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Asian FinTech Podcast
By Nat Wittayatanaseth
The definitive voice in Asia on FinTech. Connecting Asian FinTech companies to the rest of the world.
Sep 12, 2021
EP 12 - Willie Chang - CEO Hg Exchange - Southeast Asia’s first Tokenized Asset Exchange
_Willie Chang__ _is the CEO of _Hg Exchange_, Southeast Asia’s first private exchange that offers tokenized private company shares and luxury products to accredited investors. Member firms - such as _Phillip Securities_, _Prime Partners__,__ _and _Fundnel_ - do the heavy lifting of identifying assets, conducting due diligence, and getting the assets ready for tokenization. HGX then uses blockchain technology to power transactions, making them cheaper and faster for investors. This allows investors to get exposure to alternative assets and companies, even small ones, to access alternative sources of funding by listing their private shares on the exchange. We covered all about how HGX works, listing requirements, and the future of tokenized assets at #AsianFintechPodcast.
Sep 5, 2021
EP 11 - Beryl Chavez Li - co-Founder Yield Guild Games - Bringing Players Together to Earn via Blockchain-Based Economies
_Beryl Li_ is the Co-Founder of _Yield Guild Games_, a play-earn gaming guild that brings players together to earn via blockchain-based economies. YGG is the first company in the Philippines to be funded by _A16Z_, a leading VC firm based in the U.S. As of the 25th of August 2021, YGG has generated >$7M in earnings and is paying >$1M to its players on a weekly basis. Beryl was fascinated by the use of Bitcoin to reduce fees for cross-border payments and became a founding team member of _Coins.ph_ in 2014. Her curiosity in crypto didn’t stop there and she later founded YGG with _Gabby Dixon _when they both noticed that Filipinos in Cabanatuan in the Philippines were converting NFTs earned from playing Axie Infinity into fiat money to put food on the table. YGG helps anyone get access to play-to-earn games by renting out the in-game assets for players. YGG is on a mission to help players earn a living in times of crisis by playing games in the metaverse and support game developers early on. We covered all about play-to-earn games, NFTs, Axie Infinity, and the YGG ecosystem and mechanics at #AsianFintechPodcast.
Aug 29, 2021
EP 10 - Guillaume Le Saint - CEO Atato - Secure Computing Operating System
_Guillaume__ __Le Saint_ is the Co-Founder & CEO of _Atato_, a company that’s building a secure computing operating system. Computers were designed for one role: to process data as fast as possible. That is fine if there are only a number of computers exchanging data on the internet. Today, there are billions of devices on the internet, but the lack of secure computing is an issue (think ransomware and data leaks). We have come to accept those limitations as part of our lives. Welcome to Web 3.0! Blockchain and encryption technologies have enabled us to add secure properties to the internet like never before. Atato is building tools for businesses and people to interact with secure computing. As more applications use secure computing, Atato starts with custody because the standard of secure computing today is token, but it aims to facilitate access to different applications in the future. We covered all about the internet vs Web 3.0, challenges of today’s blockchain technology, killer use cases that blockchain can enable today and in the future, and Atato’s vision at #AsianFintechPodcast.
Aug 22, 2021
EP 09 - Earl Martin Valencia - Plentina - Unlock Financial Services for Billions with BNPL
_Earl Martin Valencia_ is the Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer of _Plentina_, the Philippines’ leading buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) company with the aim to unlock financial services for billions by changing credit bureaus and credit cards. Earl dreamed of becoming an astronaut and went to work for the largest aerospace company in the world. But, he discovered that business plus engineering equals magic at _Stanford _business school. He then entered the business world at _Bridgewater_, the most influential hedge fund in the world, _Charles Schwab_, the largest brokerage company in the world, and _Dell_, the pioneer in computers. _Plentina _is providing credit card-like experience to the underserved in emerging markets, allowing them to buy everyday purchases, build a credit history, and learn responsible borrowing so that one day they will get access to formal financial services. “This is the first time in history that someone can build a credit history with just $2.” We covered all about the pillars of BNPL, business models of BNPL in developed vs emerging markets, how Plentina is creating “a data culture” and building “brand love”, and his prediction on the future of BNPL at #AsianFintechPodcast.
Aug 14, 2021
EP 08 - Pelle Brændgaard - Notabene - Bridging Crypto to Real World Use Cases
_Pelle Brændgaard_ is the Co-Founder & CEO of _Notabene_, a _YC-backed_ company that bridges crypto to real-world use cases by providing a regulatory compliant layer to crypto transactions. Pelle spent 20 years in crypto, self-sovereign identity, and fintech. Pelle was the co-founder and head of _uPort_, the Identity platform from _ConsenSys_ built on _Ethereum_. As an early member of the Financial Crypto community, he built pre-blockchain crypto platforms, helped develop OAuth, and brought Bitcoin to Africa with Kipochi. In the early days of the internet, Pelle, together with a group of pioneers, explored how to use cryptography to build financial products on top of the internet. When bitcoin was born, the members of that group became the people who built a lot of the core technology on top of Bitcoin. Pelle views that blockchain technology is very close to where he’d imagined it’d be today vs. a decade ago and he’s never been as excited as before. The reason behind his enthusiasm is regulation has finally caught up with crypto. The _Financial Action Task Force_, the organization that sets AML guidelines for regulators, has rolled out the _Travel Rule_. It is the last bit of what we need to push crypto to be used for mainstream use cases, such as eCommerce payments because it allows companies to trace transactions from the blockchain to the real world. _Notabene_ plays a crucial part in helping companies handle crypto in a compliant way by providing a regulatory compliant layer to crypto transactions, eliminating the risk of sending funds to illegal persons or entities. We covered all about how crypto can be compliant and pseudonymous, what the ‘Travel Rule’ means for crypto, and how Notabene bridges crypto to the real world at #AsianFintechPodcast.
Aug 8, 2021
EP 07 - Chia Jeng Yang - Fintech Angel Operators - Southeast Asia’s First Fintech Angel Group
_Chia Jeng Yang_ is the Co-Founder of _Fintech Angel Operators_, Southeast Asia’s first fintech angel group, and a Principal at _Saison Capital_, the VC arm of Credit Saison, one of Japan's largest consumer credit companies. Chia started his career as a firefighter and did a hard pivot from policy-making work to building an eCommerce company with _Rocket Internet_ in South Asia because it seemed way more fun. He later found his way to venture to invest at _Antler _and Saison Capital where he led investments in notable companies, such as _Koinworks_, _Oy_, _Bukukas_, and _Ula_, to name a few. Realizing that the future belongs to founders and operators, he co-founded _Fintech Angel Operators_ to provide operational advice and network for fintech founders in Southeast Asia. We covered all about Southeast Asia’s fintech trends here at #AsianFintechPodcast. This podcast also comes with a special treat on SEA Fintech Landscape from _Xfers _and _Saison Capital_ _here_.
Aug 2, 2021
EP 06 - Pang Xue Kai - Founder and CEO of Tokocrypto - Indonesia's First Cryptocurrency Exchange
_Pang Xue Ka_i is the Founder and CEO of _Tokocrypto_. Tokocrypto is the leading crypto exchange in Indonesia and backed by the world’s most active crypto exchange Binance. Despite being a Singaporean, Kai packed his bag, moved to Indonesia, and hustled his way to be the first crypto exchange to get a license in Indonesia. Since then, Tokocrypto has seen a meteoric rise with $60-100M daily trading volume and 1M+ registered users today. It launched the TKO token earlier this year. TKO is the gateway for the CeDeFi ecosystem with DeFi products, including Farming Pool and NFT Arcade, while BIDR, as an Indonesian rupiah-pegged stablecoin, will be the medium for Indonesians to participate in DeFi for greater financial inclusion. We covered all about the Indonesian crypto landscape, the integration of CeDeFi, and founder lessons here at #AsianFintechPodcast. @tkobytokocrypto #TKObyTokocrypto #SalamToTheMoon
Jul 25, 2021
EP 05 - Hayden Simmons - Founder of Rally Cap Ventures - Emerging Market FinTech
_Hayden Simmons _is the Managing Partner and Founder of _Rally Cap Ventures_, a FinTech angel community that invests in emerging market FinTech startups across LATAM, Africa, and Asia. Rally has grown into 200+ angels in less than 1 year and consists of FinTech operators and investors across the world. Hayden used a first principle approach to creating Rally Cap with a hybrid fund model between an angel community and a VC fund. He, together with the Rally Cap community, invests in infrastructure that enables any consumer app to launch financial service capabilities. “Doing things on a small scale, you need to be creative about economics.” We covered all about the challenges of first-time fund managers, trends in emerging markets’ FinTech, the impact of YC on startups, and expansion strategies at #AsianFintechPodcast.
Jul 12, 2021
EP 04 - Khai Lin Sng - co-Founder and CIO of Fundnel - Democratize Private Capital Markets
_Khai Lin Sng_ is the co-Founder & CIO of _Fundnel_, Southeast Asia’s private capital markets. Khai Lin’s dream is to bring investment access down to the retail investors and, to do that, she’s taken a leading role in utilizing blockchain technology to create _Hg Exchange_, the first-of-its-kind private shares exchange. She took the risk and left a comfortable job at a bulge bracket investment banking firm to co-found Fundnel with a mission to ensure efficient capital allocation to small entrepreneurs, therefore, generating employment and building nations. Under her wing, Fundnel has funneled over $540M to private companies and PE/VC funds from more than 15,000 investors across the world. We covered all about how technology enables Fundnel to screen and match thousands of deals in a year, how blockchain plays a role in allowing retail investors to invest in private shares, and how tech companies can facilitate secondary shares for employees. We covered all about democratizing private capital markets at #AsianFintechPodcast.
Jun 26, 2021
EP 03 - Felix Feng - Co-Founder and CEO at Set Protocol - We Will See the Two Worlds Converge
The Asian FinTech Podcast spoke to Felix Feng, a co-Founder and the CEO of Set Protocol, the Stripe for Asset Management. Set Protocol's mission is to accelerate the adoption of decentralized asset management. Felix got his first taste of entrepreneurship when he mined and sold Zynga poker chips on eBay when he was 17 years old. He went on to start many small ventures before making his way into crypto. “If you are able to have an idea and spot opportunity, you can benefit a lot of people as well as oneself as an entrepreneur.” Felix saw the power of the internet and how it transformed people’s lives. He saw the same properties of the internet in Bitcoin, believing that Blockchain and distributed ledger technology can reinvent the financial services industry. Fast forward to today, Felix believes that the future of financial services will be one that is decentralized and accessible for everyone globally. “Once people upload their assets, they don’t bring it back to the traditional world. More and more assets will be uploaded to the blockchain. More DeFi tools will be made available for the traditional world. We will see the two worlds converge.” What is decentralized asset management? What are the benefits versus the Blackrocks or Vanguards of the world? How do crypto and decentralized autonomous organizations change how financial products are provided? How will DeFi combine with traditional financial systems? We covered all about decentralized asset management at #AsianFintechPodcast.
Jun 26, 2021
EP 02 - Diego Rojas - Co-Founder & CEO at Finantier - Transforming People's Lives Every Day
The Asian FinTech Podcast spoke with Diego Rojas, a Co-Founder & the CEO at Finantier, a YC-backed company that provides the simplest solution to access consumer financial data across Southeast Asia. Diego was born a builder. He started coding at 8 years old in a small town in Argentina. He later discovered his passion for FinTech as a tool to improve people’s lives, while cutting his teeth at first-generation FinTech companies, even before FinTech was a thing. At _Lending Club_ and _Dianrong_, he found that getting access to consumer data is the fundamental building block of financial inclusion that was missing in Southeast Asia. “At Finantier, we wake up, ready to work, and think about how we’re transforming people’s lives every day.” What is Open Finance? Is Southeast Asia ready? How does Finantier overcome the chicken-and-egg problem of getting data providers and data consumers? How can banks and FinTech companies leverage Finantier? We had an in-depth discussion abou…
Jun 26, 2021
EP 01 - Sharon Lourdes Paul - Head of Regional Payments (Southeast Asia), Xfers - Accessibility Means Being There At Every Touchpoint
The Asian FinTech Podcast spoke to Sharon Lourdes Paul, the Head of Regional Payments at _Xfers_, a YC-backed company that is now a part of _Fazz Financial Group_. Xfers was founded in 2015 to make payments accessible for the unbanked population and underserved sectors, such as crypto exchanges, in Southeast Asia. Layered on top of banking rails, Xfers facilitates non-card payments for merchants, warungs (mom-and-pop stores), and exchanges. “Accessibility means being there at every touchpoint when customers want to make payments.” What do we need to make payments interoperable across borders? What is the role of crypto in payment interoperability? Why does financial inclusion matter to her, Xfers, and Fazz Financial Group? We discussed Southeast Asia’s payment rails in detail and the role of crypto in facilitating payments in this inaugural episode of #AsianFintechPodcast.