#89: Unraveling the Japanese Venture Capital Market with Global Brain Corporation’s Ken Kajii

Ken joined GB in 2021. As General Partner, he oversees the entire fund activities including strategy development, investment in Japanese and overseas startups, post-investment support, support for collaboration with corporations, fundraising, and forming/operating CVC funds. He is an expert in growth strategy and digital transformation based on his 17-year experience of strategic consulting. He also […]

#88: Bain & Company’s Acquisition of Rainmaking APAC with COO Virginie Hello

Virginie Hello is an accomplished professional currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Rainmaking APAC, a globally recognized venture builder established in Denmark over 15 years ago. Rainmaking APAC has achieved remarkable success, boasting a diverse portfolio of more than 55 ventures, investments in nearly 1,000 startups, and strategic partnerships with over 100 […]

#86: Unveiling Compelling Investments in Emerging Markets with Etohum’s Burak Büyükdemir

Burak Büyükdemir is a well-known investor, startup ecosystem builder, author, and founder. He is the founder of Etohum, a leading accelerator and seed investor organization in Turkey, as well as the founder of Startup Istanbul and Startup Turkey. Through these programs, he has supported and invested in over 100 startups, providing training, mentorship, and seed […]

#85: Building the Future of Japan’s Startup Ecosystem with Antler’s Ryo Umezawa

Ryo Umezawa is a Partner leading Antler’s expansion into Japan. Prior to Antler, Ryo was a Principal at East Ventures, Japan, an early stage venture capital firm. As a serial entrepreneur, Ryo founded two companies, including AllCoupon Japan (acquired), and was Japan’s country manager for companies such as Tinder, Homeaway (Expedia Group) and Hailo. Ryo […]

#82: Venturing into China – Insights from a Global Investor on Investment Strategies, Geopolitical Landscape, and Cross-Cultural Challenges with MSA Capital’s Ben Harburg

Ben Harburg is a Managing Partner at MSA Capital, a global investment firm with over $2 billion in assets under management. Mr Harburg also leads MSA Novo, the emerging markets focused franchise of MSA. Ben has significant investment and operations experience in the Greater China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and […]

#80: Shifting from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 & Venture Building with Spartan Labs’ Shaun Heng

#80: Shifting from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 & Venture Building with Spartan Labs' Shaun Heng

Former investment banker (@ SCB) turned CorpDev (@ RedMart – acq) turned founder & CEO (@ Eatsy) and VP, Growth & Ops (@ CoinMarketCap – acq). Shaun most recently led Spartan Labs, a $100M Web3 venture-building studio. He is excited about solving growth and strategy challenges while building high-performing teams. He has operated through almost […]

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