ATP11 – Key Players in the $45 Billion APAC Food Delivery Market

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We discuss the $45 billion food delivery market in Asia featuring key players ChefsXP, Ginja, Line Man, Food Panda, Uber Eats, Honest Bee and McDonald's

Steve Feiner – CEO of A Better Florist

Steve Feiner – CEO of A Better Florist

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Steve Feiner is the Founder of A Better Florist - a flower delivery service based in Singapore. Delivering an outstanding experience is often what differentiates you from the next guy in this space. So how do you build a business from scratch around something as simple as the smile of your delivery driver? If anyone knows how to solve that problem, it’s going to be Steve. Ex-Googler with extensive consulting background, his whole career has been solving one problem after another. But, as we discover in this interview, he’s the first to admit when he doesn’t know, and ask for help. Perhaps that’s the attitude required to make a success of a industry where it all comes to down to service and learning. In this interview, Steve shares insights from his journey leaving Google and starting his own business, how he’s passionate about building the team and its culture, and what lies ahead on this rollercoaster ride.

Christmas Buffet @ SPOON, G Hotel Kelawai, Peanng

by CHEE WAH CHAN @ Now Eating

G Hotel Kelawai is offering Christmas Buffet including the Roasted Turkey, Beef Wellington and a lot of desserts under the minimalist dining environment.

Saigon Alley, Novena: Affordable, Good Vietnamese Food

Saigon Alley, Novena: Affordable, Good Vietnamese Food


Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

Saigon Alley at Novena Gardens serves good comforting Vietnamese food.

Cocoa Classic

by Sweet Incantations @ Sweet Incantations Confectionery » Products

The chocolate cupcake will always be a favorite—but that doesn’t mean we can’t turn it up a notch. The light cocoa frosting gives way to a rich chocolate cake, with the added indulgent surprise of a ganache center that’s absolutely divine.

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Land, ho!

by Rosanna @ myjumbokimono

Yesterday, on time, we arrived into Long Beach south of downtown Los Angeles. It was the most exhilarating way we have entered a new country so far, with the large containers stretched out in front of us slowly passing smaller […]

Ginny Eckblad – Co-Founder of GorillaSpace.co, Builder, PropTech Pioneer

Ginny Eckblad – Co-Founder of GorillaSpace.co, Builder, PropTech Pioneer

by Graham D Brown @ Asia Tech Podcast

Ginny Eckblad was born in Singapore and has lived all over the world. Living outside her country of birth for almost 25 years has taught her many things including the power of language and history, perspective and adaptability. She understands how to make others feel like they belong and the power of building positive communities. Ginny and her business partner have deep corporate experience and this also informs their ability to build from scratch and serve their clients across the board. GorillaSpace has built a differentiated strategy by working with all co-working and flexible work spaces, which means that some of the biggest players in the market rely on the GorillaSpace platform for their connectivity, The leverage is in the platform and the story of its genesis was quite interesting.

Mikaal Abdulla – CEO of Asia’s First Robo-Advisor 8 Securities

Mikaal Abdulla – CEO of Asia’s First Robo-Advisor 8 Securities

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Mikaal is Co-founder and CEO of 8 Securities, Asia's first robo-advisor and $0 commission stock trading service. 8 Securtities have licensed offices in Hong Kong and Japan. Prior to starting 8 Mikaal was at E*TRADE where he managed the Asia region. Incidentally that’s the sync into our previous guest Ned Phillips who was also at E*TRADE and got Mikaal on the show. Mikaal has lived and worked in Silicon Valley, NY, London, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Jayne Chan – Head of StartmeupHK

Jayne Chan – Head of StartmeupHK

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jayne Chan is the Head of StartmeupHK at Invest Hong Kong.  StartmeupHK is InvestHK’s initiative aimed at helping founders of innovative and scalable startups from overseas to set up or expand in Hong Kong. They provide information about the startup ecosystem in HK, connecting people to the startup community, host startup events and help foster a positive environment for startups to thrive.

Oriental Red Seafood Market 東方紅海鮮

by CHEE WAH CHAN @ Now Eating

The unusual Oriental Red Seafood Market is not an ordinary Seafood restaurant. It allows customers to "shop and dine" in the premise.

Citron

by Sweet Incantations @ Sweet Incantations Confectionery » Products

If a little tart shows some attitude, then this one is a classy badass. Each bite is an explosion of various flavors—the fluffy citrusy cake is perfectly tempered by the creamy frosting with lemon zest. 

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Steven Liew –  Angel Investor, Mentor, Entrepreneur and co-Founder of Cosmic Cafe

Steven Liew – Angel Investor, Mentor, Entrepreneur and co-Founder of Cosmic Cafe

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Steven Liew is accomplished on many levels and yet humble in his desire to continue learning and improving.  This helps make him perfect a fabulous partner for his co-Founder and wife Devin Tan.  Together, via an entity they have dubbed ‘Cosmic Cafe’, they mentor and invest in startups. They help entrepreneurs turn their ideas and visions into successful companies. Steven and I talked about Angel Investing and how all of his combined experience and business exposure has allowed him to excel in this space as well.  Steven is thoughtful, considered and yet very comfortable with the early stage risk that he takes.  When you listen to him speak, you can understand how much he has thought about his own ideas, but also how open he is to learning more and getting better. Listen as Steven and I talk about how he became an Angel, why he loves doing it and how the power of a strong network of Angels benefits his investing and that of others as well.

A First-Timer’s Guide to Kuta

by perogy and panda @ Perogy and Panda

Planning your first ever trip to Kuta and not sure where to begin? Fret not friends; we’ve got you covered with this first-timer’s guide specifically created to help with just that! Read on for tips on how long to stay, … Continue reading

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Jim Sailor – Independent Consultant & Startup Mentor With the Cradle Fund in Malaysia

Jim Sailor – Independent Consultant & Startup Mentor With the Cradle Fund in Malaysia

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

Jim Sailor has almost two decades of experience doing market and marketing research for some of the world's largest brands. Even more interesting is that he has done most of that work and built most of that business in China. Jim studied Mandarin Chinese before it was cool and it has come in handy in his life’s endeavors. Jim has studied Behavioral Science and is applying it to better understand ‘risk perception’ and its application to the adoption of new technologies. Learning how this application helps his clients make better business decisions alone was very interesting, but we covered much more ground than that.

ATP400 – Angel Investing, Cryptocurrency and data from our 2017 ATP Power Rankings

ATP400 – Angel Investing, Cryptocurrency and data from our 2017 ATP Power Rankings

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

There are only 10 weeks left in the year, so let’s take a quick look at where we are with our Asia Tech Podcast project. We’ve recorded 167 podcast episodes, of which we’ve produced 113. While we averaged 4 episodes a week, the bulk of the content came in the last 3 months when we started ATP Stories and announced the Tour. This week we’re looking at the latest data from our 2017 ATP Power Rankings 2017 - your votes on who and what has contributed most to the Asian Startup Ecosystem this year. On the individual front an early shout out to Bay McLaughlin, Casey Lau, Kyle Ellicott, William Bao Bean and Gregory Prudhommeaux who are leading the individual Award for contribution at this early stage.  We also discussed the remaining Award categories including Best City which is a straight shoot between Singapore and Hong Kong so far. This week we also launch our new vertical podcast - ATP Angels Angels is a weekly show where Michael interviews Angel Investors in Asia, kicking off with our friend Ned Phillips, CEO of Bambu. In today’s episode, Michael shares some insights into the first batch of investors interviewed, as well as what he hopes to learn from this podcast series moving forward. We also touched on an upcoming vertical - ATP Cryto. Crypto aims to cover all things Blockchain, Ethereum and Cryptocurrency. Warning: this podcast may get a little technical so don’t expect a 101. Crypto will be a podcast for crypto entrepreneurs about crypto entrepreneurs.

Eileen Seah – Founder The Art of Career

Eileen Seah – Founder The Art of Career

by @ Asia Tech Podcast

We had a fabulous conversation with Eileen Seah.  She is an experienced and dedicated Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist. Eileen coaches employees and managers to be their best and focuses initially on having them simply understand themselves.  This may sound easy, but in practice it takes a fair amount of effort and expertise. We touched on a multitude of interesting topics, including ‘Does authority come form your title or vice versa?’, creating a work culture that encourages employees to want to come to work as opposed to having to come to work.  Eileen believes that Coaching is an important and vital part of career development and maintenance.

MC5TIME @ Sungai Ara, Penang

by CHEE WAH CHAN @ Now Eating

The new family-owned MC5TIME in Sungai Ara serves affordable Western and Asian cuisine.

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