Category Archives: SEA

Singapore the 🎯 

Was quoted today in this article :: https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/22/alibaba-tencent-southeast-asia-game-of-thrones/

My general view is that although the Chinese VC and Chinese company activity in SEA region is probably the most as compared to any other region – my gut says that in general Singapore will continue grow to become a target of other regions like the USA and Europe as well.

Singapore has become the default SEA HQ and as the startups continue to mature – the attractiveness to Singapore acquisitions and investment will climb.

Productivity

One of our views is that automation will eat the world – like it or not. For me personally, I try to figure out ways to get more productive and manage my own time better. As a VC, I take a lot of meetings. Which means being heavily into my calendar. I have pretty much always relied on Fantastical. They have a new update :: http://flexibits.com/blog/2017/07/fantastical-2-4-for-mac-midsummer-edition/.

Which is killer but I must say that I use it less and less. Why?

Cause my calendar is largely automated via email using Evie.ai.

They have just launched their new product and rebranding.

Full disclosure – SeedPlus is an investor but I was using it before that happened.

Anyways. Check it out. You will love it.

Context

This was posted today :: https://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/future-early-stage-funding-asean-exciting-seedplus-77307/

Which is great – I appreciate good press.

However I want to clarify the first paragraph:

Michael Smith of early-stage venture fund SeedPlus, an affiliate of Jungle Ventures, is uncertain about the trajectory of early-stage funding in Singapore and the wider region but believes that deep technology as a segment will emerge a winner in the long run.

This was the question that this answer was lifted from:

From your current perspective in the ecosystem, what’s the general trajectory for early-stage funding (i.e. pre-seed to Series A) and its evolution since 2015? What is the future?

My answer:

The future is something we can’t predict but we feel that deep tech will emerge as a winner in the Singapore ecosystem and that across the region there will be startups raising substantial money at the pre-A level for regional or APAC wide business ideas that need institutional money on their way to their Series A. The future looks pretty exciting in our opinion.

I don’t think what I said was I am uncertain. What I said is I can’t predict the future. I don’t have a crystal ball, startup opportunity, and I don’t think it ever makes sense to try and predict the future.

I am just honest in saying no one knows what will happen but I am confident the ecosystem has a very promising future.

Indonesia

Suddenly Indonesia is getting a lot of press.

First this KKR report which is a really good read :: http://www.kkr.com/global-perspectives/publications/indonesia-harnessing-its-potential

Now Tim Draper is touring the town :: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-08/billionaire-vc-draper-shifts-attention-from-china-to-indonesia

I like to think I had a small part to play in kicking it all off.