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Vanessa Tan

Vanessa is a Product Manager at Tech in Asia and more affectionately known to the team as Lao Niang (Old Mother). She derives much joy serving the audience at Tech in Asia. Vanessa loves new ideas, tech, travel, and dogs too. You can follow her on Twitter, add her on Linkedin, or email her at vanessa[at]techinasia[dot]com.
Hey Joseph, I'm Vanessa - product manager at Tech in Asia. Thanks for doing this live AMA with us! Just curious - 1) What is Muru-D's involvement in Asia? What are you guys planning to do in this part of the world? 2) Interesting to see that you've included "Australia's interest in Asia". I don't see that many Australian startups venturing into Asia despite being geographically near to this region. Not too sure if that's still the case, or are there actually more Australian startups looking to Asia? (related: http://www.startupdaily.net/2014/05/4-billion-potential-customers-arent-talking/) Cheers Vanessa

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Live Audio AMA with Entrepreneur in Residence of muru-D, Joseph Ziegler
The folks in the featured image look kinda familiar...

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Here’s one simple trick for retaining good team members
LOL, hi Zihui. What are you looking to ask? Perhaps you can propose that idea to my colleague Daniel and see what he says :P

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
No :( I wasn't allowed on the battlefield!

Commented 2 weeks ago on

We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
And also, @Huiyi - I know we're going to have our first meetup tomorrow. What can our audience expect, and will we be having more of such meetups soon? Perhaps you might want to share with us some of the upcoming direction and plans for TIA Community?

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
Ohai friends! This question goes to Minh.
  1. What makes a good and bad community post? Which type of community posts tend to do well on our site?
  2. Can you name one interesting post you've come across - what makes it interesting and did it get approved on our site?

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
We have a lot of great players here at Tech in Asia, but you might wanna ask who's the lousiest looks at self I wasn't allowed to play during our inter-team tournament because I suck at it :(

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
How much do the Japanese ones usually cost?

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China’s smart toilets are apparently disgusting
Wow congratulations Roger and Vikram!

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Singapore’s RedMart raises $26.7M to prepare for regional expansion
Can I go too?

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Join us for our first TIA Singapore community meetup!
Hi Gary, Thanks for the comment. We see no wrong with our own staff commenting on our own editorial stories, and here is why.
  1. Our TIA staff, especially our editorial team, is made up of members from literally all across Asia. Every member has impressive expertise and experience in the country they are based out of. Tech in Asia works hard to be the best platform for the Asia's startup ecosystem, but that does not mean that all of us are experts at everything there is to know in the region. We have always consumed each other's articles to better understand the latest happenings in other markets that we aren't as immersed in. When we comment and interact on each article, we do it in earnest, as a community member, to ask more questions and satisfy our curiousity about the story. This also helps our colleague learn how to write even better articles in the future, by preemptively answering the most relevant questions readers would have.

  2. As Tech in Asia evolves into a community platform, our staff will of course be constantly part of the core users of our product. If our own colleagues don't even enjoy the experience of consuming, commenting, and sharing on our own platform, I don't think our other users will either. :)

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She created Japan’s Xiaomi, launching 21 gadgets in 2 months
I read this twice. Great work Terence!

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Southeast Asia: why the real money is in logistics, not ecommerce
"Mindsets are still firmly placed that once receiving a degree, children honour their family to get secure iron rice bowl jobs." --> I can relate to this. I had this conversation with my father once when I spoke of my entrepreneurial aspirations. He was very much against it only because he understood the risks and uncertainty that a "merchant" would go through, and didn't want his children to be going through the same hardship he and/or my grandfather went through building the business.

Commented 1 month ago on

Is Singapore still relevant after 50? An entrepreneurial view.
Awesome piece, as always!

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Choosing your next technology stack
HAHA!

Commented 1 month ago on

Ask TIA: What’s your favourite startup quote?
This is so true. Love this!

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Ask TIA: What’s your favourite startup quote?
Hahahahahahaha so cute!

Commented 1 month ago on

Show TIA: Breakout space at your office
Yes Peter, it's creepy....

Commented 1 month ago on

I’m Rui Ma, Partner for Greater China at 500 Startups. AMA!
Not too sure how I'm supposed to respond to that, but yes...

Commented 1 month ago on

Hello, React.js
Hi Nikhil, I believe you can do better than this :).

Commented 1 month ago on

Hi TIA, I’m Hugh Mason from JFDI. Ask me anything!