Some of largest financial exits in South-East Asia will be in marketplaces. So long as the target market is large enough, then there is a very real possibility of creating a massive, sustainable marketplace, writes Justin Hall of Golden Gate Ventures.
There is tremendous opportunity here, the entrepreneurs are amazing, and people are solving real-world, serious problems – but think again if you’re only out to make a quick buck, writes Justin Hall of Golden Gate Ventures.
Singapore has been so effective at growing its startup ecosystem that it should be considered the public policy model for every government around the world – be it local, regional or national – intent on creating its own startup ecosystem, writes Golden Gate Ventures’ Justin Hall.
The large amounts of money pouring into the ecosystem can and will probably lead to large exits, but the problem is that local entrepreneurs and investors can and will get squeezed out, writes Justin Hall, who also provides some advice on how to prepare.
Differences in culture, economic growth and technological development all notwithstanding, perhaps the most formidable challenge affecting the unrestricted flow of venture capital across South-East Asia is the sheer complexity in navigating the legal environments within each respective market, writes Justin Hall of Golden Gate Ventures.
South-East Asia has some of the fastest growing markets, the most innovative tech companies, and the most active investors in spite of its fundamental weaknesses – and leapfrogging companies will pull in the investments, writes Golden Gate Ventures’ Justin Hall.
Founders will often push to get as high a valuation as possible for their startups, but that is misguided for a number of reasons, writes Justin Hall.
It’s not guaranteed, but Golden Gate Ventures’ Justin Hall offers some simple rules that first-time entrepreneurs who are raising funds can use to bump up the response rates on their emails.
Golden Gate Ventures’ Justin Hall on what it is needed to become a regional powerhouse, in preparation for a whole lot of funds coming into the SEA region next year.
Golden Gate Ventures’ Justin Hall has some very simple advice for Goldilocks companies – those ubiquitous startups that are usually consumer-facing, relatively niche in their product or service offerings, and are, at least initially, very local in their focus: Consolidate or die.