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Be inspired by the best leaders of Southeast Asia tech. Jeremy Au is a VC, serial entrepreneur & Harvard MBA interviewing brave founders, investors & rising stars. Build the future, learn from the past & stay human in between. No B.S on success. Get transcripts, startup resources & community discussions at www.jeremyau.com.


New episodes every Monday & Thursday. Looking for more guests from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines & Singapore. Dad, hiking & tea.

BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech: Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines & Malaysia Startups Jeremy Au

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    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

Be inspired by the best leaders of Southeast Asia tech. Jeremy Au is a VC, serial entrepreneur & Harvard MBA interviewing brave founders, investors & rising stars. Build the future, learn from the past & stay human in between. No B.S on success. Get transcripts, startup resources & community discussions at www.jeremyau.com.


New episodes every Monday & Thursday. Looking for more guests from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines & Singapore. Dad, hiking & tea.

    Malaysia & Indonesia Marketplaces, Consulting to Founder & Pandemic Leadership

    Malaysia & Indonesia Marketplaces, Consulting to Founder & Pandemic Leadership

    Jes Min is Co-Founder and CEO of The Recommend Group, South East Asia's #1 Home and Property Platform operating in Indonesia (Sejasa.com) and Malaysia (Recommend.my). The company connects customers and businesses to tens of thousands of the top-rated service professionals in categories like renovations, interior design, cleaning, aircon servicing, electrical repairs and pest control.






    Recommend Group is unique in its vision of building technology that turns services into products, by standardising prices and quality, creating a layer of trust so that services can be transacted safely online. It has served 1,000,000 homes to date in services that range from $10 to $50,000.






    Across both countries, Recommend empowers service professionals who connect to the platform to grow their business, collect payments and manage their team in a seamless manner. Throughout the pandemic, the company actively supported their service professionals in obtain permits to operate and advocating vaccination throughout the service worker force.






    Jes Min is an ex-Consultant with Bain & Company and Accenture, where she has helped multi-national companies scale their business and operations throughout Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. She has also helped national sovereign funds and banks transform their technical infrastructure, as well as program managed some of the largest financial services mergers and acquisition activities globally.






    Her personal mission is to build technology as a method to grow incomes and alleviate communities out of poverty. Her experience in SEA and also in Africa drives her belief that small businesses play a huge role in improving livelihoods, and this underpins the mission behind Recommend Group as well.






    Jes Min is also a mother of 2 little children. By the ease at which they twist her around their little fingers, she strongly believes they will one day take over the world.


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    This episode is produced by Kyle Ong.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Reuben Noronha: Consultants vs. Founders, From Failure To Zilingo & On Deck vs. Entrepreneur First

    Reuben Noronha: Consultants vs. Founders, From Failure To Zilingo & On Deck vs. Entrepreneur First

    Reuben Noronha has spent the last few years building and scaling businesses in Asia. He founded his first company, Nivaasa, a co-living startup in India, in 2016 and ran it for a few years before selling it. He then had the opportunity to move to Southeast Asia to build and scale new business verticals at Zilingo. He enjoys the 0 to 1 phase the most and love building teams up. When not working, he spends his time podcasting, DJing, and trying to understand the cryptocurrency world.






    Show notes at: https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/reuben-noronha


    You can find the community discussion for this episode at: https://club.jeremyau.com/c/podcasts/reuben-noronha


    This episode is produced by Kyle Ong.

    • 48 min
    Crystal Widjaja: GoJek Early Days, Organizational Debt & Learning from Mistakes

    Crystal Widjaja: GoJek Early Days, Organizational Debt & Learning from Mistakes

    Crystal Widjaja is the Chief Product Officer of Kumu, a social live streaming superapp platform that amplifies Filipino creativity, community, and commerce. She is currently the cofounder of Generation Girl, a non-profit for young women in STEM fifelds, an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Reforge, an educational program for product and growth practitioners, and an angel investor through the Sequoia Scout and Monk's Hill funds, where she works with startups across South East Asia and the Bay Area. Previously, Crystal was Chief of Staff and SVP of Growth and Data at Gojek. She has been recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 and HerWorld's Woman of the Year.






    Show notes at: https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/crystal-widjaja


    You can find the community discussion for this episode at: https://club.jeremyau.com/c/podcasts/crystal-widjaja






    This episode is produced by Kyle Ong.

    • 48 min
    Q&A: On Deck Fellowship Benefits vs. Cost, Maximizing Your Experience & Finding Cofounders

    Q&A: On Deck Fellowship Benefits vs. Cost, Maximizing Your Experience & Finding Cofounders

    Cathy Liu is an analyst, designer, and aspiring entrepreneur. Her most recent projects included building the open-source platform, Help With Covid, with Sam Altman, Radu Spineanu, and a team of core volunteers. Over three months, Help With Covid attracted the work of 800+ projects and 17,000 volunteers who aimed to quickly solve some of the most hard-pressed problems during the pandemic.






    She was born and raised in California in the United States where she currently calls San Francisco Bay Area home. Currently, she is pursuing building her own startup. She most recently joined On Deck’s Founder Fellowship (ODF10) where she will spend 10-weeks shaping her vision into reality. Prior to ODF10, she spent her time at Intel, Didi, and CBS Interactive where she drove operations for global supply chains and designed experiences for car rentals in international markets. She takes particular interest in industries such as travel, mental health, and e-commerce. During her free time, Cathy likes to try new computer/board games, watch Asian dramas, and go to pilates classes.






    Cathy is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she holds a B.S. in Management Science and a minor in Cognitive Science. You can find Cathy on LinkedIn to follow her journey.






    Show notes at: https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/qna-ondeck


    You can find the community discussion for this episode at: https://club.jeremyau.com/c/podcasts/qna-ondeck






    This episode is produced by Kyle Ong.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Harvard MBA Unbundling, Anti-Marketing and Q&A

    Harvard MBA Unbundling, Anti-Marketing and Q&A

    In this special Q&A episode, Jeremy unbundles his experiences from Harvard's MBA program.


    Show notes at: https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/harvard-mba-qna


    You can find the community discussion for this episode at: https://club.jeremyau.com/c/podcasts/harvard-mba-qna


    This episode is produced by Kyle Ong.

    • 55 min
    Valerie Vu: Vietnam Startups, Entrepreneurial Parents & VC as Career

    Valerie Vu: Vietnam Startups, Entrepreneurial Parents & VC as Career

    Valerie is Vietnam Country Head of Venturra Capital, a Southeast Asia focused venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology-based businesses headquartered in Jakarta. Venturra’s primary investment focus is on internet companies, in sectors such as e-commerce, financial technology, marketplaces, healthcare and education amongst others. 


    Valerie began her career at Deloitte U.S. where she provided clients in the asset management industry with the tax and deal advisory services. Raised by an entrepreneurial family, Valerie is fascinated by breakthrough technology and product innovation. She then joins the digital transformation of Southeast Asia by joining Venturra to empower and support entrepreneurs throughout their journey.


    On the side, Valerie is managing Launch Vietnam Startup, the largest Vietnam online start-up community with more than 50k members. Launch started out as a playground for startup founders, investors, and like-minded talents who are contributing to Vietnam tech ecosystem. Launch’s main mission today is to foster entrepreneurship and innovation through sharing startups journey together, growing together, and succeeding together. She hosts weekly session of “Founder Stories” on Launch Vietnam Startup to deliver knowledge and insights to the Vietnamese tech community.


    Valerie was born and raised in Vietnam and was a first-generation college graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She loves traveling, volunteering for educational initiatives, and learning new languages. She is currently learning Mandarin Chinese, her 5th language, after Vietnamese, French, English, and Spanish.


    Show notes at: www.jeremyau.com/blog/valerie-vu


    You can find the community discussion for this episode at: https://club.jeremyau.com/c/podcasts/valerie-vu


    This episode is produced by Kyle Ong.

    • 53 min

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LelandTran ,

Very engaging!

I listened to the episode with Albert Lie, and I thought the conversation was very engaging and insightful! Here’s where I’ll keep coming back for SEA content!

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Content Doesn’t Get Much Better!

With so many podcasts on the market today, it is so hard to break through the noise. I was recently turned on to Brave Dynamics by a friend of mine, and after tuning into a couple of episodes, it has made it’s way into my weekly routine! I literally leave 1 un-listened episode in my queue simply because I hate the thought of running out of Jeremy content! Keep it up!!

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