Today we're talking about Property tech, aka Proptech in Asia. Asia is the world's largest real estate market. Investments into startups servicing the industry, from construction to management to sales and rentals, went from half a billion dollars in 2013 to over 7 billion in 2020, and by all accounts, we're still at the early stages of tech adoption in the industry.
Our guest is Ariel Shtarkman, an active angel investor based in Hong Kong who has been working and investing in the industry for the past 13 years. We met through a shared portfolio company, and it's my pleasure to have Ariel on today. A note to listeners, there is a bit of background noise that we were unable to edit out, so apologies in advance for that.
Companies mentioned today include RealInflo.com
Follow Ariel Shtarkman: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariel-shtarkman-2850322/
Hosted by Arshad Chowdhury
In this episode we meet Dr. Parag Khanna, a geopolitical scholar and best-selling author of 6 books. He's the Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. And his most recent book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century.
This episode is a must-listen for anyone investing in the region, and even for anyone living here. We cover the Asianization of the region and the world, look at the historical context of Asia's growth, consider the challenges of climate change, and look at where future growth will come from in the region.
Follow Dr. Parag Khanna: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drparagkhanna/
Get the book, The Future is Asian: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Future-Is-Asian/Parag-Khanna/9781501196263
Hosted by Arshad Chowdhury
In this episode we learn about sustainability investments in Asia. With its population density, massive urbanization, and already-strained access to water and energy, Asia is particularly vulnerable to the early impacts of climate change.
With more wealth in the hands of family offices today than perhaps at any other time in modern history, family offices, particularly in Asia, have an important role to play in funding the next generation of solutions to help mitigate and survive climate change.
Here today is Katy Yung, Managing Partner at Sustainable Finance Initiative, or SFI, where she works with a number Hong Kong based family offices to help craft and execute investment strategies related to sustainability.
Katy Yung on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katy-yung-6bb8a823/
Sustainable Finance website: https://sustainablefinance.hk/
Host, Arshad Chowdhury: on Twitter @arshadgc
In this episode, we look at Asia's massive maritime industry. Nine out of ten of the world's largest ports are in Asia, where demand for products in and out of China has increased significantly since peak pandemic, and globally the industry is looking to become more sustainable and efficient.
Our guest is Su Yin Anand, Head of Shipping at South32, a publicly traded, globally diversified mining and metals company doing business in Australia, South Africa, and South America. She's also co-founder of The Captain’s Table Innovation Challenge, where maritime startups compete for funding.
Su Yin Anand on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suyin-anand/
Read more about Betatron's partnership with The Captain's Table here: https://www.hongkongmaritimehub.com/ypsn-takes-a-leap-forward-in-maritime-start-up-support/
Today we look at Bangladesh. It's one of Asia's fastest-growing economies. We'll look at how the country is changing, we'll learn about the demographics, about finding strong startups, what some of the risks are, and where the country is going in the coming years.
Our guest is Rahat Ahmed, CEO and founder at Anchorless Bangladesh, a VC fund investing exclusively in Bangladesh.
After Rahat graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a degree in finance, he started covering Bangladesh in 2004 for Prince Street Capital, and specialized in emerging and frontier markets with a focus on the impact of emerging technologies on consumer behavior. In 2016, he helped seed Pathao, a Bangladeshi ride-sharing/logistics startup that's raised over US$35 million.
Previously, he co-founded TrinityVR, a virtual reality-based sports science platform for player development, scouting and analytics used in Major League Baseball.
He serves as the Senior Advisor at Startups Next at the startup incubator for North South University, the country’s leading private university, and is the co-founder of B·deshi, an organization that connects promising Bangladeshi youths with successful professionals of the diaspora.
At Anchorless Bangladesh, he's already invested in the healthtech startup called Maya, a logistics company called Loop, and in Gaze, an API platform for visual recognition AI.
Rahat on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahatahmed
Rahat on Twitter: @dequinix
Today's guest is Jarron Stephens, an investor and serial entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. His resume is incredible, so I'll try to name just a few of his companies. He cofounded Stephens & Hollander, a consultancy that built one of the first Buy-side Algorithmic Trading engines. He also founded HighStakes, Casino-gaming consultancy, and cofounded meatmarket.hk, where they've been selling perishable food, especially meat, online in Hong Kong since 2006. Today he sits on boards and advises multiple startups, and spends most of his time at the helm of GroupChiefs, which helps companies grow their online businesses with development services, ecommerce tools, and marketing automation.
This episode focuses on the meat industry. We'll cover supply chain challenges, what is and what is not changing in meat consumption, what kind of funding it takes to launch an alternative meat company, and where the opportunities are for investors.
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