Anyone Who Went There IPO-ed

In this episode, Michael Waitze speaks to Shawn Dehpanah, EVP & Head of Corporate Innovation APAC at Plug and Play.

Having started out initially as a family business and ironically, not related to technology at all, Plug and Play has grown to be a platform that connects technology-centric start-ups to some of the largest corporations around the world.

Shawn also shares with us how, since then, Plug and Play has grown from its humble roots in Silicon Valley, out to booming economies such as Singapore, Japan, and China. And with its most recent expansion to Thailand, Shawn believes that there can be no replacement for the genuine connections, be it just a simple handshake or face-to-face meeting, by remote communications. And through this expansion, Plug and Play looks to partner with even more corporates and reach deeper into the Thai start-up ecosystem.

One of the key issues Shawn sees with Thai start-ups is their limited exposure to the world outside their own country. He sees the passion and ability of the start-ups in developing solutions for the Thai market and believes some of these solutions would be highly sought after in overseas markets. However, Shawn realises that there is not a strong platform to showcase these developments and solutions built in Thailand to the rest of the world.

Listen in to this episode of the Thailand GameChanger to find out more about Plug and Play, and how they can help you develop and build your business and bring it to the world stage.

This episode’s audio was expertly edited and this episode’s summary was written by Yong Yun Jing.

Posted on Feb 21, 2020

About the Author: Michael I. Waitze

Michael worked in Global Finance for more than 20 years, employed by firms like Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, primarily in Tokyo. He is a leader in the digital media space and his flagship website reaches listeners in over 140 countries.