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.

Anchor – The First Coworking Space in Pattaya

Anchor Coworking SpaceAttention geek beach-goers the first coworking space has opened in Pattaya! Although Bangkok has a nice diverse mix of about a dozen coworking spaces, each fulfilling a unique niche and role, it can be agreed that they are all missing one thing – a beach. This is not a problem anymore. Geeks who cannot part from their computers and high-speed internet connection for too long can take a short two-hour drive to Pattaya and simultaneously enjoy the best the online and offline world has to offer.      

So What About Anchor Coworking Space? 

Seedstars World Bangkok - August 8th, 2014

Seedstars BangkokSeedstars World is coming to Bangkok to find the best startup

 Seedstars World is the most exclusive startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes

Geneva, 24th of June, 2014 : Seedstars World (SSW) will make its return in Thailand on the 8th of August, continuing on its journey to emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes.

Review: Geeks on a Plane BBQ Cookout at Hubba

Geeks on a Plane @ HubbaGeeks on a Plane was back in Thailand. Led by 500 Startups, the largest accelerator in the world, Geeks on a Plane consists of a contingent of leading Silicon Valley and global startup founders, investors and corporate executives in Southeast Asia to explore the various vibrant startup communities in this explosive region.

Dave McClure and his 500 Startups crew are here in Bangkok for an intense series of welcoming parties, meet ups and events from July 17-20, 2014 to meet startup founders and other members of the Thai startup community.