1 hr 12 min

Finding Meaningful Connections in Vietnam: Denise Sandquist (CEO & Co-founder of Fika‪)‬ The BordersLess Podcast

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Today’s guest is Denise Sandquist, the founder of Fika, a female-focused AI social & dating app in Asia. Born in Vietnam and adopted to Sweden, Denise is truly a global citizen, speaking 6 languages and having lived in multiple countries. 



Episode Themes


Fresh of a $1.6m raise, we chat about why Denise came back to Vietnam to start Fika
Advice for Vietnamese adoptees looking to find their biological parents
Why Fika is more than just a dating app
Female leadership in Vietnam
Opportunities for overseas Vietnamese looking to come back to Vietnam.

Find out more about Fika here: https://keepfika.com/    



Timestamps & topics:

Introduction


0:00 – episode introduction
2:16 – Denise’s introduction, life journey, finding her biological mother, starting Fika
6:47 – experiences growing up in Sweden as a Vietnamese adoptee
11:25 – advice for Vietnamese adoptees looking to find their biological parents in Vietnam



On Fika


14:00 – what is Fika? Not just a dating app? On Gen Zs being connected and increasing loneliness.
18:20 – focus on user safety in Asia, manually verifying profiles, AI & data, future plans
27:30 – how did Fika get traction in a crowded dating app market?
29:45 – was Fika self-funded / bootstrapped? Did you have any doubts throughout?
33:45 – the COVID situation in Vietnam. Has it had impact on Fika / dating?
37:20 – Denise’s fund-raising journey



Fun Questions


42:20 – Denise’s career journey / did she always want to be an entrepreneur?
45:30 – Denise’s thoughts on female leaders in Vietnam and empowering women
54:00 – Dating in Sweden vs Vietnam
56:00 – How does Denise manage her stress? Thoughts on work-life balance
59:30 – has Denise found anyone on Fika yet?
1:01:16 – advice and opportunities for Việt Kiều looking to come back to Vietnam.  What is holding them back? What advantages do they have?
1:06:53 – advice for young people that are feeling lost in life. On taking risks in life.
1:11:00 – where to follow Denise & how to connect.

Today’s guest is Denise Sandquist, the founder of Fika, a female-focused AI social & dating app in Asia. Born in Vietnam and adopted to Sweden, Denise is truly a global citizen, speaking 6 languages and having lived in multiple countries. 



Episode Themes


Fresh of a $1.6m raise, we chat about why Denise came back to Vietnam to start Fika
Advice for Vietnamese adoptees looking to find their biological parents
Why Fika is more than just a dating app
Female leadership in Vietnam
Opportunities for overseas Vietnamese looking to come back to Vietnam.

Find out more about Fika here: https://keepfika.com/    



Timestamps & topics:

Introduction


0:00 – episode introduction
2:16 – Denise’s introduction, life journey, finding her biological mother, starting Fika
6:47 – experiences growing up in Sweden as a Vietnamese adoptee
11:25 – advice for Vietnamese adoptees looking to find their biological parents in Vietnam



On Fika


14:00 – what is Fika? Not just a dating app? On Gen Zs being connected and increasing loneliness.
18:20 – focus on user safety in Asia, manually verifying profiles, AI & data, future plans
27:30 – how did Fika get traction in a crowded dating app market?
29:45 – was Fika self-funded / bootstrapped? Did you have any doubts throughout?
33:45 – the COVID situation in Vietnam. Has it had impact on Fika / dating?
37:20 – Denise’s fund-raising journey



Fun Questions


42:20 – Denise’s career journey / did she always want to be an entrepreneur?
45:30 – Denise’s thoughts on female leaders in Vietnam and empowering women
54:00 – Dating in Sweden vs Vietnam
56:00 – How does Denise manage her stress? Thoughts on work-life balance
59:30 – has Denise found anyone on Fika yet?
1:01:16 – advice and opportunities for Việt Kiều looking to come back to Vietnam.  What is holding them back? What advantages do they have?
1:06:53 – advice for young people that are feeling lost in life. On taking risks in life.
1:11:00 – where to follow Denise & how to connect.

1 hr 12 min