Amanda Ang // Ep 20 // From Goldman Sachs to Diamonds – An Unexpected Journey

Welcome to Episode 20 of the Asian Hustle Network Podcast! We are very excited to have Amanda Ang on this week's episode.

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Amanda Ang is the founder of August Bespoke, a custom jewelry house that helps couples skip the cookie-cutter experience of traditional stores and create one-of-a-kind engagement rings to celebrate their love story.

She was introduced to gemology at a young age by her mother, a passionate gemstone collector, and was inspired to start August Bespoke to help her friends who didn't know who to trust with such a symbolic and important long-term investment.

Amanda is certified in diamonds and colored gemstones by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York City – one of the largest and most important diamond markets in the world.

Prior to founding August Bespoke, Amanda's career has spanned multiple industries. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in Finance, she became a star analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York where she helped launch some of the most exciting and important Asian IPOs of the time such as AIA, Agricultural Bank of China, and China's version of YouTube.

After leaving Wall Street, Amanda did a brief stint as a travel and food writer, before moving into the startup world. There, she led international expansion efforts for a Japanese marketplace called Voyagin (the predecessor to Airbnb Experiences) into new countries like Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Her team's international success led to an eventual acquisition by Rakuten, Japan's largest e-commerce platform.

Amanda is passionate about supporting female entrepreneurs and is excited to be building a company with heart in a traditional, male-dominated industry.

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