Michael Waitze worked in Global Finance for more than 20 years, employed by firms like Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, primarily in Tokyo. Michael built multiple trading businesses, managed and mentored successful teams as well, and fostered relationships with the largest institutional investors in the world.
Michael maintained a particular focus on how technology could make businesses more efficient and drive P/L growth. Michael has a deep knowledge of global equity markets, equity valuations and has traded Equities, Portfolios, Futures, Currencies and Fixed Income Securities.
After more than 20 years in Tokyo, Michael moved to Southeast Asia to invest his own capital. During the six years he has lived in Bangkok, he has become deeply ensconced in the Technology Start Up ecosystem in the region. He has connected to all of the relevant investors and Venture Capitalists in Southeast Asia and Japan and become a central figure in its growth. Michael is skilled at connecting people and capital to innovative ideas and is a trusted advisor to both investors and founders.
Michael has raised capital and advised some of the most famous Start Ups in the region, is well known for his podcast ‘Asia Tech Podcast’ and is frequently asked to speak at regional tech conferences. As an LP in Ardent Capital, Michael has been exposed to some of the most talented and prolific Start Up founders in Southeast Asia.