32 minutes | Dec 16, 2020

Thriving Despite Constraints; Managing Risks Holistically; and Building a Successful Tech Startup Without Technical Background: 8x8 Global Speaker Series (2/3) with Mikaal Abdulla, Lily Liu and Vu Van

This is the second episode from our Chinaccelerator 8X8 Global Speakers Series, where we bring 8 influential speakers to share their insights and experiences in 8 minutes. We have some great speakers lined up for this episode.

In today’s episode, we bring 3 exceptional speakers with their insights.

Show Notes:

02:25: Mikaal Adbulla

08:04: Lily Liu

19:57: Vu Van

First up, we have Mikaal Adbulla, co-founder and  CEO of 8 Securities, Asia’s first mobile-only investing service and robo-advisor, that was recently acquired by SoFi. For entrepreneurs, constraints are everywhere: from finding capital to finding the right team. But only if you have experienced those constraints, are you able to learn how to be creative, agile and focused. In today’s talk, Mikaal shares how having excess capital could be a constraint for startups.

Our second speaker is Lily Liu, an angel investor and also co-founder of fintech startup Earn.com, which was acquired by Coinbase. In her talk, she breaks some of the biggest myths of being a CFO and explains how being a Chief Financial Officer is more about managing risks holistically and their role in a company’s long-term sustainability.

Last but certainly not least, we have Vu Van, co-founder ELSA Corp, one of the world’s best and smartest English pronunciation app, powered by AI. Given what the company does, it is easy to assume that Vu Van is a technical genius. But the interesting fact is, Vu does not come from a technical background. She draws from her own experiences to explain why having a tech background is not a pre-requisite to building a tech company and how not having such a background could be a blessing in disguise instead.


Many thanks to our guest Benjamin Qiu; host Oscar Ramos; producers  Eva Shi and  Sagar Chaudhary; editor David; organizer Chinaccelerator; and sponsor People Squared. Be sure to check out our website www.chinaccelerator.com

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