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Recent times have seen Malaysians startups developing an insatiable appetite in the region. Companies such as MOL Global and Soft Space have already established a strong presence in various countries across Southeast Asia, and are reaping the benefits. Expansion, it seems, is key to the success of a company, but fraught with many difficulties. Fledging startups, in particular, often find themselves clueless as to how to go about it.
That is why Tech in Asia, in partnership with MaGIC, are bringing together a group of startups - Carousell, Soft Space and EasyTaxi - to discuss the best practices and challenges faced when it comes to regional expansion at our Tech in Asia Meetup in Kuala Lumpur. While Soft Space and EasyTaxi have both achieved a measure of success in reaching countries across Southeast Asia, Carousell is just beginning its journey. Put together, the respective companies will no doubt have much to share from their experiences.
Hazel Hassan, VP of marketing and strategic partnership from Cradle, will be moderating this discussion. Here are some of the points which will be covered:
- How Soft Space and EasyTaxi approached expansion in the region
- What Carousell is doing to increase its presence in Southeast Asia
- How fast or slow a startup should expand, and when
Startups and investors, mark the date down on your calendars: join us on August 27, 6:30 pm at MaGIC Centre. Tickets for the Tech in Asia Meetup are free, but grab them fast while they’re available (if your startup is looking for investments, sign up at Techlist, our online platform for connecting startups and investors in Asia).
Get your tickets now! Join us on Aug 27, 2014 at MaGIC Centre!
6:30PM - 7:00PM - Registration
7:00PM - 8:00PM - Panel Discussion: Scoring in Southeast asia
8:00PM - 8:15PM - Q & A
8:15PM - 9:00PM - Networking and refreshments
Block 3730, Persiaran APEC
About the panelist: Chris Leong, co-founder Soft Space
Chris Leong is the Co-Founder and current Director of Strategy at Soft Space. A technology enthusiast, he played a part in building the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Malaysia. His experience ranges from being involved in growing struggling start-ups into successful companies, to kick-starting the early stage funding ecosystem with Cradle Fund. With his past experiences, he is one of the driving forces behind Soft Space's rapid growth. Soft Space is currently deemed the leading Mobile Point-of-Sales (mPOS) provider in the South East Asian region, marking its presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand
About the panelist: Joon Chan, GM (S.E-Asia) EasyTaxi
Joon Chan is a seasoned entrepreneur and executor. After building skill sets in the Venture Capital industry, he has founded 2 regional startups and consulted for many across South East Asia for the renowned Rocket Internet. Joon sincerely believes that great companies are built daily through hard work and daily calculated execution.
About the panelist: Marcus Tan, co-founder Carousell
Marcus is a co-founder of Carousell, a mobile-first marketplace. He is a self taught designer and leads Design & Community. Left Oracle after a year in business development consulting to start Carousell. He read Business Administration at National University of Singapore and as part of the university's overseas college program, he interned in the product team at Wikinvest (now SigFig). That was when he fell madly in love with design and technology, and came back inspired to start something meaningful. Previously he also interned at Yahoo, Coca-Cola and a few other digital agencies in his semester holidays to learn the ropes of marketing and creative execution. In his free time, he reads, takes photos and plays football.
About the moderator: Hazel Hassan, VP (marketing) Cradle
Hazel has extensive experience in marketing communications, PR, media relations, government relations and events planning and management. She brings more than 20 years of well-rounded experience from both corporate and consultancy with exposure in the IT and telco industries. Hazel is also well-networked in both the business and technology fraternities and has the edge to be a good source of news. She held a regional APAC position at F-Secure Corporation’s APAC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur overseeing the marketing and communications strategies for countries such as India, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She then left to be the senior marketing manager at Avira APAC HQ based in KL, looking after the Asia Pacific region and Japan.
MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre) aims to transform Malaysia into a dynamic entrepreneurial nation by enabling domestic and international entrepreneurs to successfully start and grow their businesses. It is designed to become a one-stop centre for entrepreneurs, which will provide every facility an entrepreneur will need – from obtaining funding from banks or venture capitalists to providing incubators for developing start-ups to improve their products or services.
When & Where
MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre)
Blok 3730 Persiaran APEC 63000 Cyberjaya
Search for "magic cyberjaya" in google map
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (MYT)
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