Thoughts from the community: The ReaderPod Disrupt Asia 2018 editon


Disrupt Asia is more than a series of panel discussions, workshops, and exhibits. It’s a place where the local tech startup community gathers. As such, we decided to create a special series of ReaderPod episodes for Disrupt Asia 2018. As they ran between the different sessions in different halls, our very own Mazin and Lahiru sparked up conversations with interesting people from a variety of interesting areas.

What Ray Newal and Techstars has to offer

Ray Newal is the Managing Director of Techstars, India. Now Techstars isn’t exactly a new name, thanks to all the Startup Weekends we’ve had here in Sri Lanka. We met Ray right before we made our way to Disrupt Asia 2018. This is what he had to share.

The world of startups in Sri Lanka (Part 1)

All the way from Germany, Chris Doering is part of the Venture Frontier Lanka team, one that’s dedicated to uplifting the startup ecosystem in Sri Lanka. Here’s what Chris had to share with us.

Life as a student entrepreneur

Adhisha Gammanpila is the co-Founder of SurfEdge Technologies. He is also a student at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. We bumped into Adhisha at Disrupt Asia 2018 and decided to have a chat. If you’re an aspiring student entrepreneur, this is the ReaderPod episode for you.

The state of eSports in Sri Lanka

The eSports industry in Sri Lanka has been one of steady growth over the years. Raveen Wijayatilake – CEO of resonates this fact owing to the growing enthusiasm towards eSports.

Arimac and the Sri Lankan gaming industry

Chamira Jayasinghe – Founder & CEO of Arimac is no stranger to the gaming scene in Sri Lanka. After all, Arimac released a game of their own some time back. We thought of picking his brain on the recently seen surge in the gaming industry in Sri Lanka.

The world of startups in Sri Lanka (Part 2)

Aloka Gunasekara is the Program Manager of StartupX Foundry, one of the more recent startup accelerators in Colombo. Aloka shares his thoughts with us on the current startup scene.

Embedding innovation into corporates

Innovation. We’ve heard the term being thrown around in a lot of discussions, particularly ones related to startups. But what would it take to integrate innovation into corporates? We spoke with Hasith Yagghavita – CTO of 99X Technology to find out.

Don’t ever do YouTube for the money

Over the past decade, with the growth of social media, we’ve witnessed the rise of social media influencers. Out of this, YouTubers play a prominent role. Even in Sri Lanka, YouTubers have been making a name for themselves. Andro Dollar is one of them.

An appointment with oDoc

Ever thought one day you’ll be able to consult your doctor in just 3 taps? That’s exactly oDos is doing. The team even won $1 million in seed funding last year. We caught up with the Co-Founders Heshan Fernando and Inshard Naizer at Disrupt Asia 2018.

Can strategy and policy ever make a difference?

One of the panel discussions at the Main Stage highlighted on the impact of strategy and policy in the IT industry. Part of the discussion brought up was the recently published Strategy and Policy document. Here’s what Mangala Karunaratne – Founder & CEO of Calcey Technologies had to share with us about it.

What the ICTA is up to

The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, or better known as ICTA, has a host of projects in the pipeline. Each of these project target a different segment of the IT industry in Sri Lanka. In case you’re not sure what these are exactly, have a listen to this episode of Readerpod.

uki almost 2 years later

uki is a full scholarship based Accelerator program for Coding in Jaffna. A joint initiative by Yarl IT Hub and SERVE Foundation, uki is one that is aimed at those who don’t have access to university education or any other form of vocational education. almost two years after our initial coverage we wanted to know what uki has been up to.

More podcasts & the rest of Disrupt Asia

So there you have it. These were some of the most interesting discussions we had with a few interesting people. If you liked what we had to offer on our podcast series for Disrupt Asia, do check out our podcasts on Anchor as well for more cool content. And if you want to know what else happened at Disrupt Asia, click here.


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