MaGIC Academy: Looking at Asia as Startup Nation



4:30 pm- Introduction and Kickoff

4:45 pm- The State of the Asian Startup Nation - Joseph K. Ziegler, Sam Shafie, David Ding, Jamie Camidge

5:15 pm- Panel and Discussion: Topic - Malaysia's role - Local Ecosystem contributors (VC,Accelerator, Startup)

6:00 pm- Q/A about Challenges and Opportunities for Malaysian Startups - Ask the panel

6:30 pm- Entering the Australian Market

7:00 pm- Muru-D Information Session

7:30 pm- Drinks and mingle (Dinner is provided)


This is an event for people in startups who want to learn more about the startup ecosystem in Asia Pacific.

Who Should Attend?

Anybody who is in a startup or thinking about creating one in Asia, moving to Asia or wants to know more about the Asian startup ecosystem’s opportunities and challenges.

About the Panelist:

Joseph K.Ziegler

The speaker is Joseph K.Ziegler. Joe started his life and education in Texas but began his IT career in the Silicon Valley. In 1995 he worked at Netscape developing some of the first e-commerce applications during the early days of the Internet. His next venture took him to NetGravity and his second classic Internet IPO. After that, Joe enjoyed building several startups from the ground up in the role of the technical executive responsible for the company IP and managing engineering groups. His most recent thriving venture was Iris Data Services, which landed on the “Forbes 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the US” list, and was recently acquired by EPIQ Systems (NASDAQ: EPIQ), for $134M. In 2006, Joe began using cloud services and virtualisation to create the infrastructure for Iris Data Services as the Director of Technical Services. Later, he worked with several enterprises developed on the cloud, including building his own company, IndexMedia, that successfully exited in the Australian market. Today, he continues to work with startups providing technical expertise and angel investment support and acts as the Muru-D Singapore Accelerator Entrepreneur in Residence.

Sam Shafie

Founder, WTF Accelerator

Sam is the Founder of WatchTower and Friends (WTF) Accelerator, an early stage tech accelerator company. WTF Accelerator operates a 4-month program focusing on Big Data Analytics, Creative Content, Information Security, Mobile Internet, Cloud Computing, Green Technology, Wearable Technology, Biotechnology and Smart Grid Technology. The WTF Accelerator opened its 1st batch of startups in January 2015 with 7 startups and had their first Demo Day on May 21st. The 2nd batch of 7 startups is currently in session.

Sam is also a founding member and committee member of the Malaysian Business Angel Network (MBAN)

Y.David Ding

David is an innovation leader, problem solver and startup hustler. He is a lean startup practitioner focusing on business development, business model optimization and customer development and validation. He worked in various industries on business and partnership development in the past 9 years, including IT solutions, gaming, e-commerce, big data (SAP Hana), social media and healthcare. He has lead numerous Business Development efforts and validated business models that attracted angels and institutional funding.

He is also a connector and community developer. He developed and organized a number of industrial communities, conferences and events in different cities. He is passionate about both technology and helping people, always ready and willing to make some extra mile to achieve better. Meanwhile, he is also building business development and community development partnerships in Asia Pacific realm and beyond. Today, he is with muru-D Singapore as the Community and Operation Manager.

Jamie Camidge

Jamie is muru-D’s Head of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances. He is an experienced strategist within the telecoms, media and technology sector, with strong transaction experience.

Jamie has held a number of executive roles at Telstra since 2008, including General Manager, Corporate Strategy and Director of Strategy for Telstra Media Group (FOXTEL, Sensis and Digital Media). His roles at Telstra saw him advising the Telstra CEO and Board multiple market entry / exit strategies including the $2.5Bn acquisition AUSTAR COMMUNICATIONS and Telstra's recent partial divestment of Sensis. Prior to joining Telstra, Jamie worked as a management consultant, serving clients including ANZ Bank, BNP Paribas, Downer EDI, General Motors Holden, and Telecom New Zealand. He is also co-founder of Pisces Group, an Australia-based technology business serving the retail mortgage industry, providing electronic loan application processing, mortgage data solutions, and broker business software. Jamie was born in Camden, NSW but spent most of his childhood on a farm just outside of Byron Bay on far north coast of NSW.

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MaGIC, Block 3730 Persiaran APEC, 63000 Cyberjaya. Malaysia
Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre