Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia. The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community.

Alan Chan joined us in a conversation to discuss his firm, Vectr Ventures in Hong Kong and offer his perspectives on the Hong Kong startup ecosystem. He shared his investment thesis & his insights in how he works with the startups as an investor. Last but not least, we discuss his interest and work in the conservation of the environment.

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Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):

  • Alan Chan (@achanman, LinkedIn), Co-founder, Vectr Ventures (@vectr_ventures)
    • How did you start your career? [1:12]
    • How did you end up becoming a venture capitalist? [1:41]
    • Throughout your career journey, what are the interesting career lessons you can share with my audience? [4:26]
  • Vectr Ventures & Investor Scene in Hong Kong [7:06]
    • What is the motivation behind starting Vectr Ventures? [7:17]
    • What is your current role and coverage in Vectr Ventures? [8:40]
    • What’s the mission and vision of Vectr Ventures? [9:07]
    • Do you have an investment thesis? If so, can you share them? [11:16]
    • Who are the team within Vectr Ventures? [12:26]
    • How do you identify founders of startups to invest in? What are the key traits you look in them? [15:04]
    • How do you help founders when their startups are in trouble? What are the “do-nots” that you tell them? [16:50]
    • What are the interesting companies on the Vectr Ventures portfolio? [18:42]
    • Other geographies which Vectr Ventures invest in. [21:40]
    • How do you see the Hong Kong startup ecosystem from your viewpoint? [22:28]
    • What are the challenges of the Hong Kong startup ecosystem from your perspective? [24:49]

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