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26 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Fail Fast, Scale Faster | Chen Chow (Fave)
Yeoh Chen Chow is the co-founder of Fave, next generation fintech loyalty platform in South East Asia. Fave was acquired by Pine Labs in April 2021. In this episode, I speak with Chen Chow about his entrepreneurial journey in cofounding South East Asia's leading fintech loyalty company, successes, failures, and key takeaways through it all. This is one episode you cannot miss, enjoy!
26 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Winning Portfolios | Edith Yeung (Race Capital)
Edith Yeung, general partner at Race Capital, joins us for a discussion on portfolio construction, capital concentration, and exit strategies. She has invested in over 50 startups including Lightyear/Stellar (valued $1.2B), Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Chirp (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), Solana, Oasis Labs, Nebulas, Hooked, DayDayCook, AISense, and many more. Enjoy!
32 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
10x, Not 10% | Vincent So (Inspect Element)
When it comes to startup growth, it's all about 10x, not 10%. Just ask Vincent So, founder of Inspect Element. We talk about the growth funnel, growth hacking, and why product strategy is a bit like baseball and poker. This has been the most engaging conversation I've had all season - enjoy!
28 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Convertible Note vs SAFE | Carman Chan (Click Ventures)
⭐️ Carman has her fingerprints all over the global tech scene. As one of the top 5 Women to watch in Asia Tech (Nikkei Asian Review), Carman is a veteran in the technology industry, a tech columnist and a globally recognized venture capitalist. 🎧 If you're an entrepreneur looking to finance your startup through a convertible note or a SAFE, this one's for you!
27 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Digital Banks & Monthsaries | Greg Krasnov (Tonik)
Very interesting discussion today with Greg Krasnov, CEO and founder of Tonik, on what it takes to build a digital bank for all of Philippines. We talk about why humour can be a corporate value, financial inclusion in the Philippines, and what it took to build Philippines' first digital bank. Sorry for the muffled audio, by the way. This is the reality of remote-recording...
26 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Start Me Up, Hong Kong! | Jayne Chan
Hong Kong is a fantastic place to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey. Just ask Jayne, who firmly believes in Hong Kong's startup ecosystem; with access to capital, markets, and talent, Hong Kong possesses all the necessary ingredients for enhanced innovation to take place.
31 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Hey Siri, Who's Your Maker? | Adam Cheyer
For the opening episode of Scalescape Season 2, I speak with Adam about AI-enabled voice assistant technology, the founding journey of Siri, and why Adam turned down Steve Jobs' initial offer to acquire the company. Eventually, Steve Jobs convinced them that he understood the full vision of what Siri was about, and the rest is history.
27 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
Co-Founding Rotten Tomatoes | Patrick Lee
Rotten Tomatoes is my personal go-to for film & TV reviews, and likely for the 20M+ people that visit the website in a month. To speak to Patrick Lee, the cofounder and founding CEO of Rotten Tomatoes, was insightful and incredibly thought-provoking. Patrick’s journey is one of resilience and focus. As the CEO, Patrick had to lead the company through a difficult period that saw the Dotcom crash, as well as the months and years after 9/11. Enjoy this very special episode!
19 minutes | Sep 19, 2020
Building Hong Kong's First Virtual Insurer | Michael Chan (Bowtie)
Who said insurance had to be complicated? By eliminating paper, commissions and intermediaries, Bowtie is able to grant consumers direct access and control over their life protection decisions. Being the first virtual insurer in Hong Kong, Bowtie has paved the way for Insurtech in the city, and Michael Chan is at the helm of all of this innovation. We discuss what it takes to be a pioneer, to take the path less travelled, and what it really means to innovate. Enjoy!
27 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
Grit, Grind, Hustle | Aurelie Wen (Agorize)
Aurelie leads the APAC arm of Agorize to help businesses to innovate and identify the best talent by connecting them with a global community of 5 million innovators. Her story is one of grit, grind, and hustle; Aurelie attended as many networking events as she could, and worked night and day to kickstart the North American chapter of Agorize, before assuming the role of CEO APAC. We discuss intrapreneurship, open innovation, and diversity and inclusion in the tech/startup ecosystem. Enjoy!
20 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
Identify and Capture Your Early Target Market | Jimmy Lai (OnGrad)
Jimmy cofounded OnGrad with one mission: to help undergraduates and young professionals navigate the murky waters of life after graduation. By clearly defining the early target market - Cantonese speaking, Hong Kong undergrads and young professionals, Jimmy was able to tailor OnGrad to a specific subset of audience. This builds a strong base for the validation of your idea/product before you can scale into different geographies, and a larger market. Enjoy!
24 minutes | Aug 29, 2020
Bridging the Diagnostic Gaps in Mental Health | Cameron Van Breda (Hollo)
Cameron Van Breda leads the team at Hollo to digitally bridge the diagnostic gaps in the field of mental health. With the use of biometrics and health insights, Hollo provides therapists with a clearer picture of a patient's mental health. This increases not just the accuracy of the diagnostic procedure, but also the efficacy of the treatment plan. In today's episode, Cameron and I discuss the intersect between mental health and technology!
29 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Future of Finance in Hong Kong | Henri Arslanian (PwC)
Henri Arslanian is a globally-renowned Key Opinion Leader in the world of FinTech, advising national and global policy makers on crypto + FinTech matters. Aside from being a partner at PwC, Henri is also a best-selling author, founding chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, and teaches Asia's very first FinTech university course. In today's episode, Henri and I discuss the future of finance in Hong Kong, and how we are just at the cusp of global financial disruption!
26 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
From Side Project to Operations in 9 Cities | Fion Leung (Time Auction)
Fion Leung is the mastermind behind Time Auction, a charity that connects anyone with inspiring leaders while encouraging volunteerism. Time Auction has amassed 73,856 volunteer hours across 9 cities, and is not stopping anytime soon! This is the untold story of the grit, grind, and hustle that Fion and her cofounder had to put into scaling Time Auction, such as personally heading down to university campuses to hand out flyers and promotions for their events. Tune in as we discuss tips on scaling your startup and expanding into different geographies.
27 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
From Hong Kong to the NBA | Philip Lam (HomeCourt)
Philip cofounded HomeCourt, an AI-powered basketball training app, which has strategically partnered with the NBA to train and find its next crop of global superstars. In this episode, we discuss HomeCourt's rise to prominence as a fast-growing company endorsed by Mark Cuban, Jeremy Lin, and the NBA, and how HomeCourt is democratising access and opportunity in sport. Philip is a true inspiration to the Hong Kong entrepreneurship ecosystem, for his grit, grind, and passion in building a product for the world.
21 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
Integrating Personal Branding into Product Branding | Jonathan Javier (Wonsulting)
Jonathan Javier is the founder and CEO of Wonsulting, a career prep platform that targets people from non-traditional backgrounds and non-target schools to turn underdogs into winners. The immense traction that Wonsulting has garnered over the last few months is testament to the value that Wonsulting is able to create for the community. Graduates and professionals that have been positively impacted by Wonsulting are natural evangelists for the company, which is a crucial element towards Wonsulting's success. This episode is the most interesting one to date, hope you enjoy!
21 minutes | Jul 25, 2020
Why Digital Health Will Be The New Norm | Megan Lam (Neurum)
Megan Lam is the cofounder and CEO of Neurum Health, a digital health company based in Hong Kong. Neurum utilises real time data and behavioural health insights to personalise mental health support. In this episode, Megan and I have a conversation about the intersect between technology and mental health, and how to harness the power of data to support our mental health journeys.
31 minutes | Jul 11, 2020
Focus On Your Branding | Louisa Zhang (Vectr Ventures)
Louisa Zhang was previously the Head of Memebox Hong Kong in 2017 and currently serves as VP at Vectr Ventures, investing in consumer-facing startups and heading up growth and cross-border business development for portfolio companies. Louisa focuses primarily on consumer/retail, future of work and commerce, supply chain and access. In this episode, we talk about the future of retail in a post-COVID world, and the importance of bridging the consumer experience through an integrated omnichannel. Check out https://medium.com/@scalescape/the-future-of-retail-bridging-the-consumer-experience-da4100500985 for shownotes & resources!
41 minutes | Jul 4, 2020
Venture Capital in Africa | Lwazi Wali (Founders Factory Africa)
Lwazi is currently the head of venture at Founders Factory Africa. She is a 2019 Obama Africa Leader and two-time early-stage tech founder, who is passionate about building products that sit at the intersection of economic science, impact and technology. In this episode, we dive deep into the trends, challenges and strengths of venture capital in the African continent. Check out https://medium.com/@scalescape/trends-challenges-and-strengths-of-vc-in-the-african-continent-6b92ce2198dd for shownotes & resources!
24 minutes | Jun 28, 2020
Growth Hacking and Creative Marketing | Felix Wong (AngelHub)
As the Head of Growth at AngelHub, Felix sources for the best companies, VCs, and accelerators across Asia to form meaningful partnerships for Hong Kong's first SFC-regulated startup investment platform. He oversees the full digital footprint of the company eg. social media, analytics. In this episode, Felix dives deep into the concept of growth hacking and creative marketing, giving us actionable tips like segmenting the growth framework. Check out https://medium.com/@scalescape for shownotes & resources!
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