Venture capitalist Edith Yeung and Angie Lau, CEO and editor-in-chief of Forkast News sit down discuss the role of China, the impact of technology, and why there may be coordinated focus on blockchain by President Xi Jinping.
Is Asia gaining ground in the technology race? Edith Yeung, advisor at 500 Startups, partner at Proof of Capital, and author of “China Internet Report” shares why Asia is the place to be for blockchain adoption. For a VC who spends half her time in Silicon Valley, she recognizes that there is an economic hunger that drives adoption differently from Hong Kong to Singapore, Mainland China to the rest of the region. The sheer size of populations in China, India, and Southeast Asia means that adoption can reach mass scale quickly, and things can happen here in days and weeks versus months or years.
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Edith Yeung is a venture capitalist, technology executive, and a China Internet expert. She is also the author and creator of the China Internet Report, an annual report on China technology trends widely popular among investors and corporate executives.
Selected by Inc’s Magazine as one of the Silicon Valley investors you must know, Edith Yeung is a partner at 500 Startups – the world’s most active early seed investor. She has invested in over 40 mobile, AI and blockchain startups including Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), AISense, DayDayCook, AppOnBoard, Hooked, Oasis Labs, Stellar, Solana, CoCos-BCX, Palantir and many more.
Before 500, Edith was previously a GM at Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. Edith also worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Siebel, AMS, AT&T Wireless and Autodesk.
She has been featured on CNBC, Wall Street Journal, SCMP, BBC, Bloomberg, CBS, NPR, TechCrunch, Asia Society, The Economist and many more.
Angie Lau is an award-winning former Bloomberg TV anchor, 20+ year veteran of journalism and is currently Founder and CEO of Forkast.News: a digital media platform for all things blockchain.
Her flagship morning show “First Up with Angie Lau” on Bloomberg was broadcast globally into 350 million homes and offices around the world. She has interviewed leading newsmakers, CEOs, and icons, including her exclusive with Li Ka-shing — his first television one-on-one in more than a decade — that continues to be watched in syndication globally. As a communications leader, Angie has advised CEOs and executives at global firms including: Li Ka-shing Foundation, UBS, Horizons Ventures, and Walmart, among other global organizations.
She is a sought-after speaker, and her TEDx Talk “I Am Not Supposed to Be Here” was turned into a TED Ed Lesson for its global audience of 6.7 million followers. Angie is a director on the Executive Committee Canadian Chamber of Commerce of HK, and is a former two-term President and now senior board member of Asian American Journalists Association Asia Chapter. She is a valued past Correspondent Board Governor at the Foreign Correspondents Club of HK, and also serves on an advisory board for Journalism & Media Studies Center at University of Hong Kong.