Technology industry buzzwords like IoT, Smart Cities, PropTech, 5G and AI have the potential to deliver transformative change, so WHY DO THEY FAIL TO LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?
The TechBurst Asia podcast is a fresh dose of PRAGMATISM for an industry that relies on COMPLACENT OPTIMISM.
We’ll talk to global industry leaders to get their take on the latest buzzwords and tackle the important questions like...
- What is 5G and do we really need it?
- How has the pandemic impacted Smart Cities?
- What is holding back the adoption of emerging technology, including AI, Drones & Smart Buildings?
- Is Sustainability finally ready to take off?
- How is Asia's start-up ecosystem developing?
The TechBurst Asia podcast is your one-stop shop to keep up-to-date with Asia's technology ecosystem.
Driving INNOVATION and SUSTAINABILITY in the F&B Industry
One of the challenges with Sustainability is that while people like talking about it, it can be hard to find people driving real impact. But luckily for you, today’s guest is one that it driving impact. In this episode of the TechBurst Asia podcast, we will speak to Adrien Desbaillets, the CEO and Co-Founder of Salad Stop, about the growth of his business - and how they were able to deliver SouthEast Asia’s first Net Zero F&B outlet.
00:30 Intro to Adrien & SaladStop!
05:00 How technology and a drive to innovate has contributed to their expansion to 65 stores in 8 markets across Asia
07:15 How SaladStop! Incorporates sustainability into its strategy and operations, including launching Southeast Asia’s first Net Zero F&B outlet
09:40 The challenges SaladStop! overcame to launch a Net Zero store - and what challenges they will have to overcome to have all their stores achieve Net Zero by 2030.
13:15 How SaladStop! Educates its customers on their sustainability journey
14:55 What does the future hold for SaladStop!?
16:15 What advice do you have for someone who is interested in starting a F&B business, raising Venture Capital funding and creating a Net Zero store?
19:45 Adrien’s passion for wearable technology
22:15 If you had to start a new business that couldn’t be in the F&B industry, what would it be and why?
046: 2022 GADGET FIX: How APPLE's new SMARTPHONES & SMARTWATCH will impact the industry
Apple recently announced it's latest smartphones and smartwatch, so it's time to bring Asia's top device analyst - IDC's Bryan Ma - back onto the TechBurst Asia podcast to discuss what these launches mean to the industry.
00:45 Overview of the Apple Launch Event
02:00 Apple goes after the competitive athlete market with the Apple Watch Ultra - what does it mean for vendors like Garmin and Suunto? Or the other leader smartwatch - the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro.?
08:00 Bryan’s view of the new Apple iPhone 14
Satellite communications eSIMs 09:30 Why does the new iPhone 14 have a satellite connection?
12:00 Apple goes eSIM! Why they made the shift and what it means to the mobile operators.
15:15 Huawei’s launch of its Mate 50 flagship smartphone - nice device, but it’s still 4G only
17:45 When is keeping Apple from launching a foldable smartphone? And when can we expect it? And could there be a foldable iPad?
19:00 Comparing Samsung’s S22 to the latest iPhones
20:00 If you had to pick one device from the iPhone 14, Samsung S22, Samsung Flip and the Huawei Mate 50, which one would you pick and why?
21:00 The device manufacturer’s dilemma - how to differentiate in a mature market?
22:30 What’s the latest on the Chinese & Indian device markets - and has the pandemic slowed demand?
26:00 Is the chipset shortage finally sorted?
27:10 How do you see the market for smartphones and smartwatches developing - and how can the device manufacturers differentiate?
28:15 The latest on the PC market (pandemic driving growth) and AR/VR - and when can we expect an Apple VR headset?
Beyond ESG: Why IMPACT INVESTING needs to be the NEXT BIG THING
Just 10 years ago, today's guest (Rafael Aldon) worked in telecoms in the UK. But over the past decade, he moved to Singapore as he first transitioned to Private Equity, then early stage Venture Capital, and finally into Impact Investing. It's been quite a journey!
He’s also the co-host of 2 podcasts (Investing for Impact and Disruptors for Good) on Cause Artist, which is a discovery hub for conscious consumers, social entrepreneurs and impact investors.
If you don’t know what impact investing is, you’ll love this episode because it will give you a solid understanding not only of what it is, but why it is so desperately needed. And if you already do know about it, you’ll still enjoy hearing about his amazing journey.
01:30 Rafael’s journey from Telecoms to Private Equity to Early Stage VC to Impact Investing
10:00 What led you to narrow your investment focus to Impact Investing?
12:00 Difference between ESG Investing & Impact Investing
15:00 Raf’s focus on regenerative businesses - and what does regenerative mean?
18:00 What is Regenr8?
22:00 The value you get from angel investing
24:00 What is the current state of Impact Investing in Asia & globally? Is it still niche?
26:30 What needs to be done to drive more Impact investing
29:00 Can we get enough momentum going to help us address the global climate challenges before it’s too late?
31:00 What are the biggest risks we face that will prevent us from making progress towards addressing those issues?
33:30 What advice do you have for start-ups that are playing in the Impact space?
37:30 You can do your career all over again. What would you rather be - an Impact Investor or a Rockstar?
AR/VR and the METAVERSE: What's REAL and What's HYPE?
After a decade of struggling to live up to the hype, augmented reality and virtual reality are finally gaining traction in the B2C and B2B spaces. Today, we will sit down with Auggd’s Matthias Krampe to discuss the 3 main reasons for this. First, the technologies and ecosystems that support AR & VR have evolved considerably.
Second, B2B customers are starting to understand how these technologies can be leveraged to deliver tangible business value through a variety of use cases.
And third, they are intrinsically linked to the Metaverse, which has to be approaching the top of the hype curve.
Whether you agree with Zuckerberg - and believe that we will all live and work in the metaverse - or whether you agree with NYU marketing professor Scott Galloway that the metaverse is “a giant flaming bag of sh*t”, one thing is for sure, the hype around the metaverse is driving the AR & VR industries
But the question is, can this new found interest help AR & VR reach mass adoption?
01:30 Intro to Matthias and his augmented reality firm, Auggd
05:30 What types of AR industry solutions (e.g. construction) does Auggd create?
07:00 Glimpse Group - the AR / VR collective - acquired Auggd in 2021
08:00 Augmented reality has struggled for adoption. What has held it back from reaching its potential?
12:30 What are the key trends (industry trends, hardware and evolution, 5G, etc) driving the AR industry? And is the talent shortage holding the industry back?
16:30 What industries (construction, retail, training) are driving AR adoption?
18:45 How is the virtual reality industry progressing - and what trends are driving it?
21:30 How long will it be before we are having meetings in the metaverse?
30:30 On a scale from 1 to 10, how overhyped is the metaverse?
35:30 You have looked at hundreds of AR and VR solutions, what are some of the best - and worst - solutions you have seen?
The Glimpse Group: www.theglimpsegroup.com
SMART CITIES 2020: Unblocking the MEGA-BLOCKERS
As we approach the end of 2021, we enter into one of the tech industry’s favourite seasons - 2022 Predictions. While all the industry evangelists will be predicting what mega-trends are going to transform our cities next year, I’m going to take a different approach. I’m going to focus on the mega-blockers that we need to overcome in order to live up to the industry hype.
And to do this, I am joined by 3 guests who sit in different areas of the Smart Cities ecosystem.
- Josh Sattler, A/CEO - General Manager Innovation, Growth and Development Services at City of Darwin in Australia
- Tim Kobe, Founder & CEO of the global strategic design firm Eight Inc.
- Zachary Wang, the Founder & CEO of Neuron Mobility, a leading rental e-scooter company and micro-mobility technology developer operating in cities across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Canada.
For simplicity’s sake, view it this way. Zach represents the tech innovator’s supplying Smart City solutions, Josh represents the market demand, and Tim the planning and design side that has to liaise between the supply and demand side.
01:20 Guest Intros
03:40 Smart Cities have not lived up to the hype. What types of challenges have you encountered that are holding back innovation?
07:35 Mega-blockers for the adoption of AI / Facial Recognition: how to overcome citizen’s concerns over data privacy
15:00 Mega-blockers for the adoption of Urban Mobility: eScooters, eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft - aka Flying Taxis), etc.
20:50 Mega-blockers for the adoption of Sustainability solutions: balancing ROI and social impact
27:40 We have the technology to deliver transformative solutions, but sometimes people and processes hold us back. What do we need to do as humans to become Smart City enablers instead of blockers?
34:00 Rapid Fire round
Do we need more government regulation to drive innovation?
What is the one thing that needs to happen to the Smart Cities ecosystem to drive more innovation?
What’s the biggest risk that Smart Cities face in 2022?
What’s your personal wish list?
- Tim - name one client you would like to work with
- Josh - if you could lead any city’s Smart City initiatives, which would it be?
- Zach - if Neuron could “win” one new city in 2022, which city would it be?
Let’s close on a positive - tell me something that you are proud of that happened during the pandemic.
042: SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: Reducing Emissions WITHOUT Increasing Costs w/ Ampd Energy's Brandon Ng
Over the past few years, delivering sustainable solutions and reducing carbon emissions have moved up the corporate agenda. But while many people like talking about it, few are ready to act.
One reason that people claim that holds them back is that sustainability solutions come with a green premium - which is the additional cost of choosing a clean technology over one that emits a greater amount of greenhouse gases. But that’s not always the case anymore.
In this podcast, we are joined by the CEO & Co-founder of Ampd Energy, Brandon Ng. His company proves that you don't have to increase your costs to decrease your carbon emissions.
01:40 Intro to Brandon & Ampd Energy
- How an approach from Gammon Construction in Hong Kong changed Ampd’s focus to reducing carbon emissions in the construction industry
05:00 Ampd Energy targets the construction industry, which is an industry laggard when it comes to driving productivity and innovation. However, you are seeing very strong traction in your home market in Hong Kong. What is driving your success?
- Sole focus is on the construction industry
- First customer was a marquee company - Gammon Construction
- Electric Vehicles have been in Hong Kong for over 10 years, so battery technology is viewed as “ready for primetime”, not an emerging tech.
- The business case stacks up. Ampd Energy doesn’t come with a “green premium”, it actually reduces costs from the current solutions deployed.
10:00 Hong Kong’s Construction Industry Council partnered with Hong Kong’s Development Bureau to launch at HKD 1 Billion (USD 130m) Construction Innovation Technology Fund. How has this been adopted and leveraged by the construction industry and what benefits has it delivered?
12:45 What are the biggest challenges you face when trying to win new business?
- Lack of product awareness leads to misconceptions and misunderstandings about what we do
- Fear of change
14:45 What is your business model? Do customers have to buy (CapEx) yoru solution or can they lease (OpEx) it?
15:45 What are your key objectives to grow your business over the coming 12 - 24 months
- Increase market share in HK
- Expand to Singapore and other markets across Asia
- Continue to educate and advocate for greener, cleaner and quieter construction sites using Ampd’s products
18:00 What impact has the rise in importance of sustainability and reducing carbon emissions had on your business?
- Investment firms holding industry responsible for the carbon emissions
19:30 What are the Critical Success Factors for driving your long term (5-10 year) growth and success? And the biggest risks?
- Bridging the gap in debt financing to give Ampd the working capital to build more product in advance of orders received
- Attracting talent
25:45 What do you know today that you wish you knew when you started Ampd in 2015?
26:40 When you expand into new markets, will you go direct or leverage channel partners?
28:00 How can the audience follow Ampd Energy or get in touch with you?
Brandon Ng: https://www.linkedin.com/in/branng/