Season 2

Season 2, now playing. Evolving for the Next Billion interviews local champions and global giants who are reshaping the lives of the next billion internet users. Hosted by GGV Managing Partner Hans Tung. Podcasts are released bi-weekly.


Sharing of gems from people who have been there done that

"Super and real stories filled with gems and nuggets for startup founders to learn from! I have been listening for over 12 months now and always looking forward to new episodes of insights and knowledge from some of the smartest people in the world."

Linwji via Apple Podcasts
Singapore | 2 June 2020
Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

"Whether you’re well established as a technology innovator, or just getting started on your entrepreneurial journey - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Hans and the entire GGV team do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving organization amidst an ever changing technological landscape, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who have actually innovated on the front-lines themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!"

JoshCrist via Apple Podcasts
USA | 19 March 2020
Amazing Show with Great Questions

"I love how the show has both in-depth analysis of the business and authentic human story of the people who’re building that. Keep up the good work!"

Jasmine_642 via Apple Podcasts
USA | 27 September 2019
Episode 21

Bonus Episode: Hans Tung on Emerging Trends, FoodTech and Advice for His Younger Self

Today’s episode originally aired on our previous guest Garry Tan’s YouTube Channel. Garry turned the tables and interviewed Hans on being a global investor in this day and age, what great founders have in common, and one thing he wants to tell his younger self.
Episode 20

George and Gaery of Tiket.com: Why We Remain Optimistic for the Travel Industry

In this episode, we have George Hendrata and Gaery Undarsa from Tiket.com. Tiket.com is the fastest growing Online Travel Agency (OTA) platform in Indonesia. We also caught up with both of them for a COVID-19 update in the second part of the podcast.
Episode 19

Garry Tan of Initialized: Saying No to Peter Thiel, Engineer turned Investors, and Betting Against Big Tech

Today on the show we have Garry Tan, the managing partner of Initialized Capital, a venture firm based in San Francisco he started with the Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Garry is a designer/engineer turned early-stage investor. He was a partner at Y Combinator for nearly five years where he advised and…
Episode 18

Achmad Zaky of Bukalapak: Why Now is the Best Time to do Startups

On this episode, we have Achmad Zaky, the founder and former CEO of Bukalapak, one of Indonesia’s largest eCommerce site and the newest unicorn in Indonesia. The name Bukalapak means “open a market stall” in Indonesian. It reflects the company’s vision of building an online marketplace for SMEs in Indonesia.
Episode 17

Jenny Lee of GGV: Why We Invested in Agora, Post-Covid Tech Trends, Advice for Technical Founders

As a bonus episode, we also caught up with Jenny, who led GGV’s investment in Agora. We covered how she first met Tony Zhao, founder of Agora.io, the future GGV was betting on and advice for technical founders.
Episode 16

Tony Zhao, CEO of Agora: Building a PaaS Company that Connects Everyone in Real Time

Agora.io is the only real-time engagement platform designed to cross borders and reach users on low-bandwidth networks and lower-powered devices. Founded by Tony Zhao in 2014, with a vision to provide high-quality voice and video as a ubiquitous platform to developers and businesses around the world, it currently serves over…
GGV Live Special

Cecilia Sun of Miss Fresh (每日优鲜): The Economics of Online Grocery in China

Online grocery is one of the most throat-cutting sectors in China. A study shows that with over 4,000 online grocery companies, only 1% is profitable, 4% can break even, and the overwhelming majority is burning money.
GGV Live Special

How Alibaba Survived SARS and Thrived afterwards – featuring its then-President and COO Savio Kwan

When the SARS pandemic struck in 2003, Savio was working as president and COO of an internet startup named Alibaba. Not only did the startup survive SARS, it launched a new business called Taobao and emerged as one of the most valuable companies in the world.
GGV Live Special

Mobilizing Distributed Teams in Crisis – featuring HashiCorp and HelloBike

This episode is the last of our 3-part-webinar series on how founders and leaders are dealing with the current global crisis. It was hosted by GGV’s Head of Talent Jennifer Holmstrom and featured Dylan Tey, Senior VP of HelloBike, […]
GGV Live Special

Coronavirus-Proof Your Cash Flow w/ Jixun Foo @GGV and Brian Gu @XPENG

With the escalated spread of the coronavirus, GGV Capital is running a 3-session-webinar series with founders around the world to help them navigate the radical uncertainty ahead. Today’s episode is the recording of the first webinar on managing cash flow at this special time, joined by Dr. Brian Gu, President…
Episode 15

GGV Fellows: Doing Startups in China as Young Global Talent

In recent years with the growing number of sea turtles returning to China, some say that sea turtle founders have lost their appeal to investor, and no longer have an absolute advantage over locally educated peers.
Episode 14

Amit and RK of Yulu: Transforming Urban India with Micro-mobility

Today on the show, we have Amit Gupta and RK Misra, co-founders of Yulu. Yulu is India’s ride-sharing startup launched in December 2017. It provides a network of over 10,000 shared vehicles, including bicycles and lightweight electric scooters, in Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, and Bhubaneswar. Yulu’s vision is to reduce traffic…
Episode 13

Eric Yuan of Zoom: How WebEx’s Unhappy Customers Inspired Zoom (rerun)

Today’s episode originally aired in July 2018. The guest is Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of Zoom, known for its easy-to-use and reliable video conferencing product. Zoom became a listed company in April 2019 and soon became one of the largest public SaaS companies in the world. The recent…
Episode 12

Vamsi Krishna of Vedantu: Scaling Personalized Live Tutoring in India

This episode is co-hosted by GGV’s investment colleague Madhu Yalarmathi. In this episode, we have Vamsi Krishna, CEO & Co-Founder of Vedantu. Vedantu is India’s leading online tutoring company that enables students to learn LIVE with some of India’s best-curated teachers. The name Vedantu is formed by two Sanskrit words…
Episode 11

Rajesh Yabaji of BlackBuck: Building a Startup is a Marathon of Sprints

This episode is co-hosted by GGV’s investment team colleague Madhu Yalamarthi. On this episode we have Rajesh Yabaji, co-founder and CEO at BlackBuck. BlackBuck is India’s largest trucking logistics company, often referred to as “Uber for Trucks”. In the episode, we covered creating a full-stack logistics marketplace in India, the…
Episode 10

Chen Ying of Shihuituan: Why Community Group Buy Works in China

In this episode, we have Chen Ying, the founder and CEO of Shihuituan, the leading community commerce company in China. The literal meaning of Shihuituan means plenty of things. It’s also a pun for value for money. With its network of 80,000 community influencers, the company currently serves 20 million…
Bonus Episode

Bonus Episode: Jixun Foo of GGV: Why We Invested in Telio

For this bonus episode, we have Jixun Foo, managing partner of GGV Capital. Jixun recently led GGV’s investment in Telio’s Series A. Jixun shared with us why he chose to invest in the B2B eCommerce model vs B2C, his advice for founders who are solving the fragmentation of supply chain…
Episode 9

SyPhong and My Linh of Telio: Becoming a Unicorn of Impact by Serving Mom and Pop Shops in Vietnam

This episode is co-hosted by my colleague Dimitra Taslim. Dimi is on the investment team at GGV Capital. Today on the show, we have SyPhong Bui and My Linh from Telio. Founded in 2018, Telio is already Vietnam’s largest b2b eCommerce platform. It connects small traditional retailers with brands and…
Episode 8

Ankiti from Zilingo: Building an Operating System for Fashion Merchants in Asia and Beyond

On the show today, we have Ankiti Bose, the founder and CEO of Zilingo, one of the largest fashion & lifestyle marketplaces in Southeast Asia. According to Bloomberg, the latest financing valued Zilingo is at $970 million. Ankiti is among the youngest female chief executives to lead a multi-million-dollar startup…
Episode 7

Jenny, Jixun, and Hans on Southeast Asia: Big Opportunities, Aggressive Giants, Advice for Founders

This episode is co-hosted by my colleague Dimitra Taslim. Dimi is on the investment team at GGV Capital. In today’s episode for Southeast Asia, we have GGV’s managing partners Jenny Lee and Jixun Foo. They shared one thing that excites them as investors about the region, what we learned from…
Episode 6

William and Patrick of Tokopedia: From Selling T-Shirts to Driving 1.5% of Indonesia’s GDP

This episode is co-hosted by my colleague Dimitra Taslim. Dimi is on the investment team at GGV Capital. In this episode, we have William Tanuwijaya and Patrick Cao from Tokopedia. Tokopedia is an Indonesian technology company with the largest online marketplace business and its mission is to democratize commerce through…
Episode 5

Ming Maa of Grab: How We Grow a Super App in a Highly Diverse and Competitive Region

On this episode, we have Ming Maa, President of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading super app, providing the everyday services that matter most to consumers. The conversation covered a wide range of topics; how Grab thinks about expansion (markets vs verticals), the tension between product development and scaling, what are the…
Episode 4

Live in Bangalore: Fireside Chat with VG from Udaan, Manu from Xiaomi and Hans from GGV

This episode is a recording of the fireside chat we hosted in Bangalore on September 19th. In the chat moderated by Madhu Yalamarthi, a member of GGV’s investment team, we talked about what does evolving for the next billion means for each of the panelists, the evolution of India’s startup…
Episode 3

Manu of Xiaomi: The Making of India’s Favorite Smartphone Brand

On this episode, we have Manu Kumar Jain, the global vice president at Xiaomi and the managing director of Xiaomi India. Xiaomi is currently the world’s fourth-largest smartphone brand. Besides smartphones, the company also makes other smart devices connected to its IoT platform. It is the youngest company on the…
Episode 2

Kunal and Rohit of Snapdeal: From Surviving to Thriving in India’s eCommerce Battleground

On this episode, we have Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal, co-founders of Snapdeal. Snapdeal is India’s leading online marketplace. The company started out as a flash deal website in 2010, soon evolved into a leader of India’s e-Commerce sectors. In early 2017, it was on the verge of being merged…
Episode 1

Vaibhav Gupta of Udaan: on Building India’s Fastest Unicorn in B2B

For the first episode of the Evolving for the Next Billion podcast, we have Vaibhav Gupta, co-founder of Udaan, India’s top B2B eCommerce. The company connects manufacturers, wholesalers with retailers online, often referred to as India’s fastest unicorn, having achieved over $1 billion valuations in a short period of 26months.…