BRAVE: Southeast Asia Fintech Supercycle, Consumer Wants vs. Needs, Podcast Growth Learnings and Angel Syndicate Incentive Misalignment

January 2023 Newsletter

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Here’s your monthly briefing on Southeast Asia tech’s future. If you know a Southeast Asian founder moving on to a new chapter in their professional career, please let them know that we’re hosting the Phoenix offsite where former founders share their journey learnings and exploration of new opportunities as a tech operator, VC or repeat founder. Confidential, pro bono, 3 hours virtual. More details here at

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Community News

We’d like to congratulate Hsu Ken Ooi for Iterative’s second successful fund closed at $55 million, as featured on Technode Global. Check out his podcast discussing his leadership journey and accelerating Southeast Asia's startups.

Looi Qin En was featured on E27 for Saison Capital’s collaboration with Mixpanel, the leading product analytics platform, on its practitioner-led program for 2to3 product manager community. Check out his podcast about student entrepreneurship and leaders' responsibilities to de-risk when building a company.

Best Read

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a Southeast Asian invented the thumb drive here! “Who really invented the thumb drive” by IEEE shows how Henn Tan, a Singaporean founder, arrived at the idea through being in the right place at the right time, simplification of an adjacent product and hustle to integrate the hardware components. This is also a cautionary tale about losing your first-mover advantage by failing to secure the patents (competitive moat), as well as the incentives for financial fraud, akin to other Southeast Asian collapses like Hyflux, Zilingo and Three Arrows Capital.



“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” Eric Roth


Stay Brave,
Jeremy Au