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The Venture is an original podcast hosted by serial business builders from McKinsey. In each episode, our experts cut through the noise to show how leaders can launch new companies, testing their theories in conversations with legendary venture builders in Asia. We break down their journey – how they did it, the challenges they faced, how they built successful businesses.

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    • Business
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The Venture is an original podcast hosted by serial business builders from McKinsey. In each episode, our experts cut through the noise to show how leaders can launch new companies, testing their theories in conversations with legendary venture builders in Asia. We break down their journey – how they did it, the challenges they faced, how they built successful businesses.

    Giving Gen Z customers what they want: A conversation with by.U’s Edward Ying and Trio Lumbantoruan

    Giving Gen Z customers what they want: A conversation with by.U’s Edward Ying and Trio Lumbantoruan

    In this episode of The Venture, Andrew Roth shares a conversation with Edward Ying, former director of planning and transformation at Indonesian telco Telkomsel, and Trio Lumbantoruan, vice president of by.U, the carrier’s fully digital start-up. Telkomsel is Southeast Asia’s largest wireless provider, with more than 170 million subscribers and a 66 percent market share. In 2019, it launched by.U to win new customers in the Gen Z market and develop a brand with digital natives. Ying and Lumbantoruan talk about the thinking behind the start- up, the adoption of continuous innovation in the mothership, and the transformative impact the by.U team has had across its corporate parent.

    • 26 min
    Scaling up ‘rock-star fast’: A conversation with Foodpanda’s Jakob Angele

    Scaling up ‘rock-star fast’: A conversation with Foodpanda’s Jakob Angele

    In this episode of The Venture, Andrew Roth shares a conversation with Jakob Angele, CEO of Foodpanda APAC, part of Delivery Hero’s global network of food-delivery services. Angele talks about building a business based on delivering a restaurant meal to someone’s home, which at the time was something new to consumers and restaurants alike. Angele describes Foodpanda’s emphasis on speed, scale, and brand to build market share even as competitors entered the market.

    • 39 min
    Lending corporate business builders a helping hand: A conversation with New Ventures’ Alvin Cai

    Lending corporate business builders a helping hand: A conversation with New Ventures’ Alvin Cai

    In this episode of The Venture, Andrew Roth shares a conversation with Alvin Cai, vice president of New Ventures, the corporate business-building arm of Singapore’s Economic Development Board. Cai talks about his group’s new Corporate Venture Launchpad, a S$10 million pilot program designed to help corporates build Singapore- based start-ups by partnering with established venture studios, and why he believes success depends on agility and autonomy from the mothership.

    • 39 min
    Building e-commerce ecosystems on Amazon: A conversation with Rainforest’s JJ Chai

    Building e-commerce ecosystems on Amazon: A conversation with Rainforest’s JJ Chai

    In this episode of The Venture, we discuss the importance of a programmatic approach to acquiring and scaling brands, and the multiple advantages of business-building on the world’s largest e- commerce platform–Amazon. JJ Chai, CEO and cofounder of Rainforest, a Singapore-based, e-commerce brand
    aggregator, shares how his previous start-up experience helps him identify, acquire, and scale Asian “solopreneurs” targeting US consumers on Amazon’s marketplace.

    • 34 min
    Differentiation through constant innovation: A conversation with Ninja Van’s Lai Chang Wen

    Differentiation through constant innovation: A conversation with Ninja Van’s Lai Chang Wen

    In this episode of The Venture, we discuss the importance of establishing dominance in the core business before branching out, key success factors for a company to win in new marketplaces, and the need to constantly reexamine your key differentiator. Lai Chang
    Wen, CEO and cofounder of Ninja Van, a Singapore-based express delivery company in Southeast Asia, shares how the company has thrived due to a vast addressable market, an equal emphasis on technology and human nature, and a commitment to relentless innovation.

    • 45 min
    Digitization, decarbonization, and electrification: A conversation with CLP Holdings’ Austin Bryan

    Digitization, decarbonization, and electrification: A conversation with CLP Holdings’ Austin Bryan

    In this episode of The Venture, we discuss the challenge of launching a traditional utility player on a path of innovation and how an organization can build sustainability into its strategy, promote a culture of innovation within the organization, and reinvent its business for the future. Austin Bryan, senior director of innovation for
    CLP Holdings, a Hong Kong–based regional energy supplier, shares his commitment to transform a 120-year-old company through digitization and decarbonization into an innovative provider of sustainable energy that helps customers reduce consumption.

    • 40 min

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