venture capital
and startups

is enterprise eating venture capital?

We travel today to the West Coast of the United States where it’s becoming increasingly clear that Enterprise Tech is dominating venture capital — where every company is becoming a software company. From retailers to established financial institutions and even health providers, the underlying technology has enabled everything from payments to CRM, information management, and so, much more. But how did we arrive at this inflection point and what next?

family office view: the vc strategy

VENTURE CAPITAL IN EMERGING MARKETS: SPACS, SUPERAPP WARS & MORE

In today’s Billion Dollar Moves Breakdown, we bust some myths on the emerging markets and venture capital with THE emerging markets analyst, Mikal Khoso, VC at Wavemaker Partners, a cross border venture capital firm dual headquartered in Los Angeles and Singapore and has raised over $580M across multiple funds.

never too late to startup: building insurtech

We love rooting for the underdog- but what does it really take to rise despite the odds, as THE underdog? Rosaline Koo founded CXA Group from her living room in 2013 after a storied career with multinationals, with ambitions to transform health benefits for employees. Tune in to her story from risking all her family savings to build her startup; to scaling to over a million users and raising over $50M from the likes of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital Group, EDBI, Openspace Ventures and more.

executing on your purpose & making eggs without chickens

From the rise of Impossible Foods to McDonalds announcing their McPlant menu, plant-based food has undeniably taken the market by storm. Beyond the mainstreaming of veganism, fast-forward to 2021, a global crisis and global lockdowns drove consumers to reassess what they eat and their impact on the planet. Riding this wave is Clara Foods, a Silicon Valley venture-backed company making animal protein without the animals. Led by Arturo Elizondo, Clara Foods is disrupting food technology, developing performance protein products and making the world’s first animal free egg white protein. Using advanced fermentation to brew protein that is cleaner, greener and kinder to our environment today, this week, we take a personal deep dive with the man behind the vision of eggs without chickens.

building indonesian unicorns

Indonesia’s startups have been making headlines in the last few years, including most recently the news that online mall Bukalapak is set to raise $1.5 billion in the country’s largest-ever initial public offering – setting the stage for a wave of tech listings, with fellow unicorns GoTo and Traveloka to follow suit. Home to the region’s largest population, it is no surprise, Indonesia is in it’s primetime for entrepreneurs. This week, we begin to scratch the surface of the Indonesian startup storyline with veteran digital entrepreneur and evangelist Shinta Dhanuwardoyo.

asian startups on overdrive - real fundamentals or are we drinking our own kool-aid?

From sky high valuations to the sell-offs of SPACs, This week, we dive deep with Rajive Keshup in Singapore, Investment Director at Cathay Innovation, an early and growth stage venture capital firm with $1.5B AUM across San Francisco, Paris, Shanghai and Singapore, and closely affiliated with Cathay Capital Private Equity, a global private equity firm with $3B in AUM. From the lens of a management consultant turned operator turned funder, Rajive talks about what it takes to be an entrepreneur’s first phone call in great and not-so-great times, and the real landscape of growth stage companies in SEA.

ASIA'S NEXT UNICORN: ZILINGO'S ANKITI BOSE

“If you are waiting for perfection, you’ve waited too long” From Sequoia Capital to now leading Asia’s next unicorn, Ankiti Bose is making some #BillionDollarMoves​! At 23, Ankiti co-founded Zilingo in 2015 with the vision of bridging the technology gap within the fashion and lifestyle supply chain to help small merchants and traders go digital. Under her leadership, Zilingo has raised over $300 million, scaled to over 8 countries, with over 10,000 merchants and 7 million active users. This week we unpack what it takes to scale in Asia, and the business of fashion. […]

BIG TECH & THE GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURIAL REVOLUTION WITH RENOWNED INVESTOR, CHRISTOPHER SCHROEDER

This week, we went deep on the Global Entrepreneurial Revolution shaping our future with renowned American investor & entrepreneur, Christopher Schroeder. From the dominance of big tech, to the digital divide to startups rising in the Middle East – we cover it all.  […]

VENTURE CAPITALIST VIEW: STARTUPS WINNING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH MICHAEL LINTS

Southeast Asia’s ride hailing giant, Grab is set to go public through the world’s largest SPAC merger, valuing the company at close to $40Bn. Fresh off the announcement, in this episode, we talk about the rise of startups in Southeast Asia, with over 650 million internet users, more than America and Europe combined. Southeast Asia is arguably the most exciting region in the world right now to create disruptive tech companies with more dry powder, higher valuations, the rise of unicorns and imminent exits fueled further by large corporates. […]

SOLD MY STARTUP FOR $780M: THE GOOD, BAD, UGLY

“Never do business with your friends” “Never hire from Craigslist” From breaking all these rules and more, this week we went deep on the growing pains of a startup, from PR nightmares to co-founder breakups, the challenge of shifting from a scarcity to growth mindset, and so much more with Jack Smith, serial entrepreneur & investor who sold his startup, Vungle to Blackstone for $780M.[…]

A TIME OF RACIAL RECKONING: CAN VENTURE CAPITAL HEAL ITSELF?

By: Sarah Chen Are we just reading off talking points to pacify the marketplace, placing a bandaid over a deep wound that has been inflicted again and again over the last 400 years; or are we committed to working on real, systemic, institutionalized change? What does this mean for the world of venture which has […]

CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL: REAL DEAL OR LIP SERVICE?

Originally posted on LinkedIn October, 2017 Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures hasn’t been shy with his comment that “corporate money is dumb money”. With minimal success stories told in the corporate venture capital (“CVC”) model; this critique has sparked conversations among the business community, and made its ways to the shores of Asia at the recent PE-VC […]

Why more than ever, we need to fuel innovation by women: female- founded/led companies building the post-COVID-19 world

Originally posted on BTB’s Medium as part of our #FemaleFunderFridays series By: Sarah Chen The sentiment on the ground is increasingly grim to say the least, with further extensions of stay-at-home orders across the globe, even amidst protests by locals. COVID-19 has reshaped our view of normalcy and in many ways impacted the way we think about […]

Strategies for navigating COVID-19, Curated by the Lean In Team

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the resources I can make available to others through the work I’m involved in – especially in this time of COVID-19. Please find below, a curated list by Lean In, a group I’m grateful to be part of, empowering women around the world working through this difficult time. […]