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    "I personally find BRAVE to be a great way to stay in touch with everything that's happening in tech & venture in Southeast Asia. I'm in US tech and venture capital, but I don't get to look at Southeast Asia. This has been a great gateway back home. BRAVE has been very exciting: full of personal stories and practical examples of what's being built. It's made me feel that little bit closer to investing back in the region." - Aaron Fu, Founding Partner of Sherpa VC

    "I'm impressed by the coverage & insightful conversations with the ecosystem's key figures! Valuable perspective on Southeast Asia investments, well-structured and thought-provoking weekly conversations. Essential resource to stay updated on the latest trends & investors' concerns. I like the WhatsApp summaries, which are convenient for catching up with tech news if time is limited. I highly recommend the podcast to other VCs." - Yuhan Xie, Burda VC

    "Two reasons attract me to the BRAVE podcast and keep me coming back. 1. Very Southeast Asia-focused. While there are a lot of podcasts that I've been listening to on Spotify, they're more generic, global & US-centric. 2. Jeremy does a great job of deep-diving into the right questions. When everyone had fresh questions on their mind about the sale of TechinAsia (a big newsletter), he dug in to examine the sale & price - offered a lot of insights that I hadn't thought about!" - Vincent Xu, Founder

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    "Your questions and curiosity as an interviewer really helped me to bring out how I went about the swim across the English Channel and the nuances of the mental game. I don't think I've ever been able to share so much detail and thought behind the swim before. I'll certainly share this episode among my friends, fellow swimmers and other swimmers who are going to attempt to cross. Thank you again for the chance to record this podcast. I really enjoyed it!" - Li Ling Yung, first Southeast Asian woman to swim across the English Channel

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    "Proud to be a top 1% listener of BraveSEA according to Spotify Wrapped. This is consistently the best podcast on the topic of venture capital and startups in Southeast Asia. The diverse range of material covered by you, Shiyan and your guests is a masterclass for anyone with aspirations to be part of this ecosystem. Keep up the great content!" - David He, Partner of Gunderson Dettmer

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    "This episode was BRUTALLY honest. The "reverse economic arbitrage" situation of ASEAN tech - hiring expensive foreign talent to solve inexpensive local problems. And other VC multiple issues in Southeast Asia. Thanks for being brave Jeremy & Adriel!" - Jerilyn Wu, JLT Ventures

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     "Brilliant as always! Entrepreneurship is a meritocratic endeavour. Historically, SE Asia & South Asian societies have been hierarchical. While some countries have progressed, hierarchy still trumps meritocracy in most countries. Zero-sum games have been the biggest barriers to growth. Policies, regulations, and investors are key to the growth of the ecosystem. Keep sharing amazing content Jeremy!" - Chalinda Abeykoon, Partner of nVentures

    "Incredibly insightful. A goldmine about the non-monolithic region of SE Asia's startup ecosystem. I love listening to the diverse range of speakers & thought-provoking questions. What really stands out are the human stories behind founders & investors: motivations, fears & impact of their work on people's lives. I also enjoy the honest discussions on the region’s truths & challenges to paint a more realistic situation on the ground, which is a refreshing perspective vs. the typical landscape reports on how amazing SEA is for growth. To anyone wishing to learn more about our VC and startup ecosystem, this is where you need to be listening in." - Ivan Gan

    "As a young founder in the startup ecosystem, I have learnt much from your podcasts. I appreciate how condensed and insightful they are and how it never feels like 30 minutes. I've gained insights from various founders across multiple cities and countries. Specifically, I was struck by Chia Jeng Yang's "Reset Your Hunger” episode. It prompted me to reflect on my journey and reconnect with my confidence, spirit and hunger to move forward. Thank you Jeremy, I appreciate the work you’re doing for entrepreneurs in SE Asia!" - Malcolm Fu

    "I've been an avid follower of your podcast and truly appreciate its impact in Southeast Asia! The diverse range of topics and inspiring guests provide valuable and enlightening insights. Your podcast encourages all of us to be brave and take bold steps in our lives. Looking forward to more episodes and continued inspiration.” - Eric Chan, Product Manager

    "Thank you Jeremy! I've resonated with this a lot. It's really important to know what brings joy and excitement in your life." - Grace Gumula

    "👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 outstanding take. Definitely opportunities are out there, gotta see the right models." - Carlos Leyva-Salas

    "Is there a better way to have better outcomes for all involved in this entrepreneur ecosystem, including the investors? We need to attract and support the best of our youth and innovators to stay in the creative and innovation journey."

    - Isaac Hung

    "Great insights from an exceptional podcast featuring Sean Ellis and Jeremy Au. Your ability to facilitate these discussions is truly commendable." - Roshan Raj

    "Perspectives on growth for our ASEAN context. Great sparring and insights from Sean Ellis and BRAVE!" - David Isaac Mathews

    "It's fascinating to see the different dynamics at play in various ecosystems. Keep pushing boundaries!" - Sojy sn

    "Love the breakdown of business models in Southeast Asia. Insightful analysis. 💡" - Anirudh Sharma

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    I believe this shift happened quite some time ago. Even back in 2022, we were advised by multiple VCs to forget about the B2C model. I've observed many startups in the region make this transition and subsequently achieve greater success.

    Incredible! Thank you Jeremy Au 区汉辉!

     

    @Sao Lonsdale

    "A well-informed discussion! Corruption issues look to be treated as a serious concern in Vietnam, as even major leaders are held accountable, with a requirement to publicly disclose wealth -- wealth that is hidden in China, which has no such requirement. Saltwater intrusion sounds like a real-world concern, and I'm glad that the Vietnamese are looking out for the material interests of their farmers. (Compared to saltwater intrusion, I have my doubts regarding sea level rises per se. Numerous islands in the Northern Hemisphere have the same shoreline as they did 50 & 100 years ago. I don't have the same info regarding Equatorial and Southern Hemisphere shorelines, though."

     

    @LD-Orbs

    Happy to see that others have come to the same conclusion with culturally and financially contextualised information about the regional markets. This topic is something I have thought about for a long time, and is why I have taken the step to work on it by setting up my 2nd base in NY. Too many investors focus on the entry environment, but great returns actually depend on the exit environment. Anyone looking to NY as part of their growth plans can reach out and I’ll try to be helpful.

    @Cindy Teoh

    This is exactly the right analogy. im starting a company now and it does feel like when I was trying to lose weight.

    @Karolyne Hahn @BubblePop

    "I actually don’t know where or how to write this so I’ll just go straight. I stumbled upon your podcast on Spotify and got hooked. Opened a part of me that I must have kept inside. Anyway, wanted to know if you have a show that talks about the basics of startups. From getting the idea to what was their first move, did they look for a co-founder or did they speak to friends? Would you have any or similar?

    @Patrick Metharam

    "I'm a huge fan of your podcast and also how MHV has made an impact in the startup scene! I love the guests you have onboard as well as the diverse topics you cover! Definitely encourage us to be brave!"

    @Eric Chan Jq

    I just listened to your latest pod with Shiyan. Great episode! It's interesting to me because I'm launching a new startup on perimenopause and I wonder if I will get the same response from male investors.

    @Cheraine Escott

    I just wanted to say I really enjoyed the videos you have made, speaking to industry experts, covering personal topics and sides we don't normally hear and see from the public eye! A lot of times, we cover the successful people, people with tractions, but not so much on people who failied or people who just began, talking about how hard it is to take the journet. It's the ugly truth that matters, the glamorized reality dazed a lot of people entering the industry thinking it's all glitz and glamor but it's not at all, especially during winter period like today.

    @Anthony Tjajadi