XA Podcast 013 | Active Intelligence and the Early Days of VC in SEA w/ Hian Goh, Co-Founder and General Partner, Openspace Ventures


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What do you expect from a market that doesn’t have a developed ecosystem? Many investors are extremely cynical about it and rightly so. But these markets have asymmetries that come with a huge potential for investors to discover ;building themselves and in turn the market as a whole. If you want to listen from an expert about how he entered and saw a whole market evolve across Asia, this episode of XA Podcast is for you.

Guest Profile

Hian Goh holds an MBA from INSEAD Singapore and a Law Degree from Trinity College, Oxford. He co-founded Openspace in 2014 and now sits on the Investment Committee and the Boards of Kumu, Nutrition Technologies, Love, Bonito, and FreshKet. He is a well-known investor in Southeast Asian countries.

Discussion Points

  • Investing ecosystem and its importance
  • Building credibility
  • Working as a lone founder versus working with a team
  • Raising capital
  • Benefits of networking with the right people
  • Working with people possessing similar interests


The XA Network (formerly Xoogler Angels) was founded in 2018 as an exclusive investment network comprising senior executives from leading global and regional technology companies. Our mission is to provide smart capital to early-stage companies across Southeast Asia. The XA podcast brings together voices from the ecosystem that powers early stage investing across this vibrant region. Our guests include entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and of course XA Network investors.

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