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EP 12 - Willie Chang - CEO Hg Exchange - Southeast Asia’s first Tokenized Asset Exchange
Willie Chang is the CEO of Hg Exchange, Southeast Asia’s first private exchange that offers tokenized private company shares and luxury products to accredited investors.
Member firms - such as Phillip Securities, Prime Partners, and Fundnel - do the heavy lifting of identifying assets, conducting due diligence, and getting the assets ready for tokenization. HGX then uses blockchain technology to power transactions, making them cheaper and faster for investors. This allows investors to get exposure to alternative assets and companies, even small ones, to access alternative sources of funding by listing their private shares on the exchange.
We covered all about how HGX works, listing requirements, and the future of tokenized assets at #AsianFintechPodcast.
EP 11 - Beryl Chavez Li - co-Founder Yield Guild Games - Bringing Players Together to Earn via Blockchain-Based Economies
Beryl Li is the Co-Founder of Yield Guild Games, a play-earn gaming guild that brings players together to earn via blockchain-based economies. YGG is the first company in the Philippines to be funded by A16Z, a leading VC firm based in the U.S. As of the 25th of August 2021, YGG has generated >$7M in earnings and is paying >$1M to its players on a weekly basis.
Beryl was fascinated by the use of Bitcoin to reduce fees for cross-border payments and became a founding team member of Coins.ph in 2014. Her curiosity in crypto didn’t stop there and she later founded YGG with Gabby Dixon when they both noticed that Filipinos in Cabanatuan in the Philippines were converting NFTs earned from playing Axie Infinity into fiat money to put food on the table.
YGG helps anyone get access to play-to-earn games by renting out the in-game assets for players. YGG is on a mission to help players earn a living in times of crisis by playing games in the metaverse and support game developers early on.
We covered all about play-to-earn games, NFTs, Axie Infinity, and the YGG ecosystem and mechanics at #AsianFintechPodcast.
EP 10 - Guillaume Le Saint - CEO Atato - Secure Computing Operating System
Guillaume Le Saint is the Co-Founder & CEO of Atato, a company that’s building a secure computing operating system.
Computers were designed for one role: to process data as fast as possible. That is fine if there are only a number of computers exchanging data on the internet. Today, there are billions of devices on the internet, but the lack of secure computing is an issue (think ransomware and data leaks). We have come to accept those limitations as part of our lives.
Welcome to Web 3.0! Blockchain and encryption technologies have enabled us to add secure properties to the internet like never before.
Atato is building tools for businesses and people to interact with secure computing. As more applications use secure computing, Atato starts with custody because the standard of secure computing today is token, but it aims to facilitate access to different applications in the future.
We covered all about the internet vs Web 3.0, challenges of today’s blockchain technology, killer use cases that blockchain can enable today and in the future, and Atato’s vision at #AsianFintechPodcast.
EP 09 - Earl Martin Valencia - Plentina - Unlock Financial Services for Billions with BNPL
Earl Martin Valencia is the Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer of Plentina, the Philippines’ leading buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) company with the aim to unlock financial services for billions by changing credit bureaus and credit cards.
Earl dreamed of becoming an astronaut and went to work for the largest aerospace company in the world. But, he discovered that business plus engineering equals magic at Stanford business school. He then entered the business world at Bridgewater, the most influential hedge fund in the world, Charles Schwab, the largest brokerage company in the world, and Dell, the pioneer in computers.
Plentina is providing credit card-like experience to the underserved in emerging markets, allowing them to buy everyday purchases, build a credit history, and learn responsible borrowing so that one day they will get access to formal financial services.
“This is the first time in history that someone can build a credit history with just $2.”
We covered all about the pillars of BNPL, business models of BNPL in developed vs emerging markets, how Plentina is creating “a data culture” and building “brand love”, and his prediction on the future of BNPL at #AsianFintechPodcast.
EP 08 - Pelle Brændgaard - Notabene - Bridging Crypto to Real World Use Cases
Pelle Brændgaard is the Co-Founder & CEO of Notabene, a YC-backed company that bridges crypto to real-world use cases by providing a regulatory compliant layer to crypto transactions.
Pelle spent 20 years in crypto, self-sovereign identity, and fintech. Pelle was the co-founder and head of uPort, the Identity platform from ConsenSys built on Ethereum. As an early member of the Financial Crypto community, he built pre-blockchain crypto platforms, helped develop OAuth, and brought Bitcoin to Africa with Kipochi.
In the early days of the internet, Pelle, together with a group of pioneers, explored how to use cryptography to build financial products on top of the internet. When bitcoin was born, the members of that group became the people who built a lot of the core technology on top of Bitcoin.
Pelle views that blockchain technology is very close to where he’d imagined it’d be today vs. a decade ago and he’s never been as excited as before. The reason behind his enthusiasm is regulation has finally caught up with crypto.
The Financial Action Task Force, the organization that sets AML guidelines for regulators, has rolled out the Travel Rule. It is the last bit of what we need to push crypto to be used for mainstream use cases, such as eCommerce payments because it allows companies to trace transactions from the blockchain to the real world.
Notabene plays a crucial part in helping companies handle crypto in a compliant way by providing a regulatory compliant layer to crypto transactions, eliminating the risk of sending funds to illegal persons or entities.
We covered all about how crypto can be compliant and pseudonymous, what the ‘Travel Rule’ means for crypto, and how Notabene bridges crypto to the real world at #AsianFintechPodcast.
EP 07 - Chia Jeng Yang - Fintech Angel Operators - Southeast Asia’s First Fintech Angel Group
Chia Jeng Yang is the Co-Founder of Fintech Angel Operators, Southeast Asia’s first fintech angel group, and a Principal at Saison Capital, the VC arm of Credit Saison, one of Japan's largest consumer credit companies.
Chia started his career as a firefighter and did a hard pivot from policy-making work to building an eCommerce company with Rocket Internet in South Asia because it seemed way more fun. He later found his way to venture to invest at Antler and Saison Capital where he led investments in notable companies, such as Koinworks, Oy, Bukukas, and Ula, to name a few.
Realizing that the future belongs to founders and operators, he co-founded Fintech Angel Operators to provide operational advice and network for fintech founders in Southeast Asia.
We covered all about Southeast Asia’s fintech trends here at #AsianFintechPodcast.
This podcast also comes with a special treat on SEA Fintech Landscape from Xfers and Saison Capital here.