BordersLess is a platform for young professionals interested in entrepreneurship, opportunities in Asia, personal development and finding career fulfilment.

Current focus: Perspectives from Asia, Asians Between Borders (ABCs), Asian Diasporas and Asian-Australians stories.

Featured Posts & Podcast Episodes

East & Southeast Asia

Denise Sandquist Podcast

Viet Kieu Startup: Denise Sandquist

Born in Vietnam and adopted to Sweden, Denise is the CEO & Co-founder of Fika, a female-focused AI social & dating app creating meaningful connections in Vietnam and Asia.

Franco VC

On Philippine Startups: Franco Varona

As the Managing Partner of Foxmont Capital Partners (the first independent Venture Capital firm in the Philippines), Franco is a passionate advocate of the Philippine startup ecosystem.

Jonathan Hannam

RealTech & VC: Jonathan Hannam

Building a property career across major markets (Sweden, Abu Dhabi, Singapore & China), Jonathan co-founded Taronga Ventures to bring together real estate, technology, and innovation.

Jason Pard Liew

Indonesian VC: Jason Pard

Jason Pard is a partner and co-founder at Aksara Ventures, an Indonesian Venture Capital firm backing bold ideas and resolute operators at the edge of breaking out.

Shane Dillon

International Students: Shane Dillon

Based in Vietnam, Shane founded Cturtle - an EdTech company and employment network for university graduates globally, helping international students get graduate jobs.

Elisa Chiu Podcast

Pursuing Your Passion: Elisa Chiu

As an ex-hedge fund manager, listen to why Elisa left her comfortable corporate life and why she started Anchor Taiwan - a platform for corporates, startups and investors to harness cross-border innovation.

Asian-Australians

Tim Fung

Asian Australian Entrepreneurs

Interested in startups? Click here to find out which young Asian-Australian entrepreneurs (aged 40 and under) made the Australian Financial Review's Young Rich List in 2020.

Sarah Liu

Women Leaders: Sarah Liu

Sarah is the founder of The Dream Collective, a global leadership consultancy, helping businesses in Australia and Asia build diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Brad Chan

Quiet Leaders: Brad Chan

Brad is the CEO of Banna Property Group and the founder of Haymarket HQ (a startup incubator connecting entrepreneurs to Asia), with close ties to the Asian-Australian community.

Su-Lin Tan

Meaning Over Money: Su-Lin Tan

Su-Lin is a correspondent at SCMP. Click here to hear how she changed careers from accounting to journalism, her thoughts on racism in Australia, and the Australia-China relationship.

Asami Koike

Mental Health: Asami Koike

Asami is the founder of Shapes and Sounds, the leading voice for Asian Australian mental wellbeing, seeking to normalise conversations about mental health in the community.

Shelli Trung

PropTech & VC: Shelli Trung

Shelli Trung is the Managing Partner at REACH Australia and was awarded the 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australians in 2020. Click here to listen to her non-linear career path.

Blog Posts

BordersLess Taiwan

Studying in Taiwan on the Huayu Scholarship - Australian Perspective

How I applied for the Huayu Scholarship (華語文獎學金) to study Mandarin Chinese at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, plus some other tips as an Australian applicant.

BordersLess Real Estate

Will Australian Real Estate Companies Expand to Asia?

Will we see real estate companies in Australia expand to Asia in the foreseeable future? Singapore REITs have gone global, but how about Australian REITs?

Australian Venture Capital Asia

Are Australian Venture Capital (VC) Firms Investing in Asia?

VC’s often talk about the need for their portfolio companies to go global, but are Australian VCs themselves global? I compile a list of Aussie VCs with a presence in Asia.

Lee Kuan Yew BordersLess

Lee Kuan Yew: The Importance of Mandarin & Bilingualism

Born to English speaking parents, Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, never learnt Chinese. Only in his 30s did he decide to understand his roots and reclaim his heritage.

Come and Support Sydney's Chinatown (支持悉尼唐人街)

With the lack of international students, tourists and office workers, Sydney’s Chinatown, located in Haymarket, has struggled immensely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jho Low Paris Hilton

Malaysian Billionaires: Jho Low vs Robert Kuok

The Sugar King of Asia vs The Asian Great Gatsby. Click here to read more about the tales of two contrasting businessmen who represent the two sides of “Malaysia Boleh!”

The BordersLess Podcast focuses on guests that have taken alternative pathways in their careers and life. It aims to encourage listeners to take risks, explore options abroad and understand international perspectives. I have show notes to most episodes on the blog page

I also contribute to the Professional Development Forum (PDF), a team dedicated to helping diverse young professionals achieve career fulfilment. For more information about PDF, click here.

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Recent Posts

Quotes of the Week

“For the first time in history, we live in a truly multi-civilizational and multipolar order. There will be no number-one nation. China’s rise does not replace the U.S. as the world’s largest economy but rather represents it joining an already multipolar global system in which there are many multi-trillion-dollar economies, including Europe, Japan, India, and others.”

– Parag Khanna, author of The Future is Asian (2017)

“The human brain is not designed to absorb all of the world’s breaking news and 24/7 emergencies, injected straight into the skull with clickbait headlines. If you pay attention to that stuff, even if you have a sound mind and body, it will eventually drive you insane.”

Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList