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Compounding Curiosity is a weekly podcast hosted by Kalani Scarrott and is all about compounding listeners curiosity, through thoughtful and curated interviews with interesting and accomplished guests across Asia-Pacific.

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Compounding Curiosity is a weekly podcast hosted by Kalani Scarrott and is all about compounding listeners curiosity, through thoughtful and curated interviews with interesting and accomplished guests across Asia-Pacific.

    32 | Wan Zahidi, Cricket, Physics, and Investing (not in that order)

    32 | Wan Zahidi, Cricket, Physics, and Investing (not in that order)

    My guest today is Wan Zahidi. Wan is the Director and CEO of Tapir Partners, based in Malaysia. Wan has previous equity research experience within Malaysia and Indonesia. But interestingly has an honours in physics before joining the investing world! In this conversation, we cover his investing style, investing in Malaysia, and a little about cricket and physics!
    I had a tonne of fun with this one, so I hope you enjoy my conversation with Wan Zahidi.
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page on  https://compoundingpodcast.com/ep32 
     
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    Show Notes:
    [00:00:30] - [First question] - Wan’s background
    [00:07:01] - Going from Physics to Investing
    [00:08:06] - Wan’s investing style
    [00:12:38] - ESG investing
    [00:14:57] - Idea generation
    [00:18:13] - Investing in Malaysia
    [00:21:25] - Building a network
    [00:25:33] - Interesting sectors of late?
    [00:27:11] - Advice for investing in Malaysia
    [00:28:49] - Most undervalued life experience
    [00:30:37] - Influential books
    [00:33:57] - Wrapping up and future plans
     
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    Connect with Wan:
    Connect with Wan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wan-zahidi-7b1575b2/
    Tapir Partners’ Website: https://www.tapirpartners.com/ 
     
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    Mentioned/Recommended Content:
    Crossroads: A Popular History of Malaysia & Singapore by Jim Baker: https://www.amazon.com/Crossroads-Popular-History-Malaysia-Singapore-ebook/dp/B00BARLF38 
    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman: https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555 
    The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham: https://www.amazon.com.au/Intelligent-Investor-Benjamin-Graham/dp/0060555661 
     
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    • 36 min
    31 | Rachel Lau, Venture Capital in Malaysia

    31 | Rachel Lau, Venture Capital in Malaysia

    My guest today is Rachel Lau. Rachel is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of RHL Ventures. RHL Ventures is a Southeast Asian-based private investment firm that focuses on growth capital investments in the Southeast Asia region.  In this conversation, we discuss the VC scene in Malaysia and ASEAN, how the landscape has changed over the last two years, and the story behind RHL.
    I hope you enjoy my conversation with Rachel Lau.
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page on  https://compoundingpodcast.com/ep31 
     
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    Show Notes:
    [00:00:31] - [First question] - Rachel’s Background
    [00:01:30] - The VC landscape within ASEAN 
    [00:06:44] - COVID’s effects on VC in ASEAN
    [00:10:06] - Investing in the A and B stage
    [00:13:27] - Aspects of VC that Rachel disagrees with
    [00:15:40] - What should people know about Malaysian VC
    [00:18:11] - Advice for graduates entering the VC scene?
    [00:19:33] - Rachel’s investing style
    [00:24:37] - Why start RHL Ventures?
    [00:27:32] - RHL’s edge?
    [00:29:07] - What Rachel wished she learned earlier
    [00:31:22] - Most undervalued life experience?
    [00:33:42] - Influential books?
    [00:35:55] - Wrapping up and future plans
     
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    Connect with Rachel:
    Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-lau-b90957a1/ 
    RHL’s Website: https://rhl.ventures/ 
     
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    Mentioned/Recommended Content:
    Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah: https://www.amazon.com/Chinese-Cinderella-Unwanted-Daughter-Teenage-ebook/dp/B00PVHE724 
     
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    • 37 min
    30 | TSMC Deep Dive with Asianometry

    30 | TSMC Deep Dive with Asianometry

    Today’s conversation is all about TSMC. We go deep into the chip development process from start to finish, the fabs they’re constructed in, TSMC's business model, the competitive landscape, and what the future may hold.
    My guest today is Jon from Asianometry (@asianometry), creator of the hugely popular Asianometry YouTube channel where he posts video essays on business, technology, and history within Asia.
    I hope you enjoy my conversation with Jon from Asianometry on TSMC.
     
    (For reference, this episode was recorded January 25, 2021)
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page on  https://compoundingpodcast.com/ep30 
     
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    Show Notes:
    [00:00:31] - [First question] - Some background on TSMC
    [00:03:44] - The chip development process
    [00:05:36] - The science behind it
    [00:08:52] - What do the fabs look like?
    [00:11:19] - Why do fabs need so much water?
    [00:13:26] - Why are fabs getting bigger?
    [00:14:46] - Apple and TSMC’s relationship
    [00:16:24] - ASML and TSMC’s relationship
    [00:20:41] - CAPEX, Competition and a potential glut?
    [00:24:47] - Taiwan and TSMC’s relationship
    [00:27:05] - Would Apple ever compete with TSMC?
    [00:30:43] - TSMC Q4 Results and future plans
    [00:35:48] - Why is TSMC so secretive around their fabs
    [00:37:37] - Can the US feasibly compete in the semiconductor space?
    [00:40:15] - Is Moore's law really dead?
    [00:42:33] - Anything else that's consequential about TSMC's future?
     
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    Connect with Asianometry:
    Asianometry’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Asianometry/featured 
    Follow Asianometry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/asianometry
    Asianometry Newsletter: https://asianometry.substack.com/ 
    Asianometry Podcast: https://anchor.fm/asianometry 
     
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    Mentioned/Recommended Content:
    How TSMC Came to Taiwan's South: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x02pq2HeKQY 
    TSMC is more than just Taiwan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCnF-i1XDiU 
    How Taiwan Created TSMC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fVrWDdll0g 
    ASML: TSMC's Critical Supplier, Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFsn1CUyXWs 
     
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    Visit the Compounding Curiosity PODCAST: https://CompoundingPodcast.com/ 
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    If you’ve read this far down, I appreciate you :)

    • 45 min
    29 | Shinya Deguchi, Educating Investors Through Manga

    29 | Shinya Deguchi, Educating Investors Through Manga

    My guest today is Shinya Deguchi. Shinya is the founder of Star Magnolia Capital, a multi-family office and Co-Founder of Gen Z Group. Through Gen Z Group, Gen Z Media creates and promotes educational content (mainly in the medium of graphic novels) in Chinese-speaking regions which is today’s focus.
    In today’s conversation, we cover Webtoons and Manga in the context of investor education. It’s a little different but an extremely interesting and exciting topic.
    I hope you enjoy my conversation with Shinya Deguchi.
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page on  https://compoundingpodcast.com/ep29 
     
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    Show Notes:
    [00:00:31] - [First question] - Shinya’s background
    [00:03:47] - The influence of Makoto Maki
    [00:08:00] - Shinya’s investing style and how that’s changed over time
    [00:12:11] - Manga and Why start the Gen Z Group?
    [00:24:14] - Early mistakes?
    [00:31:07] - When comparing Manga and Webtoons compared to other mediums, why do it?
    [00:32:21] - What Shinya wished he knew before starting this project 
    [00:35:55] - And what’s next for Gen Z Group?
    [00:39:10] - Anything else we haven’t covered and wrapping up
     
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    Connect with Shinya:
    Connect with Shinya on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shinya-deguchi-b403908/ 
    Gen Z Group’s Website: https://www.genzgroup.org/ 
     
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    Mentioned/Recommended Content:
    INVEST! Webtoon: https://www.genzgroup.org/new-investor-z 
    Investor Z IMPACT! Webtoon: https://www.genzgroup.org/investors-z-impact 
     
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    • 42 min
    28 | Pratyush Rastogi, Deep Dive on Grab

    28 | Pratyush Rastogi, Deep Dive on Grab

    My guest today is Pratyush Rastogi (@FarrerWealth). Pratyush is the CEO & Founder at Farrer Wealth Advisors and was previously Head of Sales at Grab for Business, as well as prior experience in private equity.
    Today’s conversation is all about Grab. We go deep on their business model, Grab’s history, how regulation and management affect them, and what the future may hold.
     
    (For reference, this episode was recorded December 29, 2021)
     
    I hope you enjoy this deep dive on Grab with Pratyush Rastogi. 
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page on  https://compoundingpodcast.com/ep28 
     
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    Show Notes:
    [00:00:31] - [First question] - Pratush’s background with Grab
    [00:03:42] - Grab’s major aspects today and revenue drivers
    [00:08:04] - Grab’s history and battle with Uber
    [00:15:46] - The supply side of Grab’s business
    [00:20:25] - Grab the Super App and why create one?
    [00:22:38] - The scale and capital problem
    [00:26:29] - Unappreciated aspects of Grab’s and culture?
    [00:28:38] - Anything that people fundamentally misunderstand about Grab
    [00:30:14] - Grab’s leadership
    [00:34:35] - Worried about Anthony Tan’s 2.2% stake?
    [00:35:47] - Grab’s story and success with Regulators
    [00:37:60] - Biggest risks to Grab’s business?
    [00:41:11] - Anything we haven't talked about Grab that's consequential for their future?
     
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    Connect with Pratyush :
    Follow Pratyush on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FarrerWealth 
    Farrer Wealth Advisors’s Website: https://www.farrerwealth.com/ 
    Farrer Wealth’s Newsletter: https://farrerwealth.substack.com/ 
     
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    Mentioned/Recommended Content:
    Ex-Grabber on Grab: https://www.farrerwealth.com/blog/ex-grabber-on-grab 
    Ex-Grabber on Grab (part 2): https://www.farrerwealth.com/blog/exgrabber2 
     
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    • 44 min
    27 | Greg Lam, Life Where I’m From

    27 | Greg Lam, Life Where I’m From

    My guest today is Greg Lam (@lifewhereimfrom). Greg is the creator of the immensely popular Life Where I’m From YouTube channel. LWIF gives interesting and educational insight into the everyday, special events and uniquely Japanese aspects of life in Japan.
    In this conversation, we cover the process required for his videos, the YouTube landscape, and his new documentary, Being Japanese.
    I hope you enjoy my conversation with Greg Lam of Life Where I’m From!
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page on  https://compoundingpodcast.com/ep27 
     
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    Show Notes:
    [00:00:33] - [First question] - Greg’s process for a video
    [00:03:06] - How Greg approaches video intros and thumbnails
    [00:05:29] - When did Greg find his voice and niche?
    [00:07:36] - Thoughts on recording video in public
    [00:09:04] - When did Greg think he could take YouTube fulltime?
    [00:11:02] - Lessons and takeaways from monetizing?
    [00:16:51] - Things Greg wished more viewers knew
    [00:20:41] - Videos that performed wildly different to Greg’s expectations?
    [00:24:10] - How to think about story when making videos
    [00:26:23] - What have been the hardest videos to make
    [00:33:31] - Favourite videos?
    [00:35:28] - Outsourcing parts of his video process?
    [00:44:35] - Advice for YouTube creators on what not to do? 
    [00:47:14] - Plans for the future?
     
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    Connect with Life Where I’m From:
    Life Where I’m From on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqwxJts-6yF33rupyF_DCsA 
    Life Where I'm From X Channel: http://bit.ly/ytlwifx 
    Life Where I’m From’s Website: https://www.lifewhereimfrom.com/ 
    Follow Life Where I’m From on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lifewhereimfrom 
    Follow Life Where I’m From on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifewhereimfrom   
    Follow Life Where I’m From on Instagram: https://instagram.com/lifewhereimfrom 
     
     
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    Mentioned/Recommended Content:
    Being Japanese Documentary: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/beingjapanese/ 
     
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    Stay up to date with the podcast by signing up to the Compounding Curiosity Substack, where I’ll email you when the latest episode comes out along with my summary and takeaways, links to mentioned content, graphics and the transcript. Sign up at https://compoundingcuriosity.substack.com/ 
     
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    • 55 min

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