Rivers Corbett is an award winning serial entrepreneur, international speaker, and author. Rivers is a founding board member of StartUP Canada as well as the host of the StartUP Canada Podcast Show. He was recently named Entrepreneur in Residence, with Opportunities New Brunswick team, to significantly move the needle on the spirit and actions of entrepreneurship throughout the province. On this episode you'll learn: Where are the startup hubs in Canada concentrated? What verticals are Canada's VC's focused on? When Rivers says startups need to zag in order to succeed, what does he mean by that? What roles should an Entrepreneur in Residence take on with working with a city government?
Karen Contet Farzam is passionate about Technology and Startups, co-founder of WHub.io, Hong Kong biggest startup community. She is immersed in the Startup Scene as a Founding and Board member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, Community Leader for Techstars, a Front End Web Development instructor, a Mentor for several accelerator programs, speaker at International Conference like JS conference 2015 in Singapore, French Foreign Trade Advisor, FrenchTech Ambasador and Founder of WomenWhoCodeHK. Karen has been working in Asia for 13 years, starting in Tokyo as JP Morgan Exotic Equity Derivatives Trader to Software Engineer for an IoT Startup, teaching Front-End Web Development and co-founded and built WHub.io, HK biggest startup community. On this episode you'll learn: How homogeneous are the Hong Kong and China markets? Once a company captures the Hong Kong market can they easily expand to Shenzhen or is Hong Kong more so an entry point into SE Asia? Why are B2B Fintech companies, so much more prevalent in Hong Kong than B2C players? Why is the current environment for cryptocurrency and blockchain entrepreneurs in Hong Kong? Karen has helped numerous startups in Hong Kong get off the ground, what advice does she give founders when hiring their first few employees?
Jordan Clive is the Head of Experience Design at Daplie, a personal server that’s easy to use and completely secure. Daplie produces a fully automated server that lives at home or the office and allows you to take control of your digital life. Previously Jordan has founded and worked for startups in Santiago, Chile and Shenzhen, China. On this episode you'll learn: Why is Provo consistently a top 10 city in the US for VC deals? What startup verticals are thriving in the Utah startup ecosystem? Why is BYU such an important part of the startup ecosystem? How does Mormonism contribute to the Provo startup scene?