In this episode, Michael Waitze had the pleasure of speaking with Nattariya Wittayatanaseth, an Investment Manager at Beacon Venture Capital.  Nat’s path to the venture world was not a straight one.  

After graduating with Honors from Assumption University with a degree in Business Administration, Nat joined the Bank of Thailand as an Economist.  Not only did she get to work on some high-profile projects, but her Mom was proud as well.  While at the BOT, Nat created negotiation strategies working with the BOT Governor at the ASEAN+3 forum, securing agreement from policymakers of 13 countries to double the size of the regional, multilateral currency swap facility (CMIM) to US$240bn. 

While working at the BOT was fascinating, Nat ultimately decided that it was not her life’s calling.  She decided to move onto a Foreign Exchange Sales/Trading Desk at Kasikorn Bank and loved the pace and excitement in that environment.  Craving more, Nat thought it would be important to get an MBA and enrolled at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  While at Kellogg, Nat interned at 500 Startups’ Fintech Fund and Pantera Capital, the first U.S. Blockchain fund.

The conversation we had with Nat was so much more than the sum total of her experiences.  Her views on investing, startups and the Thai Ecosystem were thoughtful and filled with interesting insights.  I was very impressed, indeed.

Thailand GameChanger - Episode 12 - Nattariya Wittayatanaseth - Beacon Venture Capital - Everything Is So Fast-Paced

by Nattariya Wittayatanaseth | Thailand GameChanger Podcast