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22 Apr 2020

Let’s face it, we’re facing a “new normal” in the post-pandemic world. This will create risks and challenges for companies that cannot adapt, but massive opportunities for those that can. 

In this episode, we spoke with Graham Brown, host of the Asia Tech Podcast and Chief Storyteller of Pikkal & Co, about how successful companies will transform themselves to succeed in the “new normal” world, in particular around the way they leverage marketing and comms. They will move from a pipeline to platform model – from controlling to curating comms – and from efficiency to effective communications. It’s about turning your employees from assets into advocates. 

Show Notes:

00:50 How Graham went from selling a company to travelling the world & living out of suitcases to starting one of Asia’s leading podcasts

04:10 An agile mindset is what will allow people – and companies – to adapt to the current crisis and be successful in the “new normal” world.

09:10 How to survive and thrive in the current environment.

10:30 Covid-19 is driving the innovation of communication. Future comms will transform from a pipeline model to a platform model – from controlling to curating comms – from efficiency to effective communication

15:50 Who is adapting the comms strategy well? 

20:05 What advice would you give to a marketing director today to prepare for the post-coronavirus “new normal”? It’s not about contacts, it’s about connections. 

22:45 Is this the end for offline tech events?

23:45 The Future of Work – companies will shift their focus from B2C to B2E as they realise that leveraging their employees can be great brand advocates.

39:44 What are some of the interesting ways that emerging technologies will help us overcome the crisis? Topics include urban farming, how Japan has used Robots and Zoom – as well as Minecraft – to conduct graduation ceremonies. 

46:20 What is the strangest coronavirus story that you have heard? Including how 5G causes Covid-19 and pro wrestling is considered an “essential service” during the lockdown in Florida?

50:00 The rise of Zoom “happy hours” and Graham’s after hours podcast, The Grind

52:30 Graham has done over 750 podcasts! What’s the funniest thing that has happened on a podcast? NOTE: Eating a fried scorpion on a live podcast is not recommended. 

55:40 Leaders that communicate with honesty and transparency build a following 

1:01:00 What is something you know today about podcasting that you wish you knew when you started out?

1:05:00 Tell us a positive benefit that will come about as a result of coronavirus

 



15 Apr 2020

In this podcast, we discuss Darwin’s delivery of Australia’s largest Smart City initiative, the tech being used to tackle Covid-19, and the impact the pandemic will have on Smart Cities

Guest:

Josh Sattler, GM of Innovation, Growth & Development Services, City of Darwin, Australia

Show Notes:

1:25 How did a surfer from the Gold Coast end out running the Smart City operations for Darwin?

2:30 Darwin, while only 130k people, has delivered Australia’s largest Smart City project. What are the types of solutions delivered as part of this initiative?

05:55 Overcoming the data privacy challenges – how to build trust with your citizens

11:10 How has Darwin been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic?

12:50 How can drones, robots & autonomous vehicles be used to help fight the coronavirus? And which ones have you looked at using in Darwin?

16:00 How AI – and facial recognition in particular – is being used to enforce violations against isolation and stay at home orders. 

20:00 How AI is being use for contact tracing

27:40 What impact will coronavirus have on the near-term future of Smart Cities

  • Funding: Budget shortfalls
  • Impact on technology vendors
  • Regulatory impact – setting acceptable use policies around drones, AV and AI

35:30 The press if filled with doom and gloom – tell us something positive that will come out of the coronavirus crisis

 



26 Mar 2020

So what exactly is the “3-2-1 podcast”? It includes 3 interviews with IoT industry leaders recorded over the 2 days of Bosch Connected World 2020 in Berlin – all in 1 podcast.

Episode Notes:

01:40 Tanja Rueckert, CEO & President of Bosch Building Technologies

We discuss Tanja’s keynote, “Vision or Reality? Intuitive, Intelligent and Integrated Buildings.”

19:25 Dirk Slama, Vice President Co-Innovation and IoT Alliances, Bosch.IO

We discuss the 2 key themes of BCW 2020 – addressing Global Warming / Sustainability and the intersection of AI and IoT, creating AIoT. In addition, Dirk discusses the launch of Bosch’s AI Code of Ethics – a set of guidelines that govern how Bosch will use AI with its intelligent products.

25:10 Thomas Jakob, Regional President Asia Pacific, Bosch.IO

We discuss the recent rebranding of Bosch Software Innovations to Bosch.IO. What is it and what has changed?



18 Mar 2020

When you think about Daimler, you most likely think about Mercedes Benz automobiles, but the company is much more than that. Daimler Mobility Services is helping Smart Cities with everything from Autonomous Vehicles to their move to the sharing economy.

In this episode, we speak to David Goh, GM for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific for Daimler Mobility Services.

Show notes:

1:00 An intro to Daimler Mobility Services

2:35 Daimler Mobility Services has a different target market than your traditional line of businesses – how have you had to adapt your go-to-market to reach this new customer base?

3:30 The role of collaboration – how DMS partners with its traditional competitors (e.g. BMW) to create their offering for the sharing economy

7:00 What role does DMS play in the Smart Cities space?

8:30 The State of Autonomous Vehicles – what is holding the industry back from reaching its potential?

10:00 Which Smart Cities in Asia are leading the way?

11:55 What would have to happen over the next 5 years for the Smart Cities and Urban Mobility markets to become more successful – and how is DMS helping the market reach that outcome?

13:00 So what could go wrong? What could hinder innovation and evolution of the Smart Cities and Urban Mobility markets?

14:20 How can we minimise the risk of a hacked Autonomous Vehicle?

15:40 How has what you have learned about innovation in other roles helped you in your current role with DMS?

16:50 Which cities in Asia do you see driving the most innovation?

19:00 Are there any new solutions you have seen recently that have mad you go “WOW” –  and what has failed to live up to expectations?

21:20 Tell us something about yourself we won’t have expected?

22:30 You have lived and worked all over the world – but let’s say you have to settle in one location for the rest of your work career – where would it be?



02 Mar 2020

Find out how an open and pragmatic approach led the creation of a global LoRaWAN network that operates in 151 countries, has over 18,000 gateways and is supported by over 100,000 developers.

In today’s podcast, we are going to discuss one of the technologies that underpins the Internet of Things – Low Power Wide Area Network, or LPWANS for short. And more specifically, we are going to take a look at LoRa – one of the leading LPWAN technologies. 

I’m pleased to be joined by one of the global leaders in the space – Wienke Giezeman – the Co-Founder & CEO of The Things Industries – and the Initiator of The Things Network

01:20 What is The Things Network

05:25 What has led to your impressive growth – to the point where you are now in 151 countries, have a community of over 100,000 developers and have deployed 18,000 LoRaWAN gateways worldwide?

08:10 The Things Network has grown into a global LoRaWAN network – wouldn’t it have been easier to leverage existing mobile networks than trying to build your own? 

  • The “Moving Forward, Looking Backward” paradigm

11:00 What are some of the top LoRa use cases that are driving adoption?

16:40 How creating a collaborative LoRaWAN network led to the creation of The Things Conference – the world’s largest LPWAN conference. 

20:00 What’s next? The Things ________?

25:00 IoT has not lived up to the hype. What has held the industry back from reaching its potential?

28:00 Narrowband IoT, or NB-IoT, has exploded in China, but had sluggish growth elsewhere. What has hindered it’s growth outside of China?

32:55 What’s the best IoT solution you have ever seen?

34:00 Final question – about What is FEBO – and do you still eat there?

  • Spoiler alert – he’s a fan of “bamischijf

Find out more

Connect with Wienke: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wienke/

The Things Network: www.thethingsnetwork.org 

The Things Industries: https://www.thethingsindustries.com 

The Things Conference: https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/conference/ 

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv85CXnZUXEKnlZpQapTAwQ

 



22 Jan 2020

Hear the latest insights on the global accelerator and venture capital industries from one of Silicon Valley’s leading players, SparkLabs Group Partner & Co-Founder, Bernard Moon.

01:15 Intro to the SparkLabs Group accelerators and VC funds – and how back in 2012 they came up with the concept to launch their first accelerator in Seoul

04:45 What locations are you planning for the launch of the next SparkLabs accelerators?

06:05 Overview of one of the latest SparkLabs initiatives – SparkLabs Frontier – which partners with universities to drive innovation

09:30 Many accelerators start in the US and go global. SparkLabs started out as a global accelerator. Did that make it harder or easier to raise funding and attract applicants?

10:30 The SparkLabs strategy is to grow slowly, but the model and culture works. Bernard cites how Edgar Chiu has turned SparkLabs Taipei into the leading accelerator in Taiwan in the first two years after launch.

11:40 Startups don’t come to SparkLabs for the money, they come to be part of the SparkLabs Ecosystem.

  • How does SparkLabs differentiate from the other leading accelerator programs, like Y Combinator, TechStars and Plug & Play?

13:30 What makes a good accelerator program?

17:30 An overview of the SparkLabs venture capital funds

19:50 SparkLabs has invested in over 260 companies, what are some of the highlights?

22:00 Silicon Valley has long been the home of venture capital – but many firms are now looking to Asia. Where does the Valley see the opportunities in Asia?

  • The next billion middle class in Asia

25:00 Overview of the recent launch of  SparkLabs Foundry – SparkLabs’ “Innovation as a Service” offering for the Fortune 500 – and it’s partnership with SRI International, one of the world’s leading research and innovation institutes.

27:25 Bernard just launched his 13th Annual Industry Predictions on VentureBeat – titled “2020: Our meatless, cashless, city-less future” – what are the highlights?

32:25  You live in Silicon Valley, but the other co-founders live in Korea, the UK and Singapore. How do you manage to keep everyone in contact – and on the same page – with regards to your investment strategy, expansion plans, etc.?

34:00 Let’s say SparkLabs doesn’t exist – and you wanted to start an accelerator today. Where would you locate it  – and why? (spoiler alert: it’s not Silicon Valley)

35:15 What do you know today – that you wish you knew when you started SparkLabs?

36:50 Final question – tell us something about yourself that we don’t already know.

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16 Jan 2020

Building a successful IoT business in Asia Pacific isn’t easy, but Bosch Software Innovations has done just that.

In this podcast, I speak with Thomas Jakob, Regional President for Asia Pacific, to find out how Bosch developed their impressive IoT solutions portfolio.

What I found most interesting is that while many tech vendors drive innovation by acquiring innovative companies, Bosch has built many of their own custom solutions – and partnered with start-ups to jointly develop others – to meet the diverse local requirements of the Asia Pacific market.

We hear about the importance of the “localisation” of solutions – Bosch in Asia Pacific is the perfect example of how it should be delivered.

(Note: In January 2020, Bosch Software Innovations was renamed Bosch.IO)

Show notes:

1:40 Intro to Thomas

2:50 Tell us about Bosch Software Innovations

4:20 Which industries does Bosch work with in Asia?

7:00 How Bosch is using technology to transform the agriculture industry

8:45 How Bosch sources innovation

10:00 Bosch’s new lift/elevator management solution

13:50 How Bosch has leveraged Smart Building solutions to IoT-ise their business

16:35 An overview of Bosch in China

18:40 The importance of localised solutions that meet customer requirements

25:00 What has kept the IoT industry from reaching its potential

29:25 What is the most interesting IoT market in Asia?

31:45 Name one solution over the past decade that has exceeded your expectations? And failed to live up to expectations?

35:20 The fun questions

  • Electric or classic cars?
  • German or Singaporean food?
  • Christmas by the fire or the beach?

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11 Nov 2019

What do Apple Stores, Tokyo’s Nissan Crossing, a car dealership with no salespeople and the Notre Dame Cathedral have in common? Today’s guest on the TechBurst Asia podcast. You may not know him by name, but you will undoubtedly know his work. Today I’m pleased to be joined by a design industry legend and visionary, Eight Inc.’s Founder & CEO, Tim Kobe.

Show notes: 

01:30 What was it like when you first discussed the Apple Store concept with Steve Jobs back in 1998?

04:40 When the first Apple store launched in 2001, it wasn’t a guaranteed success. We were in the middle of the dotcom bust – this was a new paradigm for retail – and Bloomberg went so far as to write an article titled “Sorry Steve, Here’s Why Apple Stores Won’t Work”. Tim tells us about what it was like before the first store opened.

07:30 How did you maintain your belief in the Apple Store concept – even when the industry doubted whether the stores could succeed?

09:00 How Apple Stores were built with sustainability in mind – “if” one ever closes, it can be broken down and recycled. “If”.

11:00 How well are we doing with regards to sustainability in Asia? And what should governments and businesses do to lead the way forward with regards to sustainability?

16:20 Some of Tim’s other work…

Nissan Crossing in Ginza, Tokyo

Nissan Crossing

Xioami’s flagship store in Shenzhen, China

Xiaomi

Lincoln’s car dealerships in China – with no salespeople

Lincoln China

25:30 The industry’s move away from “Return on Investment” and towards “Return on Experience”

27:00 What is the role of design and human experience with regards to technology products, like a smartphone, a wearable, or random widget?

30:00 Tim had shared a video with me from Lee Clow, the creative genius behind Apple’s iconic commercials, including the “1984” Super Bowl commercial. The video is titled “Disrupt Manifesto” – and its message is don’t do the right thing, but don’t do the wrong thing – do the BRAVE thing. Who does Tim think is doing the “brave thing” today?

32:30 What career advice would Tim give to young tech entrepreneurs?

35:20 What is the most unique project you have been asked to work on?

36:45 Where does Tim go to find inspiration?

38:00 Tim and his team’s submission for the Notre Dame Cathedral design competition

Notre Dame Tim Kobe Design

40:30 Tim’s new book, Eight Inc.: Return on Experience, is about the importance of the design and business relationship – and why you need to design  your business around the human outcome. It is available for pre-order on Amazon now.

Return on Experience

See Tim presenting his work and approach at Property Guru’s Asia Real Estate Summit on 21 November 2019 in Bangkok.

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04 Nov 2019
TechBurst Asia sits down with Tata Communication’s Anthony Bartolo to discuss disruption in telecoms, including the impact IoT, eSIMs, vSIMs, iSIMs, NB-IoT & 5G will have on the industry.
Show notes & Time stamps
01:30 Intro to Tata Comms & Anthony Bartolo
03:00 What role does a fixed operator like Tata Comms play in the IoT space?
07:00 What is an embedded SIM (eSIM) and how will it transform the telecoms industry? And why have most telcos resisted it?
11:30 eSIM use cases (e.g. Device Manufacturers getting into the connectivity game, connected cars) and the new business cases that will emerge
19:15 How did lifts/elevators become the hot topic with eSIMs?
21:00 While Tata Comms, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom & Telstra have moved forward with eSIMs, why have the other Tier 1 mobile operators been resisting eSIMs
23:20 What’s next? The shift to virtual SIMs (vSIMs) – and how this creates opps for brands like Amazon, Google & Facebook – and also the owners of SuperApps like Grab, Uber & GoJek.
29:00 What’s the future? Integrated SIMs (iSIMs) – connectivity built into the chipset – and everything comes “Born Connected”
32:25 Why have the telcos struggled with IoT? And why has Light Reading coined it IoVFT (Internet of Very Few Things)?
35:00 Why has NB-IoT done so well in China – and not lived up to the hype in the rest of the world?
40:55 What’s the current state of 5G – and what opportunities will it create for enterprises?
44:10 What advice would you give to a telco that is starting down the IoT solution path?
46:00 What’s next for Tata Comms?
48:00 What technology will have the biggest impact on your life in the future?
49:45 Silicon Valley or Singapore – where’s the best place for the next generation of entrepreneurs?