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.

PropertyGuru ARES



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?


27 Oct 2019

Which Smartphones lived up to the hype in 2019? In this episode, I sat down with Asia’s top device analyst, IDC’s Bryan Ma, to discuss…

  • His view on the latest flagship launches from Google, Apple, Samsung & Huawei
  • The impact the China v US trade war will have on Huawei
  • Whether we actually need foldable phones
  • How much is too much for a smartphone
  • Punk music, skateboarding, karaoke and much more…

Show Notes & Timestamps:

02:30  How did a skatepunk foodie from California end out as Asia’s top device analyst?

05:00 Bryan’s take on the Google Pixel 4 launch (loves the AI camera)

07:10 …the Apple iPhone 11 Pro (loves the 3 lenses)

09:00 …Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 (he’s worried their mainstream products are becoming “rather plain”)

10:50 ….Huawei Mate Pro (likes the Leica lens & sensors) – and what will the impact of the China v US trade war have on Huawei’s future?

14:55 What camera functionality will drive future smartphone sales – the lens (e.g. Huawei w/ Leica) or the AI?

16:20 Why the hell would anyone want a foldable phone?

19:50 What is going to drive the next wave of differentiation in smartphones? (today it’s the camera, but the future is all about display technology)

27:50 How much is too much for a smartphone?

30:00 What’s the best phone to buy if I want…

  • The best phone
  • Best battery life

33:30 Which manufacturer has the best opportunity to gain market share in the next 24 months? His answer may surprise you! 

39:15 Wearables – i had made a prediction that said early adopters would be the only adopters for smartwatches – was I correct? Has the market taken off?

43:30  Let’s go old school – what was your favourite smartphone pre-iOS and Android?

46:15 What mistakes did the old industry leaders (e.g.Blackberry, Nokia, Palm) make when they were on top of the market that led to their downfall?

Enough of the serious questions, let’s have some fun! 

50:00 What’s your most embarrassing moment you have had on TV?

51:45 You get to live you life all over again – what would you want to be next time?

  • Device analyst
  • Punk singer
  • Karaoke singer
  • Skateboarder
  • Professional eater

53:00 What is Bryan’s favourite…

  • Punk band
  • Karaoke song (seriously, he said “Earth Wind & Fire”)
  • City for karaoke
  • Drink while doing karaoke (Baijo – it’s rocket fuel)
  • Post-karaoke food

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Twitter: @BryanBMa

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanbma/

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21 Oct 2019

I’m sure many of you are wearing an Apple WatchSamsung Gear or other gadget on your wrist right now. This market started to gain attention when the first Apple Watch launched in 2016 – and the market has advanced in terms of technology & sales since then – but the question is, what does the future hold for the smartwatch? Is it the one size fits all model of the large vendors? Or is it better to customise the smartwatches to target specific users or use cases?

In this podcast, we’ll talk to Omate’s Laurent Le Pen, a smartwatch industry pioneer, to find out how he views this evolving market.

Show notes:

01:30 Introduction to Omate

02:20 How did someone from France end out starting a device manufacturer in Shenzhen?

03:50 The market segments and challenges Omate targets – Elderly Care, Children, Lone Workers

07:00 Deep dive into the Omate’s Elderly Care solution

10:50 How Omate brought together the supply and demand sides of the market, including SafeMotionCredit Mutual Arkea and Medical Guardian, to launch their Elderly Care management solution in France and the US

12:45 Omate’s innovative Wearables-as-a-Service (WaaS) business model

15:15 The challenges in launched a wearables service in the healthcare industry

17:20 Omate’s Nanoblock children’s watch – and the importance of end-to-end security

21:10 The latest device and solution launches from Omate

24:00 What has prevented wearables from living up to the hype?

30:50 The fun round of questions, including Laurent’s side project, the Oclean smart toothbrush

Laurent’s details 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurentlepen/

Twitter: @llepen @omateofficial

www.omate.com



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

Links:

Telstra’s IoT offering: https://www.telstra.com.au/business-enterprise/solutions/internet-of-things

Gerhard on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerhard-loots-298bb93/



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: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2019/04/05/disruptive-agricultural-technology-challenge-and-conference#3

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?

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/parmesh-shah-1b8b4933/

Twitter: @ShahParmesh

World Bank Disruptive Technologies: https://olc.worldbank.org/content/disruptive-technology-overview

Disruptive Agriculture Initiatives: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2019/04/05/disruptive-agricultural-technology-challenge-and-conference#3



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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sparklabstaipei/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sparklabs-taipei/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sparklabs_taipei/

JumpStart Global:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jumpstart.do/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jumpstart-global/about/



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?

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bleongcw/

Twitter: @BernardLeong

Analyse Asia podcast: www.analyseasia.com

Bernard’s Blog: www.bernardleong.com

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