Investments in Innovation- 2021 Trends: Anndy Lian Commented “We should look into ASEAN.”

Anndy Lian
3 min readMar 13, 2021


Day 4 of Digital Week Online Spring 2021 is “Innovation Day”. Investments and innovation work closely together. The panel “Investments in innovations — 2021 trends” has brought in speakers from different background.

Richard Wang, Draper Dragon Fund
Aly Madhavji, Blockchain Founders Fund
Nisa Amoils, Managing Partner of A100x Ventures X
Anndy Lian, Advisory Board Member, Hyundai DAC; Member of Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee

Gordon Einstein, Founding Partner of CryptoLaw Partners

“COVID19 has changed mindsets, it brings businesses out of their comfort zones. It also gives traditional businesses a chance to adopt new technologies, maybe crypto too.” Anndy Lian said. Gordon Einstein echoed by saying “Crisis is an opportunity for change.”

The panel also discussed how the west and east look at innovation. Richard Wang commented and quoting AI as an example. “USA has better technology in term of the algorithm. China has a good market. they have a huge market. But I do believe we have a substantial advantage over USA companies.” Aly Madhavji countered by saying data availability and protection is the key. “China has a different philosophy, and they actually tend to look at it more collectively. Their government can help to enable access to major companies to that data. But in Europe, it is very difficult to do these things.”

Lastly, Gordan asked where are the other opportunities that we should look out for. Nisa Amoils mentioned South East Asia and Africa. Anndy Lian also agreed with Nisa. “We should look at ASEAN as a bloc, there is a population of 700 million. This will be a big region for adoption and business for innovation.”

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About Anndy Lian:
Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial blockchain entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030” and currently the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology. He plays a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region. Anndy is also part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has investments in several traditional companies. He has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Anndy Lian

Anndy Lian is an early crypto adopter and experienced serial blockchain entrepreneur. He is also the Book Author of “NFT: From Zero to Hero”.