13 episodes

Current Focus: international perspectives from Asia, entrepreneurship & Asian-Australians.

The BordersLess Podcast focuses on guests that have taken alternative pathways in their careers and life. It aims to encourage listeners to take risks, explore options abroad and understand international markets.

Find out more here: https://bordersless.com/

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Current Focus: international perspectives from Asia, entrepreneurship & Asian-Australians.

The BordersLess Podcast focuses on guests that have taken alternative pathways in their careers and life. It aims to encourage listeners to take risks, explore options abroad and understand international markets.

Find out more here: https://bordersless.com/

    Indonesia VC Perspectives: Jason Pard, Partner at Aksara Ventures

    Indonesia VC Perspectives: Jason Pard, Partner at Aksara Ventures

    Today’s guest is Jason Pard, partner at Aksara Ventures, an Indonesian Venture Capital firm. With a large and growing digital savvy population, Indonesia has produced notable startup unicorns like GoJek, Tokopedia, Bukalapa and Traveloka: https://bordersless.com/business/jason-pard-aksara-ventures/

    About Aksara

    Aksara Ventures is on a mission to discover startups with the potential to change the way we function in the future. They look to back the bold ideas and resolute operators at the edge of breaking out, backing startups at the post-product stage until the Series A stage.

    About Jason

    Jason Pard is a partner and cofounder at Aksara Ventures. He was previously an Analyst at Venture Capital firm Monk's Hill Ventures and had prior experience as Product Manager at Gojek and other startups. He graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    See more here: https://www.aksara.vc/

    Topics & Timestamps


    0:00 - Introduction 
    0:56 - Jason's intro, why he came back to Indonesia from the US and some thoughts on how hard it is to find jobs as an international student. 
    4:20 - How Jason got into VC, his career journey at Gojek, local Indonesian vs overseas graduates. 
    7:50 - Why Jason started his own Venture Capital firm (Aksara Ventures), what does Aksara mean, what is their point of differentiation? 
    15:20 - Why Indonesia as a place to invest? What are the opportunities and barriers? 
    19:20 - How does Jason find startups to invest in? The value of good karma, investing in the team vs numbers.
    24:40 - which countries in Southeast Asia is Jason interested in? Which startups & sectors is he excited about? 
    28:10 - Is Jason worried about the current market cycle? (low interest rates, increased competition). 
    31:10 - are young Indonesians getting into entrepreneurship? Issues around income inequality.
    34:48 - can SE Asian startups go global outside of their own region? Are many foreigners coming to Indonesia to work in tech? 
    39:20 - thoughts around NFTs, crypto & gaming. 
    43:45 - how to get into the Venture Capital industry? What traits make a good VC investor vs associate/analyst? How to contact Jason.

    • 47 min
    Living in Japan as an Asian-Australian Foreigner (Samantha Low)

    Living in Japan as an Asian-Australian Foreigner (Samantha Low)

    Formerly based in Sydney, Samantha Low is a Tokyo based Senior Account Manager at Critical Mass, a digital experience design agency. Find out more about her life on her website, where she regularly blogs about her life in Japan at http://www.samanthawxlow.com/

    This episode appeared on the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation helping diverse young professionals reach their full potential in the workplace and find career fulfillment. To find out more, please visit: https://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/

    Topics covered in this episode:
    · When and why did you come to Japan. How did you get a job?
    · Is Japanese fluency essential?
    · How to build a professional career in Japan (outside of teaching English)?
    · What is working culture like?
    · Thoughts as an Asian-Australian living in Japan
    · Tips & tricks for getting settled
    · Life in Australia vs Japan

    • 3 min
    Considering a Career in Asia? - Jason Yat-Sen Li (Vantage Asia)

    Considering a Career in Asia? - Jason Yat-Sen Li (Vantage Asia)

    Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/jason-yat-sen-li-interview/

    Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website.

    About Jason

    Jason is currently Chairman of investment group Vantage Asia and Managing Director of corporate advisory firm YSA. YSA specialises in complex cross-border, China-related M&A and capital raising mandates.

    Jason is a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on China. He was previously a non-executive director of the George Institute for Global Health, Vice Chair of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Sydney Institute and a Governing Member of the Smith Family.

    Jason completed an Arts-Law degree at the University of Sydney and a Masters of Law at New York University, where he was Australia's Hauser Global Scholar. He was formerly Head of China Strategy for Insurance Australia Group and Head of Sales & Marketing for IAG's China operations. His work on road safety in China won the China PR Association Silver Medal for Best Campaign in 2005. Jason has also worked as a commercial lawyer for Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.

    • 1 min
    Diversity & Inclusion in Australia vs Japan: Sarah Liu (The Dream Collective)

    Diversity & Inclusion in Australia vs Japan: Sarah Liu (The Dream Collective)

    Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/sarah-liu-the-dream-collective/

    Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website.

    About The Dream Collective
    The Dream Collective was founded in 2012 by Sarah Liu, a passionate advocate for women in leadership and furthering diversity and inclusivity practises in corporate culture to transform the way we work.

    Sarah was named one of the "40 under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians" in the Entrepreneurship category at the 2019 Asian-Australian Leadership Summit.

    The Dream Collective is a global leadership consultancy, helping business across Sydney, Shanghai, Melbourne, Tokyo & Singapore build diverse and inclusive workplaces: https://www.thedreamcollective.com.au/our-story/

    ウェブサイト: https://thedreamcollective.jp/

    • 11 min
    Is Australia Utilising Their Asia Capable Talents? - Shelli Trung (REACH ANZ & ASEAN)

    Is Australia Utilising Their Asia Capable Talents? - Shelli Trung (REACH ANZ & ASEAN)

    Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/su-lin-tan-journalist/

    Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website.

    About Shelli

    Shelli Trung is the Managing Partner for REACH Australia and Southeast Asia. REACH is a scaleup program for the real estate industry created by Second Century Ventures (SCV), an early-stage technology fund backed by the National Association of Realtors®. SVC is among the largest proptech funds globally with a portfolio of 100+ investments across mortgage, finance, marketing, big data and hardware including success stories such as DocuSign (IPO $6B+), August Home (sold to Assa Abloy), HouseCanary ($63M+ Series C) and Updater ($1B+).

    Prior to this, Shelli was an active proptech angel investor with a global portfolio of startups from New York, Shanghai and Australia. She was the Investment Fund Manager for Queensland University of Technology CEA where she oversaw a portfolio of 30 seed/Series A investments. Shelli has spent 10 years in corporate innovation successfully deploying new technology across the banking, medical and transportation sectors. For more:
    https://nar-reach.com/australia/

    • 11 min
    Are Australians Pursuing Entrepreneurship in Asia? - Brad Chan (Haymarket HQ)

    Are Australians Pursuing Entrepreneurship in Asia? - Brad Chan (Haymarket HQ)

    Full episode & show notes: https://bordersless.com/business/brad-chan-haymarket-hq/

    Note: this is a snippet from the Professional Development Forum (PDF), an organisation that aims to help professionals find career fulfillment. To find out more about about PDF, please visit their website: http://professionaldevelopmentforum.org/

    About Brad Chan
    "Brad Chan, CEO of the Banna Property Group, is an entrepreneur leading one of Australia's most established third generation family companies across retail, entertainment & commercial property sectors. He is an Angel investor, mentor to startups and an active contributor to community groups with a close association with the Asian Australian community. His vision to establish an Asia Innovation Hub in Chinatown led to the creation of Haymarket HQ."

    He is a self-confessed introvert who is passionate about giving back to the community and paying it forward. Find out more here:

    •Banna Property Group: https://banna.com.au/about/
    •Haymarket HQ: https://www.haymarkethq.com/

    • 10 min

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