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From GGV Capital, Evolving for the Next Billion interviews local champions and global giants who are reshaping the lives of the next billion internet users. Hosted by GGV Capital Managing Partner Hans Tung. Produced by GGV colleague Rita Yang. Podcasts are released bi-weekly.
111 Episodes
Today's episode is a collaboration between Evolving for the Next Billion and The Wharton FinTech Podcast. Hosted by Josh Benadiva, Hans shares the turning points in his career, how he makes difficult decisions, and how GGV approaches FinTech.
Today on the show, we have Desmond Lim. Desmond is the CEO and co-founder of Workstream, a tech space hiring platform that helps business to hire faster, cutting half the time to engage, hire and onboard hourly workers. Workstream is in GGV's portfolio. Before workstream, Desmond is a graduate of Harvard University and MIT Media Lab, and a former Product Manager at WeChat and an investor for Dorm Room Fund. He's from Singapore. He splits his time between San Francisco and Utah. He also used to represent the Singapore National Youth team in basketball.
Today's episode is a recording of a virtual fireside chat with Tony Fadell-iPod inventor, iPhone co-inventor, Nest founder, and now New York Times best-selling author of "Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making". It is hosted by GGV's managing partners Jeff Richards and Hans Tung.
Today's episode is a live recording of a panel discussion at GGV's 7th annual Evolving Economy conference in NYC last year. It is moderated by Hans, featuring four exceptional operators in the FinTech space: Bradley Riss, Chief Commercial Officer at Huey Lin, Founding COO at Affirm; Venture Partner at GGV Capital Michael Rangel, Founder & CEO at Novo Rares Crisan, VP of Technology at GGV Capital
In this crossover episode between Evolving for the Next Billion and Founder Real Talk, co-hosted by Glenn Solomon, we chat with Dani Grant, the co-founder and CEO of Jam is a developer tool that streamlines communication between product engineering teams about bugs and fixes. Founded in 2020, Jam has helped nearly 15,000 product, QA, engineering, and design leaders ship bug-free software to customers including Unilever, Staples, T-Mobile, and Dell. Prior to founding Jam, Dani worked as a product manager for Cloudflare and Union Square Ventures. Jam raised $3.5M in a seed round led by Union Square Ventures and Version One Ventures, with participation from angels including GitHub CTO Jason Warner and Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince. Jam is a GGV portfolio.
It's not the first time we are in what the media called a "crypto winter". In the last crypto winter of 2018, Emilie, the guest of today's show, made the unconventional choice to join Coinbase from her senior role at LinkedIn. She is now the President and Chief Operating Officer of Coinbase. What was her journey like? How do you navigate through a crypto winter? You'll hear it from her in today's episode. The episode is recorded in July 2022. Enjoy!
To commemorate International Women's Day this year, we are thrilled to introduce a special series featuring some of the inspiring female founders in GGV's portfolio. Kicking off the series is Carolyn Childers, co-founder and CEO of Chief, a network designed exclusively for high-achieving women in leadership positions. Chief membership provides a private networking platform to connect and support women executives from all industries. Currently, Chief has over 20,000 paid members across 12,000 organizations, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Disney, IBM, Nike, Goldman Sachs, Netflix, Pfizer, Walmart, HBO, Lyft, and New York Times. That's a long and distinguished list. Chief is a GGV portfolio company. Prior to founding Chief, Carolyn was the SVP Senior Vice President of Operations at Handy, a home services marketplace. Previously, Childers led the launch of, where she was the general manager through its acquisition by Amazon. She has also held strategy and business development roles at Victoria's Secret and Avon Products. Carolyn began her career in finance, working in investment banking at Deutsche Bank.
Today we have a bonus episode in which GGV’s managing partner Jenny Lee shared why she invested in BUD, existing companies in her game tech portfolio, and her take on NFT. For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
In this episode, we asked Hans about his 2021, in which he shared his view on Web3, investing at an unprecedented pace, ESG, and the global capital market in 2021. Stay tuned till the end for some proudest moments shared by our listeners over the past 2 years! For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Today on the show, we have the cofounders of BUD - Risa and Shawn. BUD is a global virtual platform for Gen Z and Gen Alpha to create and share 3D interactive experiences. It is also one of the world's largest 3D item markets. Before founding BUD, Risa and Shawn were colleagues at Snapchat where they worked as interactive and software engineers. Risa graduated from Cornell in 2017 with a degree in Computer science and math. With a deep interest in computer graphics, she started building her own indie game since college. After graduation, she joined the Snapchat AR team as an interactive engineer working on frontier AR experience and the developer community Snapchat’s AR engine.  Shawn graduated from Rutgers with a major in Computer Science. He interned at Meta in 2015 as a software engineer working on video-ads recommendation in the news feed. In early 2016, he joined Snapchat full-time, where he worked on Android performance optimization, rewrite, and friending recommendation. For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Happy New Year, everyone! For the 1st episode of 2022, we brought you the yearly reflection from our global managing partner Jixun Foo, in which he shared how he experienced 2021, the new norm for global venture capitalists, and some of the most exciting startups he has seen. Enjoy! For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Today’s episode is a live recording from the recent BayBrazil LatAm Summit, where Hans did a fireside chat moderated by its founder and CEO Margarise Correa.  BayBrazil is a Silicon Valley-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the Brazilian-American ecosystem of professionals & businesses in the Bay Area.  For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Hi, everyone. Today’s show is a rerun as our portfolio company Grab is officially listed on Nasdaq today. We thought it would be cool to bring back the interview we recorded with GGV’s managing partner Jixun Foo back in 2019. He shared how he first met Grab’s founder Anthony, the parallel between Grab and Didi and why he decided to lead Grab’s Series B while it was still GrabTaxi. Enjoy!  For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Hi, listeners! Our podcast Evolving for the Next Billion has passed the 1 million downloads milestone, thanks to your continuing support from all over the world! And we’re approaching the 100th episode for the show. To celebrate this humble but exciting achievement with our listeners, we would love to feature you in the upcoming episode 100!  Tell us your name, where you live and your proudest achievement over the past 2 years! Describe that pivotal moment when you realize you’ve grown - as a founder, a friend, or as a person.  You can submit by emailing the recording directly to  A mobile phone recording would do but make sure you record in a quiet place.  Looking forward to hearing from you!
Today on the show, we have Ralf Wenzel, founder and CEO of JOKR. JOKR is a global platform for instant grocery and retail delivery at a hyperlocal scale. It delivers all sorts of product within 15 minutes of purchase, including groceries, drugs, pharmaceuticals, and exclusive local products that are not available in regular supermarkets. JOKR is a GGV portfolio. Previously, Ralf was a managing partner for SoftBank Group, where he spent a lot of time in LatAM. Before that, Ralf was the Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member at Delivery Hero, one of the leading global online food delivery and ordering platform across more than 30 countries. Ralf sold his last startup, Foodpanda to Delivery Hero. He was the founder and CEO of Foodpanda, which contributes to the book of food delivery businesses globally today. Furthermore, Ralf built out Skrill or Paysafe, which is one of the leading global online payment companies in Europe and served as the Chief Operating Officer before. Lastly, Ralf has been supporting the other founders over the last 15 years and has been an active angel investor through his own vehicle, Tocororo ventures. For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Today on the show, we have Dane Atkinson, CEO, and Founder of Odeko. Odeko is a hidden platform supporting thousands of Coffee shops with the technology once only held by the public giants. It uses AI and automation to provide a single source of supplies that is loaded into stores in the closed hours, and consumer apps making all cafes easily discoverable and accessible and soon a host of other building bricks. Odeko is a GGV portflio. Dane is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company at the age of 18. Since then, he has built a successful career running tech companies, mostly in the SMB tech space, such as Squarespace, SumAll, and Odeko. Dane was the CEO of Squarespace from 2007 to 2011. He also serves as a board member, mentor, and advisor to numerous other companies. For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Today on the show we have Stephen Kalb. Stefan Kalb is the CEO and co-founder of Shelf Engine. Kalb co-founded Shelf Engine in 2016 to address the global food waste pandemic he experienced first-hand with grocers. Prior to Shelf Engine, Kalb spent 7 years as the CEO of Molly’s, a healthy grab-and-go food company he started in 2009. While Kalb grew the company to more than 400 regional retail locations, food waste was eating into Molly’s bottom line. Hungry for a solution, Stefan and Shelf Engine co-founder Bede Jordan developed a model to considerably improve perishable food forecasting. After successfully cutting Molly’s food waste in half, Kalb and Jordan quit their day jobs to launch Shelf Engine with a mission of transforming the food supply chain by helping grocery stores reduce waste and increase sales through intelligent forecasting. Today, Shelf Engine has nearly 200 employees and manages orders for leading grocers at thousands of locations nationwide. Shelf Engine is a GGV portfolio. For opportunities at Shelf Engine: For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to  
Today on the show we have Timo Recker and Andre Menezes, co-founders of Next Gen Foods, a Singapore-based food tech company that's harnessing the power of plant proteins to create the most delicious and satisfying food imaginable. Next Gen Foods is a GGV portfolio. A serial entrepreneur, Timo comes from a life-time background in the food space. Before Next Gen Foods, Timo founded German-based LikeMeat, where he was responsible for the successful conceptualization, growth, and expansion of the brand into ten European countries, with products sold through 15,000 supermarkets. A Brazilian native, Andre has lived and worked in many countries. He served as General Manager of Country Foods Singapore, the largest meat distributor and processor in the country, as well as the company responsible for scaling Impossible Foods from a newcomer on the scene, to a household name in the region. For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Today on the show we have Fabián Gómez Gutiérrez, CEO and Founder of Frubana. Frubana is a one-stop operating platform for restaurants – with B2B ecommerce and fintech offerings. It aims to make food in Latin America more accessible and currently operates in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. Before founding Frubana, Fabian is the expansion leader and an early employee of Rappi, Latin America's 1st Super App. Fabian receives his bachelor of engineering from The University of the Andes in Colombia. Frubana is a GGV portfolio. For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Today on the show, we have le Hong Minh, founder and CEO of VNG. VNG is one of the largest internet companies in Vietnam, founded in 2004, VNG began as a gaming company. Today, its digital services span across several verticals including social media, which is Zalo; digital content, which is Zing mp3; financial Services, which is Zalo pay; cloud services, which is VNG Cloud. Minh got his bachelor's degree in finance from Monash University. Before starting VNG, he has been doing investment banking for many years, and honored as one of the 10 most influential people on the internet in Vietnam for the last decades. For the full transcript of the show, go to Join our listeners' community, go to
Comments (5)

Lorri Antus

wow! great inspiration!

Apr 23rd
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No doubt the episode of Doris Ke is the funniest ever!

Feb 21st


I’m listening to the Dianping episode and Hans needs to stop cutting off Tao when he speaks. I’m more interested in Taos insight, and would prefer to hear him finish his thoughts.

Apr 20th

Ivan Felipe Pineda

it's like this podcast was made for me

Apr 19th
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