The Founders Peak Podcast
By Where exceptional startup founders share untold stories that shaped who they are
The Founders Peak PodcastFeb 27, 2023
The superpower of first-time start-up founders
Shinichi Takatori convincingly backs his bold claim having successfully raised an eye-popping $120Mn in venture funding so far – all with no prior experience. As Founder and CEO of Kyash, Shinichi calls inexperience his superpower.
In his talk, Shinichi shares authentic insights and inspiration from his incredible journey as a first-time entrepreneur.
Are you granularity switching? Stop!
Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Code Chrysalis in Japan, Yan Fan is aiming to make Japan a global software leader. In 2016, she co-founded and served as CTO of a coding bootcamp in Jordan helping train and place refugees in engineering careers.
In her talk, Yan introduces the concept of ‘context switching’ for scaling founders, of which she herself is one.
The likely benefits of initiating ‘trouble’ in status quo
Genri Goto built Japan’s largest online drugstore kenko.com, and led it to a successful IPO. He even sued the government and won! And he is at it again. This time with his multilingual translation service company, Kotozna.
In his talk, Genri boldly states that Japan has been trapped in a state of stagnation over the last 3 years, and that he has decided to disrupt this stillness, and act as a catalyst for change. He not only has the genes but also the guts to achieve that change!
What I learned by walking away from my start-up
Tim Romero is Head of Google for Startups Japan, and the Founder of Disrupting Japan Podcast. He is deeply involved in Japan’s community as an investor, founder, author, and educator. In his talk, Tim delivers a bold, mesmerising, and authentic untold story of why he decided to call off his start-up all at the 9th hour.
Beyond Tokyo: The future of innovation lies in rural
Chiaki Hayashi, co-founder of Loftwork. In her talk, Chiaki speaks from her heart as she boldly shares her own tough recovery from a stroke a few years ago. She believes the future for Japan is rural, and she has been working with woodworkers there to use new technologies such as 3D printing. A café in Shibuya is now the best manifestation of that work. She warmly invites us all to Cafe Espresso Machiawase!
Opinions are cheap, judgement is priceless
Satoko Ohtsuki is the CEO and Co-founder of Spider Labs, which provides an AI-driven fraud detection tool. In her talk, Satoko says that Japan has not seen a major global success start-up in the last 20 years. She touches upon a very critical aspect which may be unique to Japan.
Dark winter to hopeful summer: What I learned through my startup’s black swan survival
Jeff Wentworth co-founded Tokyo-based blockchain software company, Curvegrid, in 2017. With their blockchain middleware, building on blockchain becomes simple and affordable. In his talk, Jeff shares his experience of surviving a black swan event that taught him invaluable lessons about resilience, transparency, adaptability, and the power of a strong network.
How to create the cover of your story
Tia Haygood is the owner and Principal photographer at TOPTIA Photography. In her talk, Tia shares how we should convert our insecurities into confidence. In this inspiring and heart-warming talk, Tia takes us on a journey on how to create your own cover story. Can a photo make an audience feel that you are very good at your job? Tia knows it can.
Journey of the hilariously early founder
Jonathan Hope created Keychain with a vision that every individual, corporate, or government, can manage digital trust independent of big technology. In his talk, Jonathan recalls how he was laughed at for years. People would ask him what ‘digital trust’ even means.
The power of being ‘not’ : My 3 lessons in adaptability
Nalin Advani is the President of TiE Japan. A hands-on investor with 2 IPOs from 20 Seed/Series A investments so far. Wow, impressive!
Should value always equate to money?
Naotaka Nishiyama is the Founder of Tech Japan, and strongly believes in the importance of achieving both economic growth and a society that promotes emotional well-being. His personal mission is to provide opportunities for individuals to make them shine. Today, Nishiyama is dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals to excel in both non-monetary and business fields through his work at Tech Japan.
Finding the seven Samurai: Building a start-up team in Japan
Jim Weisser is a builder. He founded his first company back in 2000. His second was acquired by Cisco. Jim joined Cisco as part of the acquisition. But he returned to his entrepreneurial roots in 2019 starting SignTime. He for sure knows a thing or two about building successful and effective start-up teams.
The mental hardship of fund-raising
Fumiko Inada is the Co-founder & CEO of ENTREBITION by Bee Informatica, who is spearheading the launch of an innovative online platform designed to empower entrepreneurs by providing a comprehensive network for finance and knowledge sharing.
Unlock your inner entrepreneurial philosopher: Make the world better
Dr. Masahiro Fukuhara is the CEO and Founder of Institution for a Global Society Corporation. In his talk, Masahiro talks about how he pushes the boundaries of innovation, striving to create a brighter, more equitable world.
KINTSUGI, the makers of fire. Failure is not a loser
Jun Yamadera, founder of Eyes, JAPAN co. ltd., established the company in 1995, making it the first IT startup from the University of Aizu, Fukushima.
Over the past 20 years, he has spearheaded numerous cutting-edge projects, including exporting Fukushima rice through the web in 1995 and creating the world's first virtual pottery system.
MackSolo – The Youngest Person To Fly Around The World Solo
Mack is the world's youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe solo in a microlight aircraft at age 17 years, and two-times Guinness World Record holder.
In this talk, Mack shares moments from his incredible 54,000-km journey flying to over 30 countries across 4 continents in 142 days. Showcasing the best of human endurance, Mack tells us what determination and raw courage is about!
From near-death to a billion-dollar-business
Dr. Julian Hosp is the CEO and Co-Founder of Cake DeFi. Cake DeFi is a fully transparent, highly innovative fintech platform dedicated to providing easy access to decentralised financial services and applications by enabling users to generate returns from their crypto and digital assets. Julian is widely regarded as a leading influencer in the crypto space, with over one million followers across all his channels globally. His ideas, knowledge and influence have been conveyed in numerous articles, and through keynote engagements at leading industry conferences. Julian was a professional athlete and a medical doctor previously. Today, he lives in Singapore with his wife and three sons.
In this talk, Julian tells us about his near-death experience that gave him extreme fire, extreme motivation to build a billion-dollar business - and the power of having a “no” list which ultimately determines your focus.
We make choices and then choices make us
Vineet K. Singh is a seasoned entrepreneur with 25+ years of work experience in sectors across Payments, PropTech, E-commerce & Classifieds. He was part of the Management Team of Info Edge as a CBO for 15 years. He built and scaled Naukri, 99acres & Mobikwik from scratch to be market leaders. Vineet’s current endeavour, Castler, is building India's First Digital Escrow Banking product for both domestic and cross-border transactions. They have become market leaders in a short span of 18 months.
From building and scaling India’s first job site to amazing heights, to launching his own e-commerce company only to have to shut it down within 20 months - Vineet has experienced some high highs and low lows - all with amazing grit and perseverance.
Alice's entrepreneurial adventures down the (web3) rabbit hole, in search of light
You could say that Alice Chen took a scenic route to becoming a Fintech entrepreneur, after practising law in multiple jurisdictions around the world with firms such as Skadden Arps and DLA Piper, she co-founded InvestaX, a Singapore-licensed investment and trading platform for digital securities and security tokens in 2015, with a focus on providing a turn-key tokenization and security token trading platform to b2b clients. She continues to draw on her legal experience as the firm's general counsel as well as helping the community stay abreast of the latest in the industry as Chair of the Singapore Fintech Association Digital Financing Subcommittee, and through teaching as a guest lecturer on the topic of Digital Assets and Blockchain at Singapore Management University.
In this talk, Alice opens up about her biggest fears as an entrepreneur and how she defused them with drive and purpose.
Banking on trust – how the ubiquitous postman became a catalyst for financial transformation
With over three decades of diversified global experience in the financial services, Suresh Sethi is a practitioner in the space of financial inclusion. He has worked extensively towards shaping the digital and mobile payments space in India by leveraging fintech and digital-led innovations. As the founder CEO & MD of India Post Payments Bank, he established the largest inter-operable banking infrastructure by reimagining the role of the ubiquitous Postman to become a catalyst for financial transformation. Suresh is currently the MD & CEO of Protean eGov Technologies Ltd., an iconic organisation that has been a significant contributor to India’s population scale e-governance stack. Protean is now poised to power the next era of digital transformation through creation of open ecosystems across diverse sectors.
In this talk, Suresh shares his deepest learnings from when he led the transformation of one of the largest legacy public sector organisations in India.
How to Balance Chance and Choice for Fulfilling Entrepreneurial Career
Victor Alexiev is a seasoned venture builder, tech entrepreneur, and corporate innovation leader with over 20 years of experience in managing product teams, digital innovation, and business building initiatives spanning across multiple industries and continents. During his career he has brought over 20 products from idea to commercialization, working closely with multi-cultural and cross-functional teams. A trained expert in Decision Sciences and Agile Product Management, Victor is a sought-after advisor, mentor and board member.
In this talk, Victor tells us about the interplay between chance and choice - how choices are something you control and make consciously, guided by your objectives. While chance is everything else - the unknown, the uncontrollable, and the risk. He made them both work in his favour!
About chaotic patterns and the near impossible nature of startups in deep tech
Konstantin Richter is the CEO and Founder of Blockdaemon, the leading institutional-grade blockchain infrastructure building a full suite of staking, node, API and custodial products connecting institutions and developers to leading networks. His curiosity about new digital monetization and payment processes led him to a stint at Nokia before he became an entrepreneur successfully building out SaaS/marketplace platforms (Audiotube, Lookbooks, Wiredrive), with his last successful exit in 2017. He has been active in the blockchain ecosystem as an advisor and contributor since 2015, with entities like Gem, Po.et, and MadHive, before creating Blockdaemon towards the end of 2017.
In this talk, Konstantin talks about Web3 start-ups and shares insight into Silicon Valley. He shares with us, first-hand, what it truly takes to build a successful multi-billion dollar global business.
Can entrepreneurs undo the unintended disconnect with family & reclaim lost friends?
FinTech Entrepreneur, Investor and Product Builder with 25 years in leadership roles in Technology, Banking & Investment Management Industry across Asia and the UK. Founder of Bento, SaaS Wealth Tech (acquired by Grab).
In this talk, Chandrima Das shares a part that founders often draw a veil over - the detrimental impact of their single-mindedness towards their venture on their families, friends and particularly on their children. Now, Chandrima is working hard on her personal reclamation project.
Do age and experience really matter when setting up your startup
Florian Dumas is a seasoned finance professional with a 25-year career in finance spanning across Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has directly managed U-Reg since the company was incorporated. In his previous roles as regional head of sales Florian managed teams across Asia and has led large infrastructure projects as either a sponsor or as a senior stakeholder. He is an expert in regulatory processes.
In this talk, Florian shares how he came to change his perception of age and experience when building a high-performance team in a startup.
The superpower of not knowing the answers
Gavin Tan is the CEO and co-founder of Brick, the leading Open Finance API provider in Southeast Asia. Gavin likes to think of himself as a modern data and payments plumber. He is a fintech enthusiast deeply involved in fintech products, operations and regulatory strategy. A lawyer by training, Gavin helped scale high growth fintechs across SEA, including Aspire (YC W18) - the 1st SME Neobank for SEA.
In this talk, Gavin shares that facing big things with zero clue may sometimes leave us tense, but somehow, not knowing the answers could give us 3 superpowers that contribute to our success.
The accidental Founder - overcoming my imposter syndrome
Katrina Cokeng is the CEO & Co-Founder of Xen Capital, a B2B2C alternative investment platform offering wealth advisors and asset managers an easier way to access capital at scale. Previously, Katrina co-founded and scaled Oriente, a leading digital finance platform in Southeast Asia. She brings over 20 years of global experience in strategy, investment banking and private equity from McKinsey & Co, Merrill Lynch and Pomona Capital. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
In this talk, Katrina shares her journey from corporate to start-up founder, and how she is still overcoming her imposter syndrome! Her talk transcends all age groups and is simply timeless.
Slowdown for Success. You are running a marathon.
Mohit Chobey is a man of many talents. From being a Corporate Business leader & Banker for more than 2 decades,to being an Entrepreneur marrying off his Love for endurance sports & fitness with an E Commerce Health & Wellness company. Post an unsuccessful culmination, he pivoted to Ed-tech & turned around the fortunes of an ailing K 12 company. He is a 3 times Full Ironman finisher, besides a Ted X speaker and turned author during COVID times, coming out with 2 best selling books, one of which is the first in the Trilogy of Leadership & its resonance with Endurance sports. He currently is a Co Founder in an Ed-techm besides being a mentor to 3 Fin-tech Organisations.
In this talk, Mohit compares successfully running a marathon to running a startup. Both require diligence, commitment, work ethic, and strategy. And most importantly, they require patience, and pacing.
Finding the extra in the ordinary can be game changing
Vipul Sekhsaria has a taste for filter coffee, a wildlife junkie, ask him to sing a song next time you meet him, and he will not hesitate. Co-founder at Kaleidofin and an in-house customer network specialist. For the day job, Vipul is responsible for customer discovery, acquisition and distribution design spread across India covering 12 million platform users and 1.7 million + customers across Kaleidofin products – Ki cash, Ki credit and Ki score. In other times, the go-to man for solving problems and carving out innovative financial solutions! Keywords that relate to Vipul: Customer acquisition strategy, Customer behaviour, Financial solutions for informal customers, Nat-Cat risk, Credit, Savings, Insurance.
In this talk, Vipul shares that embracing ambiguity is the only way to deal with ambiguity… and perhaps even conquer it. He says that it is in temporary times that one learns permanent lessons.
In the Front Seat of the Web3 Roller Coaster
Wei Shi Khai is the General Partner and Chief Operations Officer at LongHash Ventures. In 2021, Shi Khai was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30. He was previously a management consultant at McKinsey, with a focus on digital transformation and analytics across the financial and telecommunications sector in Southeast Asia. Shi Khai holds a Bachelor of Science from Imperial College London.
In this talk, Shi Khai talks about Web3 and the incredible potential it holds for us to create a future of freedom and possibility. And about creating a world we envision that doesn't exist yet.
Make Singapore your smart move
Ms Jacqueline Poh was appointed Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 4 October 2021. She was previously Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Strategy Group, which leads and organises the Public Service to develop and implement the strategic priorities of the Government. She also oversaw the National Population and Talent Division and the Centre for Strategic Futures. Ms Poh was the founding Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), and was previously the Managing Director of the Infocommunications Development Authority (IDA). She has also held key positions in the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Defence. Ms Poh is an alumnus of Oxford, Cambridge, INSEAD (MBA) and Stanford. She has three teenagers and more patience than before she had them.
In this talk, Jacqueline shares why Singapore is a choice location for founders to base themselves at, whether it is to grow their startup to achieve greater impact for a better future, or to build a fulfilling life with their families in one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Co-Founder conflicts are real & what is the secret weapon to avoid them
Being a disruptive digital explorer, Viktor Atanasov is the CEO and co-founder of WOGI, the fastest-growing incentive payments provider across South East Asia. Viktor is also a co-founder of a Frankfurt-listed, Allterco, an award-winning company specialising in IoT smart home automation devices.
In this talk, Viktor digs deep into why co-founder conflicts happen in the first place, and how founders, no matter how different from each other, have the same things in common.
How to become a problem solver...with or without schools!
Sonam Wangchuk is an Indian engineer, innovator and education reformist. He is the founding-director of the Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), which was founded in 1988 by a group of students who had been in his own words, the 'victims' of an alien education system foisted on Ladakh. He is also known for designing the SECMOL campus that runs on solar energy and uses no fossil fuels for cooking, lighting or heating.
In this talk, Sonam talks about the merits of growing up in a natural environment and how he did not have to go to any schools till 9 years of age. And while many people thought that was perhaps an unfortunate thing for a child, Sonam later learned that he was actually very lucky to not have schools.
A founder's dilemma - choosing between a finger, toe or heart
Recognised as a NFT OG and a pioneer in the fields of Blockchain, Crypto Currencies and Augmented Reality. Morten Rongaard is a regular speaker around the world on those topics and board member of the Nordic Blockchain Association and holds several advisor positions. Morten has the rare skill of being able to combine creative thinking with financial acumen and the key driver behind Reality + hugely successful sustainability platform. This Danish Viking is known for sharing his knowledge and experience to help leading brands moving from web 2.0 into web 3.0 and becoming their brand guardian.
In this talk, Morten truly wears his heart on his sleeve and talks to us about the impossible dilemmas every founder faces…which require making some hard choices which often have consequences.
Get rich or die trying - the journey from profit at all costs to building for shared value
Ladi Delano is a British-born Nigerian entrepreneur and the co-Founder and co-CEO of Moove, a global mobility fintech democratising access to vehicle financing for mobility entrepreneurs. He has previously founded and exited several businesses in Africa and Asia, and holds a Master’s degree from Oxford University and an MPA from the London School of Economics.
In this talk, Ladi shares his lessons from his extraordinary entrepreneurial journey, and how he realised the importance of building a company that fosters shared value.
Swarat to Samrat: Master yourself to master the world
Life is a precious opportunity for unlimited progress through unending education” – this is the philosophy of Gitanjali Jain, a multi-hyphenate, who believes in constantly reinventing herself through lifelong learning. A social entrepreneur turned educator, Gitanjali is currently heading the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL) as its Founding CEO. HIAL is an alternative Institute for mountain development that believes in a curriculum that is contextual, pedagogy that is experiential, approach that is trans-disciplinary and problem solving methodology that blends indigenous wisdom with modern technology. Gitanjali is also a ballerina, an Odissi dancer, a Black belt in Karate and a World Champion in the 2009 World Karate Championships in Pittsburg!
In this talk, Gitanjali tells us how one becomes a master of oneself. She says the first step is to have a vision larger than yourself. The second step is to then constantly live for this idea.
The Tom Yum Kung Recipe for Entrepreneurship
Mr. Aswin Phlaphongphanich is the Co-founder and CEO of DeeMoney - Thailand’s leading and fastest-growing fintech specializing in cross-border payments. Born in Thailand, in a Sikh family, Aswin is the epitome of a self-made person, who started his first business from the basement garage, in his apartment, at the age of 21. Coming from a prominent real-estate and hotelier family that saw its fortune collapse during the 1997 Tom Yum Kung crisis, during his formative years, Aswin’s goal was to ensure survival for his family and himself. An enigmatic and charismatic leader, Aswin’s grit and perseverance has been shaped largely by the experience of hitting rock bottom and the journey back up. His resilience has taken him through multiple successful ventures during this entrepreneurial journey.
In this talk, Aswin shares incredible untold stories of his flavorful founder's journey, and shares the 3 critical ingredients that took him from trying to just survive to heroic success.
Even failure has a peak – it’s the beginning of success
A tech visionary and a serial entrepreneur, Anish Achuthan is the Co-founder and CEO of the world’s fastest-growing digital banking enterprise, Open Financial Technologies. With over 17+ years of experience in the fintech industry, Anish launched OPEN - Asia’s first SME neobanking platform to solve the business banking challenges faced by startups, small businesses and freelancers. Then, he set up Zwitch, an embedded finance platform with no-code and low-code capabilities that allows both fintechs and non-fintechs to launch their own fintech verticals. Further, he started BANKINSTACK, a cloud-native fintech OS that empowers banks in their digital transformation journey.
In this talk, Anish talks about how an entrepreneur has to start somewhere without waiting for that perfect moment.
Mid Life Crisis and the Call to adventure
Amrish Rau is the CEO of Pine Labs. He leads the company's growth and expansion in Asia and beyond. He has over two decades of experience in the fintech space, having run his own startup and built large organisations. Prior to Pine Labs, Amrish co-founded Citrus Pay which was acquired by Naspers FinTech, PayU in 2016. Post the acquisition, he was made the CEO for PayU India and later took over as head of Investments for Naspers where he was responsible for increasing the company's footprint in the financial technology sector.
In this talk, Amrish shares what one needs to put in place before turning entrepreneur.
8 Simple Rules: Between purpose and prayer, the 6 mighty P's of my journey
Amit Gupta is an entrepreneur now on his third successful venture – with a rewarding corporate career with leadership roles squeezed in as well! Amit believes in the power of democratisation and his two most recent ventures are Ecosystm - a next generation Technology Research & Advisory company, and Kampd – a platform for professional communities and content. He’s a firm believer in giving back, and is the Chair of TiE Singapore, and is also among the current Global Board of Trustees of TiE – the world’s largest entrepreneur and investor focused on fostering entrepreneurship. He sits on numerous boards and has also supported the New Zealand start-up ecosystem as an advisor to the New Zealand government.
In this talk, Amit tells us about the 6 mighty P’s of his entrepreneurial journey.
How I learned to stop worrying and love balance
Diana Paredes is the CEO and Co-founder of Suade, a software platform that enables financial institutions to understand and deliver their regulatory requirements. Prior to founding Suade, Diana had a successful career in investment banking, covering all asset classes at Barclays and Merrill Lynch, across sales, trading & structuring. Whilst working in the industry, she saw an opportunity to innovate and launch her current Fintech/Regtech startup. She believes that a data-driven approach to regulation is the key to preventing the next financial crisis.
In this talk, Diana tells us her secret to becoming a successful founder, which is finding balance. She tells us about the realities of bootstrapping, and how she applied the Japanese concept of Ikigai (which means life’s purpose) to her entrepreneurial journey.
Don't walk away ....even if your legs give away
Gaurav Hinduja co-founded axio (formerly Capital Float) in 2013. Under his direction, the company has grown to become India’s leading digital finance company with over 7 million credit customers. As the Managing Director of axio, he continues to drive leadership in the Fintech space through numerous strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as Amazon. Gaurav holds an MBA from Stanford University and graduated from Christ University in Bangalore with a distinction in commerce. Having completed the Ironman 70.3 in France and Dubai, Gaurav is deeply passionate about fitness and dedicates time to train rigorously for triathlons.
In this talk, Gaurav opens up about how he fought through some of the darkest and most difficult few months of his life after a business deal fell through. He turned his life and his business around - starting by taking on the Ironman Triathlon, aligning his business goals with his endurance goals.
How technology complements the art of craftsmanship
Wealth manager turned entrepreneur and digitalisation evangelist, Keith Tan’s passion for good coffee and technology kicked off Crown Coffee’s meteoric journey in 2016. Through astute observations, Keith quickly recognised gaps in the labour, service, and quality market that could be enriched by adopting industry-disrupting technology. Leveraging on robotics, AI and data, Keith started Crown Digital and created Ella, one of the world's most successful robot barista, with a renewed focus to empower traditional businesses through automation, with a vision to be the largest coffee beverages operator powered by AI and robotic technology.
In this talk, Keith tells us about how his passion for good coffee and technology kicked off his adventurous entrepreneurial journey.
The 3 heartbreaks that formed my guiding principles
Eric Barbier is a serial entrepreneur who has built and scaled multiple payments companies globally. This includes TransferTo (now Thunes and DT One) and Mobile 365 (acquired by SAP). Today, he is the CEO and founder of TripleA, the first cryptocurrency payments gateway to be licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). TripleA empowers more than 15,000 businesses across 120+ countries to make and accept payments in digital currencies, building towards his vision of greater global financial inclusion. With over 17 years of experience in mobile and payments, Eric Barbier is also a board member of global companies such as AMEEX, STC pay and Sleek.
In this talk, Eric digs deep inside his wealth of entrepreneurial experiences through his journeys.
How to navigate difficult times with empathy and win
Deepti Sanghi is the CEO & co-founder of Kodo, India's fastest-growing corporate card and spend-management platform for startups and scaled businesses. Kodo has raised ~$14M in equity capital from a group of investors led by YC Continuity and Brex. Deepti brings strong domain expertise in India's fintech and financial services ecosystem. Before launching Kodo, she headed Partnerships at MoneyTap (backed by Sequoia & NEA) where she played a key role in launching and scaling a consumer credit card and app-based credit line. Deepti began her career as an investment banker at SBI Caps (investment banking division of the largest bank in India – SBI) and Edelweiss (a publicly-listed financial services group in India) where she worked on M&A and PE fundraising transactions for financial service companies in India.
In this talk, Deepti talks about how she successfully navigated through the turbulent times of the last two pandemic years - with empathy. Her goal is to convert every moment of financial anxiety into delight for her customers as she believes the most successful companies are those that can practise empathy for all their stakeholders.
Killer culture in a bootstrap Unicorn!
Jason Thompson is the Chief Executive Officer of Partior, the trusted global network for value exchange. He is responsible for steering Partior as it charts its growth strategy to disrupt the payments industry and for formulating strategies for the firm’s expansion and product offerings. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the financial services sector under his belt, Jason is known for shaping some of the region’s notable unicorns, Grab Financial Group and OVO. When he’s not in the office, Jason enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, keeping fit and improving his cooking skills.
As someone who runs boot-strapped joint ventures, Jason says that the unicorn is not a destination. What matters is the core business, the strategy, the industry position, and above all culture. In this talk, Jason tells us how to create that culture starting from a bold entrepreneurial vision.
The importance of measuring progress in your startup, and how to do it
Ang Xing Xian is the CEO and Co-Founder of CapBay, a leading Supply Chain Finance platform that helps businesses obtain smarter financing. Under his leadership, CapBay has provided more than USD 500 million in digital financing to businesses in Southeast Asia. Xing Xian has extensive experience in management consulting as a management consultant with Accenture Strategy, advising multinational companies on technology and analytics. He was also an in-house management consultant for Creador, a private equity firm. Xing Xian graduated from Oxford University with a Master’s in Computational Finance, following his Mathematics Bachelor's degree from Imperial College London.
In this talk, Xing Xian explains that given the outcomes entrepreneurs are aiming for are distant, measuring progress can be hard. He introduces the concept of elevated periods of growth in the journey of a startup, and periods where the company painfully grinds forward, and he explains how to measure progress for each and what happens in between them.
Why I attribute success to luck more than anything else
Derrick Lee is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Accredify. He oversees the entire process of Accredify's new products and features from ideation, to development and release. He is responsible for the firm's technical roadmap, policy, operational processes, and the growth of Accredify's tech team. Derrick began his career in tech at the age of 12, founding a series of multiple entrepreneurial ventures focused on tech solutions, including developing an online marketplace for website templates, app development, and a platform to facilitate Initial Coin Offerings. Together with his Co-founders, Derrick was recognised in Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2022.
In this talk, Derrick speaks about the four principles that Dr. Richard Wiseman wrote about in his book ‘The Luck Factor’. Derrick reflects upon how luck played a pivotal role in his journey to where he is today.
What does it take to make the leap from corporate to startup
Arvin Singh is the co-founder of hoolah, Southeast Asia’s first Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) payment provider that empowers consumers to afford the things they want through flexible payment options while helping merchants grow their payment capabilities. With combined experiences in both the corporate and startup world, he currently leads ShopBack’s Partnerships team in scaling its Financial Services offerings while also leading the BNPL subcommittee for the Fintech Association of Malaysia.
In this talk, Arvin tells us about 2 lessons that made his transition easier - eliminating self doubt and making lifestyle changes.
Aristotle and Aurelius: What ancient philosophers can teach modern entrepreneurs
Yunus Sevimli is the co-founder and CTO of Almond FinTech. His work centres around promoting equitable access to technology across a breadth of fields. Prior to Almond, Yunus held leadership roles in early-stage ventures commercialising cutting-edge medical research, and devised low-tech approaches to poverty alleviation in rural Southeast Asia. He is the author of several patents and scientific papers across medtech, additive manufacturing and robotics. Yunus holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has recently been named among the 30 and Under Fintech Leaders in Singapore.
In this talk, Yunus tells us what he learned through the great writings of the Roman and Greek thinkers and philosophers, that may be relevant for entrepreneurs. For example, anticipating obstacles and thinking of them as part of the journey.
How making unpopular decisions may be difficult but right
Joshua Bao is one of SUNRATE's co-founder and is responsible for driving the sales and marketing strategy of the organisation. Prior to co-founding SUNRATE in 2016, Joshua has more than 16 years of experience in global financial and corporate services. As a co-founder, Joshua had to make countless unpopular decisions that he believed were right. While the majority of those decisions have proven to be right, Joshua hopes his experience and insights will help his fellow co-founders follow their heart (and mind) and never be peer-pressured nor “FOMO-ed” into making popular decisions.
In this talk, Joshua shares his approach to making such decisions that has helped him grow his business more successfully.