17 Sep 2019

In this TechBurst Asia podcast, I speak with Gerhard Loots, Telstra’s Global IoT Solutions Executive at the end of the Telstra Vantage event, to discuss the role of the service provider, or Telco, in the Internet of Things.

While most service providers see IoT as a lucrative new revenue stream, few have been able to capitalise on that market opportunity. Telstra, on the other hand, has expanded its IoT solutions and services portfolio to make sure it doesn’t miss the opp.

Show Notes:

01:48 How did a guy from South Africa’s winelands end out running the IoT business for Australia’s leading service provider?

02:30 Telstra has been in the IoT business for many years, how has the IoT solution portfolio and business evolved over the years?

05:48 What are the latest developments with Telstra’s IoT solutions and products?

07:33 How has Telstra moved across the IoT solution stack, branching out from connectivity to hardware, software and services?

09:50 What advice would you give to a service provider that is just starting out in IoT?

11:20 Telstra offers similar solutions that can run across many network types, including Bluetooth, NB-IoT, LTE, etc., and at many different price points. Where is the current market demand coming from?

13:15 Overview of Telstra’s Enterprise eSIM offering – and why it is attractive to manufacturers.

18:30 Why I think Telstra is now Asia Pacific’s “benchmark” for IoT solutions for a service provider

  • Choice (networks and price points)
  • New Revenue opportunities – moving across the IoT solution stack
  • The services opp with Telstra Purple
  • The eSIM offering

20:00 What’s next for Telstra’s IoT portfolio and solution offering

23:00 What has held the IoT industry back from reaching its potential?

  • Amara’s Law: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.

26:28 What are the unique challenges and opportunities for Australia’s IoT market?

27:50 Which emerging technology enabler (e.g. 5G, blockchain, AI) is Gerhard most excited about?

29:40 The REALLY important things, Gerhard’s view on…

  • Surfing in Australia versus South Africa
  • Who makes better wine, Australia or South Africa?
  • What’s better, shrimp on the barbie or boerwors on the braai?
  • How well will Australia and South Africa do in the Rugby World Cup – who will Gerhard support –  and who will win


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09 Sep 2019

Ever wondered how the World Bank leverages the technology and innovation to disrupt the agriculture industry in developing markets? In this podcast, we speak with the World Bank’s Parmesh Shah to find out how they engage developed countries like Korea to drive disruption and innovation in developing markets like Vietnam, Kenya & Nigeria.

Show Notes:

01:10   Background on the World Bank’s Parmesh Shah – Global lead for a global solutions group that looks to find innovative and creative solutions for rural entrepreneurship and innovation

  • How the combination of being an agricultural engineer with an MBA and a doctorate in development studies led him to his role at the world bank

04:00 What is the World Bank’s “Disruptive Agriculture Technology Roadshow” – and what do you mean by “Disruptive Agriculture”?  

  • How does the World Bank work with the Korean government to help you reach your objectives?

08:15 Overview of the some of the Smart Agriculture solutions behind deployed across Africa

  • Hello Tractor – an Uber-like solution helping rural tractor owners get the most value out of their assets – and how this benefits farmers that cannot afford their own tractors. The new buzz word, Tractors-as-a-Service! 
  • Tulaa – provides smallholder farmers with quality agricultural inputs on credit and brokers the sale of their crop at harvest time. 
  • AgriWallet – a mobile business account allowing farmers to save, borrow and pay for income generating activities to increase food security and fight poverty

14:30 How the World Bank is leveraging IoT sensors to help rice farmers in Vietnam better manage their crops. 

17:00 What challenges to you encounter when trying to deliver Disruptive Agriculture in developing markets?

20:50 The World Bank’s three “labs” to experiment and drive innovation: BlockChain Lab – Big Data Lab – Disruptive Technology Lab. 

22:15 Overview of some of the Korean Smart Agriculture startups

  • Telofarm – sensors that you can stick into the plant’s stem – The Internet of Plants 
  • N.thing – indoor and container farming

27:40 What role does Korea play in the World Bank’s plan?

30:30 How to find the best #SmartAg innovators? Run a Challenge! More info at:

34:40 what will the World Bank do to keep the Disruptive Agriculture momentum going?

36:20 Let’s say it’s a perfect world and I can grant you one wish to help you drive Disruptive Agriculture in developing markets, what would you wish for?

38:15 How can our audience get more information about you and the World Bank’s Disruptive Agriculture initiatives?


Twitter: @ShahParmesh

World Bank Disruptive Technologies:

Disruptive Agriculture Initiatives:

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03 Sep 2019

In this podcast, we take a look at the role Venture Capital and Accelerator programs play in the tech ecosystem. While some countries, like Singapore, are inundated with them, why have other markets, like Taiwan, not seen the same level of interest? 

Podcast Overview with time stamps

01:30 Intro to Edgar Chiu, Managing Partner of SparkLabs Taipei and founder of JumpStart Global, a talent acceleration program that focuses on matching top talent from large corporates with exciting startups.

03:00 The evolution of SparkLabs Taipei since its founding less than two years ago

06:00 Overview of SparkLabs Taipei Demo Day #2

  • Over 800 attendees, including 150 investors from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Silicon Valley, etc.
  • 6 startup presentations
  • Panel with 4 leading players from the Silicon Valley VC scene
  • How high labour costs are forcing Silicon Valley startups to look farther afield for talent – and why Taiwan is well suited to reap the benefits.

11:30 Overview of the fireside chat with best-selling author Steven Johnson where he discusses his book Where Good Ideas Come From: A Natural History of Innovation

12:40 How has the Taiwan start-up scene has evolved over the past 8 years

  • Used to be well known for manufacturing products (e.g. iPhones)
  • Companies (e.g. Google) are now coming to Taiwan to leverage its strong Software Engineering skills to drive their R&D
  • The transformation from a manufacturing power to a digital power

14:45 Singapore has been invested heavily by both Venture Capital firms and Accelerator programs in recent years, is Taiwan going to be Asia’s next “hot spot” for startups and innovation?

17:00 The importance of startups in Taiwan having a “global” mentality due to the limited size of the local market

18:35 What types of companies presented at Demo Day?

23:40 What advice would Edgar give to Taiwan and international startups or entrepreneurs?

25:20 What advice would you give to the Silicon Valley Venture Capital players about tapping into Taiwan market opportunity?

26:30 What advice would you give the Taiwanese government to help drive entrepreneurship and innovation while attracting foreign investment?

27:30 Which emerging technologies do you think will create the next wave of opportunities for startups?

29:30 And which emerging technologies will have the greatest impact on society?

31:55 How do you think the Taiwanese startup scene – and SparkLabs Taipei – will evolve in the coming years?

33:00 What do you think will happen in Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential election – and how do you think that will/could impact the country’s startup ecosystem

36:15 Tell us something about yourself or your background that will surprise us

  •  Note: if you want to know why Edgar started JumpStart and SparkLabs Taipei, his answer to this question will make it clear.

39:30 What is the best food for visitors to Taiwan to try

  • Try the fruit!
  • Edgar’s wife’s CookInn Taiwan cooking school – which teaches foreign visitors how to make local dishes like beef noodle, xiao long bao, and bubble tea.

41:25 How can the listeners get more information about SparkLabs Taipei

SparkLabs Taipei




JumpStart Global:



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28 Aug 2019

In this TechBurst Asia podcast, we interview Bernard Leong, Vice President of Airbus Aerial and founder and host of the Analyse Asia podcast, to discuss the future of drones.

What are the roles of drones in society? More importantly, just because it is technically feasible to deliver a package or person via drone, does that mean we should? Will drones take over the skies and transform our lives? Or will the potential security risks hold the industry back and hinder innovation and progress?

Show notes and timestamps:

01:30 Bernard’s background – university and early career

04:10 The move from academia to the start-up world

05:45 Leaving the start-up world for the corporate life

09:56 The rationale behind starting the Analyse Asia podcast

11:05 Tell us something about yourself that we won’t know

13:15 Ok, time to discuss drones. Tell us about your role in delivering the world’s first drone postal deliver for SingPost (Sept 2015).

20:29 How has the drone industry evolved since 2015? And what is the impact of the recent drone security scares (e.g. Gatwick airport)

21:34 The economics behind drone parcel delivery (e.g. Uber drone deliveries of McDonalds in San Diego). Are the financial and business models really viable?, including cost per delivery in western markets versus China. And how China leads the low cost delivery race despite having a lower cost labour base than the more developed markets like the US and Australia.

26:37 Will B2C drone deliveries create new security risks? What is the role of government regulation to ensure the safety of drones. And tell us about China’s drone regulatory environment compares to the rest of the world.

31:10 Air Taxis – are we ready for for it?

34:55 The enterprise use cases for drones – including real estate, emergency services, mining, etc.

37:45 Which markets excite you for the future of drones (besides China)?

38:42 What challenges to governments need to overcome to help drive drones in the future

40:30 Bernard’s view of the best case scenario for drones in the coming 3 – 5 years – and the worst case.

41:50 The main question – will drones move beyond the hype in the coming years and deliver true value and use cases – or will drones become an overhyped toy?

43:20 How can the audience find out more about you and the Analyse Asia podcast?


Twitter: @BernardLeong

Analyse Asia podcast:

Bernard’s Blog:

Note: This interview was recorded at the end of June 2019. Bernard has since left Airbus Aerial to pursue other career opportunities. 

08 Jan 2019

I joined Bernard Leong of Analyse Asia to discuss the state of PropTech in Asia Pacific where we broke down the real estate supply chain and discussed the key trends which are disrupting the real estate industry. We examined how user experience and business model disruption are driving the current innovations in PropTech (e.g. Wework) and how the traditional real estate players such as CBRE and JLL are tackling the challenges ahead. Last but not least, I explained why the Asian counterparts in multi-national real estate companies are driving more innovation in PropTech compared to their US and European counterparts.


Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

  • Charles Anderson (@CRASingapore, LinkedIn), founder of Charles Reed Anderson and Associates. [0:22]
    • What have you have been to since we last spoke? [0:26]
      • PropertyGuru summit in Thailand
  • Proptech in Asia Pacific [0:46]
    • Can you define what property tech or “PropTech” in short for the industry? [1:04]
    • What doesPropTech do differently from or currently augment the traditional real estate supply chain? [1:34]
    • Does construction of buildings using drones by Komatsu, for example constitute asPropTech? [2:35]
    • How about Wework and do they constitute part of thePropTech stack? [3:06]
    • What kind of products and services that are now making PropTech interesting for the real estate industry? [4:03]
    • How about smartphones as part of the innovation that is propelling the PropTech industry? [5:19]
    • What are the business model from PropTech companies that sought to disrupt the PropTech space? [7:03]
    • The importance of user experience in PropTech for example, PropertyGuru and 99 dot co – where does the user experience enter into the business model and meet unmet demand? [8:11]
    • How does one values Wework as a company? Is it a technology or real estate company? [10:01]
    • Doesn’t that mean real estate is commoditised but the user experience allows it to disrupt and invest new business models? [12:10]
    • What are the traditional companies in the PropTech space such as Jones LaSalle (JLL) and CBRE are doing?  [13:12]
    • We see the traditional companies building their own corporate incubators and accelerators. Will that model work for traditional real estate companies in PropTech? [15:26]
    • Does the global real estate companies in Asia taking the lead as compared to their US and European counterparts? [17:07]
    • What are the interesting companies which we look at PropTech? [18:35]
      • Demand Logic
      • Disruptive Technologies
      • Spacelytics
    • What are the prospects of PropTech in 2019? [22:21]
    • Other examples of PropTech that are of interest: Kanterra and Pre-formatted Revolution.

30 Oct 2018

In this podcast, Charles & Bernard discusses the emerging IoT trends in Asia Pacific, why China has emerged the surprise leader in the IoT deployment race and whether it will lead the rest of the world in IoT, the current status of 5G across Asia Pacific, and how the new SIM technologies (e.g. eSIM, Virtual SIMs) are going to disrupt the telcos in the near future.