French Tech Asia Pacific



Discover the French entrepreneurial ecosystem in Asia Pacific.


  • Value driven A.I. superpowers (w/ Rishabh Srivastava)

    27/01/2020 Duration: 47min

    Rishabh Srivastava is the founder and CEO of - a Singapore based Data Science company. Rishabh describes himself as an independent, sustainable programmer. His work has recently been featured in the Times of India, and his research showing how Indian names may be linked to affluence and success has been widely covered. Right out of college, Rishabh only had 21 cents left in his bank account. After starting a first job as an A.I. engineer, he decided to go the freelance route and soon invested his savings to start, which has been profitable from day one. In this conversation, we talk about what it takes to be an independent A.I. developer, and how Rishabh’s values have been key in shaping the success of his company. We also discuss why companies rely on third parties to help them solve their machine learning / data science problems, why rent-seeking behavior is a bad thing, how to attract A.I. talent - and why everyone should have their own tribe of superheroes!

  • Becoming an accidental influencer (w/ Jesse Lee)

    19/12/2019 Duration: 23min

    Jesse Lee is a creative entrepreneur, building his company Waemee ( from Bangkok, Thailand. Before coming to Asia, Jesse - almost accidentally - became a successful influencer. Today we discuss how in 18 months he went from looking for someone to share his passion with to being almost overwhelmingly successful on a very niche market.

  • Transitive trust in Artificial Intelligence (w/ Philippe Beaudoin)

    21/11/2019 Duration: 10min

    Philippe Beaudoin is co-founder and head of applied research at Element AI, a company founded on the belief that humans and machines can work smarter together and that this synergy can help humans focus on the tasks that they find most meaningful. An essential challenge on that path, says Philippe, is working towards transitive trust in Artificial Intelligence - by helping humans understand how AI systems work and how these systems actually use the data we feed them to make decisions.

  • Hiring and retaining tech talent in Southeast Asia (w/ Yassine Belmamoun)

    15/10/2019 Duration: 23min

    Hiring and retaining tech talent is a burning issue for startups and companies all over Southeast Asia. Yassine Belmamoun, Co-Founder and CTO of Manatal, shares his vision on what is broken in the classical HR process. He argues that many companies don’t spend enough time making hiring a great experience for candidates, which he sees as an essential ingredient to hiring and retaining the best tech talent. Yassine also, generously, shares his own experience hiring as a serial entrepreneur and discusses the biggest mistakes he’s made and what he has learned from them. Learn more about Manatal and how they're transforming recruitment in Southeast Asia: Check out French Tech Podcast on YouTube:

  • Finding your podcast voice (recorded live at Found8 Singapore)

    24/09/2019 Duration: 01h16min

    This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Found8 Singapore. Beyond co-working, Found8's spaces are home to a thriving and collaborative community with instant access to innovation networks. Find out more at

  • Brown Bag Session: Don't sell your solution, solve a problem!

    23/09/2019 Duration: 14min

    We pick up last week's conversation about attention saturation and ask ourselves: what makes for good content marketing? Recorded on location in Singapore.

  • Brown Bag Session : Marketing & Growth in Asia

    16/09/2019 Duration: 15min

    The BrownBag Sessions are episodes that aren’t structured interviews, but rather recordings of conversations with daily practitioners in certain areas of expertise. In this series on Marketing and Growth in Asia, Thibault Brière and Nikolaj Groeneweg - both seasoned in the the ways of marketing & growth for startups and large corporations -  discuss the challenges, opportunities and best strategies for marketing in Asia. We’ll discuss market trends, marketing campaigns we that we particularly like or dislike - and share insights from our lives as marketing practitioners.

  • Innovate, iterate or be obsolete

    12/09/2019 Duration: 22min

    For this episode we flew to HongKong and sat down with Elvie Lahournère, Director of Digital and Innovation APAC at Natixis Bank. We discuss the many contrasts between Asia and the West when it comes to customer expectations, entrepreneurial mindset and the way startups and big corporations work together.

  • Be Better at Sleep (w/ Raphael Seghier)

    27/06/2019 Duration: 20min

    Sleep might be devalued in the “996” work culture in some parts of Asia (9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week), but one startup is looking to help people make the most of this important part of human life. Dreem – a successful Paris-based company – has developed a headband that, when combined with the resources of an app, helps people maximize this precious resource. Targeted mainly at people suffering from sleep disorders, like insomnia, it’s found applications in other settings, as well. Raphael Seghier – an old hand in Asia with a decade’s worth of experience the region – is Dreem’s head of business development for APAC. Find out about Dreem’s product and how the company has had to adjust its marketing to the consumer preferences of Asia. More at

  • Learning to Code in China (w/ Thibault Genaitay)

    20/06/2019 Duration: 23min

    Staying up to date on your skillset is critical and can be difficult, and when that skillset is tech - and you plan to use that skillset outside of your home market - it can be even harder. Paris-based global tech bootcamp company Le Wagon looks to fill that educational and training gap for workers. But come prepared to get your "hands dirty", because you won't walk out with just a paper credential. You'll have created a fully coded and functional product at the end.  Listen as French Tech Asia Pacific host Nikolaj Groeneweg talks with Le Wagon's man in Shanghai, Thibault Genaitay, as they discuss the need to keep up on tech and the special tech learning needed for the China market, given its unique ecosystem. Find out more about Le Wagon at

  • The best ideas can come from anywhere (w/ Mathieu Toulemonde)

    14/06/2019 Duration: 30min

    How can we make innovation more open, more diversified and more sustainable? If the best ideas can come from anywhere, how can companies find those ideas, those solutions, if they only have access to a local ecosystem? Agorize, an Open Innovation platform that connects businesses and organizations with innovators from across the world, might be the answer. Mathieu Toulemonde, Agorize Asia CEO, shares what makes their platform so special, tells the story of their fast growth in the ASEAN region and explains how their recent series B will allow to help even more companies to source the best digital solutions from anywhere in the world. Find out more about Agorize on their company website :

  • Entrepreneurship in Japan

    12/06/2019 Duration: 19min

    In his second part of our conversation with Frédéric Nouel, we discuss the evolving attitudes towards entrepreneurship in Japan and the difficulties of starting and growing a company there. Like in many other countries, entrepreneurship in Japan is on the rise. But the push of traditional Japanese society towards stability and corporate careers is still strong and the change is taking time. A lot of time. Because of that, the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Japan still isn’t very easy to navigate, especially for a foreigner. In our conversation, Frédéric shares how he managed to find his way on the Japanese market and brings us valuable insights into the common pitfalls, and how to avoid them, when starting a company there.

  • The Japanese Mobile Gaming Market (w/ Frédéric Nouel)

    07/06/2019 Duration: 24min

    This week’s guest is Frédéric Nouel, a long-time game-developer and co-founder of "3rd Kind", a mobile game publishing company based in Tokyo, Japan. Frederic has lived in Japan for almost a decade and shared with us many interesting insights into the Japanese mobile gaming market, as well as on Japanese entrepreneurship. In this first part of our conversation, we take a deep dive into the gaming preferences of Japanese consumers, what it takes to be successful as a game publisher and the importance of content and micro-transactions on the Japanese market.

  • Cambodia State of Mind (w/ Soreasmey Ke Bin)

    29/05/2019 Duration: 16min

    Soreasmey Ke Bin is the founder and managing partner of Confluences, an incubator in the kingdom of Cambodia as well as the co-president of French Tech Cambodia and the vice president of the French Chamber of Commerce. Who better to tell us about the business opportunities the kingdom has to offer to entrepreneurs? Soreasmey shares his insights into what makes Cambodia special and why the kingdom might be the perfect place for certain startups to get started in the ASEAN region. To learn more, check out: Soreasmey’s incubator “Confluences“ : French Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia:

  • Doing business in Singapore (w/ Adrien Barthel)

    13/05/2019 Duration: 30min

    Why has Singapore become the business-hub for the ASEAN region - attracting entrepreneurs and investors alike? What makes doing business in Singapore so easy? What are the challenges when expanding from Singapore into neighbouring markets such as Indonesia? We discuss all of these things and more with Adrien Barthel, co-founder of Sleek - a startup that makes it super easy to start and manage a company in Singapore. If you're thinking of setting up a company in Singapore, Sleek is 100 % the best way to do it. Be sure to check out their services here:

  • Singapore's French Tech For Good (w/ Yoann Fol & Thibaut Brière)

    18/04/2019 Duration: 39min

    Yoann Fol and Thibaut Brière are the driving forces behind Singapore's French Tech For Good - a movement that aims to promote the idea that Tech not only can, but should have a positive impact on the world. In this conversation we explore what it means for a tech company to be purpose-driven and whether or not the goal of having a positive impact on the world is compatible with the pursuit of profit and growth. We also discuss Yoann's larger vision for the French Tech For Good movement: to see it become an integral part of the French Tech mission statement, a guiding principle behind which all French startups can rally. Yoann Fol is the founder and CEO of Dathappy, a social enterprise in Singapore that provides high quality consulting to support the data revolution of purpose-driven organizations. Find out more at

  • Gilles Langourieux : Founder & CEO of Virtuos

    04/04/2019 Duration: 28min

    Gilles Langourieux is the CEO and founder of Virtuos - one of the worlds leading game development companies. Virtuos employs over 1,500 staff worldwide and as a part of their global growth, they have recently moved their headquarter from Chine to Singapore - and that’s where we met with Gilles, not long after Virtuous closed a funding round to finance its next phase of growth and international expansion. If you like video games, or movies for that matter, you’ve probably seen some of Virtuos work. They’ve contributed to game titles such as Dark Souls, Farcry and COD: black-ops - but also to movies, such as Rango or Star Wars : The Force Awakens. We talk to Gilles about how he grew his company, which he founded in 2004 in China, we explore the difficulties of being a foreign entrepreneur on the mainland Chinese market and learn how the Chinese market has changed over the last 15 years. Gilles generously taps into his own experience to give advice to us, his fellow entrepreneurs, that are perhaps considering ex

  • Ethical Hiring of Foreign Domestic Workers (w/ David Bensadon)

    28/03/2019 Duration: 30min

    David Bensadon is the founder and CEO of We Are Caring, Singapore’s smart and ethical agency for hiring foreign domestic workers. Foreign Domestic Workers, or “helpers” as they are often called, are common all across Asia Pacific. A helper is live-in maid, whose duties include cleaning, cooking and childcare. These women often leave their home country, and families, behind because of a lack of other well-paid job opportunities. The total number of domestic workers in Asia is hard to estimate, but informal sources claim that they might account for between 2.5 and 10 percent of total employment in the region. The numbers are overwhelming. China alone is estimated to be the home to 20 million helpers, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia. When a helper leaves their home-country in search for opportunity, they are bound by rules and regulations, and are obliged to call upon the services of third-party agencies to find a foreign employer. These agencies routinely charge up to 6 months of salary for their serv

  • Cécile Israel : French Tech Greater Bay Area

    20/03/2019 Duration: 28min

    Cécile Israel is the founder of EasyBachus, a startup based in Shenzhen China, that makes wine easy and fun for everyone. She's also the head of the new French Tech community for the Hongkong-Shenzhen area, as well as president of the "Entrepreneurs Group of South China" with the French Chamber of Commerce. Who better than Cécile to tell us more about the major efforts currently underway to unite the megalopolis formerly known as Pearl River Delta, consisting of 9 cities and 2 special administrative regions in South China - a region that houses no less than 5% of the Chinese population and represents a GDP of 1.4 trillion USD?

  • Julien Condamines : Pay It Forward

    20/03/2019 Duration: 28min

    Every French person working in tech in Singapore, is already a member of French Tech Singapore - even if they might not yet realize it! Or so says Julien Condamines - ex-Googler, startuper and founder of the Singapore-based innovation boutique “Co-Creation Lab”. We sit down with Julien to talk about the value of community when running a business abroad, the power of the pay-it-forward attitude, and about the opportunities that his involvement in French Tech Singapore have generated for him. But if you’re looking to connect with the the French Tech community in the little red dot, don’t expect to get more out of it than you’re willing to put in, Julien warns. The impact of the network depends entirely on the willingness of its members to provide value to their fellow entrepreneurs. The best way to get involved is to not to passively reach out, but to actively participate - to create value, in whatever way you can. Find out more about French Tech Singapore at : Learn more about the Co-Cre

page 1 from 2