Podcast: Hard Truths by Vertex | Series 2 | Episode 4 - Unlocking the Trillion dollar SEA Startup Ecosystem - Malaysia's context with Chan Yip Pang

Chan Yip PANG | 05 Dec 2023

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In this episode of Hard Truths by Vertex podcast, Chan Yip Pang, Executive Director at Vertex Ventures SEA & India, explores the Malaysian startup ecosystem, delving into his journey and the three phases of Malaysian tech development. The conversation covers notable investments, the strengths of the Malaysian ecosystem, and Vertex's investment thesis, offering insights for ambitious founders in Southeast Asia. Join Chan Yip and host Elise Tan as they discuss hard truths and valuable advice for entrepreneurs aiming to make their mark in the Malaysian startup scene. Tune in now!

Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2JMf3yPwhuOIY85rpx5B2Y?si=e682a6607f0146e0
Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT_cDAOsBMA&list=PLPbU1xKnX4FXGY0Q5USG1zW3ZoS3LvhU4&index=18

In This Episode

(00:00) Journey from an electrician's son to a VC investor

(05:16) The 3 phases of Malaysian tech development

(10:49) The most notable investments in Malaysia - Grab and PatSnap

(12:12) The advantage of Malaysian Ecosystem - Hungry founders, loweroperating costs

(15:48) The Vertex investment thesis for Malaysia - invest in ambitious founders

(16:41) Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs -  get started with your idea now to tap into capital and opportunities

(19:31) The exit opportunities for Malaysian companies

(20:52) Advice for entrepreneurs - focus on what you can control

(23:17) How to reach out to Vertex Ventures SEA and India?

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Chan Yip Pang

Chan Yip Pang is Executive Director at Vertex Ventures SEA & India. He focuses on Pre-A, Series A and Series B investments in Fintech, Consumer and Enterprise Software. Prior to joining Vertex, Chan Yip was the Asia Pacific Investment Director in Experian Ventures (the corporate venture arm of one of the largest credit information firms globally) where he focused on financial inclusion for the next billion users. He was also part of the M&A team and has worked on key acquisitions for the company. In addition, he represented Experian as board of director/observer in several portfolio companies.

Follow him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/chanyip


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Elise Tan is the Director of Communications and Community at Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India. Prior to joining Vertex, she has had extensive experience in investor relations and partnership at global venture funds and accelerators with more than $100m in AUM. Elise also currently runs a Southeast Asia-based startup community of nearly 800 entrepreneurs called the Asia Startup network and actively supports their startup journey through panels, meet-ups, and mentoring programs.

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