#Asia Do immigrants make better startup Founders than locals?


e27’s Kevin McSpadden joined Analyse Asia for a fireside chat covering Hong Kong, Singapore and an interesting debate on ex-pat founders

Analyse Asia is a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, and features guests from across Asia’s vibrant tech community. e27 will republish the series covering a range of companies, topics and news analysis. To follow Bernard and Analyse Asia, check him out on Twitter and Facebook.

Kevin McSpadden (@kevinmcspadden, LinkedIn), Southeast Asia correspondent, e27.co

  • Story of Kevin McSpadden
    • How did Kevin get started in journalism and eventually end up in tech reporting? [1:05]
    • From moving from traditional (Time, Reuters) to online journalism (e27), what are the interesting lessons he learned from his career? [2:26]
    • What made Kevin move from Hong Kong to Singapore to join e27? [3:08]
    • What is his coverage with e27 on Southeast Asia? [3:56]
    • The problem with Asian startups being afraid to disclose their valuations unlike the US startups with their tech media. [4:48]
  • Startup Ecosystems in Asia:
    • Singapore vs Hong Kong
    • Singapore vs India
      • Singapore as a place where Indian startups such as Flipkart registered their companies due to zero capital gains tax. Will the startup India initiatives announced by Modi deter Indian startups going to Singapore? [12:44]
        • Singapore’s legal, branding and intellectual property laws are close to US and possess strong competitive advantage.

Also Read: This is the year of consolidation for Indian startups: SAIF’s Deepak Gaur

  • Malaysia
    • Departure of Cheryl Yeoh from MaGIC – will that derail the Malaysia’s government initiatives to be the startup hub against Singapore? (Ref: Is it time for Malaysian startups to look beyond MaGIC?) [17:16]
    • Malaysia’s bumiputra policy as a hinderance to their startup hub ambitions. [17:43]
  • Indonesia
    • What’s the impact of conglomerates such as Lippo Group to the startup ecosystem? [20:28]
    • Singapore VCs like Monk’s Hill have moved to Indonesia, will they be competitive against the big funds? [25:09]
    • What is the impact of Japanese VCs in Indonesia with East Ventures, Gree and DeNA ventures? [26:40]
  • Vietnam [27:40]
  • Thailand [28:30]
  • Discussion: Do immigrants make better startup founders against locals? [29:10]
    • BL’s view: The distribution is about 50-50 and it’s just confirmation bias.

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