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Savio Kwan - Pt.2 Alibaba growth, SARS pandemic and business ethics
September 10, 2020 11:24 PM PDT
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Savio Kwan was the Chief Operations Officer and Board Member of Alibaba.com which was founded by Jack Ma in 1999.

In this part two Savio and I discuss the growth of Alibaba, which is a leading e-commerce, retail and financial corporate. SARS impacted China and Alibaba in 2002 and had a significant affect on Alibaba, e-commerce and life in China. The repercussions accelerated the growth of ecommerce and prepared Asia to deal with the current pandemic.

In part one of the podcast we discussed the challenges of losing your senior executive role and the journey of finding a new role. Savio outlines his experience moves from GE and BTR, moving back to Hong Kong and joining Alibaba as COO and then Chief People Officer.
Thank you to Savio for his great insights and time.

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"Tsunami of Redundancies bring Venture Opportunities"
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tsunami-redundancies-bring-venture-opportunities-andrew-gaule

Savio Kwan - Pt1 Career Change and Joining Alibaba
September 03, 2020 10:50 PM PDT
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Savio Kwan was the Chief Operations Officer and Board Member of Alibaba.com which was founded by Jack Ma in 1999.

In this part one of the podcast we discuss the challenges of losing your senior executive role and the journey of finding a new role. Savio outlines his experience moves from GE and BTR, moving back to Hong Kong and joining Alibaba as COO and then Chief People Officer.

In part two Savio and I discuss the growth of Alibaba, which is a leading e-commerce, retail and financial corporate. SARS impacted China and Alibaba in 2002 and had a significant affect on Alibaba, e-commerce and life in China. The repercussions accelerated the growth of ecommerce and prepared Asia to deal with the current pandemic.

Thank you to Savio for his great insights and time.

See more content, videos and join the discussion
"Tsunami of Redundancies bring Venture Opportunities"
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tsunami-redundancies-bring-venture-opportunities-andrew-gaule

For a discussion on Starting your own business in a pandemic you can listen to other podcasts in Gaule's Question Time
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/gaulesqt/episodes/2020-07-24T07_24_44-07_00

Jacqueline LeSage Krause of MunichRE Ventures
August 19, 2020 02:36 AM PDT
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This is one of a series of presentations and discussions led by Aimava. Future and past programs can be found at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/aimava...

Munich RE Ventures is the strategic CVC group of Munich RE and invests in emerging companies that are developing new technologies and business models – and risks – for tomorrow’s world. As one of the global providers of reinsurance, primary insurance and insurance-related risk solutions, Munich RE is uniquely positioned to help the world adopt new innovations by transferring the risks from invention and by developing solutions for loss prevention.
Jacqueline LeSage Krause, shared the purpose, process and people aspect of the Munich Re Venture funds. We will also have insights on the changing value chains, financial models and transactions that are impacting financial services, insurance and data that are impacting business and society. We will discuss the risk perspectives of significant change in eco systems like electric vehicles, autonomy, new built environment, space travel and other future solutions. Jacqueline will also share insights on the impact and mitigation of the pandemic.
The Aimava sessions are very interactive and there will be plenty of opportunity to share perspectives and questions with peers on the call to share learning and build mutual understanding. These discussions are edited out of this video.
Key contributors to this session;
Jacqueline LeSage Krause, Managing Director of Munich Re Ventures profile below
Andrew Gaule, CEO of Aimava

Changing your career or starting your own business post pandemic
July 27, 2020 12:12 AM PDT
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This is Part Two of the session and we discuss the approach to career change and resilience.
The global pandemic has caused massive disruption to health, personal lives and careers. We are facing masses of redundancies in leading corporates like British Airways (12,000), bp (10,000), Centrica (5,000), HSBC (35,000), over 22,000 Retail STORES to close and millions of SMEs and individuals being affected.
This discussion considered how people and organisations can change. Contributors to the discussion will be Naeema, Graham, Jane and Andrew with the key insights and value coming from our interaction as a community with your questions and perspectives.
Naeema Pasha, Director of Careers & Professional Development at Henley Business School https://www.henley.ac.uk/people/person/naeema-pasha
Graham Philpott, Career advisor working a project related to 'Skills led recovery’. https://www.henley.ac.uk/people/person/gphilpott
Jane Batchelor, Career Advisor, Real Estate & Planning https://www.henley.ac.uk/people/person/jane-batchelor
Andrew Gaule, CEO Aimava, Chair of Business and Technology SIG and Henley Business Angels (board member representative) http://www.aimava.com/#team

Starting your own business and Career change post pandemic
July 24, 2020 07:24 AM PDT
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The global pandemic has caused massive disruption to health, personal lives and careers. We are facing masses of redundancies in leading corporates like British Airways (12,000), bp (10,000), Centrica (5,000), HSBC (35,000), over 22,000 Retail STORES to close and millions of SMEs and individuals being affected.
This discussion will consider how people and organisations can change. Contributors to the discussion will be Naeema, Graham and Andrew with the key insights and value coming from our interaction as a community with your questions and perspectives.
Video is avialable on Aimava Purpose to Performance Youtube http://youtu.be/6l_hIe67NzQ

Auto and energy with BMW, Williams and Aimava
July 09, 2020 06:48 AM PDT
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This is part of series of programs Aimava.com has been leading to support our clients and Corporate Venturing eco system as we face the health and economic impact of the pandemic.
See upcoming events at Aimava Eventbrite
There were plenty of opportunities to share perspectives and questions with peers on the call, these have been edited out of this recording.
Key contributors to this session
Ulrich Quay - Leading BMW i Ventures, BMW's Corporate Venture Fund in California
Stephen Newbury - Williams Advanced Engineering
Andrew Gaule, CEO of Aimava

Aimava has been supporting ventures, corporate innovation units and boards of global companies on their strategic development for many years. Please reach out to us for a confidential discussion on any aspect of your current business model or future plans.

Key discussion points
· The US and Europe continue to offer compelling opportunities for investment in new Automotive and Energy technology and services, however, there is a growing focus on China due to the scale and speed of new technology development and deployment, including New Energy Vehicles, MaaS, Autonomous Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence, and China’s low carbon energy policy.
· The low carbon business models and data-rich services for the Automotive and Energy sectors of the future will depend on a broad range of different customer segments and be determined by each respective use-case i.e. private car, leased car, shared car, taxi, rental, autonomous etc. In addition, with less people owning private cars in the future, it is expected that a significant proportion of cars will be operator-owned which would therefore create a shift from an OEM to operator-owner driven business model.
· Unlike an Internal Combustion Engine which benefits from high utilisation, a battery operated vehicle will need to have different performance parameters which consider the impact of fast charging, load and utilisation on battery life. Likewise in a rental scenario, high turnover rate, induction charging for a battery-operated vehicle will be more practical than using tethered cables.
· Although the commercial viability of V2G is yet to be proven, particularly given the battery cost, battery design solutions, including hybrid and modular batteries with priorities and pricing determined by the smart grid, together with safety considerations (which might be able to be transferred across from legacy applications), are already a key component of the new Automotive-Energy value chain.
· The use of alternative energy, such as Hydrogen for long haul vehicles, aviation and rail is gaining traction in the US, Europe and China with the development of a national strategy for Hydrogen underway in a number of these markets and new technology to lower the cost of production also being developed. However, whilst Hydrogen is a strategic future consideration for many Energy majors, it is not yet economically viable beyond a niche use case.
Useful links & Content
We have produced a number of podcasts on automotives, mobility and charging infrastructure. You can subscribe and listen to Daniel Bentham of ubitricity, Rupert Mitchell of WM Motor, Angela Hultberg head of sustainable mobility for Ikea and more at https://gaulesqt.podomatic.com.
Videos of the team in China last year at a super charging station for BYD taxis and a Nio battery switching station can be found on our Aimava Video Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyKmxeVOHET_KAQNVwxOvhQ

Eric Steager, VP CVC at Anthem Inc.
June 09, 2020 05:52 AM PDT
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Saving ventures and managing your portfolio for the future is critical in this challenging time
This is part of series of programs Aimava.com has been leading to support our clients and Corporate Venturing eco system as we face the health and economic impact of the pandemic.
For further details email us at -info(at)aimava.com
Many venture portfolios are going to be facing serious trading conditions, staff illness, loss of sales, continued costs, cash burn, challenges of new investment etc. As an investor or partner you will need to get to grips in managing the situation. If you have board member roles in these businesses you face additional challenges.
Key contributors to this session (see full profiles below)
Eric Steager, VP, Corporate Venture Capital at Anthem, Inc.
Andrew Gaule, CEO of Aimava

Alex McCracken SVB Q2 - State of Venturing and Investing market with latest stats and insights
June 01, 2020 10:50 PM PDT
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This is part of series of programs Aimava.com has been leading to support our clients and Corporate Venturing eco system as we face the health and economic impact of the pandemic.
For a copy of the presentation email us at -info(at)aimava.com

Silicon Valley Bank are one of the most active banks and investors in many global ventures in key markets in USA, Europe and Asia. The most recent market report gives us great insights on the current state and trends in venture survival and investment. Report State of the Markets in Q2 2020 in SVB. For a copy of the presentation email us at -info(at)aimava.com
Alex will be sharing key insights and discussing the trends.
There were plenty of opportunities to share perspectives and questions with peers on the call, these have been edited out of this recording.
Key contributors to this session
Alex McCracken - Managing Director at Silicon Vallley Bank
Andrew Gaule, CEO of Aimava

Bernhard Mohr, Evonik Ventures - CVC in Challenging times
May 18, 2020 06:32 AM PDT
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Bernhard shared great insights and advice from his 8 years of leading the Evonik fund, which is a GP / LP separate legal structure. We had great insights to the portfolio of 30 venture investments, being on the boards, current cash and business challenges. The discussion with the group was especially good on the current valuations and terms for follow on, before then discussing the challenges and opportunities for new investments as there is a lot of disruptive change occurring. The session was May 2020
Future sessions at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/andrew...

Key contributors to this session
Bernhard Mohr Managing Director, Evonik Ventures
Andrew Gaule, CEO of Aimava

Min Zhou, CM Ventures Deeptech and China
May 08, 2020 12:07 AM PDT
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Min shared insights on the operation of fund in China which has leading corporate investors.
China is at the leading edge of the Venturing and Corporate investments. We will also have an opportunity to hear directly how the China society and business eco system is dealing with the Coronavirus.
Video available on YouTube https://youtu.be/jI6YtMbM8YU
Key contributors to this session
Min Zhou is Managing partner of CM Ventures. A fund with corporate investors inc. BASF, BAT, GE, Henkel, SABIC and Samsung and portfolio in China.
Andrew Gaule, CEO of Aimava

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