In episode 13 of the Startup Playbook Podcast, I interview Peter Huynh, Co-Founder and Partner of US$50M fund Qualgro which invests in technology startups in SE Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand.
Since launching a year ago, the fund has made 11 investments in its’ first year, in tech startups based in Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Australia.
Prior to Qualgro, Peter was a Co-Founder of Optus-Innov8, a Corporate VC investing in early-stage Australian technology startups, and part of Singtel Innov8, Singtel Group’s $250M corporate VC fund. He has also led Technology M&A transactions for SingTel Group Digital Life. He has over 15 years experience in several Asian countries, Europe and in Australia.
Peter was previously at Hutchison 3G, where he undertook business development, corporate development/investment and product development roles, based in Sydney and London, and prior to that in digital agencies under the WPP Group. Peter is also an Investor/Mentor at Startmate, regarded as Australia’s most successful accelerator program.
In this interview, Peter shares how corporates can get involved with startups, the challenges of doing business in SE Asia, the differences between seed stage vs series A investment, the key metrics investors look for in investment opportunities. Why good investors focus on long term vs short term aligned interests, why referrals and reputation are so important to investors and why self awareness is important in growing a successful startups and in investment decisions.