Rocket Internet is moving fast and furious in Southeast Asia’s e-commerce space, with services like Lazada and Zalora attempting to disrupt traditional retailers in the region. Online design store Fab just reaffirmed their move into Asia with its latest funding from SingTel Innov8. These are just two examples of the movement from West to East.
Increasingly, we also see local startups expanding beyond their country into the wider region, and sometimes even global. Hardware companies like South Korea’s Samsung and Singapore’s Razer have already made their mark in the international market, and several web and mobile startups in Southeast Asia are developing their regional play.
VNG in Vietnam has strong social network and chat application coverage in the country. Ookbee has covered almost every key Southeast Asian country with its digital publishing platform partnering major trade publishers. The chat app war is seeing the likes of WeChat, LINE and Kakao taking over the mobile messaging space and coming up strong against Western competitors like WhatsApp and Viber.
With the increased number of startups that scale beyond minimal viable product, we start seeing some strong founders with deep startup skills emerge. Many of these startups utilize technology infrastructure services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Pieter Kemps drives many of the activities that AWS undertakes with startups, accelerators, and Venture Capital firms. As a result, he works closely with many entrepreneurs and experiences first-hand the great skills that these founders bring to their startups.
To unlock those skills to the wider startup eco-system in Southeast Asia, Pieter will be working on the Founders Series, a series of guest posts in which he interviews founders and CEO’s of successful startups on key topics that are relevant for entrepreneurs and the wider startup community.
What have these founders learned when building startups in Southeast Asia? How did they develop their product? Scaled globally? From Alexis Horowitz of Luxola to Vinoth Gopi of Y Combinator alumnus Semantics3, Pieter will be surfacing some of the key lessons that we can all learn from.
The full list of interviews and topics to be expected from the Founders Series are: