Author: Justin Hall

The two most important words in venture capital: Pattern recognition
There is no conceivable way investors can deeply, thoughtfully, and critically analyse every pitch they receive or hear – which is why it is important that entrepreneurs convey the right kind of signals, writes Justin Hall.
Bad terms are like bad dinner guests, avoid them
Investment terms are tricky and hard to understand, but Justin Hall is here to explain them – and why you should avoid the bad ones.  
How to hunt down a unicorn
As the risk appetite declines, the propensity for investors to continue supporting multibillion-dollar funding rounds at sky-high valuations will understandably wane, writes Justin Hall.
Have an idea? Outsource, stupid
You fantasise about becoming your own boss, building a global company, and becoming a leader in your industry, but you don’t know how to code. That’s not a problem, writes Justin Hall.
Dumb money burns, smart money learns
Although it might seem obvious, angels who made their wealth from traditional industries are handicapped by one glaring flaw – they’ve never actually invested or worked in tech, writes Justin Hall.
Bet on the forks-and-chopsticks: Understanding SEA
Different countries produce different types of entrepreneurs and startups, but while the flavours might be different, these startups all rely on the same kinds of services and products to succeed, writes Justin Hall.
Silicon Valley? Why the Singapore startup ecosystem rocks
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 funding floodgates open in SEA: The dangers therein
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.
Investments, and navigating South-East Asia's legal morass
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.
The motorcycle diaries: Startups and innovation
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.
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