In the TechBurst Asia podcast, we'll speak with some of the leading players from across the tech ecosystem to find out what's really going on - and what it takes to succeed - in Asia's tech ecosystem.
info_outline TBA 016: Sustainability in the Post COVID-19 World - Are Companies Ready To Act? 05/05/2020
TBA 016: Sustainability in the Post COVID-19 World - Are Companies Ready To Act? In TechBurst Asia podcast episode 16, we spoke to Frank Meehan, Co-Founder of Equilibrium.world and Co-Founder & General Partner of SparkLabs Global Ventures about what will happen to corporate sustainability initiatives in the post-pandemic, new normal world.
info_outline TBA 015: The Post-Pandemic "New Normal" World: Marketing & Comms will never be the same - and that's not a bad thing 04/22/2020
TBA 015: The Post-Pandemic "New Normal" World: Marketing & Comms will never be the same - and that's not a bad thing Let’s face it, we’re facing a “new normal” in the post-pandemic world. This will create risks and challenges for companies that cannot adapt, but massive opportunities for those that can.
info_outline TBA 014: Smart Cities 2020: The Coronavirus Impact 04/15/2020
TBA 014: Smart Cities 2020: The Coronavirus Impact Show Notes:
info_outline TBA 013: The 3-2-1 Podcast from Bosch Connected World 2020 03/25/2020
TBA 013: The 3-2-1 Podcast from Bosch Connected World 2020 So what is the 3-2-1 podcast? It includes 3 interviews with IoT industry leaders recorded over the 2 days of Bosch Connected World 2020 in Berlin - all in 1 podcast.
info_outline TBA 012: Automotive Industry Evolution - the move to the sharing economy 03/18/2020
TBA 012: Automotive Industry Evolution - the move to the sharing economy When you think about Daimler, you think about Mercedes Benz automobiles, but it is much more than that. Listen to see how Daimler Mobility Services is helping Smart Cities with everything from Autonomous Vehicles to the move to the sharing economy.
info_outline TBA 011: How an open and pragmatic approach led to global LoRaWAN network w/ The Things Network's Wienke Giezeman 03/02/2020
TBA 011: How an open and pragmatic approach led to global LoRaWAN network w/ The Things Network's Wienke Giezeman In today’s podcast, we are going to discuss one of the technologies that underpins the Internet of Things - we are going to talk about Low Power Wide Area Network, or LPWANS for short. And more specifically, we are going to take a look at LoRa - one of the leading LPWAN technologies.
info_outline TBA 010: The Global Perspective on Accelerators & Venture Capital w/ SparkLabs' Bernard Moon 01/21/2020
TBA 010: The Global Perspective on Accelerators & Venture Capital w/ SparkLabs' Bernard Moon Hear the latest insights on the global accelerator and venture capital industries from one of Silicon Valley’s leading players, SparkLabs Group Partner & Co-Founder, Bernard Moon.
info_outline TBA 009: Building a Successful IoT Business w/ Bosch's Thomas Jakob 01/16/2020
TBA 009: Building a Successful IoT Business w/ Bosch's Thomas Jakob Building a successful IoT business isn't easy, but Bosch Software Innovations (recently renamed Bosch.IO) has done just that.
info_outline TBA 008: The Experience Design Visionary Behind the Apple Store Concept w/ Eight Inc.’s Tim Kobe 11/11/2019
TBA 008: The Experience Design Visionary Behind the Apple Store Concept w/ Eight Inc.’s Tim Kobe What do , Tokyo’s , a car dealership with no salespeople and the Notre Dame Cathedral have in common? Today’s guest on the . You may not know him by name, but you will undoubtedly know his work. Today I’m pleased to be joined by a design industry legend and visionary, ’s Founder & CEO, . Show notes: 01:30 What was it like when you first discussed the Apple Store concept with ’s back in 1998? 04:40 When the first Apple store launched in 2001, it wasn’t a guaranteed success. We were in the middle of the dotcom bust - this was a new paradigm for retail - and went so far as to write an article titled 07:30 How did you maintain your belief in the Apple Store concept - even when the industry doubted whether the stores could succeed? 09:00 How Apple Stores were built with sustainability in mind - “if” one ever closes, it can be broken down and recycled. “If”. 11:00 How well are we doing with regards to sustainability in Asia? 16:20 Some of Tim’s other work… in Ginza, Tokyo in Shenzhen, China - with no salespeople 25:30 The industry’s move away from "Return on Investment" and towards "Return on Experience" 27:00 What is the role of design and human experience with regards to technology products, like a smartphone, a wearable, or random widget? 30:00 Tim had shared a video with me from , the creative genius behind Apple’s iconic commercials, including the . The video is titled “” - and its message is don’t do the right thing, but don’t do the wrong thing - do the BRAVE thing. Who does Tim think is doing the “brave thing” today? 32:30 What career advice would Tim give to young tech entrepreneurs? 35:20 What is the most unique project you have been asked to work on? 36:45 Where does Tim go to find inspiration? 38:00 Tim and his team’s submission for the 40:30 Tim’s new book, , is about the importance of the design and business relationship - and why you need to design your business around the human outcome. It is available for pre-order on Amazon now. See Tim presenting his work and approach at ’s on 21 November 2019 in Bangkok.
info_outline TBA 007: Telco Disruption w/ Tata Comms' Anthony Bartolo 11/04/2019
TBA 007: Telco Disruption w/ Tata Comms' Anthony Bartolo We sit down with to discuss disruption in the telecoms industry, including the impact IoT, eSIMs, vSIMs, iSIMs, NB-IoT & 5G. 01:30 Intro to Tata Comms & Anthony Bartolo 03:00 What role does a fixed operator like Tata Comms play in the IoT space? 07:00 What is an and how will it transform the telecoms industry? And why have most telcos resisted it? 11:30 eSIM use cases (e.g. Device Manufacturers getting into the connectivity game, connected cars) and the new business cases that will emerge 19:15 How did lifts/elevators become the hot topic with eSIMs? 21:00 While Tata Comms, , & have moved forward with eSIMs, why have the other Tier 1 mobile operators been resisting eSIMs 23:20 What's next? The shift to - and how this creates opps for brands like , & - and also the owners of SuperApps like , & . 29:00 What's the future? - connectivity built into the chipset - and everything comes "Born Connected" 32:25 Why have the telcos struggled with IoT? And why has ? 35:00 Why has done so well in China - and not lived up to the hype in the rest of the world? 40:55 What's the current state of - and what opportunities will it create for enterprises? 44:10 What advice would you give to a telco that is starting down the IoT solution path? 46:00 What's next for Tata Comms? 48:00 What technology will have the biggest impact on your life in the future? 49:45 Silicon Valley or Singapore - where's the best place for the next generation of entrepreneurs?
info_outline TBA 006: Smartphones 2019 - Do They Live Up to the Hype w/ IDC's Bryan Ma 10/26/2019
TBA 006: Smartphones 2019 - Do They Live Up to the Hype w/ IDC's Bryan Ma In this episode, we sat down with Asia's top device analyst, , to discuss the smartphone market in 2019. Listen in to find out about... His view on the latest flagship launches from , , & The impact the China v US trade war will have on Huawei Whether we actually need foldable phones How much is too much for a smartphone Punk music, skateboarding, karaoke and much more... Show Notes & Timestamps: 02:30 How did a skatepunk foodie from California end out as Asia’s top device analyst? 05:00 Bryan’s take on the launch (loves the AI camera) 07:10 ...the Apple (loves the 3 lenses) 09:00 ... and (he's worried their mainstream products are becoming “rather plain”) 10:50 .... (likes the Leica lens & sensors) - and what will the impact of the China v US trade war have on Huawei's future? 14:55 What camera functionality will drive future smartphone sales - the lens (e.g. Huawei w/ Leica) or the AI? 16:20 Why the hell would anyone want a foldable phone? 19:50 What is going to drive the next wave of differentiation in smartphones? (today it’s the camera, but the future is all about display technology) 27:50 How much is too much for a smartphone? 30:00 What’s the best phone to buy if I want… The best phone Best battery life 33:30 Which manufacturer has the best opportunity to gain market share in the next 24 months? His answer may surprise you! 39:15 Wearables - i had made a prediction that said early adopters would be the only adopters for smartwatches - was I correct? Has the market taken off? We need use cases - e.g. Healthcare (Omate’s Elderly Care) or Vault Intelligence for Lone Worker protection 43:30 Let’s go old school - what was your favourite smartphone pre-iOS and Android? 46:15 What mistakes did the old industry leaders (e.g., , ) make when they were on top of the market that led to their downfall? Enough of the serious questions, let’s have some fun! 50:00 What’s your most embarrassing moment you have had on TV? 51:45 You get to live you life all over again - what would you want to be next time? Device analyst Punk singer Karaoke singer Skateboarder Professional eater 53:00 What is Bryan’s favourite... Punk band Karaoke song (seriously, he said "Earth Wind & Fire") City for karaoke Drink while doing karaoke (Baijo - it’s rocket fuel) Post-karaoke food
info_outline TBA 005: The Evolution of the Smartwatch w/ Laurent Le Pen 10/21/2019
TBA 005: The Evolution of the Smartwatch w/ Laurent Le Pen I’m sure many of you are wearing an , or other gadget on their wrist right now. This market started to gain attention when the first launched in 2016 - and the market has advanced in terms of technology & sales since then - but the question is, what does the future hold for the smartwatch? Is it the one size fits all model of the large vendors? Or is it better to customise the smartwatches to target specific users or use cases? In this podcast, we’ll talk to , a smartwatch industry pioneer, to find out how he views this evolving market. Show notes: 01:30 Introduction to 02:20 How did someone from France end out starting a device manufacturer in Shenzhen? 03:50 The market segments and challenges Omate targets - , Children, Lone Workers 07:00 Deep dive into the Omate’s Elderly Care solution 10:50 How Omate brought together the supply and demand sides of the market, including , and , to launch their Elderly Care management solution in France and the US 12:45 Omate’s innovative Wearables-as-a-Service (WaaS) business model 15:15 The challenges in launched a wearables service in the healthcare industry 17:20 children’s watch - and the importance of end-to-end security 21:10 The latest device and solution launches from Omate 24:00 What has prevented wearables from living up to the hype? 30:50 The fun round of questions, including Laurent’s side project, the Laurent’s details LinkedIn: Twitter: @llepen @omateofficial Follow the TechBurst Asia podcast via: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter: @TechBurstAsia SoundCloud: Libsyn: Stitcher: Spotify:
info_outline TBA 004: The Telco's Role in IoT w/ Telstra's Gerhard Loots 09/17/2019
TBA 004: The Telco's Role in IoT w/ Telstra's Gerhard Loots In this podcast, I speak with at the end of the event, to discuss the role of the service provider, or Telco, in the Internet of Things. While most service providers see IoT as a lucrative new revenue stream, few have been able to capitalise on that market opportunity. , on the other hand, has expanded its IoT solutions and services portfolio to make sure it doesn’t miss the opp. Show Notes: 01:48 How did a guy from South Africa’s winelands end out running the for Australia’s leading service provider? 02:30 Telstra has been in the IoT business for many years, how has the IoT solution portfolio and business evolved over the years? 05:48 What are the latest developments with Telstra’s IoT solutions and products? 07:33 How has Telstra moved across the IoT solution stack, branching out from connectivity to hardware, software and ? 09:50 What advice would you give to a service provider that is just starting out in IoT? 11:20 Telstra offers similar solutions that can run across many network types, including , NB-IoT, LTE, etc., and at many different price points. Where is the current market demand coming from? 13:15 Overview of Telstra’s Enterprise eSIM offering - and why it is attractive to manufacturers. 18:30 Why I think Telstra is now Asia Pacific’s “benchmark” for IoT solutions for a service provider Choice (networks and price points) New Revenue opportunities - moving across the IoT solution stack The services opp with The eSIM offering 20:00 What’s next for Telstra’s IoT portfolio and solution offering 23:00 What has held the IoT industry back from reaching its potential? : We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. 26:28 What are the unique challenges and opportunities for Australia’s IoT market? 27:50 Which emerging technology enabler (e.g. 5G, blockchain, AI) is Gerhard most excited about? 29:40 The REALLY important things, Gerhard’s view on... Surfing in Australia versus South Africa Who makes better wine, Australia or South Africa? What’s better, shrimp on the barbie or boerwors on the braai? How well will Australia and South Africa do in the Rugby World Cup - who will Gerhard support - and who will win Links: Telstra’s IoT offering: Gerhard on LinkedIn: Follow the TechBurst Asia podcast via: www: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter: @TechBurstAsia SoundCloud: Libsyn: Stitcher:
info_outline TBA 003: Disruptive Agri Tech w/ the World Bank's Parmesh Shah 09/09/2019
TBA 003: Disruptive Agri Tech w/ the World Bank's Parmesh Shah Ever wondered how the world bank leverages the technology and innovation to disrupt the agriculture industry in developing markets? In this podcast, we speak with the ’s to find out how they engage developed countries like Korea to drive disruption and innovation in developing markets like Vietnam, Kenya & Nigeria. Show Notes: 01:10 Background on the ’s - Global lead for a global solutions group that looks to find innovative and creative solutions for rural entrepreneurship and innovation How the combination of being an agricultural engineer with an MBA and a doctorate in development studies led him to his role at the world bank 04:00 What is the World Bank’s “Disruptive Agriculture Technology Roadshow” - and what do you mean by “Disruptive Agriculture”? How does the World Bank work with the Korean government to help you reach your objectives? 08:15 Overview of the some of the Smart Agriculture solutions behind deployed across Africa - an Uber-like solution helping rural tractor owners get the most value out of their assets - and how this benefits farmers that cannot afford their own tractors. The new buzz word, Tractors-as-a-Service! - provides smallholder farmers with quality agricultural inputs on credit and brokers the sale of their crop at harvest time. - a mobile business account allowing farmers to save, borrow and pay for income generating activities to increase food security and fight poverty 14:30 How the World Bank is leveraging IoT sensors to help rice farmers in Vietnam better manage their crops. 17:00 What challenges to you encounter when trying to deliver Disruptive Agriculture in developing markets? 20:50 The World Bank’s three “labs” to experiment and drive innovation: BlockChain Lab - Big Data Lab - Disruptive Technology Lab. 22:15 Overview of some of the Korean Smart Agriculture startups - sensors that you can stick into the plant's stem - The Internet of Plants - indoor and container farming 27:40 What role does Korea play in the World Bank’s plan? 30:30 How to find the best #SmartAg innovators? Run a Challenge! More info at: 34:40 what will the World Bank do to keep the Disruptive Agriculture momentum going? 36:20 Let’s say it’s a perfect world and I can grant you one wish to help you drive Disruptive Agriculture in developing markets, what would you wish for? 38:15 How can our audience get more information about you and the World Bank’s Disruptive Agriculture initiatives? LinkedIn: Twitter: @ShahParmesh World Bank Disruptive Technologies: Disruptive Agriculture Initiatives: Follow the TechBurst Asia podcast via: www: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter: @TechBurstAsia SoundCloud: Libsyn: Stitcher:
info_outline TBA 002: Taipei's Startup Scene w/ Edgar Chiu 09/02/2019
TBA 002: Taipei's Startup Scene w/ Edgar Chiu In this podcast, we take a look at the role Venture Capital and Accelerator programs play in the tech ecosystem. While some countries, like Singapore, are inundated with them, why have other markets, like Taiwan, not seen the same level of interest? Podcast Overview with time stamps 01:30 Intro to , Managing Partner of and founder of , a talent acceleration program that focuses on matching top talent from large corporates with exciting startups. 03:00 The evolution of SparkLabs Taipei since its founding less than two years ago 06:00 Overview of SparkLabs Taipei Demo Day 2 Over 800 attendees, including 150 investors from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Silicon Valley, etc. 6 startup presentations Panel with 4 leading players from the Silicon Valley VC scene How high labour costs are forcing Silicon Valley startups to look farther afield for talent – and why Taiwan is well suited to reap the benefits. 11:30 Overview of the fireside chat with best-selling author where he discusses his book 12:40 How has the Taiwan start-up scene has evolved over the past 8 years Used to be well known for manufacturing products (e.g. iPhones) Companies (e.g. Google) are now coming to Taiwan to leverage its strong Software Engineering skills to drive their R&D The transformation from a manufacturing power to a digital power 14:45 Singapore has been invested heavily by both Venture Capital firms and Accelerator programs in recent years, is Taiwan going to be Asia’s next “hot spot” for startups and innovation? 17:00 The importance of startups in Taiwan having a “global” mentality due to the limited size of the local market 18:35 What types of companies presented at Demo Day? 23:40 What advice would Edgar give to Taiwan and international startups or entrepreneurs? 25:20 What advice would you give to the Silicon Valley Venture Capital players about tapping into Taiwan market opportunity? 26:30 What advice would you give the Taiwanese government to help drive entrepreneurship and innovation while attracting foreign investment? 27:30 Which emerging technologies do you think will create the next wave of opportunities for startups? 29:30 And which emerging technologies will have the greatest impact on society? 31:55 How do you think the Taiwanese startup scene – and SparkLabs Taipei – will evolve in the coming years? 33:00 What do you think will happen in Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential election – and how do you think that will/could impact the country’s startup ecosystem 36:15 Tell us something about yourself or your background that will surprise us Note: if you want to know why Edgar started JumpStart and SparkLabs Taipei, his answer to this question will make it clear. 39:30 What is the best food for visitors to Taiwan to try Try the fruit! Edgar's wife’s cooking school - which teaches foreign visitors how to make local dishes like beef noodle, xiao long bao, and bubble tea. 41:25 How can the listeners get more information about SparkLabs Taipei? SparkLabs Taipei Facebook: LinkedIn: Instagram: JumpStart Global: Facebook: LinkedIn: Follow the TechBurst Asia podcast via: www: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter: @TechBurstAsia SoundCloud: Libsyn: Stitcher:
info_outline TBA 001: The Future of Drones w/ Bernard Leong 08/27/2019
TBA 001: The Future of Drones w/ Bernard Leong In this first podcast, we interview , Vice President of and founder and host of the Analyse Asia podcast, to discuss the future of drones. What are the roles of drones in society? More importantly, just because it is technically feasible to deliver a package or person via drone, does that mean we should? Will drones take over the skies and transform our lives? Or will the potential security risks hold the industry back and hinder innovation and progress? Show notes and timestamps: 01:30 Bernard's background - university and early career 04:10 The move from academia to the start-up world 05:45 Leaving the start-up world for the corporate life 09:56 The rationale behind starting the Analyse Asia podcast 11:05 Tell us something about yourself that we won't know 13:15 Ok, time to discuss drones. Tell us about your role in delivering the world’s first drone postal deliver for SingPost (Sept 2015). 20:29 How has the drone industry evolved since 2015? And what is the impact of the recent drone security scares (e.g. Gatwick airport) 21:34 The economics behind drone parcel delivery (e.g. Uber drone deliveries of McDonalds in San Diego). Are the financial and business models really viable?, including cost per delivery in western markets versus China. And how China leads the low cost delivery race despite having a lower cost labour base than the more developed markets like the US and Australia. 26:37 Will B2C drone deliveries create new security risks? What is the role of government regulation to ensure the safety of drones. And tell us about China's drone regulatory environment compares to the rest of the world. 31:10 Air Taxis - are we ready for for it? 34:55 The enterprise use cases for drones - including real estate, emergency services, mining, etc. 37:45 Which markets excite you for the future of drones (besides China)? 38:42 What challenges to governments need to overcome to help drive drones in the future 40:30 Bernard's view of the best case scenario for drones in the coming 3 - 5 years - and the worst case. 41:50 The main question - will drones move beyond the hype in the coming years and deliver true value and use cases - or will drones become an overhyped toy? 43:20 How can the audience find out more about you and the Analyse Asia podcast? LinkedIn: Twitter: @BernardLeong Analyse Asia podcast: Bernard's Blog: Note: This interview was recorded at the end of June 2019. Bernard has since left Airbus Aerial to pursue other career opportunities.