Asia Startup Pulse Podcast

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Asia Startup Ecosystem

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Asia Startup Pulse Podcast — previously known as China Startup Pulse Podcast —  is an original weekly podcast for anyone interested in understanding the innovation, business, and tech landscape in Asia. We bring the best of the Asian startup ecosystem, showcasing entrepreneurial stories, insights from thought leaders, and dissecting the strategies employed by tech giants.

Backed by SOSV, Chinaccelerator, and Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX), we understand firsthand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in Asia. Over the last decade, we have helped over 180 startups cross borders and make their mark in Asia. With that in mind, the podcast offers real, practical, and unique insights.

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EPISODE 160

Inside the Mobile Esports Business in Southeast Asia, with Allan Phang, Regional Head of Marketing PR at EVOS Esports

We discuss the differences between esports and traditional sports while debunking the common myths about professional esports. Furthermore, Allan talks about his opinion about the roles of different stakeholders in the whole esports ecosystem, the unique proposition of Southeast Asia market in the esports sector, and also the next big thing we can expect in the industry.

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EPISODE 160

Inside the Mobile Esports Business in Southeast Asia, with Allan Phang, Regional Head of Marketing PR at EVOS Esports

We discuss the differences between esports and traditional sports while debunking the common myths about professional esports. Furthermore, Allan talks about his opinion about the roles of different stakeholders in the whole esports ecosystem, the unique proposition of Southeast Asia market in the esports sector, and also the next big thing we can expect in the industry.

EPISODE 159

Building the Biggest Used-car Marketplace in SEA, with Aaron Tan, founder of Carro

In this episode, we will mainly discuss about how to build and scale a two-side marketplace in Southeast Asia and Carro’s playbook of expansion across the region. Moreover, we will put the spotlight on how Aaron’s previous experience in venture capital industry has impacted his decisions, and also how he takes inspiration from Chinese business models and applies the insights in an SEA context.

EPISODE 158

Why Experimentation is Imperative to a Startup’s Success with Mukesh Bansal, Co-founder of Phable, and Riaz Mehta, Founder of allrites

In this episode, we invite Mukesh Bansal, Founder and CEO of Phable, a healthcare startup from India that recently raised a $12 million Series A; and Riaz Mehta, Founder and CEO, of allrites, Asia’s leading B2B marketplace for film and TV content. Our guests bring with them a cumulative 40+ years of building, and running businesses across Asia. We dive deep into what makes experimentation a prerequisite to running a successful startup and how small changes can have a colossal impact on the business.

EPISODE 157

Evaluating the Rise of SaaS in China with Shao Lee, Partner at Global Founders Capital

In this episode, we invite Shao Lee, Partner at Global Founders Capital, who spearheads their China operations. We talk about GFC’s investment thesis and their unique proposition of Geographical Arbitrage. We dive deeper into understanding the Chinese ecosystem and the drivers of enterprise SaaS in China. As a leading investor in the TMT/ SaaS space, Shao shares his insights on how GFC evaluates enterprise SaaS companies in China.

EPISODE 156

Secret Sauce of ByteDance’s Massive Bloom with Matthew Brennan, Book Author of “Attention Factory; The story of TikTok and China’s ByteDance”

In this episode, we invite one of our special friends Matthew Brennan, author of “Attention Factory; The story of TikTok and China’s ByteDance”. He is often featured in global media and has delivered presentations on Chinese digital innovation to global firms such as Google, Tencent, DHL, etc. Having monitored the Chinese tech ecosystem closely for a number of years, Matthew is well-positioned to answer our questions, dig deeper into ByteDance’s remarkable success, and share his insights on the mobile-tech environment in the East and West.

EPISODE 155

The Rise of Technification in Southeast Asia, with Peng T. Ong, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Monk’s Hill Ventures

In this episode, we talk about Peng’s journey as an investor and how he perceives the great potential in Southeast Asia. More importantly, he summarizes a very important trend in SEA’s startup ecosystem, “Technification”. We also talk about the impact that China’s Internet giants have on SEA through investments and M&A.

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REVIEW

Insights into the market

Living in China, it’s fascinating to hear first hand experiences and insights of leaders carving the path in China. Lot’s of insights on how to navigate the Chinese market and best practices. Wether your interested in China or fascinated by the world of startups, this is my weekly dose of inspiration!

Sarah

The motivation-espresso during my commute to work

Both informative and entertaining content. The business and tech-hacks shared by guest and both Hosts, Ryan Shuken and Oscar Ramos, keep me motivated for the workday ahead, as well as providing me with a health-dose of China knowledge. Keep it up and running!

Carlospizarroso

Best China Startup Podcast

Ryan and his team do an amazing job on China Startup Pulse. Great speakers, China-specific content and an easily digestible and entertaining format. Whether you’re based in China or elsewhere, whether you’re an entrepreneur or a wantrepreneur, this is a fantastic gateway into a very exciting business scene.

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