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Hey startup people, and LinkedIn connections ;) #1 newsletter
By Romain Aubert • Issue #1 • View online
News feeds are dead.
Hey startup people, and LinkedIn connections ;)
News feeds are becoming increasingly noisy so I’m switching to a newsletter format to publish updates. Hopefully you’ll love scanning through these newsletters as I update you with what’s going on around me, in the startup world and Asia.
Feel free to unsubscribe (link at the bottom) if you don’t want to get any more updates from me; I’ll be sending this newsletter occasionally every 3 to 4 months.
Below is a highlight of what’s been happening over the past few months:
  1. Doing business in North Korea, yep.
  2. Hacking on a A380 at 33,000 feet from Hong Kong to London
  3. Corporations are falling in love with startups - but they aren’t sure on how to date
  4. The rise Bangkok as a regional Hub & Techsauce Global Summit

Doing business in North Korea, yep.
Earlier this year, I flew on a Tupolev Tu-204 to Pyongyang, DPRK (aka North Korea) with a NGO, Choson Exchange, to run a lean startup workshop for 100 locals.
The audience ranged from IT specialists to factory directors; it was incredibly insightful to connect and share thoughts with people living in ‘The Hermit Kingdom’ and witness what life is like in a totalitarian dictatorship regime run on a national-self-reliance ideology.
It is a different world, worth experiencing.
If you are curious, have questions or would like to go to help on the ground, drop me a line.
"Snapshot through curtains", rehearsal for Kim Il-sung's 105th birthday, March 2017
"Snapshot through curtains", rehearsal for Kim Il-sung's 105th birthday, March 2017
Hacking *on* a A380 at 33,000 feet from Hong Kong to London
Back in May, I got on a A380 from Hong Kong to London with 36 other people to do a hackathon on a plane for British Airways.
We generated tones of ideas, shared visions, built prototypes, and most importantly built a new community.
At a time when everyone is hustling to build up their network, we managed to build a community in just 80 hours.
Learn how we did it: 
Corporations are falling in love with startups - but they aren't sure on how to date
I’ve lead a few other innovation projects, including a venture building project for Jaguar Land Rover and some startup scouting for BNP Paribas, AXA and Airbus.
Takeaways:
  • Venture Building initiatives and models are being tried out
  • Corporations are scouting for startups but are not sure what to do with them
What’s next:
  • I’m working on a project to build a global Venture Building community
  • I’ll keep helping corporations scouting for startups and build capacity
Get in touch if you want to get involved!
The rise of Bangkok as a regional Hub & Techsauce Global Summit
Techsauce Global Summit, Bangkok, Thailand, 2017
Techsauce Global Summit, Bangkok, Thailand, 2017
Back in July I had the chance to join Techsauce Global Summit as a moderator/MC. Below are my takeaways:

  • Thai corporates are all-in for the Corporate Venture Capital game (article)
  • More people are considering Bangkok as a APAC base/hub
  • Startup studios are being built here in Bangkok
  • Thailand is primed for digital big time (article)
  • Last year, the government announced the introduction of a $570 million venture fund (article)
  • How can Thailand strive in a China-dominated SEA? (article)
  • Thailand as a medical tourism hub (article)
  • Can Thailand attract enough talents to relocate?
That’s it for now, feel free to drop me a line to share thoughts, feedback or simply catch up!
Talk soon,
Romain
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“The role of the organiser is to create power for others” — Saul Alinsky

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