In recent years, Asia has undoubtedly showcased its potential not simply as a consumer market but a robust playground for innovative technology and renewed business opportunities. The increasing prevalence of cross-border strategies from businesses that seek regional/international growth, has drawn the different Asian ecosystems closer than before.
KrASIA’s Venture Matters TV seeks out the thought leaders to provide their opinions and insights, addressing topics of interest within the Asian ecosystems.
The 1st episode of VM TV with Randolph Hsu, Founding Partner at Ondine Capital, concluded on an optimistic note, with great news that Chinese VCs are raring to return to SEA once the travel bans lift. This pandemic will be a mirror – revealing the hustle founders, but the most important attribute being integrity. Read more nuggets of wisdom from Randolph in our article.
As someone who is generous with his knowledge (and humor), we hope to ask Paul questions that tap on his perspective as a mature VC. From the front seat of SEA’s evolution, Paul will weigh in with his observations of upcoming trends in spite of the apparent saturation in regional markets; all the more so with foreign capital keen to make a splash in SEA. With stellar experience as a founder himself, we will also discuss building resilient businesses through crises – ecosystem players take note!
Venture Matters TV Second Session: Wavemaker Partners, Managing Partner – Paul Santos
Date: 11 June 2020, Thursday
Time: 19:00-19:30 (GMT +8)
Moderator: Robyn Tan – Vice President of 36Kr Global, Managing Director of KrASIA
1. Investments and opportunities in Deep Tech
2. From the front seat: The evolution of SEA ecosystem
3. Perspectives on the trend of Chinese Capital in SEA
4. Building resilient businesses in times of crisis
Wavemaker Partners is Southeast Asia’s go-to seed-stage VC for enterprise and deep tech with 100+ investments (85% of total portfolio) in the space. Its portfolio includes startups in software, AI and cybersecurity as well as precision agriculture, cleantech, additive manufacturing and laser communications. Recent exits include Moka’s and Coins.ph’s acquisitions by Gojek, Red Dot Payment by PayU/Naspers and Wavecell by 8×8.
About Paul Santos
B. Paul Santos is Managing Partner at Wavemaker Partners. He led the establishment of the Singapore-headquartered Southeast Asia (SEA) office in 2012. Paul sits on the Advisory Board of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Innovation Center. He is an Advisor to the Singapore Management University (SMU) Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) where he is also an Adjunct Faculty Member. He is also a member of the Singapore chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Paul was an entrepreneur who had co-founded six companies across multiple industries and sold three of them.
We welcome everyone from any ecosystem to join the conversation! RSVP here.