This week Lee Bagshaw, a recent addition to the Simmonds Stewart team, was interviewed by Futurebooks about his views on the Southeast Asia tech startup scene, and relocating to New Zealand.

Futurebooks is Asia’s most progressive book-keeping company, and since 2010 has helped over 500 startups to keep their financial records in order. Based out of Singapore, the company uses cloud computing solutions such as Xero, Intuit, DropBox, Vend and others to offer clients productivity improvements and reductions in the cost of accounting. They aim to be the one-stop service provider for setting up a company across various jurisdictions, tax structuring, obtaining work visas, ongoing accounting, payroll, annual regulatory fillings – and all those other unpopular tasks in involved in running a company.

Read the interview to get a snapshot of:

  • the Singapore and Southeast Asia tech startup scene, and its investment trends in comparison to the UK and the US
  • the role that legal and other professional service providers can play in the technology ecosystem
  • Lee’s reasons for joining our firm and helping New Zealand companies explore opportunities in Asia.

by , 5 March 2015