“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest Cheetah or it will be killed. Every morning a Cheetah wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Cheetah or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”


~ Christopher McDougall, Born to Run

Key lessons on winning in South East Asia

An interview about the lessons I have learned as an investor in Southeast Asia. The interview was part of the Investor Series of Great Owls.


Michael Lints, Partner at Golden Gate Ventures - an early-stage venture capital firm investing across Southeast Asia. Since 2011, the firm has invested in over 30 companies across more than 7 countries in Asia. Before becoming a Partner at Golden Gate Ventures, Michael Lints founded an IT business and his own Dutch SME-focused venture fund. Michael is also a competitive runner and cyclist. In this episode, Michael:

- shares his lessons from seeing over 1,000 company pitches a year

- explains what makes the most successful companies

- highlights the importance of personal strategy vs business strategy

- gives insider tips for founders to get the most out of the investors

- and reveals the book the has impacted him the most



© 2018 by MICHAEL LINTS.  Singapore