Perspectives on Venture Capital in Asia

venture-capital-roi For a while, I want to sketch out some perspectives on venture capital in Asia, given that I have been observing the flurry of fundraising activity happening in Southeast Asia and how the venture capital scene has evolved. Recently, reading an interesting book on venture capital by an author who was both a venture capitalist and academic during my travels to Kyoto has given me food for thought. Lastly, I decide to share my own thoughts in laying out what I call the three conditions for myself if I should ever decide to go into the venture capital business in the far future. [Read more…]

Thoughts on Podcasting

usbOne of my recent personal media projects is a podcast called Analyse Asia, and outlined my motivation behind this new media project of mine. Recently, various authors claimed that podcasting might be back in fashion again. Personally I don’t think that the reasons for the revival of podcasting would affect Asia given that most successful podcasts typically come from the US and Europe. In this post, I sketch out my own thoughts on podcasting and why it has not taken the way like how blogging has done.
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Mobile Strategy: Unbundling of Native Mobile Apps (and how it impacts Asian companies)

digital tablet pc with app icons and cloudIn the past year, some companies have beginning to unbundle their native mobile applications and breaking their own major application in a few smaller ones. For example, Facebook have built additional applications in addition to their official big blue application: Paper, Messenger and Pages and acquired additional apps from the market: Instagram and Whatsapp. At the same, other companies such as Google and Evernote have done the same in launching single focussed applications to the apps marketplace independent of the mobile operating system (iOS and Android). What is the rationale behind this move because we are observing it happening from the very big (major corporations) to the very small (startups)? What is the impact to the mobility strategy for the company moving ahead? In this article, I share some thoughts and insights on this kind of mobile strategy and how it might impact Asian companies as a whole. [Read more…]