Interviews

Singapore’s Fast Moving Startup: Interview with Socialwok Founder & CEO Ming Yong

24 Jan 2011 in Interviews
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Interview with Ming Yong, CEO of Socialwok (Intro) from John Exley on Vimeo. Unforgettable. I still remember when I first discovered Socialwok. I was in Singapore’s Supperclub for the the iMATCH Launchpad event, standing behind a panel of investors that included former BitTorrent Founder and President (and current partner at early stage startup program i/o [...]

What Did Google Do Wrong In China? The Ben Crox Interview (Part 5/5)

14 Jan 2011 in Interviews
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This is the final segment of “the dark interview”. In part 4 of my interview with Ben Crox, we discussed Google’s controversy in China. A very sophisticated hacking incident was orchestrated against Google from within China in December 2009, prompting Google to stop complying with the Chinese government in censoring search results. They shut down [...]

A Flashback to Google’s Controversy in China: The Ben Crox Interview (Part 4/5)

12 Jan 2011 in Interviews
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I must begin with an apology. The lighting in this interview was very dark! In Part 1 of the series, I dubbed my interview with Ben Crox ‘the dark interview‘ because of the poor lighting. Now, let’s flashback in time. Back to the spring of 2010. At the time, Google was in the midst of [...]

“They Just Want To Control The People”. Who? China. The Ben Crox Interview (Part 3/5)

10 Jan 2011 in Interviews
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The interview I dubbed “the dark interview” is back for round 3. We are halfway through a five segment interview with Hong Kong’s very own Ben Crox, the Principal Consultant for Web Fusion Technology Limited who is also an evangelist for Project West Chamber. More on that project in a minute (unless you want to [...]

Ben Crox Is Back, And He Wants You To Understand China’s Great Fire Wall (Part 2/5)

28 Nov 2010 in Interviews
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Let’s dive back into “the dark interview”. The Chinese government is estimated to spend over 200 Million RMB (US $30 Million) per year on maintaining and expanding its Great Fire Wall to censor the Internet. Why? Because free expression is not allowed in China. The government fears that sites like Facebook and Twitter “will provide [...]

The Challenge (And Sheer Excitement) of Making The Move to Shanghai: My Interview with Blair Hildahl

14 Nov 2010 in Interviews
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The clock is ticking past 7:30am. I’m in a hotel room in Shanghai. All-nighter. Flight to Hong Kong leaves this afternoon. Breakfast is at 9:00am. Meeting with Bill Morrow tonight. Why did I push myself to stay up? Simple. I couldn’t wait to bring you this interview that I did a few days ago here [...]

“It’s Time To Demolish The Great Firewall of China.” Ben Crox. (Part 1/5)

29 Oct 2010 in Interviews
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I think I’m gonna call this “the dark interview”. Frustrated by the Chinese government’s stubborn commitment to censoring the Internet (which basically prevents people like me from being able to connect online with entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders in China), “dark” would be a great word to describe my mood with the web situation in [...]

“The Problem with Today’s Entrepreneurs”: Singapore VC Nicholas Chan’s Insights (Part 4/4)

18 Oct 2010 in Interviews
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“The Problems with Today’s Entrepreneurs”: Singapore VC Nicholas Chan Explains from John Exley on Vimeo. NOTE: **Warning About Video: at the 1:30 mark in this video, something is messed up with my camera (or perhaps my file?) for about 4 seconds and initially when reviewing the video it caught me off guard so I hope [...]

Investing in Asia: The Strategy of “Accidental” Venture Capitalist Nicholas Chan (Part 3/4)

15 Oct 2010 in Interviews
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Singapore’s Entrepreneur-turned-”Accidental” VC Nicholas Chan on Investing in Asia from John Exley on Vimeo. NOTE: **Warning About Video: at the 4:43 mark in this video, something is messed up with my camera (or perhaps my file?) for about 7 seconds. Initially when reviewing the video it caught me off guard so I hope you aren’t [...]

How Entrepreneur-turned-”Accidental” VC Nicholas Chan won Over Mentors As a Teenager (Part 2/4)

14 Oct 2010 in Interviews
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How Singapore Entrepreneur-turned-”Accidental” VC Nicholas Chan Won Over Mentors As a Teenager from John Exley on Vimeo. Fearless. Different. Stirring up the pot is not a foreign concept to Nicholas Chan. In a culture like Singapore’s where authorities are followed without question and open confrontation is almost nonexistent, the 31 year old serial entrepreneur turned [...]