The Asia Startup Pulse Podcast, previously known as China Startup Pulse Podcast, is an original weekly podcast for anyone interested in understanding the innovation, business, and tech landscape in Asia. We bring the best of the Asian startup ecosystem, showcasing entrepreneurial stories, insights from thought leaders, and dissecting the strategies employed by tech giants.
Backed by SOSV, Chinaccelerator, and Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX), we understand firsthand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in Asia. Over the last decade, we have helped over 170 startups cross borders and make their mark in Asia. With that in mind, the podcast offers real, practical, and unique insights.
The Asia Startup Pulse is hosted by Oscar Ramos, Ryan Shuken, and William Bao Bean, hackers, and hustlers with years of experience in Asia and China’s startup scene.
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ASP Selection | Inside the VC Mind: The rise of Fintech in China, with Wei Hopeman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures
Fintech has come a long way in China, from barely being recognized to one of the fastest growing markets in the region. As the world’s leader in Fintech technology, China is a breeding ground for Internet finance companies, and accordingly, investment in the industry. With millions of users and an ever-growing number of fintech unicorns, the future of Internet finance looks exceedingly bright in China.
Inside the VC Mind: The Rise of Technification in Southeast Asia, with Peng T. Ong, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Monk's Hill Ventures (rebroadcast)
We are very honored to invite Peng T. Ong, co-founder and managing partner of Monk's Hill Ventures, to join our Asia Startup Pulse today.
Monk’s Hill Ventures is a venture capital firm investing in early-stage tech companies, primarily Series A, in Southeast Asia. Peng is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, founder, and investor in Silicon Valley and in Asia. He is based in Indonesia and is a board member of Glints, ELSA, Finaxar, and Intelligent Video Solutions. Prior to Monk’s Hill Ventures, he was a Venture Partner at GSR Ventures in China.
Inside the VC Mind: Technification in South Asia: Internationalisation of Indian SaaS Startups, with Sanjay Nath, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blume Ventures (rebroadcast)
India today is home to some of the most innovative and valuable startups in the world. With a thriving startup ecosystem that is seeing more and more foreign capital injection and innovation across the board from tech to business models, Indian startups are well positioned to take on the global startup ecosystem. Although the domestic market is already huge enough, more Indian SaaS startups are venturing out and expanding across borders.
In today’s episode, we talk with Sanjay Nath, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blume Ventures, one of India’s leading early-stage venture funds. Sanjay also represents Blume on the boards of Arka Venture Labs and the Draper Venture Network. Blume focuses on Seed to Pre-Series A stages of funding and has made over 100 investments across its 10-year history across multiple funds. Sanjay has invested in and advises a wide portfolio of startups including GreyOrange Robotics, Dataweave, Locus, Tricog, LBB, Lulu, Lambdatest, TapChief (acquired by Unacademy), Nektar.ai, and Obviously.ai amongst others.
What is the trajectory for Indian startups expanding abroad? How do they start in India and move to US and SEA? How can startups build and sell remotely and operate in a virtual world? What are the repercussions of localization when internationalization? Sanjay, as an active investor in the space, brings his experience in answering all these questions and more!
Inside the VC Mind: Technification in SEA - Examining the Fundamentals of the Marketplace Business Model with James Tan, Managing Partner at Quest Ventures (rebroadcast)
Marketplace is one of the most common business models in Southeast Asia nowadays. In one of our previous episodes, we talked to Aaron Tan, founder of Carro, about how he has built one of the biggest used-car marketplaces in Southeast Asia.
Today, we are going to dig deeper into marketplaces again with James Tan, Managing Partner at Quest Ventures. Prior to this, James was co-founder and COO of 55tuan, a NASDAQ listed e-commerce group that grew to more than 200 cities and 5,000 employees across China.
In this episode, we talk about all the business fundamentals of building a marketplace: from the advantages and challenges of building a marketplace to how to manage or control it, to the importance of timing in expanding to multiple markets. A someone who has built a successful e-commerce marketplace himself and invested in several more, James also shares the most innovative marketplace models in the market and how he believes the business model can be innovated.
The Circular Economy in a World of Planned Obsolescence with Johnson Yeh, Founder and CEO of ROEHL
Johnson Yeh discusses why he left his job at the summit of the gaming industry to pursue his long-time passion: circular economy and sustainability. In 2019 Johnson founded ROEHL to provide consumers with a more sustainable and convenient lifestyle, starting with a subscription-based home appliance service.
The Uberization of Drone Tech with Kamarul Muhamed, Founder and CEO of Aerodyne Group
We sat down with Kamarul Muhamed, founder and CEO of Aerodyne Group, a world-leading drone-based enterprise solutions provider, to talk all things drones, the Uberization of agritech, how drone tech has created a new market for technology talents. We also discussed why Southeast Asia, once dominated by traditional agriculture, is so bullish on new technologies, and the wonderful future of the region’s home-grown unicorns.
Great insights on the China startup ecosystem
China Startup Pulse is without a doubt one of the best podcasts for anyone looking to understand the China investment/vc landscape. Really enjoy listening to the podcast as they bring really diverse ideas from VC, entrepreneurs and industry experts. 💯
Insights into the market
Living in China, it’s fascinating to hear first hand experiences and insights of leaders carving the path in China. Lot’s of insights on how to navigate the Chinese market and best practices. Wether your interested in China or fascinated by the world of startups, this is my weekly dose of inspiration!
The motivation-espresso during my commute to work
Both informative and entertaining content. The business and tech-hacks shared by guest and both Hosts, Ryan Shuken and Oscar Ramos, keep me motivated for the workday ahead, as well as providing me with a health-dose of China knowledge. Keep it up and running!