Leadership is harder than it looks. Jeremy Au, proven founder and Harvard MBA, interviews courageous entrepreneurs, executives and investors every week. He also shares his frontline experiences, coaching insights and own professional development journey. If you're stepping up as a new leader, founding a startup or venturing into the great unknown, this is the podcast for you.
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Jackson Aw on Solo Founders, Pop Culture Leadership & Fatherhood Stories
Jackson Aw is a 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 honouree and Founder & CEO of Singapore-based Mighty Jaxx, a technology-driven integrated future culture platform that designs and manufactures collectibles and lifestyle products in partnership with the greatest talents in the world as well as global brands such as Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Toei Animation, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, DC Comics, Looney Tunes and more.
Besides empowering future culture brands with the end-to-end supply chain of collectibles, Mighty Jaxx also manages a large scale, proprietary IP operation that delivers global consumer access via new retail technologies.
Jackson has grown Mighty Jaxx from a S$20,000 startup into the multi-million dollar company it is today, and the company now ships millions of products yearly to collectors in over 60 countries with diverse offerings in collectibles, gaming, lifestyle and fashion.
Shownotes on https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/jackson-aw
Paul Veradittakit on Crypto VC, Non-Linear Pathing & Startup vs. VC Leadership
Paul Veradittakit is a Partner at Pantera Capital and focuses on the firm’s venture capital and hedge fund investments. Pantera Capital is the earliest and largest institutional investor in digital currencies and blockchain technologies, formerly managing over $1B. Since joining in 2014, Paul has helped to launch the firm’s second venture fund and currency funds, executing over 100 investments.
Paul also sits on the board of Staked, Blockfolio, and Alchemy, is a mentor at The House Fund, Boost VC, and Alchemist, and is an advisor to Orchid, Origin, and AI Foundation. Prior to joining Pantera, Paul worked at Strive Capital as an Associate focusing on investments in the mobile space, including an early stage investment in App Annie.
Previously, Paul was at Hatch Consulting and LECG and performed partnerships and growth for Urban Spoils, an early stage startup in the daily deal space. Paul graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.
Shownotes at https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/paulv
Nick Nash on Generational Lessons, World's Greatest Injustices, and Curiosity as Growth Hack
Prior to Asia Partners, Mr. Nash was the Group President of Sea, Greater Southeast Asia’s leading internet company with a ~50Bn market cap, from 2014 to 2018. Mr. Nash led Sea’s landmark initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SE), which raised approximately $1 billion of primary capital and which was the largest ever U.S. IPO of a company from Southeast Asia.
Mr. Nash joined Sea after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the co-founder and head of GA’s Southeast Asia business. Three of Mr. Nash’s successful investments while with General Atlantic are now multi-billion dollar NYSE publicly traded companies. Prior to GA, Mr. Nash was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York.
Mr. Nash was a member of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group from 2017-2018, is a member of the global Kauffman Society for leadership in venture capital, is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and is a board member of Endeavor Indonesia.
He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000.
Shownotes at https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/nick-nash-1
Ashwin Purushottam on Market Launchers vs General Managers, Launch to Profitability and Collaborating with Regulators
Ashwin Purushottam was an Entrepreneur in Residence with Entrepreneur First, the world’s leading talent investor. His role ended in October 2020.
As General Manager of Lime and Deliveroo Special Projects, Ashwin oversaw operations, government relations, marketing, business development, and recruiting. He previously also led the Business Insights team at Shopee. Having built cloud kitchens in Singapore and set up warehouses in Germany, his role is constantly evolving.
Ashwin holds a BSc with Honours in Biotechnology from the University of Windsor and a MBA at INSEAD. He enjoys working on awesome quick-adoption products to create meaningful work for Indian women from underprivileged backgrounds.
Show notes at https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/ashwin-purushottam
Sandra Ernst on Fintech in Europe vs. SE Asia, Venture Studios & Builders and Working With Regulators
Sandra has been working in C-level positions in Fintech companies in Singapore for the last 5+ years. Before that, she worked in private-equity real estate in Malaysia and started her career in a German bank belonging to Europe's biggest cooperative banking network in 2001.
She gets her energy from working with smart people towards a shared goal to create an impact and has expertise in founding and operating companies, pivoting when required in order to scale quickly, and hiring capable teams.
Sandra completed both her masters and bachelors on a full tuition and lodge scholarship from the Foundation of German Business. She holds a MSc in Arab World Studies (Minor in Islamic Finance and Arabic) from Durham University (of which the first year was spent at the University of Edinburgh). In her free time, she loves to hike in the mountains and read books - preferably both with a Weissbeer.
Shownotes at: https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/sandra-ernst
Southeast Asia Tech: Asia Fintech Hype, Future of Buy-Now Pay-Later & Micro-Payments
In this episode, founders and VCs shared their predictions for Southeast Asia’s fintech scene for 2021 such as the hype around Fintech in Asia and the up-and-coming models in the industry. If you are interested in joining us on our next episode of SEA Tech Clubhouse, sign up now at https://www.jeremyau.com. Nominations are limited and approved on a rolling basis. You can self-nominate or nominate someone who you think would fit the bill. You can find the episode's transcript in the podcast description. Let's dive right into it.
Shownotes at https://www.jeremyau.com/blog/sea-tech-fintech