53 episodes

Cambodia's #1 ranked podcast in the Business & Entrepreneurship Genre!

Chatting with the boldest and most inspiring entrepreneurs and investors in the highest potential markets of Southeast Asia.

Rising Giants Max Thornton & Dominic Kalousek

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Cambodia's #1 ranked podcast in the Business & Entrepreneurship Genre!

Chatting with the boldest and most inspiring entrepreneurs and investors in the highest potential markets of Southeast Asia.

    Rising Giants N.53 - Hal Bosher, Board Director, Delta Capital Myanmar & Co-Founder, Wave Money

    Rising Giants N.53 - Hal Bosher, Board Director, Delta Capital Myanmar & Co-Founder, Wave Money

    Hal Bosher joins us this week, having had a fascinating career so far in the emerging market investment scene in Southeast Asia. Hal currently serves as the Board Director at Delta Capital Myanmar, the largest private equity fund for the country with $100m+ AUM. Prior to Delta, Hal worked with the IFC and World Bank, before having an opportunity to relocate to Myanmar and join Yoma Bank in 2012 (one of Myanmar's largest private banks), where he served as CEO until 2019. In his time at Yoma he also co-founded Wave Money (JV between Yoma Bank and Telenor), which is Myanmar's largest payment network for mobile transactions. 

    What we get into in the episode:

    - Hal's original spark for wanting to get engaged with investment in Southeast Asia and the impetus for Myanmar

    - His experience co-founding and leading two market leading firms in payments and private equity investment

    - How the investment/entrepreneurial landscape looks like in Myanmar looks today and expectations the years ahead

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    Rising Giants Newsletter - monthly Mekong region deal roundup and startup news.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Rising Giants N.52 - Jolyda Sou, Financial Management & Investment Specialist

    Rising Giants N.52 - Jolyda Sou, Financial Management & Investment Specialist

    On this week's episode of Rising Giants, we have Jolyda Sou on the show to talk about her journey and dive deep into the growing startup ecosystem in Cambodia. In this short conversation we cover a variety of topics related to Cambodian startups, such as financial management, preparing for investment readiness, criteria investors use when screening investment opportunities, and her overall perspective on which sectors she's most excited about over the next couple years.

    In the episode, we dive into:

    - Jolyda's career journey and what she has learned becoming an investment professional within the frontier market space

    - The importance of financial management and what Cambodian startups can do to implement good practices

    - What Cambodian startups can do to better prepare for raising capital and the importance of networking

    Rising Giants Linktree - all our links in one place!

    Rising Giants Newsletter - bi-weekly Mekong region deal roundup and startup news.

    Rising Giants Instagram - where we keep you engaged on the daily!

    • 31 min
    Rising Giants N.51 - Tomas Pokorny, Co-Founder of Brixie and Board Director at Cambodia Association of Finance and Technology (CAFT)

    Rising Giants N.51 - Tomas Pokorny, Co-Founder of Brixie and Board Director at Cambodia Association of Finance and Technology (CAFT)

    Welcome back to our newest episode of Rising Giants with a very special guest, Tomas Pokorny. Tomas has had a very successful career, personally taking on many different challenges early on starting as an aviation engineer, working in many diverse environments around the world, and ultimately landing in Cambodia founding his own ventures and becoming CEO of Pi-Pay - one of Cambodia's most successful e-payment services & payment infrastructure providers that focuses on merchant payments and users and data engagement. He is passionate about the fintech industry and is one of the hardest working individuals we have had the pleasure of speaking with to date.

    Today, Tomas is currently a Board Director at Cambodia Association of Finance and Technology (CAFT), an organization that connects communities across various business verticals with finance and technology industry (fintech) and to support and drive towards digitalization of the Cambodian economy. In addition, he is currently Co-Founder and Group CEO of Brixie - a fintech investment startup that is working to provide opportunities for users to own real estate through the tokenization of these assets. 

    In the episode, we dive into:

    - Tomas's early career success and what is was like building and leading Pi-Pay, one of Cambodia's most successful e-payment service providers

    - What Tomas is currently working on - Brixie, a fintech investment startup that is working to provide opportunities for users to own real estate through tokenization of these assets 

    - "Learning how to say no" - how Tomas balances work and life as a successful CEO and startup founder in Cambodia

    Rising Giants Linktree - all our links in one place!

    Rising Giants Newsletter - bi-weekly Mekong region deal roundup and startup news.

    Rising Giants Instagram - where we keep you engaged on the daily!

    • 59 min
    Rising Giants N.50 - Kay Woo, Founder, MVLChain, TADA & Onion Mobility

    Rising Giants N.50 - Kay Woo, Founder, MVLChain, TADA & Onion Mobility

    Today on the show we have a very special guest to mark our 50th episode of Rising Giants. Kay Woo is the founder of MVLChain, TADA and Onion Mobility. TADA, which is powered by MVLChain, is Southeast Asia’s first blockchain-based zero-commission ride-hailing service having launched in Singapore and Cambodia. They closed a $5m Series A investment at the end of 2019 to further strengthen their position as innovators in the mobility sector in Southeast Asia, led by South Korean VC firm,  SV Investment, alongside two of the largest car parts manufacturers, Central and SIMWON Inc. Onion Mobility, a new venture of MVL/TADA, was recently launched in Cambodia marking the first electric tuk-tuks to be made available in the market.

    What we dive into:

    - Kay's ambitious goals to see Onion Mobility sell 10,000 e-tuk tuks and 20,000 e-motorbikes in the market by 2023

    - How TADA is competing with Grab and PassApp in Cambodia, by offering zero-commission rides

    - Why Kay sees Cambodia as a perfect launchpad market for Southeast Asia: young demographics, technology adoption, consumer flexibility etc.

    See here - Onion Mobility Website

    Check out - TADA - Taxi, Cab, Ride Hailing

    Rising Giants Linktree - all our links in one place!

    Rising Giants Newsletter - bi-weekly Mekong region deal roundup and startup news.

    Rising Giants Instagram - where we keep you engaged on the daily!

    • 46 min
    Rising Giants N.49 - Roxana Gheorghe, General Manager at TRIBE Hotels

    Rising Giants N.49 - Roxana Gheorghe, General Manager at TRIBE Hotels

    Welcome back to this week's episode of Rising Giants where we have the pleasure of interviewing Roxana Gheorghe - General Manager at TRIBE Hotel located in Phnom Penh! Roxana has had a successful career working within the hospitality industry, growing through the ranks where she is now leading operations of the first TRIBE hotel debut in Asia under the Accor Hospitality group. 

    This 260 room TRIBE Hotel will be located in One Phnom Penh Square and will feature rooftop restaurant and bar Hemisphere, as well as an outdoor saltwater pool overlooking the Mekong River. In addition, they offer an incredible co-working space for adventures and digital nomads to post up when visiting the Kingdom.

    In the episode, we dive into:

    - Roxana's illustrious career working globally in the hospitality industry, leading her to becoming General Manager of TRIBE Hotel.

    - A deep dive into the debut of the Phnom Penh TRIBE hotel location, including all of the exciting offerings it will provide to its guests.

    - The importance of human capital and how Roxana is growing her team through guidance and confidence.

    Rising Giants Linktree - all our links in one place!

    Rising Giants Newsletter - bi-weekly Mekong region deal roundup and startup news.

    Rising Giants Instagram - where we keep you engaged on the daily!

    • 47 min
    Rising Giants N.48 - Jamie Raine, Co-Founder and CEO of Indriya and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Wildcats

    Rising Giants N.48 - Jamie Raine, Co-Founder and CEO of Indriya and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Wildcats

    In this week's episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Jamie Raine - Co-Founder and CEO of Indriya and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Wildcats! Jamie was born in Indonesia and moved to Phnom Penh to pursue his career in the startup world which included going viral as a music artist and utilizing that opportunity to grow Indriya - a company which provides integrated technological solutions to companies across the Southeast Asian markets. Jamie is also Director of Strategic Partnerships at Wildcats.io, the world’s first Actuator for Innovation, working with companies and organizations to solve their biggest innovation problems by seeking out budding entrepreneurs, consumers, and adjacent experts through their open innovation platform.

    In the episode we dive into:

    - How family influenced Jamie's decision to come to Cambodia and dive into the startup scene.

    - Jamie's story of going viral through Cambodia's music scene and how he pivoted that to creating Indriya.

    - Building trust: how starting small and being genuine with clients builds the foundation of a successful business.

    Rising Giants Linktree - all our links in one place!

    Rising Giants Newsletter - bi-weekly Mekong region deal roundup and startup news.

    Rising Giants Instagram - where we keep you engaged on the daily!

    • 48 min

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