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Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia founders, funders and execs. From the growing pains of a unicorn journey to IPO, scaling a venture capital firm, to building empires in new markets; all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. Join venture capitalist & strategist, Sarah Chen as she asks the hard questions, and learn through the triumphs, failures and hard lessons of the crème de la crème — so you too, can make #BillionDollarMoves in venture, in business & in life. https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/

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Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia founders, funders and execs. From the growing pains of a unicorn journey to IPO, scaling a venture capital firm, to building empires in new markets; all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. Join venture capitalist & strategist, Sarah Chen as she asks the hard questions, and learn through the triumphs, failures and hard lessons of the crème de la crème — so you too, can make #BillionDollarMoves in venture, in business & in life. https://bdm.sarah-chen.com/

    Fortune 500 C-Suite to Startup: What It Really Takes with John Brisco, Coherent

    Fortune 500 C-Suite to Startup: What It Really Takes with John Brisco, Coherent

    "My biggest fear? Not achieving the potential of what I think this business can do, and achieving this vision I see"

    This week, we dive deep with John Brisco, CEO and Co-Founder of Coherent,  Hong-Kong grown insurtech startup on a mission to to build next-in-class technology platforms and data intelligence engines to help insurers and their partners transform and grow. From sales enablement to product development, Coherent is helping the insurers move away from legacy backend challenges. 
    Building on their success in closing their series A round of funding in late 2020, Coherent is now expanding their business from Asia to the world.
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    Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.
     
    From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm.
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     👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:
    - How to transition from C-suite corporate executive to an entrepreneur: is it worth it?
    - What it takes to disrupt problems in an age-old industry?
    - Taking an Asian-grown product global
    - Hiring and scaling great teams from day one
    - Choosing the right investor for the long-run
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    On Coherent:
    https://www.coherent.global/
    More on John Brisco: (https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnbrisco/)
    John is the leader and co-founder of Coherent. Every day, John works to inspire the Coherent team to create a brighter, more inclusive future for the insurance industry.
    Having started his career in AXA and EY, John has accumulated a wealth of global experience in the insurance sector, most recently as COO and CIO at Manulife Asia. In his career to date, he has led teams in more than 45 countries across 5 continents.
    With less than 10% of Asia’s population having any form of insurance, John is committed to helping the insurance industry become more inclusive. He believes that Coherent’s technology-enabled and data-intelligent products will help our customers to drastically improve the level of insurance penetration across Asia and other parts of the world.
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    • 46 min
    Family Offices & Venture Capital Strategy with Field Pickering, Vulpes | Billion Dollar Moves

    Family Offices & Venture Capital Strategy with Field Pickering, Vulpes | Billion Dollar Moves

    "The hardest lesson for me as a leader? I've chosen to be in this position. I chose to build this business. So it starts with me and it ends with me"

    The family office was initially created to look after the wealth of ultra high net worth families. But today, the modern-day family office does far more than that and is in fact, acting a whole lot more like a venture investor. Today we talk to Field Pickering, COO, General Counsel and Head of Venture Investing at Vulpes, a family office built off the wealth of Stephen Diggle, who founded Artradis Fund Management. Artradis was an Asian long volatility biased multi strategy alternative asset manager, and at its helm grew assets under management from US$4 million to US$4.7 billion at its peak in 2008.
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    Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.
     
    From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm.
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     👊🏻 3 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:
    - How to ask and advocate for what you want in your career
    - The evolution of family offices, particularly in Southeast Asia
    - How Vulpes is taking a hunting, uninhibited approach to venture and reaping the rewards
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    ⏳ TIMESTAMPS
    00:00 - Intro, what's on tap for this week
    02:48 - Why you need to advocate for your own career - Field's journey from an unwilling lawyer turned venture investor
    07:13 - Artradis making $3Bn from the Asian Financial Crisis, and how the family office began
    09:55 - The growth of family offices in Asia Pacific
    12:54 - Dealflow, building pipelines
    13:06 - An unfettered approach to venture investing: too early, too late?
    15:39 - Vulpes Special Opportunities Fund
    20:06 - Portfolio construction and strategies
    30:50 - Billion Dollar Questions

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    More on Field Pickering: (https://vulpesinvest.com/teams/field-...)

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    • 35 min
    Making Relationships Work: The Power Couple Behind Malaysia's Next Unicorn, Aerodyne Group

    Making Relationships Work: The Power Couple Behind Malaysia's Next Unicorn, Aerodyne Group

    "When times are hard, hold on to your vision. Remember why you started in the first place."

    In a never-before like interview, we dive deep into the business of drones with the Malaysian power couple Kamarul A Muhamed and Azita Azizan who founded Aerodyne group, which is set to be the global leading provider of drone-based enterprise solutions, with over $30M raised, presence in over 35 countries, and over 350,000 assets inspected.

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    Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top US-Asia funders, founders and execs.
     
    From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. Hosted by venture capitalist & strategist @SarahChenGlobal, expect unfiltered stories from the crème de la crème, so you too, can make #BillionDollarMoves🤓
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    👊🏻 3 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:
    - Why picking your co-founder is the most important choice you can make, the secret in choosing people to work with
    - What it takes to build a global footprint, can you expand too fast?
    - The future of drones and aerial robotics, should you be afraid?
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    ⏳ TIMESTAMPS
    00:00 - Intro
    02:29 - Why this idea, why now?
    06:16 - Acquiring new customers, and proving the business case
    10:52 - Taking the leap - how the power couple came to be
    14:08 - Validating outside the country?
    23:36 - Building for global growth - what strategy worked?
    26:08 - Choosing the right partners and leaning into your intuition
    30:52 - Rising expectations of the industry, aerial robotics and more
    36:54 - Opportunity out of a crisis
    39:12 - Billion Dollar Questions

    On Aerodyne:
    Aerodyne Group (https://aerodyne.group) is a DT3 (Drone Tech, Data Tech, and Digital Transformation) drone-based enterprise solutions provider, and a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence as an enabling technology for large-scale data operations, analytics, and process optimization. Aerodyne is ranked second in the world by Drone Industry Insights (DII) in its ‘Drone Service Provider Ranking 2020’; was named Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Asia Pacific UAV Services Company of 2019’; and is a recipient of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Malaysia’s ‘Industry Excellence Gold Award 2019’. The company’s founder and Group CEO, Kamarul A Muhamed, is 'EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020'.

    • 49 min
    Eggs Without Chickens & Executing On Your Purpose with Arturo Elizondo

    Eggs Without Chickens & Executing On Your Purpose with Arturo Elizondo

    "If not now, then when? I had no job, nowhere to stay but I had to try. Even if I failed, I would have the peace of mind that at least I tried. I would have always wondered, what if?"

    From the rise of Impossible Foods to McDonalds announcing their McPlant menu, plant-based food has undeniably taken the market by storm. Beyond the mainstreaming of veganism, fast-forward to 2021, a global crisis and global lockdowns drove consumers to reassess what they eat and their impact on the planet.

    Riding this wave is Clara Foods (www.clarafoods.com), a Silicon Valley venture-backed company making animal protein without the animals. Led by Arturo Elizondo, Clara Foods is disrupting food technology, developing performance protein products and making the world's first animal free egg white protein. Using advanced fermentation to brew protein that is cleaner, greener and kinder to our environment today, this week, we take a personal deep dive with the man behind the vision of eggs without chickens.
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     👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:
    - How to execute on a vision, as a non-technical founder: including dealing with imposter syndrome
    - Career transitions and deciding to take that leap
    - How eggs could be made without a chicken! (P.s. a $200B opportunity)
    - Plant-based foods, alternative proteins and the scale of food technology today
    - Building for the long run in biotech and leveraging the first mover advantage
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    ⏳ TIMESTAMPS
    00:14 - Intro, what's on tap for this week
    02:04 -Arturo finding his purpose, and taking a one-way ticket to San Francisco, obsessing about eggs
    05:26 - Personal revelation to action and building a startup
    11:05 - Non-technical founder on the hunt for a team 
    15:38 - Wait, but how are you making chicken-less eggs again?
    23:58 - Breaking news! The world's first animal-free protein?
    27:26 - The landscape for alternative proteins
    30:30 - Building moats!
    32:09 - Where to expand to first?
    37:57 - Abundance mentality and the future of alternative proteins
    49:07 - Billion Dollar Questions!
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    More on Arturo: (https://www.linkedin.com/in/arturoe/)
    Arturo is the founder and CEO of biotech food company, Clara Foods, based in Silicon Valley that has raised over $50M in funding and makes real animal protein without the use of a single animal – starting with the world's first chickenless egg proteins.
     
    Prior to founding Clara in 2014, Arturo served under Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Credit Suisse. He has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30, the 2019 Person of the Year by the National Hispanic Institute, and one of 10 Latinos who inspire the United States by BBC World News. Arturo hails from Laredo, Texas, and grew up living on both sides of the US-Mexico border. He

    • 50 min
    Building Indonesian Unicorns with Shinta Dhanuwardoyo

    Building Indonesian Unicorns with Shinta Dhanuwardoyo

    Indonesia’s startups have been making headlines in the last few years, including most recently the news that online mall Bukalapak is set to raise $1.5 billion in the country’s largest-ever initial public offering - setting the stage for a wave of tech listings, with fellow unicorns GoTo and Traveloka to follow suit. Home to the region’s largest population, it is no surprise, Indonesia is in it’s primetime for entrepreneurs. This week, we begin to scratch the surface of the Indonesian startup storyline with veteran digital entrepreneur and evangelist Shinta Dhanuwardoyo.

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    Billion Dollar Moves is THE show for the top Asia-US funders, founders and execs. 
     
    From building a unicorn to IPO, and scaling a VC firm - all of these efforts require vision from the leaders at the helm. 
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     👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:
    - The IPO scene in Indonesia - what's going on? Bukalapak, raksasa GoTo and more
    - Primetime Indonesia: the opportunity for digitization 
    - The secret sauce of building unicorns in Indonesia
    - Indonesia’s rising youth spending power
    - Building in Indonesia: challenges and opportunities
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    ⏳ TIMESTAMPS
    00:00 - Intro, what's on tap this week
    04:17 - Architect turned entrepreneur, an Indonesian girl's curiosity
    07:29 - Teaching herself to code and build websites
    09:45 - Bubu's initial go to market
    17:27 - Indonesia's startup growth story - how do we think about Indonesia?
    21:29 - Domestic/dual listings, are the fundamentals there - Bukalapak, Gojek + Tokopedia
    25:26 - Secret sauce of Indonesian unicorns?
    29:56 - 17,000 islands - what about underserved markets?
    35:03 - Billion Dollar Questions with Shinta! 
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    More about Shinta (@shintabubu):
    Shinta is a tech industry veteran and trailblazer. Since the inception of her first company Bubu.com in 1996, the award-winning entrepreneur has impacted Indonesia's digital landscape in countless ways.
    Her first company, Bubu.com, started as a web development company that now houses multiple ventures targeting the Indonesian youth— from the hottest gaming competition to a collaboration agency bridging brands.

    At the end of December 2019, she launched a new venture called Startupindonesia.co, which is an online platform to help connect all the startup ecosystems in Indonesia. The online platform is looking to democratize network and knowledge for Indonesia's tech startup ecosystem, especially those with a strong socio-economic impact. It is developed as Indonesia's online startup directory and online education center for tech-entrepreneurship. Shinta is currently the Head of the permanent committee for Digital Business, e-Commerce and Startups Development at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Indonesia (KADIN) and she is also on the Board of Trustees of The Nature of Conservancy (TNC Indonesia).

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    • 40 min
    Billion Dollar Breakdown #1: Emerging Markets—SuperApps, SPACs, Multi-Billion Showdowns with Mikal Khoso

    Billion Dollar Breakdown #1: Emerging Markets—SuperApps, SPACs, Multi-Billion Showdowns with Mikal Khoso

    In today's Billion Dollar Moves Breakdown, we bust some myths on the emerging markets and venture capital with THE emerging markets analyst, Mikal Khoso, VC at Wavemaker Partners, a cross border venture capital firm dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Singapore and has raised over $580M across multiple funds.
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     👊🏻 5 THINGS YOU'LL LEARN:
    - GoTo, Grab, Shopee - who will win in this multi-billion e-commerce showdown?
    - Primetime Emerging Markets: the opportunity for digitization, leapfrogging
    - The secret sauce of emerging markets
    - Byjus, the best kept secret in edtech?
    - SPACs: Real deal or a cover for the lack of fundamentals
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    ⏳ TIMESTAMPS
    00:00 - Intro: what's on tap this week?
    01:25 - Why emerging markets, why now?
    03:34 - Exploding population
    05:39 - Leapfrogging
    08:35 - Political uncertainty? What's the risk premium here?
    10:55 - Golden era of startups - analyst top picks
    23:00 - GoTo: marriage of convenience?
    29:16 - The exit story for emerging markets

    More about Mikal (@mikalkhoso):
    Mikal is based in LA with Wavemaker, focused on sourcing new deals, collaborating with partners on diligence and further iterating on the investment process and tech stack. He writes a popular weekly newsletter Emergent on the fastest-growing businesses in emerging markets. (reademergent.com)

    Prior to joining Wavemaker Mikal was a partner at First Round’s Dorm Room Fund, a student-led venture firm that invests exclusively in student-founded companies. In his time at Dorm Room Fund he led two investments that have collectively raised $45 million in follow on funding. Prior to that he was an Associate at Underscore VC in 2017 where he led two investments as well that collectively have raised $40 million in funding.

    Prior to that he worked at the New Ventures Team at Northeastern University, a corporate innovation team tasked with building Edtech companies for the university. Mikal graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Philosophy from Northeastern University.
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    • 34 min

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