Tech in Asia Singapore 2015 – Thai Startup Exhibiters Shine

From May 6th to May 7th, I was very fortunate to attend this year’s two-day Tech in Asia Singapore 2015 event at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibit Centre. The same event last year was a smash, however they exceeded their performance from last year with a well-organized exciting two days of promising startups, prominent speakers and a long list of very active investors from all over Southeast Asia (SEA). They certainly lived up to their “Connecting Asia’s Tech World” tag line.

Thai Exhibitors

Thailand was well represented at the event. It was nice to see eight quality Thai startups presenting their ventures at the exhibit booths. Throughout the two days, I was able to visit and talk with the founders of each of the eight Thai startups.

BKK Entrepreneurs Event – Ft.

On March 30th, 2015, BKK Entrepreneurs held their popular networking event hosted again at the Doubletree Hilton Sukhumvit. The feature speaker was Khun Theinruj Toranavikrai (“Beam”), founder and CEO of The more than 150 attendees were treated to an engaging success story narrated by Khun Beam. In less than four years, became the #1 real estate portal in Thailand. They are currently in negotiations to be acquired by iProperty Group, the #1 network of property portal sites in Asia.

Echelon Top 100 Qualifier 2015 – Best Opportunity of the Year for Our Thai Startups to Shine

On March 20th, 2015, I joined over 300 others to attend the marathon pitching event organized by Hubba and e27 at the Silom Complex. The largest pitching event in Thailand, perhaps all of Southeast Asia, showcased 21 promising techs startups that spanned numerous categories including travel, e-learning, marketplaces, job search and food delivery. A unique personal management app that deserves its own niche category was pitched as well.

First Bangkok Founders Drinks in 2015

On February 25, 2015, PocketPlay Labs hosted the first Founders Drinks event in Bangkok this year. I would estimate there was about 70 in attendance. Hubba and e27 jointly organized the event with Ms. Elaine Huang as moderator of the “experiences in entrepreneurship” discussion. The three guest founders present to field her questions were Khun Yod Chinsupakul of Wongnai, Khun Thanawat Malabuppha of Priceza and Khun Teerachart (“Max”) Kortrakul of StockRadars.

Crowdfunding Asia Thailand Summit 2015

Article Co-written by David Shelters and Pitch Taniteerawong

On February 10-11, 2015 the first Crowdfunding Asia Summit in Thailand was held at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel. Thailand’s Stock Exchange Commission (SEC) was the official sponsor of this landmark event and center of discussion.  There were 300 attendees who registered for the event and it is estimated approximately 40% represented the public sector, one-third representing investor interests and the remaining third comprising of entrepreneurs and other participants in the local startup community. The topic was Crowdfunding and the power of crowd wisdom.

 So what is Crowdfunding?

Review: Barcamp Chiang Mai 7

On Saturday, October 18th, 2014, the seventh edition of Barcamp Chiang Mai was attended by nearly 300 geeks and hosted once again at the scenic Chiang Mai University. Whereas in Bangkok, natural disasters and political turmoil have caused disruptions in Barcamp scheduling, the Barcamps in Chiang Mai have been consistent. This year, as in past years,   the event attracted about 300 attendees, hosted at the same venue and organized by the same group of people.  

I have enjoyed travelling up from Bangkok to attend the last several Barcamps in Chiang Mai, home to some of the best technology universities in Thailand and source of many of the tech talent we see founding or working for startups in Bangkok.

Review: Barcamp Bangkok 2014

Barcamp Bangkok 2014This past weekend, Saturday the 23rd of August the first Barcamp in Bangkok returns after nearly a two year hiatus. The new organizers were led by Thomas Wanhoff, a veteran organizer of several Barcamps outside of Thailand. Over 300 participants attended the event hosted at TK Park (Thailand Knowledge Park) in Central World. Similar to previous Barcamps, there were morning and afternoon sessions with time slots and room assignments on a board where attendees wishing to present on a topic could claim a spot. Unlike previous Barcamps, there was no attendee voting to determine which speakers would be presenting.  

Pre-Orders Campaign Announcement for Art of Bootstrapping

The Art of BootstrappingI am pleased to announce that Publishizer, a disruptive crowd publishing site based in Singapore, has agreed to conduct a 30-day pre-orders campaign for my recently finished second book- Art of Bootstrapping. The campaign will commence on Monday, August 18th. For the book to be published a minimum campaign goal of $10,000 of pre-orders during the 30-day period must be received. Those that order during the campaign will be eligible to receive specified rewards, including acknowledgement within the book. It may be the only opportunity to secure a hard copy as there is a probability that only e-book versions will be available online for purchase after the campaign. Additionally your order will encourage others and help us reach our campaign goal.

The pre-orders campaign has started. You can get more information about the book and place your pre-orders at this link:

Please spread the word and thank you very much for your support!  

David Shelters

Editor, Thailand Startup Review

Seedstars World Returns to Bangkok

TSR Seedstars Bangkok 2014Friday August 7th 2014, the second annual Seedstars World (SSW) pitching event in Thailand was held.  Pocket PlayLabs hosted the event. Seedstars World is a Swiss-based organization with a mission to bring global exposure to the fastest growing startup communities in the world and building a vast world-wide network of entrepreneurs by organizing pitch events in each selected emerging startup community and afford local startups the opportunity to compete for a trip to Switzerland and potential investment funds totaling up to $500,000.  SSW enjoyed their first successful run in 2013 across 20 cities. This year they expect to launch their pitching events in 30 cities. Bangkok has been fortunate to be a part of both their inaugural and current series.