Interviews

Personal lessons and moments of impact

Venture Capitalists

Vertex Venture Singapore Partner Carmen Yuen

Carmen Yuen

On Great Owls TV – Carmen Yuen, a Partner at Vertex Ventures SEA and India, a venture capital fund that invests in high-growth start-ups across Asia.
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Vishal Harnal

On Great Owls TV - Vishal Harnal, a General Partner at 500 Startups, a global early-stage venture capital firm with over 2000 companies in its portfolio.
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Michael Lints

On Great Owls TV – Michael Lints, Partner at Golden Gate Ventures - an early-stage venture capital firm investing across Southeast Asia. In this episode, Michael In this episode, Michael shares his lessons from seeing over 1,000 company pitches a year; explains what makes the most successful companies; highlights the importance of personal strategy vs business strategy; gives insider tips for founders to get the most out of the investors and reveals the book the has impacted him the most.
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Frank Meehan

In this episode, Frank Meehan - Co-Founder of Sparklabs Global Ventures and Co-Founder and CEO of Smartup.io reveals his personal lessons, explains his investment strategy, points out trends that will have a global impact and tells us how to stay ahead of artificial intelligence.
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Debra Langley

Fashion, technology and VC maven Debra Langley talks to us about the top trends and technologies that are shaping consumer behavior, and the skills she believes are most important for the future.
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Steve Leonard

Steve Leonard talks to us about why Singapore is at the forefront of innovation and what he believes are the greatest qualities to cultivate for success.
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Peng T. Ong

Singapore native Peng T. Ong is one of Asia’s most notable technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Peng talks to us about his journey creating three wildly successful start-ups and his thoughts on entrepreneurship, innovation and what success actually means.
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Vinnie Lauria

Vinnie Lauria

“Quitting IBM without having any other job offers at hand was one of the best life decisions I made. Putting myself into a corner where I didn't have anything to fall back on made me more of a fighter."
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Founders & Executives

Oliver Tan

Oliver Tan talks to us about why he left a well-paid corporate executive position to jump into a tech start-up, and what he sees as the biggest challenges and potentials of AI.
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Phil Townend

Phil Townend of Unruly APAC talks to us about AI, algorithms, and his views on the future of video advertising.
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Gilberto Gaeta: Tips From A Google Marketer To Create A Thriving Office Culture

Gilberto Gaeta

Gilberto Gaeta gives us a glimpse into what it takes to succeed in a high-growth tech company and how to stay ahead of the game.
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Mark Shmulevich

Former rocket scientist and current innovation strategist Mark Shmulevich reveals his insights into some of the biggest trends in technology that will shape the future and recommends game-changing books that have changed the way he works.
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Anna Gong

Anna Gong

"I networked the hell out of my career, which started in college. I was always taught your life is what you make of it. No one will come and hand you a free lunch. I worked hard at managing and influencing my own destiny."
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Alex Khan

Alex Khan

“I am not afraid to move sideways in my career. In some cases, you need to go backwards in order to go forwards. It is important to make the decision that suits you and not the decision that people expect you to make."
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Aliza Knox, COO Unlockd

Aliza Knox, COO Unlockd

“One of the most intriguing decisions I made was leaving the Boston Consulting Group after having been a partner for a number of years. Curiosity got the better of me."
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Klemen Drole

"The most important decision in my career was to take on tasks where I knew I was out of my depth. To highlight areas where I will need help, to reveal my weak spots, to identify the right people that can help and then work with them to deliver."
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Joanna Catalano

Joanna Catalano

"I don’t think there’s ever just one important decision. It’s life. You’re always making decisions along the way and most are important. Some you make more wisely than the others, but you learn from each. I view everything through that lens."
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Carol Chen

Carol Chen

“The most important decision in my career was to either start or stop a business. I’ve been through four startups and each one led me to a new city and adventure."
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Anna Bory

Anna Bory

"The most significant decision was to get out of my comfort zone and move abroad at the age of 17."
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Carmen Benitez

Carmen Benitez

"My worst work mistake is not being comfortable raising capital. While I've raised over a million in capital, I haven't done it through the typical venture capitalists."
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Steve Kalifowitz

“Whenever I see an opportunity, I go for it. I’m comfortable with a high degree of uncertainty -- constantly reminding myself “what’s the worst that can happen?”
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Why These Startup Founders Left Corporate Jobs & Call Technopreneur Circle Their Home

7 Mission-Driven Founders

“I spent 15 years in the corporate world, and I always had this notion that the start-up world and co-working spaces were just for the young guys, mainly the techies. When I came into TechCircle, I was really surprised how diverse it is and how many people there are from completely different backgrounds, experiences and industries,” Yujun Chean, founder of Vouch
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Media & Authors

Bernard Leong

Bernard Leong shares his learnings from creating one of the best tech podcasts in Asia and describes his life-changing experience at Singularity University.
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Mohan Belani

"You’ve got to learn how to un-learn and re-learn again. Things are changing very fast, you can choose to complain about it or you find a way how to get involved."
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Roshni Mahtani

"One of my biggest mistakes was not paying attention to corporate culture when I was building my company."
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Olivier Burlot

"We’ve got a revolution out there. Media is facing so many challenges. So my ambition is to build a balanced sustainable business that would be successful long-term."
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Greg Satell

"The work of humans is increasingly becoming to collaborate with other humans to design work for machines."
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