Analyse Asia with Bernard Leong is a weekly podcast dedicated to the pulse of technology, business and media in Asia. We interview thought leaders and leading industry players and gain their insights to how we perceive and understand the market.
Fresh out of the studio, Chua Kee Lock, CEO of Vertex Holdings and managing partner of Vertex Ventures, Southeast Asia & India joined us in a conversation together with guest host Charles Reed Anderson of TechBurst Asia podcast about the venture capital firm and its footprint across Southeast Asia globally. We start with Kee Lock's story and how he eventually become a venture capitalist. Following on, Kee Lock discuss Vertex Holdings and Vertex Ventures and how the fund assembles and helps their portfolio of high growth startups such as Grab in the region. Last but not least, Kee Lock discuss the evolution of venture capital in Southeast Asia and India and where it is leading. Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included): Chua Kee Lock, CEO of Vertex Holdings & Managing Partner of Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India ( LinkedIn) [0:25] How did you start your career? [0:36] In your career journey, what are the words of wisdom you can share with my audience based on your time in Silicon Valley? [2:18] Kee Lock's thoughts on why people are central to building successful technology companies. [3:30] Vertex Holdings and Vertex Ventures [5:00] Can you give a brief introduction to Vertex Holdings and its relationship with Temasek Holdings? [5:10] What’s a typical day for you like as a VC? [11:07] Can you describe the different funds under Vertex Holdings and their current purposes? Does the different funds reflect the different stages of investment? [12:45] What are the traits of founders and startups which the investment team in Vertex seek? [14:00] What are the interesting companies within the Vertex portfolio? [16:40] Grab Licious Validus Instarem How does the Vertex network help the portfolio companies or companies who might be interested to seek funding? [21:30] Vertex has made very interesting investments globally, for example, Grab, Spacemob (acquired by Wework), Mobike (acquired by Meituan Dianping) and many others, how do you work with the founders and what help do most high growth companies need most in the early stage? Trends in venture capital across India and Southeast Asia [24:40] What are your thoughts on the investment opportunity in India and Southeast Asia? [25:00] Southeast Asia is not a homogeneous market with different countries at different stages of economic development, how does Vertex see their investments when they do their regional expansion? Do you see India with the same challenge? [26:25] Kee Lock's comments on shortage of tech talent and skills in Asia and how entrepreneurs are solving them. [28:30] Kee Lock's thoughts on returning technology talent to Asia from Silicon Valley and its impact to startup ecosystems in Asia Pacific for the next few years. [30:50] Does the lack of exits in India and Southeast Asia deter the market opportunity for venture capital to thrive? [31:35] With more global funds entering the region, do you see the potential of an overheated market with valuations going up? [33:00] Where do you see the evolution of venture capital in the next few years? [35:30] Closing [37:40] Can you recommend a book or movie or podcast or anything which recently made an impact to your work and personal life? [37:45] Kee Lock's recommendations: Ray Dalio's "Principles" and Simon Sinek's "Start from Why" How do my audience find you? [39:00] Podcast Information: RSS Feed Apple Podcasts Himalaya Spotify Libsyn Google Play Overcast FM SoundCloud Luminary Twitter Facebook Video Facebook Page Linkedin Stitcher Castbox RadioPublic Acast PodBean ListenNotes TuneIn The show is hosted by guest host Charles Reed Anderson (@CRASingapore, LinkedIn) from Techburst Asia Podcast and produced by Carol Yin and are sponsored by Ideal Workspace (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) with their new Altizen Desk (Twitter, Facebook, Medium). Sound credits for the intro music: Taro Iwashiro, "The Beginning" from Red Cliff Soundtrack and this episode is fully produced by Carol Yin (@CarolYujiaYin). Editor's note: We thank Charles for helping us to guest host this episode before Carol starts her new role as the producer and host of Analyse Asia after the live show.
Steve Melhuish, co-founder of PropertyGuru and partner from Wavemaker VC, shares the lessons of his journey from an entrepreneur with PropertyGuru to now a partner in a venture capital firm. Steve started with the backstory behind on how he founded PropertyGuru and shared the lessons in scaling up the company across Southeast Asia and explained the thinking process and execution behind his transition out of the CEO role in the company. Subsequently, Steve discuss his current gig with Wavemaker VC, and the key traits in companies and founders which he invests on and his current thoughts on the proptech space. Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included): Steve Melhuish, co-founder of PropertyGuru and partner in Wavemaker VC (LinkedIn) [0:12] How did you start your career? [0:30] In your career journey, what are the most interesting lessons that you can share with my audience? [5:07] PropertyGuru [10:17] Can you talk about the backstory when you founded PropertyGuru? [10:42] From the creation of the company till you moving over to be a venture capitalist, what are the most interesting milestones that PropertyGuru? [14:07] What is the rationale for you to step down as CEO and what's the thinking and execution phase to bring in a professional CEO and make that transition happen? [22:52] How are you involved with PropertyGuru now? [29:00] Wavemaker VC [30:00] Can you introduce Wavemaker, the venture capital firm in Southeast Asia to my audience? [30:05] What’s your current role and coverage as a venture partner in Wavemaker VC? [32:31] What is a typical day for you as a venture capitalist? [35:05] What are the attributes in founders from startups that you look for before investing in them? [36:05] Which are the interesting verticals that you are now looking into startups for investment? [39:15] Can you talk about your perspectives on the current wave of startups in proptech, and what are the key opportunities there for startups to solve? [41:10] How would you advise a startup to expand into Southeast Asia? [44:49] Closing [46:30] Can you recommend a book, movie, podcast or anything else that has recently impact your personal or work life? [46:39] Steve's recommendation: "Blue Planet 2" documentary by David Attenborough and the movie "Vice", books such as "Delivering Happiness" by Tony Hsieh, "Start from Why" by Simon Sinek, "Good to Great" by Jim Collins, "Mastering the Rockefeller Habits" by Verne Harnish. Podcast Information: RSS Feed Apple Podcasts Himalaya Spotify Libsyn Google Play Overcast FM SoundCloud Luminary Twitter Facebook Video Facebook Page Linkedin Stitcher Castbox RadioPublic Acast PodBean ListenNotes TuneIn The show is hosted by Bernard Leong (@bernardleong & weibo) until 30 June 2019 and are sponsored by Ideal Workspace (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) with their new Altizen Desk (Twitter, Facebook, Medium). Sound credits for the intro music: Taro Iwashiro, "The Beginning" from Red Cliff Soundtrack and this episode is edited by Carol Yin, and co-produced by Carol Yin and Bernard Leong. This episode is recorded and produced in June 2019.
Grace Park, co-founder & president of DocDoc joined us in a conversation about leadership and regional expansion of DocDoc in Asia. Grace started the conversation, narrating her background as a military officer with the US army and how she moved subsequently from a military career into a business executive in notable healthcare companies. Grace shared the backstory behind the founding of DocDoc as a leading patient intelligence company from her perspective and offered her perspectives in how she utilized her experience to expand DocDoc regionally across Asia. Last but not least, Grace offered her thoughts on leadership and the importance of how to lead teams to success in different settings. Editor's note: This interview was conducted in June 2019, and recently DocDoc has raised their series B funding of US$13M. Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included): Grace Park (Facebook, LinkedIn), co-founder & President of DocDoc [0:19] How did you start your career? [1:12] Before Docdoc, you have been taken senior executive roles in medical and healthcare sector with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Medtronic, can you talk about what you have done in these companies and how that experience shapes the way in how you operate in Asia Pacific markets? [4:15] In your career journey, what are the interesting life lessons you can share with my audience? [6:34] DocDoc & Perspectives on Regional Expansion of Digital Healthcare in Asia Pacific [8:08] I am curious to know the backstory of Docdoc from your perspective given Cole has offered the same story in an earlier episode. Can you articulate the founding story from your perspective and how did that translate to founding of Docdoc? [8:24] Let's help our audience to refresh their understanding of the company DocDoc, can you describe the company and its vision and mission? [12:44] What is your current role and coverage as the President of DocDoc? [15:34] What keeps you awake at night or gets you excited every morning about DocDoc’s mission? [16:35] Given DocDoc focus on to be the leader in patient intelligence, how do you build the trust and bringing the doctors in DocDoc’s network? From your engagement with the doctors, what are the doctors’ major pain points as providers of medical care in the entire healthcare supply chain?[17:56] You have led in expanding DocDoc’s business across Asia Pacific, can you talk about how you think strategically on the go to market and build the right teams to expand into countries such as Korea and Hong Kong? [21:56] What are the most interesting lessons you have learned in working in a startup environment with DocDoc? What will you have done differently? [23:15] Leadership [25:37] I understand that you are a great student on leadership. What are the books in leadership which have inspired you and further your thinking on the subject? [26:09] Viktor Frankl's "Man Search for Meaning" Warren G Bennis "On Becoming a Leader" Ron Heifetz "Leadership without Easy Answers" You have an interesting career before Harvard Business School in the US military, and you were based in Korea as an officer, how did the experience shape you as a leader in the military and subsequently in the corporate world? [28:50] In your opinion, what are the most important traits for a leader? [32:40] Do you think that a team learn more by going thru a crisis than going thru the regular motion of the day? [33:40] Do you see a difference between a manager and a leader? [35:13] Can you talk about your style of leadership and how did it come about? [36:18] Closing [38:22] Can you recommend a book or movie or podcast or anything which recently made an impact to your work and personal life? [38:35] Grace's recommendations: Eric Topol, "Deep Medicine" and two articles: (a) Tampa Bay Times, "Heartbroken" and NY Times "Listen to What Doctors in 'times of crisis' said behind doors" How can my audience find you? [41:13] Podcast Information: RSS Feed Apple Podcasts Himalaya Spotify Libsyn Google Play Overcast FM SoundCloud Luminary Twitter Facebook Video Facebook Page Linkedin Stitcher Castbox RadioPublic Acast PodBean ListenNotes TuneIn The show is hosted by Bernard Leong (@bernardleong & weibo) until 30 June 2019 and are sponsored by Ideal Workspace (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) with their new Altizen Desk (Twitter, Facebook, Medium). Sound credits for the intro music: Taro Iwashiro, "The Beginning" from Red Cliff Soundtrack and this episode is edited by Carol Yin, and co-produced by Carol Yin and Bernard Leong. This episode is recorded and produced in June 2019.
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